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October 8, 2019



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[PHOTOS] Starlux Unveils Details of Airbus A321neo Cabin

Starlux Airlines, a Taiwan-based carrier scheduled to launch in early 2020, unveiled the cabin interiors for its forthcoming Airbus A321neos. The business- and economy-class seats are both designed by BMW Designworks. The slimline economy seats feature bright colors with leather headrests and 10.1-inch 720p seatback in-flight entertainment displays. The business-class seats are able to convert into lie-flat beds and are equipped with 15.6-inch 1080p IFE displays. Passengers will also have complimentary access to basic in-flight Wi-Fi.

The DesignAir | Related SITAONAIR Inks Connectivity Deals With PAL and Starlux – APEX Media



TU Delft Reveals Cabin Design for Flying-V Concept Aircraft

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of KLM, TU Delft has revealed a radical cabin interior design for the Flying-V concept aircraft it is researching with support from the carrier and Airbus. TU Delft envisages four types of seating that co-exist in the cabin – group seating, individual seats, lounge chairs and collapsible beds. The design was created to make sure the aircraft could hold as many passengers as an A350 aircraft while remaining lightweight for sustainability purposes and improving the passenger experience.

APEX Media | Related KLM and TU Delft join forces to make aviation more sustainable – KLM



Boeing HorizonX to Invest in Virgin Galactic

Boeing HorizonX Ventures announced it will invest $20 million in Virgin Galactic and will work with the company to broaden commercial space access. “We are excited to partner with Boeing to develop something that can truly change how people move around the planet and connect with one another,” said George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic. “As a Virgin company, our focus will be on a safe and unparalleled customer experience, with environmental responsibility to the fore.”

Virgin Galactic | Related Virgin Galactic's Newest Spaceship Just Got Its Wings –



Ethiopian Airlines Might Buy a Stake in South African Airways

Ethiopian Airlines is considering whether to buy a stake in South African Airways (SAA) if the country’s government decides to sell equity in the state-owned carrier. SAA has not posted a profit since 2011 and last week delayed the publication of its annual earnings report due to its precarious financial position. “We are interested in supporting South African Airways,” said Tewolde Gebre Mariam, Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO, in an interview at the airline’s head office near Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. If South Africa asked Ethiopian to buy a stake, “we would consider it,” he added.

Skift | Related Beyond Profits: Ethiopian Airlines’ Rapid Growth is Helping to Transform its Home Country – APEX Media



Interjet Mulling Airbus A220 Purchases

Interjet is close to ordering 12 Airbus A220s to replace its fleet of partly grounded Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) regional aircraft. The deal would be worth $1 billion at list prices, but the price paid would likely be significantly lower after unpublished discounts. Roughly two-thirds of the Mexican low-cost carrier’s SSJ100 fleet remains idle because of difficulty accessing spare parts required for maintenance and repair.  

Reuters | Related Interjet Airlines Reveals Plans to Expand Service in Mexico City, Cancun – Travel Pulse



EU’s Border Agency Tests Biometric Entry at Lisbon Airport

Frontex, the EU’s border and coast guard agency, has started testing new technology at Lisbon Airport with the cooperation of Portugal’s Foreigners and Borders Service. Instead of waiting in line to show their passports, travelers will be able to cross the border almost seamlessly because of facial recognition technology and fingerprint scanners. The trial period aims to test whether biometric technologies can reduce wait times at borders and will be available for citizens of countries that are EU member states.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related FTE Global: Is Air Travel Adapting in the Age of Transformation? – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Alaska Airlines Unveils Disney Pixar Pier-Themed Livery

Alaska Airlines unveiled its latest special edition livery, which pays tribute to Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park. The paint job is Alaska Airlines’ sixth Disneyland-themed livery and features characters from the Toy Story franchise including Woody and Buzz Lightyear. “The Disneyland Resort is one of our signature West Coast friendships, and we love that we can celebrate Pixar Pier by taking these iconic characters on a brand-new adventure,” said Natalie Bowman, Alaska Airlines’ managing director of Brand Marketing and Advertising.

Inflight Online | Related Alaska Named “Healthiest Airline” as Shift to Quality Ingredients Takes Off – APEX Media





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