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May 10, 2019



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Brussels Airlines Starts Selling Long-Haul Premium Economy Tickets

Brussels Airlines has started selling tickets for its new premium economy class, which will launch August 1 on board five long-haul aircraft. The first aircraft retrofitted with new economy-class, premium economy and business-class cabins entered Brussels Airlines’ fleet on April 29. The premium economy cabin includes 21 seats, which offer 38 inches of pitch, 40 degrees of recline and 13-inch seatback displays.

Brussels Airlines | Related [PHOTOS] Brussels Airlines Unveils Revamped Airbus A330 Interiors – APEX Media



China Airlines Selects Airbus A321neos to Replace Boeing 737s

China Airlines has selected the Airbus A321neo to replace its existing narrow-body fleet of 18 Boeing 737s. The Taiwanese carrier will lease 14 A321neos, which will enter service from 2021 onward, and will also start negotiations with a view to placing 11 firm orders, plus five options. “After assessing all relevant aircraft features and considering the congestion of neighboring airports in Asia, China Airlines have selected Airbus A321neo as the optimum aircraft for the regional narrow-body operations,” the airline said in a statement.

FlightGlobal | Related China Airlines Partners With The North Face for Upcoming Amenity Kits – APEX Media



Garuda Indonesia Defends Decision to Record Future IFEC Revenue in 2018 Results

Garuda Indonesia defended its decision to recognize $242 million of future revenue, from its 15-year in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment deal with Mahata Aero Teknologi, as an operating item in its 2018 financial results. The airline said that based on Indonesian accounting standards, it is allowed to book future income if certain conditions are fulfilled. According to Garuda, Mahata was selected as its fleetwide IFEC provider because it offered a revenue-sharing proposal that required no investment by the airline.

FlightGlobal | Related Garuda Indonesia to Install GX Aviation Fleet Wide – APEX Media



Viva Air Plans to Launch Third Low-Cost Carrier in Latin America

Viva Air said it plans to launch a third airline in Latin America, plus an initial public offering. According to Viva’s biggest shareholder and Ryanair co-founder Declan Ryan, the company plans to sell shares within two years.. “We’re effectively the Ryanair of Latin America … Colombia has a huge middle class so we’re seeing a lot more people hopping on our planes,” he said. Viva Air said it is considering Ecuador or Central America as the base for its third airline.

Bloomberg | Related Viva Air Labs empowering an ecosystem of innovation in Latin America – Future Travel Experience



British Airways Rolls Out Biometric Boarding for International Flights

British Airways announced it will begin biometric boarding for international flights taking off from the UK. Three million passengers have already used biometric boarding on BA’s UK domestic flights. Self-service facial recognition boarding gates have now been installed inside Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport, allowing travelers to scan their own boarding cards and eliminating the need to present their passports.




Airlines Can Remove Fare Errors Faster With ATPCO’s New Feature

ATPCO, which houses and distributes over 87% of the world’s airfares and stores over 210 million active ones in its database, has launched a new feature for its FareManager system. Suppression of Sales enables airlines to cancel an erroneous fare within 15 minutes of being advertised for the US and Canadian markets, and within an hour for international markets.  

APEX Media | Related ATPCO Looks to Routehappy’s Startup Culture to Develop Next-Gen Flight Shopping – APEX Media



Berlin Brandenburg Airport Starts Allocating Terminal Space to Airlines

The operator of Berlin’s chronically delayed new airport says it has started allocating space to airlines ahead of its targeted opening date of October 2020. Berlin Brandenburg Airport announced that easyJet and Lufthansa will be located in Terminal 1, and Eurowings in Terminal 2, while Ryanair will use the existing Schönefeld Airport terminals, which will be converted into Terminal 5. More than 80 airlines will be allocated terminal space in the next few weeks. Berlin Brandenburg was scheduled to open in 2011, but has been delayed multiple times and has run three times over its original budget.

Business Traveller | Related Berlin Brandenburg Airport seeks retail, F&B and currency operators – DFNI Frontier





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