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July 9, 2019



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Moxy Will “Probably” Offer Free Wi-Fi, But No Seatback IFE

Moxy founder David Neeleman said he isn’t sold on the idea of offering seatback in-flight entertainment on his upcoming low-cost carrier. Speaking to Runway Girl Network, he said Moxy would “probably” offer free in-flight Wi-Fi on board its forthcoming fleet of Airbus A220s. The airline made a firm order for 60 A220-300s in January, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2021 and last month signed a letter of intent for nine more A220-300s. “I think there is an argument to be made for seatback but by the time you’re two years out, we all have the devices, you can watch 50 movies, be connected on the Internet, so I’m not sure,” Neeleman said.  

Runway Girl Network | Related JetBlue founder David Neeleman wants to transform air travel in the US – Business Insider



France to Introduce Eco-Tax for Passenger Air Travel

French transport minister Elisabeth Borne revealed details of an eco-tax for commercial flights departing the country. “We have decided, like other countries, to implement an eco-tax on flights from France,” Borne said. The tax will come into effect gradually and will involve a charge of $1.65 per ticket for domestic flights and intra-European flights in economy class, rising to $20 per ticket for business-class tickets for flights to destinations outside the EU. Air France criticized the plan and said it would “significantly penalize” its competitiveness.

FlightGlobal | Related Going Green: Airlines Roll Out Eco-Friendly Initiatives on World Environment Day – APEX Media



Turkish Airlines Borrows Aircraft from AnadoluJet Amid 737 MAX Groundings

Turkish Airlines has decided to temporarily replace its 12 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which have been grounded since March, with 12 737-800s from AnadoluJet. The lack of aircraft for over three months caused Turkey’s flag carrier to cancel dozens of flights. The new decision will allow Turkish to perform almost all flights without major delays or cancellations during the busy summer season.

APEX Media | Related Turkish Airlines Revamps Range of Amenity Kits – APEX Media



Four Suitors Express Interest in Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia’s government said it is studying four proposals from local companies who have offered to either buy a stake in the flag carrier or to manage it. “We must find somebody with experience,” said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Malaysian business newspaper The Edge reported that privately held Weststar Group and Jentayu Danaraksa are among the suitors for the state-owned airline.  

Skift | Related Malaysia Airlines Launches Brand for Pilgrim Flights to Saudi Arabia – APEX Media



ORD Selects SOM to Design Two New Concourses

The City of Chicago selected Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) to design Chicago O’Hare’s Satellite Concourse 1 and Satellite Concourse 2. The two facilities will add 1.2 million square feet to ORD, increasing passenger space by 70% and commercial space by 75%. Satellite 1 will support both domestic and international arrivals and departures, while Satellite 2 will support domestic arrivals and departures with international arrivals for travelers who have cleared US Customs and Border Protection before arriving at ORD.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Chicago O’Hare Joins in Deployment of Biometric Exit Technology – APEX Media



Dubai Airports Partners With Disney to Promote Recycling Among Kids

Dubai Airports has teamed up with Disney Middle East to raise awareness about recycling and reducing single-use plastics. Throughout July, Toy Story 4 activity stations accessible around Dubai International Airport demonstrate how to turn recyclable materials into a “Forky” toy, based on the same character of the latest installment of the Toy Story series of movies. “Last month we announced our intention to eliminate single-use plastics from all customer areas of our two airports and this is an interesting way of bringing our younger customers on the journey,” said Matt Horobin, director of Brand Engagement at Dubai Airports.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Toying With Tie-Ins: The Entertainment Value of In-Flight Amenity Kits for Kids – APEX Media



AirBaltic Revises Unaccompanied Minor Service

AirBaltic has changed its service for unaccompanied minors, defined as children aged between five and 17 who are traveling alone. Under the new policy, parents or guardians of minors flying solo from Riga International Airport will have to accompany the child all the way to the boarding gate. Previous rules allowed children to be dropped off at the public flight departures area. “Each year we have over 1,000 passengers traveling as unaccompanied minors. The service is becoming more popular, and we wished to improve it further,” said Laura Vecvanaga-Puķīte, airBaltic’s SVP of Ground Operations and Customer Care.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related VIDEO: airBaltic’s Jouni Oksanen @ Aviation Festival 2018 – APEX Media





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