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February 8, 2019



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Viasat Doubles Number of Connected Aircraft Year-on-Year

Viasat released its 2019 fiscal year third quarter results, reporting a 45% increase in year-on-year revenue growth. Satellite service revenue reached $178 million, a 23% increase from the same period in the previous year. Viasat ended the quarter with 1,123 connected aircraft, nearly double the number from the corresponding period the prior year. “We’re really pleased with the progress in the market, the prospects for innovation on the airline and internet brand sites and are enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead,” said Mark Dankberg, Viasat’s chairman of the board and CEO.

Get Connected | Related Aeromexico Taps Viasat for MAX Connectivity – APEX Media



American Airlines and British Airways to Co-Locate at JFK T8

British Airways and American Airlines have agreed to invest $344 million in upgrading Terminal 8 at New York’s JFK International Airport. The airlines will invest the money over the next three years and will co-locate inside the revamped terminal, which is expected to expand by 70,400 square feet, in 2022. The airport’s expansion efforts are also backed by $12 billion in private funding and $1 billion from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Airport Technology | Related JFK’s new solar panels will help reduce green house gas emissions – International Airport Review



Delivery Service AtYourGate Launches at New York City Airports

AtYourGate has delivered more than 5,000 orders, and generated more than 15,000 app downloads, since it launched its dining and shopping delivery service last month at Newark Liberty International (Terminals A and B), LaGuardia (Terminal B) and John F. Kennedy International (Terminal 7) airports. “Our primary observation is that passengers traveling through the Port Authority NY NJ airports are more stressed for time, and as a result have adopted our AtYourGate service at a faster pace,” AtYourGate president David Henninger told APEX Media.

APEX Media | Related Gate Delivery: The Companies Serving Passengers in a Hurry – APEX Media



Delta Apologizes for Diet Coke “Plane Crush” Napkins

Delta Air Lines has apologized for promotional Diet Coke in-flight napkins, which displayed messages that urged passengers to write down their phone numbers and give them to their “plane crush.” The Atlanta-based carrier said it began the process of removing the napkins in January. “We rotate Coke products regularly as part of our brand partnership, but missed the mark with this one," Delta told USA Today. “We sincerely apologize to anyone we may have offended.”

The Hill | Related Delta Debuts Its Newest Jet in Rival Carrier Territory – Bloomberg



Heathrow Stockpiles Rubber Gloves for Post-Brexit Security Searches

London’s Heathrow Airport is stockpiling rubber gloves to make sure security staff can continue passenger searches in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The airport, which processes 200,000 passengers each day, said gloves and explosive detector swabs are not produced in the UK and need to be imported from the EU. Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said the airport is stockpiling parts for its operations and those of its suppliers. He said he was confident operations would continue after March 29. “The obvious thing you might think of is our baggage system, which has a Dutch supplier, so do we have the spare parts? But some of the other things that are more urgent are the rubber gloves that security officers wear,” he said.

The Guardian | Related UK exit from the EU and its impact on the UK aviation industry – International Airport Review



Azul Plans to Acquire More Embraer and Airbus Jets in 2019

Azul is planning to increase the number of Embraer E195-E2s and Airbus A320neos it will order in 2019. The Brazilian carrier’s revised 2019 fleet plan includes retiring 15 first-generation E195s, one less A330 delivery and no ATR turboprop deliveries. It also calls for the acquisition of 21 new aircraft, including six Embraer E195-E2s, 12 A320neo-family aircraft and three A330s.

FlightGlobal | Related Hainan Airlines sells remaining stake in Brazil's Azul for $306 million – Reuters



Hawaiian Airlines Adds New Coffee, Cocktails and Beer to Beverage Menu

Hawaiian Airlines has launched a new drinks menu, including a new blend of coffee and cocktails. The carrier worked with Honolulu-based Lion Coffee roasters to create a special blend of Arabica beans and a dark French roast that tastes identical when brewed at 30,000 feet and on the ground. Hawaiian also revamped its alcoholic beverage list, with new cocktails including the Moscow Mule-inspired Moloka’i Mule and Tropical Landing, a sweet and sour gin-based combination with guava, lemon, violet and coconut. Maui Brewing Company's Pau Hana Pilsner will also be served for a limited time.

PAX International | Related Hawaiian Airlines Bets on Premium Leisure Strategy With New A321neo Cabin Interior – APEX Media





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