Thierry Dubois



French senator: France’s ATC system is obsolete 
An “information report” by a French senator is blaming the country’s air traffic control (ATC) for disproportionate flight delays in Europe, citing obsolete equipment, inadequate human resource management and frequent strikes.
Airbus, TAP Air Portugal prepare for A330neo service entry 
Airbus and TAP Air Portugal have begun flying the first production A330neo to demonstrate its readiness for airline operations, as the program nears certification.
Airbus ‘Day & Night’ first-class concept
Airbus presents ‘Day & Night’ first-class concept design 
Airbus Interiors Services is introducing a new concept in first class where the passenger is given both a seat and a private sleeping area.
Jury remains out on Airbus A330 lower-deck cabin modules 
As Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace are refining the design of the lower-deck cabin module they are to offer on the A330, potential customers still must find a way to use the extra space and, eventually, a business case.
Zodiac Aerospace slowly recovering from production issues 
Cabin equipment manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace is slowly pulling out of the production problems that have marred its relationships with aircraft manufacturers, according to the company’s first-half financial results (fiscal year 2017-18).
EASA re-elects Patrick Ky as executive director 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has unanimously re-elected Patrick Ky as executive director for a second term of five years.
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.
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