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September 27, 2019



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Delta to Buy a 20% Stake in LATAM

Delta Air Lines has agreed to buy a 20% stake in LATAM Airlines in a deal worth $2.25 billion. Under the terms of the deal, Delta will pay $1.9 billion for the stake and will invest $350 million to help LATAM unwind ties with oneworld alliance. Delta will also acquire four Airbus A350s from LATAM and will assume the airline’s commitment to buy 10 more A350s between 2020 and 2025. American Airlines had previously sought to form a joint venture with LATAM, but Chile’s Supreme Court blocked the proposal earlier this year.

Bloomerg | Related LATAM to leave Oneworld – Business Traveller



[PHOTOS] Air France Receives Its First Airbus A350

Air France has received the first of 28 Airbus A350-900 that it has on order. The aircraft will operate its first commercial flight on October 7 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Bamako, Mali. The aircraft has 34 business-class seats, 24 in premium economy and 266 economy-class seats. “The arrival of this first A350 marks a new phase in Air France's fleet modernization strategy. Within five years, more than half of the company's fleet will be made up of new-generation aircraft,” said Anne Rigail, CEO of Air France.

FlightGlobal | Related KLM transfers A350 order to Air France – FlightGlobal



[VIDEO] How SAS Is Using New Technologies to Improve Sustainability

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) recently added the option for customers to purchase 20-minute “blocks” of biofuel to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In a video interview from World Aviation Festival 2019, Annelie Nassen, executive vice-president of Global Sales and Marketing for SAS, explains why the airline sees technology and sustainability as the "perfect match", and outlines how it is improving its environmental credentials.




IATA Launches Campaign to Increase the Number of Female Airline Executives

IATA launched a campaign that aims to increase the number of women in executive positions at airlines by 25% by 2025. China Eastern Airlines, Lufthansa and Qatar Airways are the first airlines to commit to the 25by2025 Campaign and will report annually on their progress. According to IATA, 3% of airline CEOs and 5% of pilots worldwide are women. “I am confident that 25by2025 will be a major catalyst for progress – progress that will set the industry up to achieve even more in this important area,” said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac.

Travel Weekly | Related The Three C’s of Leadership, According to Successful Women in Aviation – APEX Media



China Eastern Launches 5G-Enabled Services at Beijing Daxing

China Eastern Airlines, China Unicom Beijing and Huawei have partnered to launch 5G-enabled services for travelers at the new Beijing Daxing International Airport. The first wave of services includes facial recognition for check-in and security, a personalized airport experience through the airline’s smart app and a baggage tracking system. The airport’s 5G coverage is provided through Huawei’s 5G LampSite digital indoor system. China Eastern plans to launch the service at other major airports in China.

Travel Daily Media | Related Beijing Daxing: China's huge new "starfish" airport opens its doors – BBC News



Emirates Will Introduce New Business-Class Seat on Boeing 777s

Emirates' new Boeing 777-9 and -8 aircraft will feature business-class seats based on the ones in its Airbus A380s. “There will be a new business-class seat, which is basically the same as we have on the A380,” said Emirates CEO Tim Clark in an interview aired on the airline’s ICE in-flight entertainment system. While the new wide-body aircraft will not have a bar area like the one found on Emirates’ A380s, Clark said, “there will be a small comfort area in the middle of the business-class cabin.”

Executive Traveller | Related Sun in the oven: Emirates catering wing announces new solar powered scheme – Travel Daily Media



S7 Technics Expands Into In-Flight Wi-Fi Module Retrofits

S7 Technics has expanded its list of aircraft services, adding the ability to install Wi-Fi modules, as part of an effort to meet the “growing” needs of airlines that are upgrading aircraft with in-flight connectivity. The company said it has already installed Wi-Fi modules on 34 Airbus A320s in Aeroflot’s fleet and will retrofit the hardware on 26 aircraft in 2020.

Inflight Online | Related Euro-Composites Joins IAMA in Addressing Retrofit Market Hurdles – APEX Media





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