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September 25, 2019



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[PHOTOS] JetBlue’s First Airbus A321neo Begins Passenger Flights

JetBlue’s first Airbus A321neo entered into scheduled passenger services yesterday with a flight from New York’s JFK International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The narrow-body aircraft’s interior design incorporates features that were a result of feedback from cabin crew and customers and were created by Acumen Design Associates, including redesigned seatback pockets with an elastic gadget panel stowage, mesh pockets for water bottles or personal devices and a larger pocket for laptops. JetBlue claims the new seats are the widest economy-class seats on the market and have been designed with improved memory foam cushions and adjustable headrests. Passengers will also have access to in-flight Wi-Fi powered by ViaSat-2 satellite connectivity.

Inflight Online | Related JetBlue Selects Viasat IFC for Forthcoming Airbus A220 Fleet – APEX Media



Daxing International Airport Begins Operations

China’s President Xi Jinping has formally opened Daxing International Airport in Beijing. Designed by the late world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid in the shape of a starfish, it is said to be the world’s largest terminal in a single building. By 2025, the airport is expected to be able to handle 72 million passengers a year, relieving the pressure on the overcrowded Beijing Capital International Airport. Passengers can expect a more efficient experience enabled by self check-in and automated bag-drop kiosks.

BBC News | Related Osram lights up Daxing – Passenger Terminal Today



[VIDEO] Airbus Connects the Dots of Its IoT-Based Cabin Experience

Airbus brought to APEX EXPO a suite of technologies from its APEX + Crystal Cabin Award-winning Connected Cabin Experience, which has been installed on board its A350 flight lab. Many of the features see cabin components outfitted with sensors or cameras to provide flight crew with information about overhead bin and seat capacity and lavatory queues, for example. “All this you need for takeoff and landing and it’s checked within seconds. Predictive maintenance is also part of the concept so you can deliver good information and save costs for the crew overall,” said Ingo Wuggetzer, VP Marketing, Airbus.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Airbus Prompted the Industry to Watch This Airspace – APEX Media



Hawaiian Introduces Basic Economy-Style Fare

Hawaiian Airlines launched a new low-fare product on flights between Honolulu and select North American cities. The booking option, called Main Cabin Basic, offers passengers the airline’s lowest prices, while forfeiting certain perks such as advanced seat selection, the ability to upgrade to Extra Comfort or First Class seating, earlier access to overhead bins during the boarding process and the option to change flights. However, Main Cabin Basic passengers will still receive a complimentary meal, snack and beverage, in addition to a free carry-on baggage item and access to in-flight entertainment.

Travel Pulse | Related Adient and Collins to Supply Seats for Hawaiian Airlines Dreamliners – APEX Media



Thales and CAAS Set Up Innovation Lab in Singapore to Develop ATM Technologies

Thales will set up a $21.7-million research lab in Singapore in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). The Aviation Innovation Research (AIR) Lab is expected to be launched in early 2020 for an initial period of three years and will be used by both parties to develop new air traffic management technologies. The AIR Lab will be co-located with the Thales Digital Factory to help draw synergies between both facilities.

The Straits Times | Related 40 Success Stories: When Thales Innovated With its AVANT IFE Portfolio – APEX Media



[VIDEO] Astronics Rethinks IFE Cabin Network Architecture

Astronics unveiled at APEX EXPO an in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) cabin network architecture that does away with the traditional centralized system that requires a heavy, head-end server. Its new platform, called Edge, distributes the processing unit and hard drive space over multiple wireless access points (WAPs). “By distributing it, it’s smarter, it runs cooler … and you can install it overnight,” said Mark Schwartz, VP of Astronics Connectivity Group. The IFEC system is designed for BYOD IFE systems and can stream to a maximum of 100 passengers simultaneously at 720p resolution. Edge will be shipping in Q1 of next year to a launch customer that has yet to be named.

APEX Media | Related Astronics Powers Up for APEX EXPO – APEX Media



Slovenia’s Adria Airways Temporary Suspends Operations

Adria Airways suspended all flights on yesterday and today due to “unsecured access to fresh cash, which the airline needs for further flight operations.” The Slovenia-based airline said it is “intensively searching [for] solutions in cooperation with a potential investor. The goal of everyone involved is to make Adria Airways fly again.” The carrier was state-owned until 2016 when it was sold to German investment fund 4K Invest. Since then, Adria’s aircraft fleet has been sold off and it has used leased jets to fly to several European destinations.

Reuters | Related Slovenia’s Adria Airways nears bankruptcy – NewEurope





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