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February 14, 2019



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Airbus to End A380 Superjumbo Program

Airbus announced it will end production of its A380 passenger jet after failing to secure orders. The European aerospace manufacturer said it made the decision to stop production of the superjumbo by 2021 after its largest customer Emirates slashed its planned A380 fleet size by 39 aircraft, from 162 to 123. The Dubai-based carrier said it would purchase 70 smaller A330neos and A350s. Around 3,500 jobs could be at risk over the next three years and Airbus said it would start talks with unions. “Today’s announcement is painful for us and the A380 communities worldwide,” Airbus CEO Tom Enders said.

The Guardian | Related End of the superjumbo: Airbus is giving up on the A380 – CNN



Qatar Airways’ Airbus A321neo Fleet to Feature All-New Business-Class Seat

Qatar Airways will launch a new business-class seat on board its forthcoming Airbus A321neos, scheduled for delivery in the second half of this year. The seat’s design is tipped to be a single-aisle version of the QSuite. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said the upcoming business-class product is “a seat model that’s not in [the] Qatar Airways fleet,” adding that “there will be lots of privacy.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Qatar Takes Delivery of First Airbus A350-1000, Featuring Qsuite – APEX



Eurowings Introduces “Bring Your Own Cup” Discount

On February 1, Eurowings kick-started its “Bring Your Own Cup” initiative, which gives passengers a 20% discount on select hot beverages if they use their own mug. Available across all Eurowings flights, the discount applies to the 0.2 liter-sized coffee or black tea, reducing the price of both from €2.50 to €2.00. The discount is not valid for freshly brewed coffee from Public Coffee Roasters, which is available in limited quantities.

APEX Media | Related All You Can Eat: Can Edible Packaging Help Airlines Become More Sustainable? – APEX Media



Canadian ULCC Flair Unveils New Branding and Livery

Flair Airlines has unveiled a major rebranding to reflect its “vision of the future.” Starting next month, one of the Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier’s Boeing 737-800s will begin flying with its new livery featuring a redesigned logo. Flair has also launched a redesigned website and new staff uniforms. “The bright modern design is reflective of the positive spirit we want travelers to experience and makes a solid statement that Flair is on a mission to make travel more accessible, more affordable and more desirable while allowing us to add a little humor along the way,” said Charles McKee, Flair’s chief commercial officer.

Global Newswire | Related "We are creating a new market": Ultra low-cost airline Swoop attracting new or infrequent flyers – Financial Post



Etihad in Talks to Cancel Airbus and Boeing Wide-Body Orders

Etihad Airways is in talks about canceling large parts of its wide-body orders with Airbus and Boeing. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier said it is in “commercial discussions” with Airbus to cut all 40 A350-900s, plus two A350-1000s, it has on order. Etihad said it will take six Boeing 777-9s, five A350-1000s and 26 A321neos. The airline had originally ordered a mix of 25 777X family aircraft. The company stated the changes will “enable the airline to further progress its transformation and adjust to its new operating model.”

Air Transport World | Related Etihad Furnishes The Residence with Exclusive DUXIANA Products – APEX Media



Fraport Partners With Volocopter to Develop Air Taxi Infrastructure Concepts at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport has partnered with Volocopter to develop concepts for the future ground infrastructure that would be required for air taxi services at airports. The collaboration will look at how so-called Volcopter Ports could link existing urban transportation junctions and provide connections to and from Frankfurt Airport. “Autonomous flying will fundamentally change aviation in the years to come. We want to be the first airport in Europe to harness the potential of electric air taxis in partnership with pioneer Volocopter,” said Anke Giesen, executive board member for Operations at Fraport.

Future Travel Experience | Related CES: Will Flying Taxis Make Cities Better Places to Live? – APEX Media



Star Alliance Integrates Skyscanner Search Functionality Into Website

Star Alliance has redesigned its website and added the ability for customers to search for flights, view airfares and book with its member airlines. The airline alliance has integrated Skyscanner’s flight search engine and redirects users to the member carrier’s website to complete the purchase. Star Alliance said it is also working on adding more features, including interline baggage tracking, interline seat assignments at the time of reservation and frequent flyer membership number validation.

Business Traveller | Related Star Alliance Trials Inflight VR Entertainment in Two Lounges – APEX Media





Icelandair Boeing 757 on runway 21R at at FRA. Captured by @photolouis_  (via Instagram)

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Association News

APEX TECH Returns in May with Topics Ranging from Ancillary Revenue to Connectivity

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