STG Aerospace launched the latest version of its liTeMood LED lighting system for Airbus A320 and A330 aircraft, along with the first two launch customers—Small Planet Airlines and XL Airways France, which will upgrade their A320/A321 and A330 fleets, respectively, later this month. 

UTC Aerospace Systems was selected by Avianca to supply its LED cabin lighting retrofit system as the Bogota-based Latin American airline upgrades its Airbus A318 fleet.

SITAONAIR extended its partnership with Kuwait Airways across the airline’s new Airbus A320 and A321neo fleet beginning in 2019.

Immfly has partnered with Turkey LCC Pegasus to provide onboard digital services across its full fleet.

Thales expanded its long-term partnership with Hainan Airlines to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity services for the China carrier’s new Airbus A350 fleet.

Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace have partnered to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, will be easily interchangeable with regular cargo containers during a typical turnaround, if required. Moreover, the aircraft’s cargo floor and cargo loading system will not be affected at all, as the passenger module will sit directly on it. Airlines will be initially be able to choose from a catalog of certified solutions by 2020 on A330 for retrofit and line-fit markets. The companies are studying offering the modules on the A350 XWB.

Panasonic Avionics announced an agreement with EgyptAir to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems for six Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Panasonic’s eX3 inflight entertainment solution features the industry’s largest selection of options including HD monitors, capacitive touch handsets, in-seat power, and ensures a premium experience in every cabin class.

Panasonic Avionics announced a major commitment with Turkish Airlines for inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions to be line-fit installed on 50 widebodied aircraft the airline has on order, and with options for a further 10. Panasonic’s X-Series IFEC system, along with its rivetMEDIA solution and a suite of connectivity services including inflight Wi-Fi, mobile phone use, and global live television, will be fitted on 25 Boeing 787-9s and 25 Airbus A350-900s, with the first aircraft scheduled for delivery in June 2019.

Airbus launched A380 Cabin-Flex option with Qantas to add up to 11 premium economy seats.