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September 23, 2019



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British Airways Joins Consortium That Will Develop F1-Style Aircraft Seat

British Airways, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), JPA Design and SWS Certification have formed a consortium to develop lightweight aircraft seats manufactured in the UK and inspired by Formula One. With support from Airbus and funding from the Aerospace Technology Institute, the consortium will manufacture the seat structures using what it describes as “innovative, rapid processes” that incorporate background intellectual property (IP) from the member companies. WAE and JPA Design announced their partnership in February and representatives from the companies discussed their seat concept at Passenger Experience Conference in April.

Williams F1 | Related Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA Design Unveil Formula One-Inspired Seating Concept – APEX Media



Thomas Cook Goes Bankrupt After Last-Minute Rescue Talks Fail

Thomas Cook ceased trading with immediate effect after last-minute talks with investors failed to secure a funding lifeline to save the 178-year-old travel company. The collapse triggered the biggest-ever peacetime repatriation in British history, as the UK government announced plans to fly 150,000 travelers home. While most of Thomas Cook Airlines’ fleet has been grounded as a result of the group’s bankruptcy filing, German carrier Condor, which is 49.9%-owned by Thomas Cook Group, is continuing to operate flights and is seeking a government-backed bridging loan to preserve liquidity.

BBC News | Related Thomas Cook's Condor still flying but seeks bridge loan – Flight Global



[VIDEO] Overhead IFE Screens, Now in 4K, Still Relevant, Burrana Says

At APEX EXPO, in-flight entertainment and connectivity supplier Burrana unveiled a series of IFE screens with ultra high-definition 4K displays for overhead and seatback. Speaking about the overhead product, which is designed for use on Airbus A320s, Burrana CEO David Withers said, “Fifteen percent of all narrow-bodies still deliver with some kind of retract[able] overhead system,” adding that airlines are not only using the screens for moving maps and safety demonstrations, but for entertainment as well.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Burrana Built Upon a Rich History in IFE – APEX Media



Intelsat Sues OneWeb and SoftBank in New York’s Supreme Court

Intelsat filed a lawsuit against OneWeb and its largest investor, SoftBank, in the New York Supreme Court. The satellite operator claims the two companies breached contracts, committed fraud and conspired to steal confidential and proprietary information. The nine-count lawsuit was filed on September 10 and stems from Intelsat’s $25-million investment in OneWeb, subsequent cooperation agreements and the unsuccessful merger of the two parties. The 2015 investment was conditional on a commercial agreement giving Intelsat customers access to OneWeb communications services, according to the lawsuit.

Space News | Related APEX in Profile: Mark Rasmussen – APEX Media



Virgin Atlantic to Serve Meals Inspired by Israeli Street Food

Virgin Atlantic will begin serving in-flight meals inspired by Israeli street food to its Upper Class and Premium passengers on its new London–Tel Aviv service. The dishes were created in collaboration with London restaurant The Egg and will also be available at the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse inside London’s Heathrow Airport. “At Virgin Atlantic, we always like to do things differently and launching this new service to Israel gave us the opportunity to really look at our onboard service and see how we can tailor it to the destination’s fascinating culture,” said Daniel Kerzner, vice-president, Customer Experience at Virgin Atlantic.

Inflight Online | Related Virgin Atlantic’s First A350 With Inmarsat GX Aviation Takes Off – APEX Media



Kontron Announces Fleet-Wide IFEC Contract

Kontron announced that it has won a contract to supply fleet-wide in-flight entertainment and connectivity hardware to a major European airline specializing in leisure and charter travel. The company is also celebrating a milestone for its ACE Flight 4608 avionics server, which has now been installed on more than 300 aircraft around the world. Recent updates to the ACE Flight 4608 server enable it to store up to 8 terabytes of data and optimize support for a range of applications including satellite and ATG connectivity.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Kontron Streamlined IFEC Hardware – APEX Media



DXB Launches a Complimentary Taxi Service Inside Concourse B

A free taxi service called taxiDXB has launched at Dubai International Airport’s Concourse B to take passengers straight to their gate or to shops and restaurants. The service is available at pick-up points around the arrivals and departures level of Concourse B, however, travelers can also hail one of the 15 eight-seater buggies t from other locations. People with limited mobility, or who are traveling with young children, will be given priority to use taxiDXB.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Dubai International Airport to Offer Free BYOD Wireless Entertainment – APEX Media





Taxiing. Captured by @maclife.mwmw (via Instagram)

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