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January 29, 2019



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ANA Orders Up to 48 Narrow-Body Aircraft From Boeing and Airbus

All Nippon Airways announced it will place orders for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s and 18 Airbus A320neos for Peach, its low-cost carrier subsidiary. The board of parent group ANA Holdings approved the narrow-body aircraft deals, which also include an option to acquire an additional 10 737 MAX 8s. The Boeing aircraft will replace 47 Boeing 737NGs in ANA’s fleet that are mainly used on its domestic network. Meanwhile, Peach will begin taking delivery of the A320neos later this year to replace its older A320s. ANA Holdings said the decision is based on the fact that “demand in the Asian aviation market and inbound demand [are] on the rise.”

FlightGlobal | Related ANA to Offer Free In-Flight Wi-Fi on Domestic Routes – APEX Media



Norwegian Launches $353-Million Rights Issue After IAG Backs Away

Norwegian Air Shuttle said it is raising 3 billion kroner ($353 million) through a rights issue after IAG ruled out a potential takeover bid last week. The cash infusion is being underwritten by investors, including shipping magnate John Fridriksen, to avoid breaching existing financial agreements and has pushed the airline’s share price down. Norwegian said it aims to reduce spending through aircraft sales and postponing some deliveries. The low-cost carrier has already cut some routes this year and CEO Bjørn Kjos said he expects the airline to become profitable again later this year.

The Guardian | Related British Airways Owner IAG Won’t Bid for Norwegian Air – Bloomberg



China Airlines Partners With The North Face for Upcoming Amenity Kits

China Airlines is celebrating its 60th anniversary by releasing a new range of amenity kits for its business-class and premium economy-class passengers on long-haul flights. The kits have been developed in partnership with The North Face and will be available in two colors. China Airlines said it chose to collaborate with the outdoor brand “to inject the elements of youth, sports and fashion into its cabins.”

APEX Media | Related Erno Laszlo Makes Cabin Comeback With EVA Air Amenity Kit – APEX Media



KLM Installs Hologram Bars to Allow Travelers to Chat to Each Other From Different Airports

KLM has installed pop-up hologram bars at airports in Amsterdam, Oslo and Rio de Janeiro, that allow customers to chat remotely with fellow travelers. Using a live connection, customers at KLM’s Take-Off Tips bar can communicate with a live hologram of their counterparts in the other airports. The Dutch carrier says the aim is for people to share cultural insights and travel tips about their country. “In our industry it is such a joy to be able to bring people together time and time again,” said Natascha van Roode, KLM’s head of Marketing Communication. “We continuously strive to facilitate contact between customers, including using new technologies to create memorable experiences.”

Passenger Terminal Today | Related KLM Puts Secure Wi-Fi in People’s Pockets With We.Stream – APEX Media



Lufthansa Innovation Hub Opens in Singapore

Lufthansa Group opened an innovation hub in Singapore, its first outside of Berlin. The new Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) opened yesterday in partnership with INSEAD, a business school with campuses in France, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, to research the “future of work” and how business travel is changing. The key findings will be published in a white paper and subsequently implemented in a test project. A third LIH office will open in Shanghai later this year.

Air Transport World | Related Lufthansa Innovation Hub Expands Into Asia-Pacific – APEX Media



Emirates Serves More Than 20,000 Plant-Based Meals During “Veganuary”

Emirates has served more than 20,000 plant-based meals on board during “Veganuary.” The worldwide movement to encourage Veganism, especially in the first month of the year, has seen requests for plant-based meals increase by 40% across all classes. Emirates has more than 170 recipes that do not contain animal products and last month was voted the best airline for vegan meals by Vegan News.

Breaking Travel News | Related Might Airlines Go Vegan, Just for the Health of It? – APEX Media



Slovakia Wants to Launch a National Airline

Slovakia’s prime minister Peter Pellegrini wants to launch a new state-owned flag carrier for the country. If launched, the proposed airline would start small with a fleet of two Embraer E190s and would plan to operate flights to European business centers. The airline would be based at Bratislava Airport and would offer domestic flights to Poprad and Kosice, and to destinations including Munich, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv and Zurich.

Aerotelegraph | Related Bratislava airport handled record number of passengers in 2018 – The Slovak Spectator





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