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June 25, 2019



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[PHOTOS] Lufthansa Unveils Next-Gen Premium Economy Seat

Lufthansa unveiled its next-generation premium economy seat, which will debut on the airline’s Boeing 777-9s in late 2020. The seats will come with larger seatback displays and a bigger storage nook below the screens.The seats will also be installed on SWISS’ Boeing 777-300 and Airbus A340 fleets as of early 2021. Lufthansa’s 777-9 fleet will also feature a new business-class seat with direct-aisle access for every passenger, alternating each row between a 1-2-1 and 1-1-1 configuration.  

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



Delta Rolls Out Revamped Boeing 767 Interiors

Delta Air Lines has revamped the cabin interiors on board the first of its 21 Boeing 767-400ERs. The refreshed interior includes four branded seat products: Delta One, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin. The Delta One cabin includes 34 new business-class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with high sides and dividers, 18-inch high-resolution in-flight entertainment screens and a new self-service snack and beverage area. The Delta Premium Select section includes 20 premium economy seats in a 2-2-2 layout, while the Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin feature a combined 184 seats. The aircraft will return to service on November 12 on routes between the US and destinations in Europe and South America.  

Delta Air Lines | Related Delta Air Lines to bring premium offering to UK – Breaking Travel News



Immfly Content Streaming in Lounges at Dominican Republic’s Busiest Airport

Immfly has partnered with Before Boarding, an operator of two lounges inside Santo Domingo Aeropuerto Internacional Las Américas (AILA) in the Dominican Republic. The partnership means Immfly will deploy its Connected Digital Services platform to allow guests at Before Boarding’s VIP and business lounges to access movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, destination guides, digital magazines and newspapers to their personal devices, in addition to customized airline services.

Immfly | Related When Ads Fly: Immfly Launches Advertising Division to Commercialize IFE – APEX Media



Western Sydney Airport Announces Terminal Design Competition Shortlist

Five design teams (Design Inc & Foster + Partners; Architectus, Gensler, SAA and Surbana Jurong; Cox and Zaha Hadid; Woods Bagot and RSHP; and Hassell and Pascall Watson) were selected from more than 40 submissions to participate in the design competition for Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. Sydney’s second airport is scheduled to open in 2026 with a single 3.7-kilometer runway and an initial passenger throughput capacity of 10 million, expanding to a second parallel runway and an 82-million annual passenger capacity in the 2060s.

APEX Media | Related Blurring Boundaries: The Shifting Space Between the Airport and the City – APEX Media



Tokyo’s Narita Airport Opens a Nintendo Gaming Zone

Tokyo’s Narita International Airport will open a Nintendo gaming experience zone inside Terminal 1 for two days (June 29 and 30). The Nintendo Check-In will be decorated with characters from the Mario video games series and will allow travelers to play a selection of Nintendo video games and have their photo taken next to a statue of Mario.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Will Nintendo Switch Bring In-Flight Gaming to the Next Level? – APEX Media



DOT Rules in Favor of Pre-Boarding for Passengers With Food Allergies

A US Department of Transportation ruling issued in May could force some airlines to change their boarding policies to accommodate passengers with food allergies. The DOT’s ruling means that airlines “must offer pre-boarding to passengers with a disability who self-identify at the gate as needing additional time or assistance to board,” and that “passengers with severe nut allergies are passengers with disabilities.” The decision followed a complaint by a parent of a seven-year-old who was refused permission to board a flight early in September 2016, meaning the parent could not wipe down the seat surfaces to avoid exposure to peanuts and tree nuts.

Skift | Related Multiplying Menus: Carriers Cater to Increasing Number of Dietary Restrictions – APEX Media



Russia Bans Its Airlines From Flying to Georgia

Vladimir Putin has banned Russia’s airlines from flying to neighboring Georgia. The suspension of flights is designed to put pressure on the country’s tourism industry, which accounted for 7.6% of GDP in 2018. Putin signed the decree on Friday and said the ban was necessary to protect “the national security of the Russian Federation.” Starting July 8, Russian airlines will be banned from flying Russian citizens to Georgia. The decision was made after more than 10,000 Georgians protested the visit of a Russian MP who was allowed to chair a session of parliament last Thursday. Both countries fought a five-day war in 2008 over the disputed territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

The Guardian | Related Georgia Stages Protests While Its Relations With Russia Are in a Tailspin – The New York Times





Southwest Flight 2236 cleared for landing on runway 24L. Captured by @mhaviation (via Instagram)

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