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March 25, 2019



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Apax Partners-Led Consortium Buys Inmarsat for $3.4 Billion

Inmarsat has been sold for $3.4 billion to a consortium including Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. The deal means Inmarsat will become a private company after the consortium’s $7.21 per share offer is accepted. Apax was part of a consortium of investors that bought Inmarsat in 2003, before taking the company public two years later.

Bloomberg | Related Inmarsat shares leap after approach by Apax/Warburg Pincus – Get Connected



Icelandair Withdraws From WOW air Takeover Talks

Icelandair has pulled out of negotiations with WOW air about a possible takeover of the struggling low-cost carrier. The airlines had resumed talks after Indigo Partners’ proposed takeover was called off on March 21.“Icelandair Group has decided that its possible involvement in Wow air’s operations, as announced on 20 March 2019, will not materialize. Therefore, all discussions between the parties have been canceled,” WOW air said in a statement posted to its website.

Airways Magazine | Related Flag carriers increasingly pose a “too big to fail” problem for some finance ministries – The Economist



British Airways Begins Testing Wi-Fi on Short-Haul Flights

British Airways is preparing for the launch of its short-haul in-flight Wi-Fi service within the UK and Europe, by testing the system on several of its narrow-body aircraft. BA is charging £1.99 for its basic Messaging package, while its faster Browse & Stream option, starting at £6.99, is for anything that requires more bandwidth. The airline plans to have in-flight connectivity, powered by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom's European Aviation Network, installed on more of its narrow-body Airbus jets by mid-2019.

Australian Business Traveller | Related British Airways Upgrades First Class With New Amenities And Dining – The DesignAir



Diehl Aviation's C3 Concept Uses Sensors to Deduce Passenger Intent

Diehl’s Context Controlled Cabin (C3) concept is a motion-triggered environment that uses optical sensors to control multiple functions at multiple seats within view, such as dimming a window at one seat while switching on a reading light at another. “This is the application of smarthome concepts to the aircraft cabin,” said Lars Fucke, senior specialist, Systems R&T at Diehl Aviation. “The idea is to algorithmically deduce the intent of passengers by tracking their posture and gestures in relation to certain objects or marked areas in the cabin.” Diehl will begin demonstrating the capabilities of C3 within a year.

APEX Media | Related Flight Monitor: Microsensors Bring Predictive Maintenance to Aircraft Cabins – APEX Media



Boeing Briefs Pilots and Experts on 737 MAX Updates, Receives Ethiopian Airlines Backing

Boeing will this week brief 200 airline pilots, technical experts and regulators on software and training updates for its 737 MAX aircraft. Ethiopian Airlines said it expressed confidence in the planemaker, despite the recent crash. CEO Tewolde Gebremariam said the airline will work with Boeing and other carriers to make air travel safer. “Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future,” he said. “Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing. They have been a partner of ours for many years.”

Reuters | Related Boeing testing software changes to 737 MAX planes – CNN



Could Airlines Face Competition From Space Travel?

Airlines could face competition from spacecraft on long-haul routes as soon as 2030, according to a report by investment bank UBS. The report estimates the value of the private space industry will rise from $400 billion to $805 billion in the next decade and long-haul space travel could be worth $20 billion by 2030. UBS says point-to-point space travel could compete with airlines on routes that take more than 10 hours. “While space tourism is still at a nascent phase, we think that as technology becomes proven, and the cost falls due to technology and competition, space tourism will become more mainstream,” wrote UBS analysts Jarrod Castle and Myles Walton.

Business Traveller | Related UAE Space Agency, Virgin Galactic tie up for commercial space flights – Gulf News



Lufthansa Innovation Hub Launches App to Incentivize Public Transport Use

Lufthansa Innovation Hub has unveiled a mobile application that will reward people for using public transport and air travel. The RYDES app, in partnership with Eurowings and car-sharing provider MILES, awards points for using car-sharing, bike-sharing and e-scooter services; for traveling with German rail provider Deutsche Bahn; and for flying with select airlines. Reward points can be redeemed for free minutes with mobility services, for coffee vouchers and with e-commerce partners including Amazon.

Phocus Wire | Related Lufthansa Innovation Hub Expands Into Asia-Pacific – APEX Media





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