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November 4, 2019



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IAG to Buy Air Europa for $1.1 Billion

International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced an agreement to buy Air Europa for $1.1 billion. With Iberia and Vueling already part of IAG, the group will own Spain’s three largest airlines. IAG says Air Europa will initially operate under its current brand, but will be run by Iberia and its CEO, Luis Gallego. IAG hopes the move will strengthen the position of its Madrid hub for Europe to Latin America and Caribbean routes. The acquisition is expected to be complete by the second half of 2020.

Business Traveller | Related Airbus A321XLR for Aer Lingus and Iberia – International Airlines Group 



Qantas Grounds Another Three Boeing 737NG Aircraft

Qantas has grounded a total of four of its Boeing 737NG aircraft due to structural cracks in the pickle fork, which connects the wing to the fuselage. The airline grounded one aircraft on Thursday, and another three on Friday after completing inspections of all 33 planes in its 737NG fleet. Boeing initially notified the FAA about the problem when cracks were discovered in Boeing 737-800 planes being converted to freighters in China.

TravelPluse | Related FAA orders airlines to inspect dozens of Boeing 737s for structural cracks – CBC



Delta Campaign Exchanges Lakers Seats for Flight Tickets

Four local charities are set to benefit from an initiative by Delta Air Lines, in partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers. The project, called “Showtime Seat Exchange” allows fans holding tickets for Lakers games on November 15, December 22, January 31 and March 15, to donate two or four of their seats to an LA-area nonprofit organization and be rewarded with a flight voucher for a domestic, round-trip flight with Delta. According to the airline, up to 50 seats can be exchanged per game.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Related Delta CEO Ed Bastian Says PaxEx Investment Pays Dividend – APEX Media



DOT Proposes Change to Flight Delay Rule

Under the existing tarmac delay rule, in place since 2011, carriers face fines if planes remain on the tarmac for more than three hours, for domestic flights, or four hours for international flights, without giving passengers the option to deplane. In 2016, Congress instructed the DOT to change the language so that carriers won't be considered in violation of the rule if they begin to taxi to a suitable disembarkation point within the time limit. Now, the DOT is seeking to formally change the regulation.

Travel Weekly | Related TrustaBit Uses Blockchain to Enable Automated Flight Delay Compensation – APEX Media



SkyFive Completes Purchase of Nokia's Air-to-Ground Assets

SkyFive has completed its acquisition of a substantial part of Nokia’s A2G air-to-ground  assets and capabilities, including patents, portfolio and employees. SkyFive assumes responsibility for the end-to-end solution, including avionics, telecommunications, and IT systems, while Nokia continues to be responsible for sales and implementation of the ground network. “This transaction constitutes a major step forward on our journey to provide true broadband connectivity services in the sky, and it serves as a springboard for global expansion,” said Thorsten Robrecht, CEO of SkyFive.




Record-High Pollution Causes Flight Diversions in New Delhi

Flights to and from New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport were delayed and diverted yesterday, as pollution reached its worst levels so far this year. The city’s air quality index measured over 900 in some areas, far beyond the World Health Organization’s recommended safe level of 25. Visibility was so impaired by the toxic smog that more than 30 flights were redirected from the airport. “Pollution has reached unbearable levels,” Delhi's chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted yesterday.

The Guardian | Related Flights diverted as New Delhi chokes on heavy pollution – CNN



Shared Cabin Concepts Keep the Working Traveler in Mind

Cabin interior designers are coming up with ways to fit workspaces into aircraft for long-haul travel. Concepts from AIM Altitude, Adient Aerospace and TU Delft show private areas for individuals and for groups, including a seat that can be transformed into a standing desk. “We found that although there’s plenty of time on long-haul flights, the context isn’t always suitable for working,” says Clément Heinen, a former TU Delft student who now works for Volvo Cars. “We tried to give business travelers the peace of mind that comes from knowing they’ll be able to get work done and arrive at their destination feeling well-prepared.”

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] AIM Altitude’s Social Zone Concept for Ultra Long-Haul Flights – APEX Media 





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Association News

FTE APEX ASIA EXPO Kicks Off Next Week!

In one week, more than 2,000 attendees will gather in Singapore for FTE APEX ASIA EXPO. As the first combined event between FTE and APEX, both distinguished organizations work to deliver the largest airline and business performance experience to Asia and regions abroad. Airlines and airports, there is still time to register for free. All airline CSP members use code FTEAPEX for $100 off registration.



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Creation of status grids for AVOD systems Generation of filenames
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> Operations Coordinator - Spafax Airline Network Ltd

Metadata entry for assigned accounts
Working within the latest Spafax process as IT development progresses
Various aspects of collation, entry, quality control and submission of metadata for multiple airlines and systems as assigned
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> Metadata Coordinator - Spafax Airline Network Ltd


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“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

Audre Lorde


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