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December 4, 2018



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Will Delta Add Business-Class Suites to Forthcoming Airbus A330neos?

Delta Air Lines could be planning to introduce Delta One-style mini-suites on board its upcoming Airbus A330neo fleet. According to Australian Business Traveller, Airbus has filed with the FAA to fit 29 business-class mini-suites with sliding doors on board the A330-900. Although no airline is cited in the application, Delta is the only US carrier to have ordered the A330-900. Airbus describes the suites as "not creating a completely isolated compartment for occupants, as the sliding doors have a partial height … intended to preserve the privacy" of passengers.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Doing the Dishes Right: Qantas and Delta Tableware Put Design Ingenuity on the Table – APEX Media



United, Avianca and Copa Finalize Three-Way Joint Venture

United Airlines has finalized a three-way joint venture with Avianca and Copa Airlines. The three Star Alliance members are already codeshare partners, but the joint venture will allow them to plan routes and fares, and share revenues. Two Brazilian airlines, Azul and Avianca Brasil (which operates independently of Avianca), could also join the alliance, according to Gerardo Grajales, Avianca Holding’s executive vice-president for Business Units. “The two airlines complement each other in the Brazilian market,” Grajales said.

Reuters | Related Brazil's Azul could join Avianca-United Airlines alliance – Reuters



Small Planet Airlines Ceases Operations

Small Planet Airlines has ceased operations. The Lithuania-based leisure carrier’s air operating license was suspended by the country’s civil aviation authority last week. The airline went into administration in October after its loss-making German and Polish subsidiaries filed for insolvency. Small Planet Airlines operated a fleet of eight Airbus A320s.

Air Transport World | Related Small Planet Airlines grounded by authorities – International Flight Network



Passengers Who Don’t Switch Phones to Flight Mode Risk Sky-High Charges

An Aer Lingus passenger who forgot to turn his phone off or switch it to airplane mode on a transatlantic flight received a $300 bill from AT&T weeks later. The cellular company said the charges were racked up by “antennas installed on the plane that operate outside an unlimited international roaming plan.” The antennas, it explained, can “automatically connect with phones that are not in flight mode and run up charges – even when the phones are not in use.” Aer Lingus confirmed that passengers who don’t switch their phones to flight mode could be hit with high bills, but added that it is not making any money as a result.

Irish Times | Related [VIDEO] Aer Lingus CEO Announces Brand Refresh and Free In-Flight Wi-Fi During APEX EXPO Keynote – APEX Media



China Airlines Helps Flyers Go Carbon Neutral

China Airlines has launched a carbon offsetting scheme to help inform travelers about the carbon footprint and emissions generated during their flight. Customers can also choose to make their journey carbon neutral by offsetting their carbon footprint by donating to carbon reduction projects offered by UK environmental organization ClimateCare.

Travel Daily Media | Related Sustainability in Aviation: Cathay Pacific’s Long-Term Plans Reap Short-Term Rewards – APEX Media



United to Begin Selling Bare-Bones Transatlantic Fares

United Airlines will start selling basic economy fares on transatlantic flights starting December 11. Customers who choose the fare have to pay for their first checked bag. Additionally, tickets are nonrefundable and cannot be changed, and customers can’t purchase upgrades. However, travelers will be allowed one carry-on bag and a personal item. United said the new basic economy offering will put it in line with its transatlantic joint venture partners Air Canada and Lufthansa.

Travel Weekly | Related American to sell bare-bones fares on overseas flights – Travel Weekly



AirAsia Spices Things Up in Content Partnership With Vice

A content partnership between Vice Australia and millenial-leaning carrier AirAsia has resulted in Hot Heads, a four-part miniseries which saw Karina Utomo, lead vocalist of Australian metal punk band High Tension, travel around India on a mission to taste the country’s spiciest food. “India was an important destination for us because our Australian customers could fly from, say, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth to Kuala Lumpur, and then on to India through our Fly-Thru connecting flight program,” says Rudy Khaw, head of Branding, AirAsia Group. “They could then travel within India with our local domestic carrier.”

APEX Media | Related AirAsia Group Selects GX Aviation as Inmarsat’s Birds Reach Orbital Perches – APEX Media





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Save The Date for APEX ASIA’s Return Shanghai, China 12-13 March 2019

The fifth APEX Asia conference will take place 12-13 March 2019 in Shanghai. Save the date for the two-day event that will explore the rapid growth of the Asian aviation market, feature a wide variety of industry speakers, presentations, panels and forum discussions, as well as exhibits and networking events.


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