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February 4, 2019



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[PHOTOS] Air France Unveils New Airbus A330 Business-Class Seats

Air France has unveiled its new Airbus A330-200 business-class cabin, which will be installed on the wide-body aircraft later this year. The cabin is part of a €140-million investment, which also includes new premium economy and economy-class cabins that were unveiled in September 2018. It will see all of the carrier’s A330 aircraft fully retrofitted with 36 seats in business class, 21 in premium economy and 167 in standard economy class. The lie-flat business-class seats will be deployed in a 2-2-2 configuration and measure two meters in length and 57.1 cm in width. Each seat will also offer 18.5-inch seatback displays.

Airways Magazine | Related Air France Connect activates on single-aisle fleet –



[VIDEO] CarTrawler CTO Discusses How Airlines Can Protect Customer Relationships

In this episode of APEX Insider, Bobby Healy, CarTrawler’s founding chief technology officer and, more recently, non-executive director, talks about how airlines need to face up to the growing threat of intermediaries in the travel booking process. If airlines don’t take advantage of their ability to provide a personalized offer to passengers using existing data, they will be usurped by technology aggregators that are “completely taking over the top of the experience funnel,” Healy said.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Aviation Photographer Explains How He Gets Beautiful Cabin Shots – APEX Media



Michael O’Leary to Head Restructured Ryanair

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary announced he will step aside from the day-to-day running of the low-cost carrier. The airline has announced plans to move to a group structure similar to that of IAG over the next 12 months. O’Leary has signed a five-year contract to be at the helm of the restructured Ryanair and will oversee the bosses of four subsidiary airlines, including recently acquired Laudamotion, Ryanair DAC, Ryanair Sun and the new Ryanair UK for post-Brexit flights. | Related Ryanair post first loss since 2014 amid fare cuts – BBC News



American Airlines Receives First Airbus A321neo

American Airlines’ first Airbus A321neo touched down in Pittsburgh after an eight-and-a-half-hour flight from Hamburg. The single-aisle aircraft comes equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, in-seat power, LED mood lighting and new Airbus overhead bins.. The A321neo will have 20 seats in first class, 47 in premium economy and 129 in economy class. American Airlines plans to use the aircraft on routes between Los Angeles and Hawaii, followed by Phoenix and Los Angeles, and Phoenix and Anchorage.

Simple Flying | Related American Airlines Hits the Right Note With Apple Music Access – APEX Media



Sriwijaya Air Group Plans Complimentary In-Flight Wi-Fi in 2020

Sriwijaya Air Group said it plans to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi starting next year. Joseph Adrian Saul, the Indonesian carrier’s director, said that since joining Garuda Indonesia Group in November last year, it would follow suit in providing free wireless connectivity on flights. Sriwijaya Air Group also said it plans to improve its wireless in-flight entertainment offering through its existing partnership with AirFi Indonesia.

The Jakarta Post | Related Inmarsat To Provide GX Aviation In-flight Broadband To Indonesia's Garuda – Nasdaq



Routehappy by ATPCO Makes Codeshare Flight Booking More Transparent

Routehappy by ATPCO today announced the launch of new codeshare Universal Product Attributes (UPAs) on Travix-owned websites for select Star Alliance member airlines. The new UPAs give online flight shoppers greater transparency around the amenities included on flights sold by one carrier but operated by another. “A codeshare is not that simple a concept … We need to reassure passengers – to remove the complexity – so they are more comfortable in the booking process,” Megan Beardsley, Routehappy’s VP of Client Integration, explained.

APEX Media | Related Routehappy’s Amenities Hub is Increasing Rich Content Customization – APEX Media



Four Aerospace Engineering Companies to Form Aircraft Modifications Alliance

Four aviation engineering companies have signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to forming an aircraft modifications alliance. The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) will comprise EAD Aerospace, Envoy Aerospace, Etihad Airways Engineering and Lufthansa Technik. The alliance will to encourage aircraft owners and operators to modernize their fleets with high-quality equipment. IAMA members will establish common standards for the documentation and quality of supplemental type certificates.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Etihad Airways Engineering to form new alliance to retrofit aircraft – Aerospace Technology





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