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February 22, 2019

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Lonely Planet Acquires ArrivalGuides

Lonely Planet has acquired ArrivalGuides, the world’s largest distributor of destination content. The Gothenburg-based company offers 625 destination guides, which feature more than 56,000 points of interest and are available in multiple languages. Thanks to a partnership with PXCom signed in 2016, ArrivalGuides’ customer list includes Air Dolomiti, TAROM and Iberia, which offer destination content as part of their respective in-flight entertainment libraries.

Inflight Online | Related PXCom to Add Augmented Reality to Latécoère’s IFE External Video Stream – APEX Media

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Connect Airways Completes Purchase of Flybe

The sale of Flybe’s assets to Connect Airways is now complete following the rejection of an alternative last-minute rescue deal proposed by a US consortium earlier this week. The purchase by Connect Airways, a consortium made up of Stobart Group and Cyrus Capital and led by Virgin Atlantic, will likely signal the beginning of the end for the Flybe brand. When the agreement was first announced, Connect Airways said, “Flybe will be rebranded to Virgin Atlantic.” Flybe services continue to operate as normal.

Business Insider | Related Flybe to expand London Heathrow-Edinburgh route by 50% – Business Traveller

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JHAS Selects FL Technics as Official Aircraft Seat Sales Representative

FL Technics has signed a partnership agreement with JHAS, an Italian-based aircraft interiors and seating company. The agreement means FL Technics will act as JHAS’ official representative and the exclusive seller of its aircraft seats in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Asia Pacific. “JHAS provides different, tailor-made solutions for aircraft interiors. This is not usual in aviation industry as we are looking for a breakthrough out of standardized seating environment. We are glad that JHAS chose us as their exclusive partners,” said Zilvinas Lapinskas, CEO at FL Technics.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related FL Technics partners with JHAS to promote and sell economy and business aircraft seats – JHAS

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Korean Air Celebrates 50 Years With Special Edition Livery

Korean Air has unveiled a special edition livery for 10 of its wide- and narrow-body aircraft to celebrate the airline’s 50th anniversary. The paint job depicts the number 50 in a stylized taegeuk design with an airplane flying over it and the slogan: “Beyond 50 Years of Excellence.” The first aircraft with the special edition livery, a Boeing 777-300, took to the skies last week on a flight from Incheon to San Francisco. The livery will remain on the 10 aircraft until the end of the year.

Breaking Travel News | Related [INTERVIEW] "Delta-Korean Air joint venture big success" – The Korea Times

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Bangkok Airways Pays Homage to Street Food

Bangkok Airways is introducing new menus on all of its flights originating from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Samui Airport and Phuket Airport. Created exclusively for the carrier by Bangkok Airways Catering, the concept for the menu is “Boutique Street Food.” Dishes featured on the menu include phad thai with shrimp stir-fried chicken with basil leaves served with jasmine rice; roasted duck noodles; thai vermicelli with fish curry; and southern-style spicy minced chicken served with jasmine rice.

Bangkok Air | Related AirAsia to Open Fast-Food Restaurant Serving Its In-flight Food – Skift

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KLM's Family Updates Service Tells Those at Home "Whatsapp"

KLM is jumping on the notification bandwagon with Family Updates. The service, which launched in December, drives automated messages about flight departures, arrivals and delays to WhatsApp groups created by KLM customers. Group members can also ask for flight status updates. KLM has been communicating through WhatsApp since September 2017.

APEX Media | Related KLM Integrates Its Service Bot With Google Home – APEX Media

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Spanish Government Welcomes Provisional Post-Brexit Airline Deal

Spain’s government said it welcomes a provisional EU deal meant to ease the impact of a possible no-deal Brexit on the airline industry. Under the deal, subject to approval from EU member states, airlines such as IAG-owned Iberia would be able to continue operating scheduled flights for seven months after the date of application of post-Brexit air traffic regulations. “This is solved, we have been given a moratorium of seven months in the regulation that will be approved, and we are working with the company to find a definitive solution,” said Reyes Maroto, Spain’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Reuters | Related British Airways owner stops selling its shares to non-EU citizens – CNBC

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Aeroflot Boeing 737 on the runway at Tallinn Airport.  Captured by @aviation_tallinn (via Instagram)

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Association News

Have You Registered for APEX Asia Yet? Join Asian Aviation Industry Leaders this March!

APEX Asia brings valuable services to the entirety of the Asian aviation industry and fosters the international exchange of ideas, cutting-edge information, industry best practices and the latest in technological trends. This year’s event features keynotes from Philippine Airlines and Xiamen Airlines. Don’t miss out - register today!

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"The world is always in movement."

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