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Virtual reality startup secures launch customer
Inflight VR, a startup company offering virtual-reality (VR) headsets for inflight entertainment (IFE), has found a launch customer after it conducted test flights with three carriers.
Intelligent cabin project gains support by German government
A three-year project co-initiated by Etihad Airways Engineering and Boeing aims to make an aircraft cabin smarter by networking its components—seats, galleys, lavatories and baggage bins.
Afrijet is launch customer for Cabinstream Wi-Fi on ATRs
ATR has a launch customer for the “bring your own device” IFE option it is offering with onboard Wi-Fi specialist Phitek.
Airbus A330neo Airspace cabins nearing service entry
Airbus is preparing to introduce the Airspace cabin on the A330neo and is refining the design on the A320neo, both variants of the cabin being touted as continuing the A350’s passenger experience.
Thales Prestige
Thales unveils Core, Prestige IFE suites
Technology provider Thales introduced two new inflight entertainment (IFE) suites—the lower-cost Core and the high-end Prestige—at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, Germany.
SpiceJet orders ultralight seats for Bombardier Q400s, Boeing 737s
SpiceJet has selected ultralight seats designed by French startup company Expliseat on 10 of its Boeing 737 NGs and the 25 Bombardier Q400s the India-based LCC ordered last year.
Airbus A321LR
Airbus A321LR flies longest flight on Seychelles-Toulouse route 
Airbus’ prototype A321neo long-range (A321LR) flew 4,109 nautical miles from Seychelles to Toulouse on March 30, its longest-distance flight in the certification program.
European airports align to support safety improvement programs 
A dozen European airports joined forces to support surface movement safety improvement pro-grams under the European Union’s project in air traffic management modernization, SESAR.
French startup Expliseat offers Boeing 737 lightweight seat 
Expliseat, a French startup company that produces aircraft seats, is offering a lightweight economy-class seat for the Boeing 737.
Seamless Air Alliance to provide streamlined inflight connectivity 
Would-be telecommunications satellite operator OneWeb has joined forces with Airbus, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and mobile network operators Sprint and Bharti Airtel to offer a seamless experience to those passengers wanting to connect their mobile device on board.
Qatar economy class product
Al Baker: Qatar to reveal new economy seat; supports supersonic transport 
Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker is working on a new economy-class product, which could be unveiled as early at 2019, likely at next year’s ITB Berlin.
A350-1000 and A350-900
Qatar Airways takes delivery of first Airbus A350-1000 
Airbus has delivered the first production A350-1000 to launch customer Qatar Airways on Feb. 20.
Safran Group holds 88% of Zodiac Aerospace’s share capital 
The French financial markets authority has published the final results of Safran Group’s initial tender offer on Zodiac Aerospace shares.
Brisbane training firm to get Australia’s first ATR 72-600 simulator 
Southern Pacific Flight Training (SPFT), a startup pilot training company in Brisbane, Australia, will receive the country’s first ATR 72-600 simulator.
Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom complete EAN ground segment 
Satellite communications specialist Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom have completed the ground segment of the European Aviation Network (EAN), thus enabling the inception of the inflight connectivity service with British Airways, the two companies announced.
Blogs & Commentary
Apr 20, 2018
blog

Unions imperil Air France's future

Air France unions must realize the damage they are doing to their company, which declared the cost of their strikes through mid-April was €220 million ($272 million). But do they understand how much they are jeopardizing their own futures and those of the other non-striking employees who make up the majority of Air France’s workforce?...More
Apr 18, 2018
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Southwest’s ‘LUV’ heart beats through tragedy

It’s not something that any airline wants to be in a position to “get right,” but what Gary Kelly and his team at Southwest Airlines have demonstrated is the textbook way to respond to a disaster....More
Apr 5, 2018
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Southwest builds its own kind of international network

Cutting out three hours of travel and eliminating a connection is a real selling point....More
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