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February 5, 2020



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Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 Snaps in Three

Pegasus Airlines Flight PC2193 skidded off the runway and snapped into three pieces after landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport today. While it is believed several passengers were injured, Turkey’s transport ministry claims there have been no fatalities, and that the incident was caused by a “rough landing.” A video posted to social media shows people escaping the wreck through gaps in the fuselage.

The Independent | Related Pegasus Boeing 737 Comes Off The Runway At Istanbul Sabiha — Simple Flying



Cathay Pacific Cuts Flights, Asks Workforce to Stay Home in Wake of Coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a steep decline in demand for flights with Hong Kong-based carrier Cathay Pacific. The company has asked its 27,000 employees to take three weeks of unpaid leave as a result, to be carried out on a voluntary basis between March and June. Cathay plans to cut its global capacity by 30%, including reducing 90% of its flights into mainland China over the next two months. United Airlines is experiencing a similar drop in demand and announced it will be canceling all flights to and from Hong Kong from February 8 until February 20.

Business Traveller | Related Hundreds of evacuees to be held on bases in California; Hong Kong and Taiwan restrict travel from mainland China — The Washington Post



Kuwait Airways Will Outfit World’s First A330-800neo With Panasonic IFE

Panasonic Avionics announced it will be providing in-flight entertainment, consisting of full HD touch screens and touch video handsets coupled with universal and USB charging facilities, for Kuwait Airways’ new fleet of eight Airbus A330-800neo aircraft. Kuwait will be the first airline in the world to operate this variant, which will be delivered starting in the second quarter of 2020.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related When Will Kuwait Airways Receive Its Rare A330-800neos? — Simple Flying



Hong Kong Airlines Upgrades IFEC Courtesy of Aerkomm

Aerkomm subsidiary Aircom has secured a contract from Hong Kong Airlines to provide in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions across 12 Airbus A320 and five A330-300 aircraft. The system, compatible with next-generation satellite technologies, will provide passengers with free Wi-Fi. Aerkomm AirCinema seatback systems will be installed in the A320 aircraft, while the A330s will be equipped with wireless IFE.

Aerkomm | Related Hong Kong Airlines and Synergy among 33 A350 cancellations — Flight Global



Lantal Delivers Temperature-Control System for Aircraft Seats

Lantal’s heating-and-cooling solution for aircraft seats, developed in partnership with Gentherm, will soon launch in the business-class suites of an unnamed airline, which Lantal says may be revealed at Aircraft Interiors Expo. The system is similar to those used in the automotive industry, offering cooling and moisture extraction, as well as heat.

APEX Media | Related Microclimate Controls, Trend Forecasts & More From Aircraft Textile Specialists – APEX Media



Music Licensing Expert Proposes Solution to Increase In-Flight Audio Engagement

The commonly accepted industry take rate for airline-provided audio during a flight is around 10% according to consultant Iain Kemplay. At APEX TECH last week, Kemplay listed the challenges the industry faces and suggested bypassing the in-flight entertainment systems completely. “It makes me wonder if there’s not a better way to deliver music in flight which doesn’t involve using the existing systems and capability. Airlines should be delivering music directly to the passenger’s smartphone,” he said.

APEX Media | Related Music Licensing in IFE: Where Is the Industry Now? — APEX Media



New Zealand Approves Passenger Transport Trial of Self-Flying Air Taxi

Urban air mobility company Wisk has been testing its all-electric, self-flying air taxi called Cora in the region of Canterbury, New Zealand, since 2017. Thanks to a new memorandum of understanding signed with the government, those trials may soon include passengers. The specific details regarding the trial parameters, timeframes and the proposed routes are currently being developed. The country has been investing in advanced unmanned aircraft and adjacent industries to expand the economy, attract new business and achieve net-zero-carbon status by 2050.

New Zealand Government | Related Boeing and Kitty Hawk Form Strategic Partnership — Wisk





An MD-90 sits between its replacements. Captured in Atlanta by @diecastryan (via Instagram).

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