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January 21, 2019



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Emirates Launches In-Flight Entertainment Playlist Syncing Option Via App

Emirates customers can now create an in-flight entertainment (IFE) playlist at home, using the airline’s app, and sync it with the seatback screen on select flights. The syncing capability is currently available on over 100 of its Boeing 777 aircraft and will be made available progressively across the entire fleet, including A380 aircraft, in the coming months. Qatar Airways uses near-field communication (NFC) technology to offer passengers a similar service.

APEX Media | Related Emirates cuts checked baggage allowance for cheapest fares – Business Traveller



Delta Develops In-House IFE Platform for Wide- and Narrow-Body Fleets

Delta Air Lines’ new Delta Flight Products unit has assumed full ownership of delivering wireless seatback in-flight entertainment on the airline’s new Airbus A330-900neo and A321neo fleets, and on its existing Boeing 767-400s. While the Airbus A220 wireless IFE system was developed in partnership with Gogo, the A330 and A321 platforms will be “comprised completely of Delta-sourced and developed elements,” a Delta spokesperson told Runway Girl Network.

Runway Girl Network | Related Gogo to Launch Gogo Vision Touch on Delta Air Lines – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Boeing Posts 777X Teaser Images

Boeing unveiled a series of teaser images of the cabin innovations inside its forthcoming Boeing 777X aircraft. The manufacturer took to social media and tweeted three images over the past few days. One shows a mock-up of the economy-class cabin with the message “the #777X passenger experience will leave you feeling refreshed with better cabin altitude and humidity, temperature, sound quality and lighting.” A second gif image shows the windows being dimmed in what appears to be business class, while the third shows an overhead bin with the message “Lose that luggage anxiety!”

Business Traveller | Related New Boeing 777X to offer Gentex dimmable windows – Aerospace Manufacturing



Mahata Group Partners With to Develop Citilink’s Digital Ecosystem

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Mahata Group announced a partnership with Indonesian online travel platform, with a view to developing Citilink’s digital ecosystem. Mahata has already collaborated with the low-cost carrier to launch its free in-flight Wi-Fi service, powered by Inmarsat GX. “Partnering up with Indonesia’s first in-flight Wi-Fi provider … and Indonesia’s best low cost-carrier is a great strategic opportunity for us,” said Gaery Undarsa, a spokesperson for

The Jakarta Post | Related Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity now live on Citilink – Get Connected



SMBC Aviation Capital Orders 65 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft

SMBC Aviation Capital has placed an order for 50 Airbus A320neos and 15 A321neos. The agreement includes an upsizing of 15 A320neos from an existing order to the larger A321neo variant. “Demand for the latest technology aircraft has been strong both from our existing and new customers hence our decision today to proceed with this order,” said Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital. “In the current environment, airlines are seeking more fuel-efficient aircraft.”

Airbus | Related Lucky Air takes first SMBC-bound Boeing 737 Max – FlightGlobal



British Airways Celebrates Heritage With Boeing 747 BOAC Livery

British Airways will paint one of its Boeing 747s in the livery design of its predecessor, British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC), as part of its 100-year birthday celebration. BOAC’s 1964–74 livery will be painted on the aircraft and more retro designs will be unveiled in the near future. “So many British Airways customers and colleagues have fond memories of our previous liveries, regularly sharing their photos from across the globe, so it’s incredibly exciting to be re-introducing this classic BOAC design,” said Alex Cruz, British Airways’ CEO.

Breaking Travel News | Related British Airways unveils World Traveller Plus enhancements – Business Traveller



WestJet Receives First of 10 Boeing 787 Dreamliners

WestJet has received its first of 10 Boeing 787-9s. The Canadian carrier has named its first Dreamliner after Clive Beddoe, the airline’s founder. Ed Sims, WestJet’s president and CEO, said that receiving the Dreamliner “marks a new chapter for WestJet, as it aims to profitably serve new international routes.” WestJet also has options to take an additional 10 787-9s, which if exercised, would bring its fleet of Dreamliners to a total of 20 aircraft.

Airways Magazine | Related WestJet Reveals New Brand, Platinum Rewards Tier and First International Dreamliner Routes – APEX Media





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