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December 17, 2019



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Boeing to Suspend 737 MAX Production

Boeing has confirmed that it will temporarily halt production of the 737 MAX in January 2020. The decision follows the Federal Aviation Administration’s assertion that it would not approve the aircraft’s return to service before the end of this year. This is the first time in two decades that Boeing has halted 737 production, a move which could have significant repercussions for the OEM’s suppliers and, more broadly, the US economy. Boeing said affected employees will continue 737-related work, or be temporarily assigned to other teams at the company’s Renton, Washington, location.

Boeing | Related Shares in Boeing's UK suppliers fall after 737 Max production halted – The Guardian



Gilat Successfully Tests ESA in Flight on a Commercial Aircraft

Satellite network provider Gilat today announced it is the first to operate an electronically steered antenna (ESA) during flight on a commercial aircraft. The milestone was achieved on board Honeywell’s Boeing 757 test aircraft, with Gilat’s ESA terminal operating over Ka-band capacity on Telesat’s Telstar 19 VANTAGE high throughput satellite. Liran Weiner, director of SatCom On-the-Move Programs at Gilat, said this achievement represents the companies’ ability to overcome “massive technical challenges” to meet communications needs in the aviation market.

Gilat | Related Cool Running: Carlisle IT’s Overheating Solution for ESAs – APEX Media



NASA’s Supersonic X-59 Aircraft Enters Final Assembly Phase

NASA's X-59 aircraft has been given the green light to progress to the final assembly phase. Scheduled to fly in 2021, it is now being built at Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works factory in Palmdale, California, with systems integration slated for completion by the end of 2020. Once complete, the X-59 will be able to cruise at an altitude of 55,000 feet and a speed of Mach 1.27, yet produce a sonic boom of only 75 Perceived Level decibel, which is about as loud as a car door closing. “We have everything in place to continue this historic research mission for the nation’s air-traveling public,” said Bob Pearce, NASA’s associate administrator for Aeronautics.

New Atlas | Related NASA completes inflight testing of supersonic plane X-59’s virtual cockpit window – Tech Crunch



Delta Signs Exclusive Partnership With Disney+

An exclusive new partnership between Delta and Disney+ means passengers can access a range of movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic through the airline’s in-flight entertainment portal free of charge. Delta’s IFE Spotlight Collection for December will feature 13 titles, with further Disney+ content available in the movies and TV series sections. Delta’s US SkyMiles members and passengers flying on selected routes will also be offered a 14-day free trial of the Disney+ streaming service.

Delta | Related [VIDEO] Delta CEO Discusses Technology Ahead of CES Keynote – APEX Media



[VIDEO] Shawn Duffy Discusses Viasat-3 and Women in Aviation

During this video interview, Shawn Duffy, Viasat's senior vice-president and chief financial officer, explains that while her background may be in finance, Viasat feeds her passion for technology and “brings a whole new shape to the numbers side of the business.” As well as discussing why she believes that Viasat-3, the company's new ultra high-capacity satellite constellation, has the ability to address the current issues being faced by the aviation industry, she also shares her opinion on what steps need to be taken to ensure more women are entering the aviation industry.

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



JAL and Switchfly Launch One-Stop Travel Shop Ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Japan Airlines (JAL) and San Francisco-based travel-tech startup Switchfly have teamed up for a web-based reservation system that allows travelers to build custom packages of flights, accommodations, transportation and activities. The dynamic package offering, which is integrated into the airline’s online reservation, has already launched in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, United States and Canada, and will launch in eight more markets by March 2020.

APEX Media | Related Japanese Airlines Ramp Up Routes and Service Strategies Ahead of Summer Olympics – APEX Media



Norwegian to Upcycle Uniforms Into New Products With UNICEF

Together with UNICEF Norway, Norwegian has launched a pilot project that will see its old uniforms, which will be replaced in 2020, upcycled into products that will be sold on board. The Still Travelling With Norwegian initiative will first sell two toiletry bags made from Norwegian’s long-haul uniforms, one in a check pattern and one made of silk, with all profits going to UNICEF. “If the project is a success, we can save thousands of items from being wasted. We all have a responsibility to find solutions that minimize the environmental impact from our textile use,” said Norwegian’s head of Sustainability, Anders Fagernæs.

PAX International | Related Low-Cost Airline Norwegian Will Soon Introduce a New and Unified Cabin Crew Uniform – Paddle Your Own Kanoo





The WestJet family of Boeings flying into Toronto Pearson together! Captured by @stage2aviation (via Instagram)

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Happy #WrightBrothersDay! 116 years ago today the #WrightBrothers made their first controlled, sustained flight of the powered, heavier-than-air Wright Flyer aircraft near Kitty Hawk, #NorthCarolina

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Association News

APEX TECH Early Bird Rates End Tomorrow!

Early bird registration for APEX TECH, taking place 29-30 January, ends tomorrow. This highly anticipated conference invites industry professionals from around the world to connect through robust keynote addresses, thought leadership panels and countless networking opportunities. APEX TECH will provide attendees with unparalleled access to conversations on technology specifications. Learn how these changes affect the end-to-end airline passenger experience. Register by tomorrow to secure a $100 discount on your registration.



The Client Account Manager serves as the primary business contact for the United Airlines account. This high profile role is the main point of contact for all initiatives relating to United, and works with their account team and intra-company to ensure that delivery of products is satisfactory and well executed within timelines and budget. Click here to view the job board.
> Client Account Manager - Global Eagle

Cathay Pacific is looking for a Connectivity Design Analyst to champion the adoption and growth of in-flight connectivity and who will be critical in managing capacity and demand with suppliers whilst reconciling actual connectivity usage. Tasks will include forecasting connectivity trends and developing data-driven insights about connectivity characteristics. Click here to view the job board.
> Connectivity Design Analyst - Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.


> Quote of the Day


"It was an odd friendship, but the oddnesses of friendships are a frequent guarantee of their lasting texture."

Ford Madox Ford


Until tomorrow



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