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December 3, 2018



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Photos Emerge of Turkish Airlines’ New Wide-Body Business Class

Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News revealed details and images of Turkish Airlines’ upcoming business-class seating for its Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s. The seats will be configured in a 1-2-1 layout with curved sidewalls and will debut on the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 fleet in mid-2019, followed by its Airbus A350s from 2020. However, the new seats won’t be retrofitted on any of the carrier’s Airbus A330s, A340s or Boeing 777s. The seat is based on Stelia Aerospace’s Aurora platform, which Singapore Airlines chose for its Boeing 787-10 and Airbus A350 fleets.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Panasonic Adds Turkey’s TRT World to Live TV Content – APEX Media



Air France-KLM CEO Considers Axing Joon

Air France-KLM is considering closing Joon, the group’s newest airline brand. Benjamin Smith, the recently appointed CEO of the Franco-Dutch airline, has raised the idea to help address the underperformance of the main Air France business. Smith “has made clear he doesn’t understand the positioning or identity of Joon,” one Air France source told Reuters. “It’s a question he’s raised internally, several times.”

Reuters | Related Flag Carriers Shore Up Against Competition With Brand Catalogs – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Fiji Airways Shows Off New Boeing 737 MAX Business-Class Cabin

Fiji Airways has received its first of five Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, featuring new Teague-designed cabin interiors. The business-class section includes eight Rockwell Collins MiQ seats in a 2-2 configuration, offering 51 inches of pitch and 13-inch seatback displays. The new aircraft is also equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, with passengers able to choose from three data packages: $2.95 for 20 MB, $7.95 for 60 MB or $14.95 for 120 MB.

The DesignAir | Related Fiji Airways' new Boeing 737 MAX 8 business-class seat – Australian Business Traveller



United Airlines Selling Tickets for International-Style Premium Economy

United Airlines has started selling tickets for its new premium economy seating today for flights on 21 international routes departing from March 30, 2019, onwards. United introduced the new “Premium Plus” cabin earlier this year on some of its new and retrofitted aircraft, but had not been marketing the product during the early stages of its rollout. The seats are about two inches wider than standard economy seats and are configured in a 2-3-2 layout. Meals are served on custom dinnerware with flatware and a cloth napkin.

USA Today | Related Galileo Watermark to Deliver New Non-Slip Trays to United Airlines – APEX Media



Air New Zealand Offering Free In-Flight Wi-Fi

Air New Zealand is giving an early Christmas gift to passengers. The airline is providing free in-flight Wi-Fi to passengers on Inmarsat GX satellite connectivity-equipped aircraft until February 28 next year. Wi-Fi is currently available on most of Air New Zealand’s Boeing 777 fleet and its new Airbus A321neo aircraft. Pricing is normally $9 per hour, $30 for a short-haul flight to Australia or the Pacific Islands, and $40 on long-haul flights.

Travel Talk | Related Air New Zealand on cost-saving drive – Air Transport World



Alaska Named “Healthiest Airline” as Shift to Quality Ingredients Takes Off

An annual study that evaluates the food programs of North American airlines has crowned Alaska Airlines the healthiest in the sky. Alaska’s ranking has been partially attributed to the influence that Virgin America – which has taken the top spot in the study since 2012 – has had on the Seattle-based carrier since its acquisition. “When we merged with Virgin America, we promised their loyal guests that we would work to take the best from both airlines,” said David Rodriguez, product manager for Food and Beverage at Alaska Airlines.

APEX Media | Related Alaska Airlines Ushers SkyLights’ Allosky Into North American Airspace – APEX Media



SIA Forms Three-Way Duty-Free Partnership With SATS and 3Sixty

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has launched a three-way joint venture with 3Sixty and SATS. The project plans to transform SIA’s KrisShop duty-free retail into an e-commerce platform that is more accessible to consumers and could see more companies join in to collaborate in the future. The three companies will jointly invest around $35 million into the venture, with SIA owning a 70% stake, and 3Sixty and SATS each holding 15%.

Travel Daily Media | Related Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch Promote Wellness on Ultra-Long-Haul Flights – APEX Media





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