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June 19, 2019



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IAG Places Tentative Order for 200 Boeing 737 MAXs

IAG signed a letter of intent with Boeing for 200 737 MAX 8s and MAX 10s. The tentative order from the British Airways and Iberia parent company is the largest deal so far announced at the 2019 Paris Air Show. Deliveries are planned for between 2023 and 2027. “I’ve worked with Boeing for years and it’s a brand I trust,” IAG CEO Willie Walsh said. “We have every confidence in Boeing and expect that the aircraft will make a successful return to service in the coming months.” In a separate announcement, IAG placed an order for 14 Airbus A321XLRs.

Air Transport World | Related IAG Orders 14 Airbus A321XLRs – Airways Magazine



Qantas Signs Deal for 36 Airbus A321XLRs

Qantas’ existing order for 26 Airbus A321neos has been updated and converted to the extra long range variant, with 10 more A321XLRs added to the order. The Australian carrier said the updated deal will provide “significant flexibility for the Qantas Group to make adjustments to delivery schedules depending on market conditions.” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said the new aircraft could fly the airline’s Cairns–Tokyo or Melbourne–Singapore routes, which existing narrow-bodies are unable to serve. Aircraft deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2023.

Business Traveller | Related KLM rethinks Airbus A350 plans, eyes broader Qantas partnership – Australian Business Traveller



Air New Zealand CEO to Step Down in September

Air New Zealand CEO Christopher Luxon announced he will step down on September 25 after seven years in the role. Local media reports have suggested Luxon could consider a career in politics with the opposition National Party, a claim he has dismissed. Air New Zealand, which is 51% government-owned, has posted consistent profits in recent years and has renewed its fleet with fuel-efficient aircraft that operate on routes to destinations in the Pacific Rim. The airline said it has already started searching for Luxon’s successor.

Reuters | Related Air NZ Enters Innovation Partnership With JetBlue Technology Ventures – APEX Media



Supplier Issue Caused ViaSat-3 Delays

Viasat said issues with a vendor are the reason behind the delay of the first ViaSat-3 satellite. The company had permission from the FCC to offer Ka-band connectivity in the US, provided a satellite was operational by June 18, 2019, but Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg reported in February that the launch would likely be pushed back to 2021. Viasat expects to launch the ViaSat-3 Americas satellite by May 29, 2021, with ViaSat-3 EMEA and ViaSat-3 APAC to follow by the end of 2022.

Space News | Related Viasat Introduces Gen2 Ku/Ka Connectivity – APEX Media



Behind the O-Topping Sign at Montreal Airport

The iconic “Montréal” sign at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport will soon strike a chord with travelers arriving for the city’s 40th annual International Jazz Festival. Music notes will be added to the marquee – one of several decals that have adorned the seven-by-six-and-a-half-foot “O” since 2015, including a fedora in honor of Leonard Cohen. “[The sign is] an iconic symbol of Montreal now,” said Nadia Orobello, assistant director of the airport’s Communications department.  

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] APEX Insider: Air Transat’s New A321neoLR – APEX Media



Woody, Buzz and Co. Fly With Alaska Airlines Ahead of Toy Story 4 Launch

Alaska Airlines has unveiled a special-edition Toy Story 4-themed aircraft. The airline partnered with Disney and Pixar to create a livery featuring the movie's main characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep. Passengers on the aircraft’s inaugural flight were presented with a complimentary one-month Cinemark Movie Club membership. “Many of us have grown up following the iconic characters, and we’re happy to take the toys to new heights,” said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of Brand Marketing and Advertising.  

Inflight Online | Related The Magic Touch: Lessons From Hospitality Brands – APEX Media



American Airlines Testing Prepaid Baggage Option

American Airlines is evaluating a new policy to allow customers to pay baggage fees before arriving at the airport. The idea is currently being tested for travelers on select flights departing from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Passengers booked on these flights are given the option to pay their baggage fees when checking in online or on the airline’s mobile app. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have offered such an option to customers for several years.

USA Today | Related American Airlines Turns To NDC For PaxEx and Branding Returns – APEX Media





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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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