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November 30, 2018



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Indigo Partners Agrees to Invest in WOW Air

US private equity firm Indigo Partners has agreed in principle to invest an undisclosed sum in WOW air, just hours after Icelandair dropped its planned takeover of its low-cost rival. Indigo’s managing partner, William Franke, has founded and invested in several low-cost carriers around the globe, including Frontier Airlines and Wizz Air. WOW air founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen will remain a principal investor in the airline once the transaction is finalized, both companies said.

Bloomberg | Related No deal: Icelandair plan to acquire rival WOW is off – USA Today



APEX’s 2018 AvGeek Gift Guide

With December just one day away, the APEX Media team has curated a list of gift ideas for aviation lovers, including one that will certainly brighten any AvGeek's day. The next few weeks will fly by, so click through to make sure you land the perfect present.

APEX Media | Related APEX’s 2017 AvGeek Gift Guide – APEX Media



Etihad to Launch 3-D Printing Facility in Abu Dhabi

Etihad Airways and EOS, a supplier of 3-D printing technology, have formed a strategic partnership. The agreement will enable Etihad Airways Engineering to produce aircraft parts at its facility in Abu Dhabi. “Etihad constantly invests in new technology and has identified additive manufacturing as a key technology for aviation interior parts,” said Bernhard Randerath, Etihad Airways Engineering’s VP of Design, Engineering and Innovation. “The technology is a key enabler when it comes to design and innovation in our industry.”

Inflight Online | Related Parts on Demand: 3-D Printing Brings Efficiency to MRO – APEX Media



Air India Will Offer In-Flight iPads to Business-Class Passengers With Broken Seatback Screens

Air India is buying more than 100 iPads to give to business-class passengers on long-haul flights to replace broken in-flight entertainment screens. According to the the Times of India, blank screens on Boeing 777s deployed for Delhi–San Francisco and Delhi–New York City flights are “one of the biggest sore points” for flyers. “Some of the IFE systems are old and repairing them or replacing them will be too expensive, so we are going to have iPads with preloaded content and games for passengers in business class of the nonstops to the US,” an unnamed Air India official told the newspaper.

Times of India | Related Government plans to sell Air India's real estate, ground handling subsidiary – Business Today



China Eastern Receives First Airbus A350

China Eastern Airlines has received its first of 20 Airbus A350-900s. The Shanghai-based carrier will initially use the aircraft on domestic routes, before extending to international flights. The A350-900 interior features a four-class cabin layout with 288 seats, including four in first class, 36 in business class, 32 in premium economy and 216 in economy class.

Air Transport World | Related China Eastern to buy 8% Juneyao stake in $450 million deal – Asia Times



Heathrow Launches App for Visually Impaired Travelers

London’s Heathrow Airport will launch an on-demand app for visually impaired passengers on December 3. The Aira app will assist the approximately 6,000 visually impaired passengers who pass through the airport each year, enabling them to connect to a trained professional agent for advice on how to navigate through the airport. Heathrow says the number of travelers requesting special assistance has been rising by about 8% per year.

Heathrow Airport | Related Accessibility in Air Travel: Industry Stakeholders Offer Solutions for Pax With Disabilities – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] SWISS Unveils Holiday-Themed Victorinox Amenity Kit

Swiss International Air Lines has partnered with CLIP to introduce a Victorinox-branded holiday-themed amenity kit for its business-class passengers. The kit includes an eye mask, a pair of socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs and lip balm that come in a SWISS-designed Christmas stocking bag.

PAX International | Related Hidden Prints: Amenity Kits That Represent Airlines’ Native Cities – APEX Media





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