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April 23, 2019



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Cathay Pacific Pledges to Prevent In-Flight “Pilferage”

Cathay Pacific has vowed to crack down on food, drink and other items being stolen from its aircraft. Reports suggested that cabin crew were stealing cutlery, mini tubs of Haagen-Dazs ice cream and bottles of champagne, but CEO Rupert Hogg said the blame may lie elsewhere. "The bigger issue is a pilferage issue and it may not necessarily be around cabin crew," he told BBC Radio 4's Today program. According to the South China Morning Post, six employees were placed under investigation on Saturday following security spot checks at Hong Kong International Airport.

BBC News | Related Cathay Pacific Opens Yoga and Meditation Space in Hong Kong Airport Lounge – APEX Media



Airbus Says A220 Integration Is on Track

Airbus said the integration of the former Bombardier C Series (A220) program into its own structure is progressing well. “We will deliver more aircraft in the second half of the year than we did in the first half as we continue to ramp up,” said Philippe Balducci, CEO of the Airbus-led partnership that now builds the A220. He said all commercial activities, including marketing and sales, now fall under Airbus.

Air Transport World | Related Airbus Renames C Series as A220, But What Else Is Changing? – APEX Media



China Southern Allows Passengers to Buy Empty Adjacent Seats

China Southern Airlines has introduced a new service that allows passengers to buy empty economy-class seats at a discount to guarantee that they won’t be seated next to someone else. The new “One Passenger More Seats” service is available on flights departing from Guangzhou and allows customers to buy up to three extra seats for between $37 and $253 depending on the length of flight.

Business Traveller | Related VIDEO: China Southern and Peach Aviation Place Orders for Recaro Seats – APEX Media



Why Collins Aerospace Is Investing in Nose-to-Tail Integration

Collins Aerospace is focusing on monitoring, managing and manipulating data from nose to tail to bring huge benefits for airlines and passengers. One goal is increasing the quality and breadth of sensor monitoring and automation for maintenance issues. The company has a vision to “bring value to our airline customers, by improving their passenger experience and safety, but equally, if not more important, their operational efficiencies,” said LeAnn Ridgeway, the company’s vice-president of Information Management Services.

APEX Media | Related Collins Aerospace at AIX: Pop-Up Self-Service Station and Ultra LED Reading Light – APEX Media



Relaunched Uganda Airlines Receives First Two Aircraft

The newly relaunched Uganda Airlines has taken delivery of its first two aircraft, nearly two decades after the East African country’s flag carrier collapsed. The airline’s two 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets will be used on flights to neighboring African countries and an additional two aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in July and September. Uganda Airlines has also ordered two Airbus long-haul aircraft that will be delivered by 2021.

France 24 | Related Government now regains "full ownership" of Uganda Airlines – The Observer



Paris Orly Connects Terminals Under One Roof

Paris Orly Airport unveiled a major refurbishment that connects its former South and West terminals together under a single building layout now known as Orly 1-2-3-4. A new junction building known as Orly 3 connects to the other terminals, allowing travelers to access all parts of the airport under one roof. Orly 3 also includes 538,000 square feet of duty-free retail space, lounges and restaurants.

Business Traveller | Related Terminal expansion at Paris-Orly to streamline passenger processing – International Airport Review



On-Demand Helicopter Ridesharing Service Launches in Manila

A new on-demand helicopter ridesharing service has launched in Manila, Philippines. Ascent is operating the service using helicopters flown by local operator INAEC Aviation. The app-based service allows users to buy seats on flights linking Ninoy Aquino International Airport to downtown areas of Manila and regional destinations north of the capital.

Air Transport World | Related CES: Will Flying Taxis Make Cities Better Places to Live? – APEX Media  





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PHOTOS: APEX MultiMedia Market 2019

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