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December 2, 2019



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HKA Cuts IFE Amid Financial Woes

Last Saturday, Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) said on its website that its in-flight entertainment system would be out of service until further notice. The Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) has given HKA until December 7 to improve its financial position or risk the loss or suspension of its license. In a statement, HKA confirmed that it is communicating with shareholders and other stakeholders to meet ATLA’s requirements. “As weak travel demand resulting from the social unrest in Hong Kong has continued to affect our business and revenue, Hong Kong Airlines has reduced its capacity and flights in the coming months as well as further consolidated its network.” 

Reuters | Related Cathay Pacific Won’t Benefit If Hong Kong Airlines Stops Flying – Forbes



[PHOTOS] Behind the Scenes: Delivery of the 100th Airbus A220

Airbus revealed a sparkling airBaltic A220-300 in a new hangar at the airframer’s facility at Montreal-Mirabel Airport last Thursday, marking the delivery of the 100th aircraft produced for a customer since the CSeries program began. The jetliner is the 21st aircraft delivered to airBaltic, the launch customer of what was then the CS300. This latest addition to the fleet sports a new 149-seat interior and the airline’s revised livery.

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: airBaltic’s Jouni Oksanen @ Aviation Festival 2018 – APEX Media



Air New Zealand Adds Les Mills Workouts to IFE

Air New Zealand has partnered with Les Mills to offer complimentary workout sessions through its in-flight entertainment (IFE) system on all international routes, with adaptations for economy- and business-class passengers. Diana Mills, Les Mills’ creative director, said, "It's not about doing burpees and tuck jumps in the aisles. This is all about demonstrating low-impact, carefully designed stretching and relaxation techniques that anyone can do discreetly in their seat to effectively alleviate any symptoms associated with travelling.” Passengers will also receive a free 10-day trial of the Les Mills On Demand program, which offers unlimited access to over 800 workouts.

NZ Herald | Related Air New Zealand engine issues 'have potential to become serious' –



FACC’s Overhead Bin Retrofit Solution Now Available in the US

FACC has been granted a supplemental type certificate (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration to retrofit its Passenger Luggage Space Upgrade solution on Airbus A320 family aircraft in the US. The solution incorporates larger doors to increase stowage space by 67% compared to classic cabins, while also reducing the weight. FACC received an STC from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency earlier this year and Austrian Airlines went on to become the launch customer for the solution in February, installing it on three Airbus A320s. 

FACC | Related Airbus at AIX: American Airlines’ XL Overhead Bins, Settee Corner and the “Connected Experience” – APEX Media



Norwegian Granted Six Slots at London Heathrow

Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), which carries out slot coordination for London Heathrow Airport, has disclosed that after initially requesting 14 slots, Norwegian has provisionally been allocated six as part of Heathrow’s summer 2020 season. The carrier has not indicated the plans for its Heathrow routes, but according to FlightGlobal its new slots represent the equivalent of three weekly departures or 178 traffic movements across the season, which begins on March 29. ACL’s report also showed that Tunisair and Turkmenistan Airlines have each had slot allocations reduced, with Tunisair receiving two slots compared to its previous eight. 

Flightglobal | Related Norwegian to axe long-haul Stockholm, Copenhagen from 2Q20 – ch-aviation



Finnair Creates New Business-Class Menu for China–Helsinki Routes

As part of its Signature Chef program, Finnair is introducing a new business-class menu in collaboration with DeAille Tam, who, in 2018, became the first China-based female chef to receive a Michelin star. Available from December 5 on all routes between Greater China and Helsinki, the starter is made up of Drunken Prawns served with tomato gelée, peas, taro crisp and garlic crema; while the main dish is a ribeye steak with black pepper jam, caramelized honey, pickled Chinese pepper, sweet potato and watercress nage. “One of my passions is to bring Chinese cuisine to a broader audience,” Tam said.

Business Traveller | Related Finnair modernization to take fleet to 100 aircraft – Flightglobal



Pegasus Joins IATA’s 25by2025 Pledge

Pegasus Airlines is one of the first carriers to sign up to IATA’s voluntary 25by2025 pledge – an initiative that encourages member airlines to improve female representation in senior or under-represented roles across the aviation industry by 25% or up to a minimum of 25% by 2025. By committing to the initiative, Pegasus will see its progress shared annually at the IATA World Air Transport Summit, and will have access to a forum set up by IATA to share best practices. Pegasus Airlines also endorsed the UN’s Women’s Empowerment Principles.   

Buying Business Travel | Related Improving Gender Balance by 2025 – IATA





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