Norwegian adds long-haul flights to its corporate reward program | Airlines: No vaping e-cigarettes in the cabin | SWISS expands the availability of home-printed bag tags
September 4, 2015
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Norwegian adds long-haul flights to its corporate reward program
Companies that book travel with Norwegian now have the opportunity to earn loyalty points on flights to long-haul destinations. "We are making business travel even more accessible by increasing the number of rewards companies can earn," Lars Sande, Norwegian's senior vice president of sales and distribution. "By also allowing businesses to earn rewards from flying long-haul to cities like Boston from May 2016, companies can benefit from their loyalty and remain productive while flying high with us." (U.K.) (9/3)
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Airlines: No vaping e-cigarettes in the cabin
Electronic Cigarette Retailers Face Legislative Setback
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The Department of Transportation's rules on e-cigarettes are not entirely clear, but this article provides some clarity from the perspective of airlines: vaping on board is absolutely forbidden. USA Today (9/3)
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SWISS expands the availability of home-printed bag tags
SWISS travelers flying from Zurich and Geneva who check in online now have the ability to print their bag tags at home. The service is currently available to travelers flying from certain destinations to Zurich and Geneva. The airline also plans to make bag tags that can be printed at home available to passengers flying from more airports outside the European Union. (U.K.) (9/3)
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Caterer Gategroup to cut up to 100 jobs
Airline caterer Gategroup Holding AG plans to cut up to 300 jobs as it struggles to adjust to a more competitive environment. The company also reported a larger loss for the most recent quarter. Bloomberg (9/3)
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Singapore Airlines postpones premium economy seating on some routes
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Delays in an installation program prompted Singapore Airlines to push back launching its new premium economy seats on 11 routes serviced by A380 jetliners. The change will affect bookings for travel between 9 September and March 2016. Australian Business Traveller (9/3)
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Connectivity & Technology
Lumexis adds Boeing to its list of FTTS IFE clients
After a 20-month approval process, Lumexis' Fiber-to-the-Screen system is now available for Boeing’s Next Generation 737 and 737 MAX jetliners. "Not only does it open up a market of more than 500 737 aircraft which roll off the line every year, it also reinforces and gives us credibility with other airframes… to show that we are one of the major IFE suppliers now linefitting Boeing," said Jon Norris, vice president of sales at Lumexis. APEX News (9/3)
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Three gadgets for fun travel this Labor Day
If you are thinking of treating yourself to a new gadget that will make traveling easier and more fun, this article offers three ideas. Recommendations include the GoPro Hero4 Session camera, which is waterproof and takes great action shots. USA Today (9/3)
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Airlines & Aircraft
Jet2 buys 27 jetliners to fly to holiday destinations
Boeing recently received an order for 27 737-800 jetliners from UK discount airline The airline will fly the new planes to holiday destinations, such as the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean and European cities with the airline offers packaged deals. Bloomberg (9/3)
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Job posting: Avionics Technical Specialist at Kontron
Kontron seeks an Avionics Technical Specialist, who will provide technical support to global customers for the Kontron Avionics Business Line. This position interfaces directly with these customers and other worldwide Kontron divisions to resolve technical issues and support global Avionics programs. Read here for more information.
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Job posting: Avionics, Business Line Manager at Kontron
Avionics seeks candidates for Avionics, Business Line Manager. As a Avionics, Business Line Manager, the job incumbent develops and implements the strategy and structures for the Business Line Avionics. He/she seeks for opportunities to further develop the business both on strategic and tactical level and has profit and loss responsibility for the business line. Read more here.
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