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December 12, 2018



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Air France Appoints Its First Female CEO

Air France has appointed Anne Rigail as its new CEO, following the resignation of Franck Terner in September. Previously Air France’s EVP Customer, Rigail will assume her new role on December 17 and will report to Air France-KLM CEO Benjamin Smith, who has also been serving as Air France’s acting CEO. “Anne is a strong professional in the airline industry. Throughout her career, she has always paid particular attention to employees while implementing the many projects and transformations she has led, and placed the customer at the heart of everything she does,” said Smith.

Air France | Related Air France weighs Joon closure as new CEO seeks labor deals – Reuters



Avianca Brasil Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Avianca Brasil has filed for bankruptcy protection, saying the potential repossession of its aircraft has put its operations at risk. On December 10, US-based lessor Aircastle issued an SEC filing that it had terminated a lease agreement with Avianca Brasil and had started the repossession process for 10 Airbus A320-200s and one A330-200. The airline said in a statement that the bankruptcy filing resulted from a failure to reach a “friendly agreement” and blamed high fuel prices and a strong dollar for its troubles.

Reuters | Related Brazil court clears way for Boeing, Embraer to finalize deal – Air Transport World



Study Explores Impact of Brexit on Aviation Industry and Passenger Experience

With British prime minister Theresa May’s leadership subject to today’s confidence vote, and Brexit talks facing delays, a report commissioned by IATA identifies four key issues that lack clarity: status of established air services agreements, safety regulatory framework, post-Brexit security processes and border management. These areas are particularly vulnerable in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

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



Airbus Signs Flexible Cabin Electronics MoU With Royole Technology

Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with Royole Technology, a developer of flexible displays and sensors, and foldable smartphones. Shenzhen-based Airbus China Innovation Center will work with Royole Technology with a view to developing applications for flexible electronic technologies in aircraft cabins. The companies will investigate whether flexible displays and sensors can contribute to a “futurized, digitalized and personalized’ cabin.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Airbus, China Mobile to work on in-flight Wi-Fi – China Daily



Brand New: Delta Air Lines to Change Its Boarding Procedure

Delta Air Lines will switch from its zone boarding structure to boarding by the branded fare purchased by passengers. In an online post, the airline said the new process is the latest evolution in its effort to bring “consistency, simplicity and clarity to the gate and boarding experience.” Starting January 23, Delta One customers will be the first of eight categories of passengers to board, while those who purchased Basic Economy fares will be last.

Delta Air Lines | Related Delta bans emotional-support animals on long-haul flights, changes rules for puppies – USA Today



AIM Altitude Creates Panel Logo Feature for Oman Air Dreamliner

AIM Altitude has produced a feature panel for the first-class cabin in Oman Air’s new Boeing 787-9. The front-textured panel was manufactured by AIM Altitude’s UK-based cabin interiors team and features the airline’s logo and a shaped arch that represents Oman’s culture and history. The concept was designed by Teague, in collaboration with Oman Air’s guest experience and branding team, before going through the industrial design process at AIM Altitude.

Aviation Pros | Related The Routes Less Taken: Middle Eastern Regional Airlines Map Out Strategies for Success – APEX Media



China Southern Selects Solstys Seat for Boeing 777

China Southern Airlines has selected a customized Stelia Aerospace Solstys business-class seat for its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The Chinese carrier selected the same seats for another Boeing 777-300ER in 2013 and an Airbus A330-300 in 2017. The seat offers direct aisle access, a lie-flat bed, more stowage space, integrated reading lights, a larger meal table and a 16-inch in-flight entertainment display.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related VIDEO: China Southern and Peach Aviation Place Orders for Recaro Seats – APEX Media





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