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April 5, 2019



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Boeing Issues Statement Following Ethiopian Airlines Crash Report

Boeing has released a statement in response to the findings of a preliminary report on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The report, issued by Ethiopia’s Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), contains flight data recorder information indicating the airplane’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) was activated in response to erroneous angle of attack information – as was also the case during the Lion Air 610 flight. Boeing has developed a software update to MCAS, and an accompanying pilot training and education program for the 737 MAX, in an effort to ensure unintended MCAS activation will not happen again.

Boeing | Related Ethiopian Airlines Releases Statement after ET302 Preliminary Report – Airways Magazine



[VIDEO] Diehl Aviation Showcases Smart Cabin Concepts at AIX

During Aircraft Interiors Expo earlier this week, Diehl Aviation displayed a number of innovations, ranging from a “hygienic lavatory” that doesn’t require passengers to touch anything, to smart surfaces that create new branding opportunities and a “bookable bin.” Technology Specialist Marcel Schmedes walked APEX Media director Maryann Simson through the company’s latest concepts during a video interview filmed at the show. Diehl has also announced that Qatar Airways will be the first airline to install its 3-D-printed Curtain Comfort Header, co-developed with Airbus for the A350 XWB in just 12 months and already certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency.

APEX Media | Related Making Waves: Diehl’s Quest to Automate the Aircraft Cabin – APEX Media



Turkish Airlines Begins Retrofitting STG Aerospace’s liTeMood LED Lighting on Boeing 737s

STG Aerospace announced that Turkish Airlines has started a retrofit program to install the company’s liTeMood LED lighting across its Boeing 737-800 fleet. The program aims to harmonize the airline’s existing cabin interiors with the Boeing Sky Interior LED lighting on board its newly delivered aircraft. With its quick and simple installation process of under eight hours, liTeMood is an easy and affordable way for Turkish Airlines to replace fluorescent lighting with the latest LED technology.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Volotea to Install STG Aerospace’s liTeMood Across Airbus Fleet – APEX Media



British Airways Partners With Brewdog for In-flight Craft Beer

British Airways has launched a special craft beer designed for drinking at 35,000 feet. The airline partnered with Scottish brewery Brewdog to create the Speedbird 100 IPA, which will be available on all flights starting May 1 and has been “specifically brewed to work perfectly in the air and adapt to the reduction in taste and smell sensitivity at high altitudes.” Brewdog will also launch a bar within BA’s Club Lounge at New York JFK’s Terminal 7.

Business Traveller | Related Changing Tastes: Beers Brewed for High-Altitude Drinking – APEX Media



Air Peace Orders 10 Embraer E195-E2s

Air Peace has placed a firm order for 10 Embraer E195-E2 regional jets. The deal, worth $2.1 billion at list prices, also includes options for the Nigerian carrier to take an extra 20 aircraft. “Embraer’s new E195-E2 presents us with a marvel of an economic performance. It’s also great that we will be the first E2 operator on the African continent,” said Allen Onyema, Air Peace's chairman and CEO. “We already have the ERJ145s in our fleet, so we understand the high standards of Embraer products.”

Airways Magazine | Related Brazil's Embraer signs $2.1 billion order with Nigeria's Air Peace – Reuters



When Ads Fly: Immfly Launches Advertising Division to Commercialize IFE

Wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider Immfly has launched a media division for in-flight advertisers called Adsfly. The impetus to separate its advertising business from its content business was due to the overwhelming demand the company received to create in-flight ad campaigns. “The success we’ve had with advertisers justified having a stand-alone division,” said Sotiris Damianos, marketing director at Immfly. With the addition of the Adsfly onboard ad-server, there is not only a dedicated team to serve advertisers, there’s also a tool for them. “Advertisers can now place messages, products, service and deals in unique ways in front of a captive audience,” Immfly said in a press release.

APEX Media | Related Spafax Profile Extends to Airport Lounges With Immfly – APEX Media



Cadami and aeroFi Combine Coded Caching and Li-Fi for Streaming

Software company Cadami and connectivity innovator aeroLiFi have introduced technology that uses Li-Fi (the transmission of data via light) and coded caching to stream content to passengers. While Li-Fi provides a stable communications link – enough for HD and 4K content – there is a downside: if the signal is blocked, the connection is severed. But with Cadami’s coded caching technology, content can be broken into tiny chunks, stored throughout the network, and intelligently combined and transmitted to a passenger when they hit the play button. “Li-Fi provides a stable communications link that doesn’t degrade and that has enough capacity for each passenger to stream content,” says Birger Timm, aeroLiFi’s managing director.

APEX Media | Related Byte Sized: Cadami’s Coded Caching Streamlines Multi-Passenger Entertainment Viewing – APEX Media





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[VIDEO] Catch Up on the Biggest News from AIX

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