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January 16, 2020



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[PHOTOS] Air Canada Unveils Locally Manufactured A220

Air Canada’s first Airbus A220 was unveiled at the airline’s Montreal headquarters yesterday. The carrier is the first operator in North America to fly the A220-300, which enters revenue service today, flying between Montreal and Calgary. High-capacity overhead bins, 19-inch-wide economy seats and reduced fuel burn were among the features touted at yesterday’s press conference. The plane was designed by Bombardier and marketed as the C Series before Airbus acquired the program in 2018.

APEX Media | Related Air Canada and Alaska Airlines Top Airline Food Health Rating and Earn Nods for Going Green — APEX Media



LATAM Introduces Premium Economy on Single-Aisle Airbus Fleet

LATAM Airlines Group is introducing a premium economy cabin on board its Airbus A320 family fleet, which operates short- and medium-haul domestic and international flights across Latin America. The new premium economy cabin class features a blocked middle seat for more space and privacy, as well as complimentary snacks and beverages. Other perks include priority boarding and VIP lounge access for select international flights. Passengers flying in economy will also still have the option to select LATAM+ seats, which offer more legroom and reserved overhead bin space.

APEX Media | Related Delta Air Lines completes 20% acquisition of LATAM – Flightglobal



Gogo Leases Capacity on Board Hispasat's New Satellite

To meet the growing demand for high-speed in-flight connectivity services, Gogo has leased multi-gigahertz of Ku-band capacity on board Hispasat's new satellite, set to launch in the second half of 2022. The new satellite will have a payload specifically dedicated to aero connectivity and will offer additional capacities oriented to vertical segments like mobile connectivity. The satellite will serve customers in the Americas and the Atlantic region, “providing Gogo with scaled capacity at the right economics," said Oakleigh Thorne, president and CEO of Gogo. CEO of Hispasat Miguel Ángel Panduro highlighted that in-flight connectivity is “one of the foundational elements for Hispasat's future growth.”

Gogo | Related Gogo Reveals Partners for 5G Network and Onboard Systems – Avionics International



Ryanair Wins Injunctions Against Skyscanner

According to Ryanair, Skyscanner’s German website has been displaying the carrier’s fares with hidden markups. Furthermore, the airline claims that Skyscanner aimed to mislead website users by hiding its own fees and displaying checked-luggage prices higher than the airline’s own. Ryanair claims that the lowest fares can be found only on its website. Skyscanner may appeal the injunctions.

PhocusWire | Related Ryanair and Expedia Settle Screen-Scraping Lawsuits on 2 Continents — Skift



Ethiopian Airlines Outgrows Bole Airport, Eyes New Facility

Bishoftu, a town 24 miles southeast of Addis Ababa, will be home to a new $5-billion airport able to handle 100 million passengers per year. Ethiopian Airlines’ CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said that the carrier’s current base, Bole International in Addis Ababa, would have reached capacity “in about three or four years.” Ethiopian has a fleet of 116 aircraft and is looking to compete with Middle Eastern carriers such as Qatar Airways and Emirates. Construction on the 13.5-square-mile airport is expected to begin later this year.

Business Traveller | Related Ethiopian Airlines to expand into Chinese market — STAT Times



Tampa International to Welcome Non-Flying Visitors Daily

Tampa International Airport will expand its All Access program to make it available every day of the week starting January 18. The program, which 1,700 visitors have taken advantage of since it launched in May, currently allows non-flying visitors to access airside areas on Saturdays. Visitors can partake in plane-watching, dining or spending extra time with loved ones at their gates. Airport CEO Joe Lopano underlined the importance of the facility to the community, and said the program ensures “as many people as possible can experience all it has to offer.”

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Which US Airports Allow Nonticketed Passengers Past Security? — Simple Flying



Finnair Marks Chinese New Year With Special-Edition Amenity Kit

To celebrate Chinese New Year, Finnair departed from its traditional blue color scheme and designed a business-class kit featuring a red and gold jacquard weave design. The kits are part of Finnair’s commitment to reducing plastic waste by 10,000 pounds per year through its new eco-friendly amenity kit range, and includes products from L:A Bruket, a Swedish natural and organic skincare brand, as well as a bioplastic toothbrush.

Incentive Travel | Related Sense and sensibility: CEO of Finnair discusses the hard and soft skills required to make a modern airline safe, sustainable, and successful — IATA





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Association News

APEX TECH Welcomes Delta Executive Perry Cantarutti as a Keynote Speaker!

   Delta Air Lines' senior vice-president of Alliances, Perry Canturrutti, joins the roster of keynote speakers at this year’s APEX TECH conference in Los Angeles. His talk will focus on the need for investment in seamless airline partnerships. Register today!


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"The becoming of man is the history of the exhaustion of his possibilities."

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