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February 7, 2019



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Delta’s Airbus A220s Begin Scheduled Passenger Flights

Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220 jets have entered service for commercial passenger flights. The new 109-seat single-aisle aircraft took off on Tuesday morning from New York's LaGuardia Airport with one flight to Boston and another to Dallas/Fort Worth. Initial feedback from passengers appears positive. “It's less claustrophobic” compared with small regional jets, said David Krause, a travel manager for singer Dionne Warwick, adding that he liked the shape of the windshield because the aircraft "looks like a little raccoon.”

CNBC | Related Government Shutdown Delays Delta’s A220 Launch – Airways Magazine



Qantas Cancels Remaining Eight Airbus A380 Orders

Following discussions with Airbus, Qantas has canceled eight remaining A380s that were ordered in 2006. “These aircraft have not been part of the airline’s fleet and network plans for some time,” the airline said. Qantas, however, said it remains committed to upgrading its existing A380 fleet, with refurbishments scheduled to begin in the middle of this year, adding it plans to “operate the aircraft well into the future.”

Reuters | Related A380 future in doubt as Airbus meets with Emirates – CNBC



FlightPath3D Reaches 1,000 Aircraft Installs for Wireless IFE Moving Map

FlightPath3D has installed its wireless in-flight entertainment 3D Moving Map product on over 1,000 aircraft. The news follows a recent announcement that the company had secured its 50th airline customer in less than five years. Alexis Capdevila, manager, Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity at Air Europa, stated, “We selected FlightPath3D as the map provider for our fleet as they have the most innovative feature-rich product, providing an immersive game-like 3D experience for our passengers.”

APEX Media | Related FlightPath3D Secures 50 Airline Customers in Five Years – APEX Media



Thomas Cook Reviews Options for Airline Division After Financial Losses

Thomas Cook announced a strategic review of its airline group after reporting financial losses. The company said it would “consider all options to enhance value to shareholders,” which could mean the sale of the whole airline or parts of it. In the first fiscal quarter, which ended December 31, Thomas Cook’s operating loss increased by $18 million to $77 million, compared to a year earlier.

Breaking Travel News | Related Thomas Cook considers sale of airline – BBC News



SWISS Upgrades Zurich Airport Check-In Concourse

Swiss International Air Lines has made improvements to its concourse in Zurich Airport’s Check-in 1. It now offers redesigned waiting zones, screen displays and a separate check-in lounge for first-class travelers. “As Zurich’s hub carrier, SWISS is a key partner of ours. And with its redesigned concourse in our Check-in 1, SWISS has raised its presence and profile even more among our airport users,” said Stephan Widrig, CEO of airport operator Flughafen Zürich AG.

PAX International | Related Swiss Adds Five New Summer Destinations from Geneva – AviationTribune



EasyJet Adds AR Bag Scanning Functionality to iPhone App

EasyJet has added a new feature to its iPhone app that allows customers to measure the dimensions of their luggage at home. The app uses Apple’s ARKit 2 augmented reality technology and iPhone camera to measure an item and check whether it meets the airline’s hand luggage requirements. “The move is set to make it even easier for customers to check their luggage and provide greater certainty as to whether they can travel with their bag in the cabin,” said easyJet in a statement.

Business Traveller | Related LATAM Set to Launch Augmented Reality Tool That Measures Carry-On Luggage – APEX Media



Chicago Overtakes Atlanta as Busiest US Airport (According to One Measure)

Chicago O’Hare has overtaken Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson for having the most flight operations in 2018, according to full-year figures released by the FAA on Monday. Atlanta is expected to remain both the US’s and world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger count – these numbers are expected to be released by Airports Council International this spring.

USA Today | Related Chicago O’Hare Joins in Deployment of Biometric Exit Technology – APEX Media





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