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December 11, 2018



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Airbus and China Mobile to Develop 5G In-Flight Wi-Fi

Airbus has signed an agreement with China Mobile to develop in-flight Wi-Fi services that will make use of upcoming 5G technology. The Shenzhen-based Airbus Innovation Center and China Mobile Intelligent Mobility Network Technology, the respective subsidiaries of each company, will cooperate to develop a 5G-based air-to-ground in-flight connectivity solution. The decision comes after the Civil Aviation Authority of China lifted a ban on the use of mobile devices in aircraft cabins.

China Daily | Related Connecting China’s Consumers: Will In-Flight Smartphone Usage Spur Onboard Retail? – APEX Media



Brazilian Appeals Court Clears Way for Embraer-Boeing Deal

A Brazilian federal appeals court has reversed a lower court’s provisional decision to block Embraer and Boeing’s proposed joint venture. The Attorney General of Brazil confirmed the injunction that halted Embraer’s negotiations with Boeing has been removed. The government’s top lawyer asked the court to overturn the injunction, claiming it violated the constitutional right to freedom of enterprise by preventing negotiations between two privately owned companies. Brazil’s president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office on January 1, has said he supprts the deal in principle.

Air Transport World | Related Brazil issues injunction to block Boeing-Embraer JV – FlightGlobal



Gogo Says 2Ku De-Icing Modifications Are Working

Gogo said that modifications to its 2Ku hardware to protect against de-icing fluid contamination have proved successful. The company provided an update on the performance of its 2Ku system to respond to investor inquiries following winter storms over the past weekend. Following its de-icing modifications, installed on more than 600 aircraft in North America, Gogo said there had been no reported incidents of degradation on its 2Ku systems.

Gogo | Related Now Live: Gogo TV on Hundreds of Aircraft – APEX Media



Travelport to Go Private in $4.4-Billion Deal

Elliott Management’s Evergreen Coast Capital division has teamed up with Siris Capital Group to acquire Travelport in a deal worth $4.4 billion. The deal ends an eight-month effort by Elliott, led by billionaire hedge fund and activist investor Paul Singer, to take over the UK-based travel software company. Travelport is one of three large global distribution systems for the airline industry, alongside Sabre and Amadeus. Doug Steenland, Travelport’s chairman, said the deal is “a good outcome for Travelport’s shareholders” and would allow the company to “continue its work to position itself for growth in the evolving global travel industry.”

Bloomberg | Related Technically Speaking - Matt Minetola of Travelport –PhocusWire



Delta to Allow Frequent Flyers to Redeem Points for Seat Upgrades

Members of Delta Air Lines’ SkyMiles frequent flyer scheme can now redeem loyalty points for seat upgrades after booking flights on Delta’s website. The functionality will be available on the airline’s mobile app starting early next year. The upgrades can be redeemed for an individual flight segment or an entire itinerary, including for Comfort Plus, premium economy, domestic first class or international Delta One business class. However, SkyMiles points can't be used for upgrades on legs of a journey that aren't operated by Delta.

Travel Weekly | Related Delta Air Lines to ditch zone boarding in 2019 – USA Today



Doing the Airline Seat Shuffle: Volantio’s Yana Platform Provides Win-Win Solution

Volantio’s web-based platform, Yana, leverages machine-learning algorithms to match flexible travelers with alternative offers. For tweaking their itineraries, flexible travelers score frequent flyer miles, vouchers or upgrades, and the airline can resell the ticket at a higher cost. JetBlue Technology Ventures, Qantas Ventures and IAG are among Volantio’s investors, and airlines including Alaska Airlines, Qantas, Iberia, Volaris, IndiGo, SunExpress and Scoot have adopted the platform.

APEX Media | Related Points of Purchase: Moving on Up – APEX Media



SAS Allows Frequent Flyers to Share Points

Scandinavian Airlines has made changes to its EuroBonus frequent flyer program to allow members to share points between family or friends and gain lifetime status. Members can now create a point sharing account and invite up to seven other people to share accrued EuroBonus points. SAS will also introduce a Lifetime Gold membership tier for customers with existing EuroBonus Gold status who have accrued points on flights over 10 consecutive years.

Business Traveller | Related New Nordic by SAS goes vegan – Inflight Online





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