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November 29, 2018

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Immfly Wireless IFE Boosts EasyJet’s Customer Satisfaction

EasyJet’s most recent financial report has shown that passengers with access to Immfly’s wireless in-flight entertainment solution were 22% more satisfied than the airline’s network average. The trial of Immfly’s platform, which was branded Air Time by easyJet, has been ongoing since it was introduced on five of the carrier’s aircraft in December 2017. Pablo Linz, Immfly’s CEO and co-founder, commented, “This is a great testament to the way Immfly focuses on delivering financial success with an outstanding customer experience across all our airline partners.”

APEX Media | Related It’s Air Time! EasyJet and Immfly Deliver on IFE Promise – APEX Media

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Icelandair Abandons WOW Air Takeover

Icelandair confirmed it has dropped its planned takeover of low-cost rival WOW air. The airline’s CEO, Bogi Nils Bogason, said the conditions required for the deal weren’t met, adding that “this conclusion is certainly disappointing.” The announcement comes two days after WOW air said its financial projections had significantly worsened since it issued bonds in late September, and that it needs to secure long-term funds. In a message to employees, WOW air founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen said his ambition is for the airline to remain a standalone carrier and that he anticipates “good news” in the near future.

Bloomberg | Related WOW Air shrinks fleet by 20%, could cut service to US cities – USA Today

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Avianca Launches Inmarsat GX Aviation Connectivity Trial

Avianca has launched a free trial of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation satellite-based in-flight connectivity on selected aircraft. The trial will last two months and marks the Latin American debut of GX Aviation. The service, which will allow passengers to use their personal device or laptop to browse the web, check social media and access e-mails, will be gradually rolled out on selected Airbus A320s, A330s and Boeing 787s in Avianca’s fleet.

Get Connected | Related Garuda Indonesia to Install GX Aviation Fleet Wide – APEX Media

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American Airlines Streams Willie Nelson Concert Live in Flight

Passengers flying on American Airlines flights equipped with Wi-Fi provided by Viasat were treated to a live-streamed Austin City Limits show featuring Willie Nelson on November 19. This marked the first time the airline streamed an event live in flight. American Airlines has exclusive rights to air Austin City Limits content in flight until early 2020, after extending the original agreement by one year.

APEX Media | Related American Airlines Secures Exclusive Rights to Air Austin City Limits Concert Series In Flight – APEX Media

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Air Canada Confirms Purchase of Aeroplan Loyalty Program

Air Canada has signed a definitive agreement to buy the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia for $339 million in cash. The deal confirms the airline as the sole owner and brings certainty to members of the frequent flyer scheme over whether their points will retain value. Air Canada will also assume $1.9-billion worth of Aeroplan miles liability and has signed agreements to retain TD Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa as partners of the program until at least 2030.

CBC News | Related Lifestyle Loyalty: Rethinking Airline Reward Programs – APEX Media

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Etihad Debuts New Look for In-Flight Shopping Magazine

Etihad Airways has worked with Retail inMotion to develop a new look for its in-flight shopping magazine, Boutique, which debuted this month. Jamal Al Awadhi, Etihad’s head of Commercial, said, “An important element of our redesign process was the feedback of our guests. We revamped our product selection to appeal to a wider audience.” Etihad and Retail inMotion are also working together to enhance the airline’s complimentary food and beverage offering and explore new technology that will allow passengers to customize their journey.

PAX International | Related Etihad Partners With Acqua Di Parma for Amenity Kits – APEX Media

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UK and US Sign Post-Brexit Open Skies Agreement

The UK and US have signed an open skies agreement that will ensure air services remain liberalized after Britain leaves the EU on March 29 next year. The UK’s Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said it would ensure the country “remains one of the world’s leading aviation hubs after Brexit for both travelers and businesses.” The deal will fill the gap left by the EU-US Open Skies agreement, which will no longer apply to the UK when it officially leaves the EU.

Air Transport World | Related Aviation Industry Offers Mixed Response to UK PM’s Brexit Declaration – APEX Media

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> Quote of the Day

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“Leadership is a two-way street, loyalty up and loyalty down.”

Grace Murray Hopper

 
 

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