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May 23, 2019




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Airbus and SAS to Conduct Joint Research on Hybrid Electric Aircraft

Airbus and Scandinavian Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on researching a hybrid electric aircraft ecosystem and the infrastructure it would require for commercial airlines. The joint project, which will run until the end of 2020, aims to explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the large-scale introduction of hybrid and full electric aircraft to airline operations.

Airbus | Related JetSuite Orders Up to 100 Zunum Aero Hybrid-Electric Aircraft – APEX Media



Turkish Airlines Revamps Range of Amenity Kits

Turkish Airlines has partnered with Formia, Galileo Watermark and Kaelis to launch a variety of new amenity kits. Formia announced in April an extension of its long-term contract with Turkish Airlines. As part of the three-year agreement, Formia unveiled new amenity kits at WTCE for passengers in economy and business class. Kaelis created the airline’s amenity packs for children, as well as for those embarking on an Umrah pilgrimage, while Galileo is responsible for the airline’s overnight kits.

APEX Media | Related Panasonic Adds Turkey’s TRT World to Live TV Content – APEX Media



Global Eagle Considers Divestiture of Its Maritime Business Unit

Global Eagle is considering divestiture of its maritime and government business units nearly three years after it bought Emerging Market Communications for $550 million. “This process is the result of repeated inbound interest from numerous parties over the last year,” said Global Eagle CEO Josh Marks during a conference call to discuss the company’s first quarter results. He said there is no pressure to proceed with divestitures because Global Eagle has “adequate liquidity and numerous liquidity levers.”

Runway Girl Network | Related Global Eagle Deal Will See Passengers Look for Carmen Sandiego In Flight – APEX Media



ANA Produces In-Flight Safety Videos for Hawaii-Bound Flights

All Nippon Airways has produced an in-flight safety and deplaning video specifically for its flights from Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports to Honolulu. The bilingual videos feature three distinct sea turtle characters – Lani, Kai and Lā – and will be shown on ANA’s Airbus A380 flights starting May 24 and on other aircraft from June 1 onward. “The sea turtle is a sacred symbol in Hawaii, and we felt that the Flying Honu characters we designed make excellent guides who will help our passengers pay close attention to the safety features,” said Hideki Kunugi, executive vice-president of ANA.

The DesignAir | Related [PHOTOS] ANA Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A380 – APEX Media



Airbus Receives Interest in Lower-Deck Bunk Bed Concept

Airbus said it has received a lot of interest in its concept that could one day see modular cabins in an aircraft’s cargo-hold. The aerospace manufacturer estimates 32 bunk beds could fit under the main deck and would be targeted at passengers in premium economy and economy class as a purchasable upgrade. “You go there and have a bed, a real bed, which is a fantastic opportunity I think for economy-class travelers to upgrade for overnight flights, special flights and so on,” said Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus’ vice-president for Cabin Marketing and APEX board member.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace Partner for Lower-Deck Modules – APEX Media



Finavia Opens West Pier at HEL

Finavia has officially opened Helsinki Airport’s forest-themed West Pier for passengers departing on long-haul flights. The new building comprises five jet bridges, almost 140,000 square feet of extra space, two restaurants, a premium-class lounge and a childcare room. “The opening of Helsinki Airport’s West Pier comes at a very good time as Finnair’s successful Asian strategy continues to increase the number of transfer passengers at our airport,” said Joni Sundelin, executive director of Helsinki Airport at Finavia.  

Future Travel Experience | Related Chinese Celebrity Moves Into Helsinki Airport for #LifeinHel Campaign – APEX Media



United CEO Pledges to Rebook Passengers Concerned About Boeing 737 MAX

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz has vowed to rebook any passenger that is concerned about flying on the Boeing 737 MAX, once the aircraft is cleared by regulators to fly again. Of the three US 737 MAX operators, United is the only airline to make such an announcement, with Munoz saying he wants customers to feel comfortable. “If people need any kind of adjustments, we will absolutely rebook them,” he said.

Reuters | Related United to buy up to 10 million gallons of biofuel – Air Transport World





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