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November 27, 2018



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United Technologies to Separate Into Three Companies After Rockwell Collins Acquisition

United Technologies Corp (UTC) announced it will separate into three companies comprising its aerospace, elevators and buildings divisions. The decision follows UTC’s $30-billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins, which was finalized earlier this month. “Our decision to separate United Technologies is a pivotal moment in our history and will best position each independent company to drive sustained growth,” said Gregory Hayes, UTC’s CEO.

Reuters | Related With Collins Acquisition, UTC Sharpens Aerospace Focus – AINonline



Adria Airways Tentatively Orders 15 Sukhoi Superjets

Adria Airways has signed a letter of intent to lease 15 Sukhoi Superjet 100s. The Slovenia-based carrier said deliveries will start at the beginning of next year under a long-term lease agreement that will see the aircraft maintained through a proposed joint venture MRO operation based in Ljubljana. Adria CEO Holger Kowarsch said the Superjet will "totally support" the airline’s development strategy and would enable it to use more of its Airbus A319s and Bombardier CRJs for wet-lease operations.

FlightGlobal | Related Two more Russian operators opt for the Sukhoi Superjet 100 – Rusaviainsider



Norwegian Will Launch Low-Cost UK–Brazil Flights

Norwegian announced it will launch the first low-cost route between the UK and Brazil next year. Starting March 31, the low-cost carrier will begin direct flights between London’s Gatwick Airport and Rio de Janeiro–Galeao International Airport. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner-operated service will run four times per week. “We’re building on our expansive global network by launching the UK’s most affordable flights to Brazil and making South America available to even more consumers,” said Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos.

Breaking Travel News | Related Norwegian Air HoNORs Norway With Fashion Show in Los Angeles – APEX Media



Inmarsat Says In-Flight Connectivity Will Drive Economic Growth in Africa

In-flight connectivity could be worth $587 million to African airlines by 2035, according to a newly published white paper by Inmarsat. The satellite company said there is a rising interest in mobile telecommunications across Africa and passengers will want to continue their mobile experience while on flights in the region. “Inmarsat and our partners have made significant investments in Africa and we are committed to helping shape a more connected and digital continent,” said Ben Griffin, vice-president MEA and APAC at Inmarsat Aviation.

Get Connected | Related FSCs Set to Take Lion’s Share of Middle East IFC Revenue by 2035 – APEX Media



Flight From Small Talk: How Passengers Avoid Chatting on Planes

Talkative passengers ranked fourth in Genfare's survey of top travel annoyances, after seat-kicking, crying children and body odor. Putting on headphones is the most common tactic to dodge dialog, while reading, looking at phones, sleeping, or using the restroom follow as other methods. Three percent ignore talkers and less than one percent call the flight attendant.

APEX Media | Related Why there are so many viral confrontations on airplanes – VOX



Air France Unveils Penguin-Themed Amenity Kit for Babies

Air France is launching a collection of penguin-themed amenities for passengers traveling with infants aged 24 months and under. The amenity kit will be distributed on all long-haul flights in La Première, business and premium economy classes. The penguin-shaped bag contains a plastic bib, spoon, baby wipes and Nivea moisturizing cream for face and body, along with a diaper. Air France will also offer baby bottles, toys, bibs and diapers upon request to economy-class passengers with infants on long-haul flights.

PAX International | Related Career Choices: Air Astana Launches Six Educational Kits for Kids – APEX Media



Emirates Will Kick Off 2019 With Dom Pérignon 2008 in First Class

Emirates will start serving Dom Pérignon Vintage 2008 champagne to first-class passengers on board flights at the beginning of next year. The Dubai-based carrier is one of Dom Pérignon’s biggest customers, with 2.3 million bottles of champagne and wine served in premium cabins and 3.2 million bottles in economy class in 2017.

Business Traveller | Related Emirates Flight Catering Pioneers Vertical Farming in the UAE – APEX Media





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