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December 3, 2019



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WTO Reports on Airbus-Boeing Subsidy Dispute

A World Trade Organization panel ruled yesterday that the European Union has not complied with an order to end illegal subsidies for Airbus, which prompted the US to impose tariffs on nearly $7.5 billion worth of EU goods in October. Airbus issued a press release stating that the US should reduce the tariffs by $2 billion because the loans for the development of the A380 no longer impact Boeing, since the A380 program is winding down and will be discontinued by 2021. Forbes highlights inconsistencies between Airbus’ release and the WTO’s findings. Airbus said in its statement that it is committed to working with the EU to comply with the WTO recommendations.

Forbes | Related WTO Rules Tariffs Should be Reduced by around $2 billion following Airbus compliance measures – Airbus



AirAsia Opens In-Flight Food Restaurant

AirAsia opened its first fast-food restaurant at a mall in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The cuisine is inspired by the airline’s Santan in-flight menu and T&CO coffee and tea, which are served on AirAsia flights. Artificial intelligence-powered digital menus can recommend dishes based on time, past ordering patterns and demographic taste. According to Catherine Goh, general manager of Santan Restaurant and T&CO Cafe, the goal is to launch four more restaurants by the end of 2020, and add 100 franchised operations globally in the next three to five years.

AirAsia | Related [VIDEO] AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes to Transform Airline Into “Transport Mobility Company” – APEX Media



Unruly Passenger Protocol to Change in New Year

ICAO’s Montreal Protocol 2014 (MP14), which strengthens the powers of governments to prosecute unruly passengers, will come into effect on January 1. “About 60% of offenses go unpunished because of jurisdictional issues. MP14 strengthens the deterrent to unruly behavior by enabling prosecution in the state where the aircraft lands,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director general and CEO. A total of 22 countries have ratified the treaty.

ICAO | Related Boost for Efforts to Tackle Unruly Passengers as MP14 Set to Come into Force – IATA



Airbus Gets Approval for 40 More Seats on A350-1000

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has approved an increase in seat capacity on Airbus’ A350-1000. The aircraft was previously approved for up to 440 seats, but has now been cleared for up to 480 seats in a 10-abreast layout. This will be made possible by installing modified exits with dual-lane evacuation slides. The A350-1000’s rival aircraft, the Boeing 777X, has a maximum capacity of 414 seats.

FlightGlobal | Related [PHOTOS] JAL Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A350 – APEX Media



Carlisle IT Joins Aircraft Retrofit Alliance

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) has joined the Independent Aircraft Modifiers Alliance (IAMA), a group of companies committed to developing common standards for the documentation and quality of supplemental type certificates (STCs) in the aircraft retrofit and modification market. The news comes on the heels of a Letter of Intent signed to include Fokker Services as the alliance’s first full-time member. IAMA’s founding members include EAD Aerospace, Envoy Aerospace, Etihad Airways Engineering and Lufthansa Technik.

APEX Media | Related IAMA All Set to Tackle Retrofit Market Challenges – APEX Media



Dnata to Acquire Alpha LSG, Largest In-Flight Catering Ops in UK

Dubai-based travel services company dnata has announced an agreement to purchase the remaining half of its in-flight catering JV, Alpha LSG, from LSG Group. The acquisition would make Dnata the owner of the largest in-flight catering, onboard retail and logistics company in the United Kingdom. The transaction is now pending regulatory approval. Alpha LSG, which employs 3,500 people and serves more than 30 million meals on more than 160,000 aircraft to 80 customers a year, is expected to continue business as usual. In related news, last week, Lufthansa sold LSG Group’s European in-flight catering operations to Gategroup as part of a strategy to focus on its airline business.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Lufthansa to Sell European LSG Operations to Gategroup – Reuters



Berlin Brandenburg Airport Expected to Open in October 2020

Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (BER), which has long been riddled by delays, is scheduled to open on October 31 next year, confirmed airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup, on Friday. BER has already allocated airport slots to easyJet, Lufthansa, Eurowings and Ryanair. While the initial plan was for Tegel Airport (TXL), currently Berlin’s main airport, to close when BER opens, some suspect it may be wise to make TXL available in case of any initial operational kinks at BER. Schöenfeld Airport, which shares an airfield with BER, will remain open.  

Business Traveller | Related New Berlin Airport to Finally Open Next October – DW





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