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May 2, 2019



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Bombardier Puts Northern Ireland and Morocco Operations Up for Sale

Bombardier has put its operations in Northern Ireland and Morocco up for sale. The manufacturer, which employs 3,600 people at several locations across Northern Ireland, said in a statement that it will consolidate all its aerospace assets into a “single, streamlined and fully integrated business.” The statement added: "We understand that this announcement may cause concern among our employees, but we will be working closely with them and our unions as matters progress, and through any future transition period.”

BBC News | Related How important is Bombardier to NI's economy? – BBC News



Korean Air Will Remove First-Class Cabins on 27 Routes

Korean Air plans to remove its first-class service on 27 routes, operated using Boeing 787-9s, 777-300ERs and Airbus A330s, as of June 1. The Asian carrier said the decision was made because of low demand for first-class seats on certain routes and will help it achieve “better operational efficiency.” Korean Air already operates dual-class (business and economy) cabins on 47 routes, which will be joined by short- and long-haul services to destinations in Asia, Europe, Australasia and North America.

FlightGlobal | Related The Disappearing Act: Is the First-Class Cabin Becoming Obsolete? – APEX Media



Air Transat Opens Discussions Over Possible Sale

Shares in Air Transat rose by more than 40% after it announced that it had launched preliminary talks regarding the possible sale of the company. The Montreal-based leisure carrier and travel company said before its annual meeting that it is in talks with more than one party regarding a transaction. “I want to reiterate that the discussions are at a preliminary stage and no decision has been made on a potential transaction,” Transat AT chief executive Jean-Marc Eustache told shareholders.

CBC News | Related [PODCAST] Air Transat to Deploy Bluebox Wow Wireless IFE – APEX Media



Indigo and Lufthansa Among Likely Thomas Cook Airline Bidders

Indigo Partners and Lufthansa will likely bid for Thomas Cook’s airline business, according to sources cited by Reuters. The debt-laden British travel group put its profitable airline business, which consists of Germany’s Condor, as well as British, Scandinavian and Spanish operations, up for sale in February. Potential bidders have until May 7 to express interest.

Reuters | Related Oneworld Connect Announces First Partner, Fiji Airways – APEX Media



Fiji Airways to Become First South Pacific Operator of the Airbus A350

Deliveries of Fiji Airways’ two Airbus A350s are scheduled for November and December this year. The aircraft will include 33 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond lie-flat seats, each offering direct aisle access, while the economy-class cabin will feature 301 Recaro CL3710 seats. Both aircraft will also come installed with the latest generation Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system and onboard Wi-Fi connectivity.

APEX Media | Related Thomas Cook CEO Pushes a Turnaround Plan, Dodges Takeover Chatter – Skift



BA Continues Centenary Celebrations by Partnering With UK Brands

British Airways is continuing its centennial celebrations by partnering with several UK brands for its in-flight service. BA is now serving an exclusive three-bean coffee blend from CRU Kafe on board short-haul flights. It also added a 10-botanical blend gin from Edinburgh-based distillers Pickering’s and Chapel Down’s 2018 Bacchus, an English white wine, to its beverage menu.

PAX International | Related British Airways launches limited-edition Marmite jar – Business Traveller



Teledyne Controls Launches Secure Dataloading Technology

Teledyne Controls has launched a new portable dataloader that integrates securely with the company’s ground management system to provide navigation databases and application updates to aircraft. The PMAT XS addresses a key concern of airlines and aircraft operators: ensuring that the connection between the aircraft and ground operations is not compromised while data is being loaded. “The PMAT XS gives airlines the best of both worlds: an efficient, reliable dataloading solution that facilitates compliance and securely loads the aircraft on the ground,” said Craig Aitken, senior director of Dataloading Solutions at Teledyne Controls.

Get Connected | Related Teledyne Controls: "Spinning" or "streaming" aircraft data – Get Connected





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