Aviation News in Brief 10 Oct 2019

Amadeus; AAR; Airbase & Acro; Leonardo & ATR; Qatar Airways; Plaza Premium & Aerotel; UAS & China; GoAir

Travel technology company Amadeus has launched travel audience in Asia Pacific.
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Amadeus expands travel audience advertising platform to Asia Pacific: Travel technology company Amadeus has launched travel audience in Asia Pacific. Travel audience enables travel advertisers to place targeted dynamic ads on travel sites, such as travel information web pages or search results of travel metasearch websites. The platform has over 300 advertisers on board including both the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia and Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya Japan. It works mostly, but not exclusively, with a rapidly growing customer base of leading travel agencies, tourism boards but also with top airlines and hotels to help them reach millions of travellers. The travel audience offerings (Native and Programmatic Advertising placement), work by identifying and optimising portals that have qualified travel traffic, which is when the consumer browsing the web is likely to have high booking intent or high interest in the product being advertised. Such web portals are then added to travel audience network of publishers. travel audience then uses this publisher network to place adverts for its customers, in order to target their specific agreed audiences. The platform combines millions of relevant data sets, interpreted through machine learning and provides a unique inventory and exclusive placement on the top 500 travel publishers (OTAs, metasearch etc.). Amadeus acquired travel audience in 2013 which has been serving brands and advertisers across EMEA for the last six years.

AAR expands component repair services with BAE Systems: AAR has expanded its component repair and overhaul services with BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to include a wider range of components for its regional jet support programmes. AAR began executing on the component repair contract in January 2019, and following strong operational performance, signed a service expansion agreement in September to cover additional components. The scope of services focuses on BAE Systems’ out-of-production regional aircraft, utilizing AAR’s proven expertise in legacy platform component repair. The services for the BAE Systems agreement are performed out of AAR’s component repair facility in Amsterdam.

Airbase wins contract to manufacture seat covers for Acro: Airbase, part of Trenchard Aviation Group, announced that it has won the contract to manufacture Ultra- Leather seat covers for Acro, a leading innovator in aircraft seating. The contract has resulted from Acro’s commission to provide new seats for Spirit Airlines, an American ultra-low-cost carrier headquartered in Miramar, Florida. Spirit Airlines is the seventh largest commercial airline in the United States, operating scheduled flights throughout the United States and in the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, and South America.

Leonardo signs deal with Italian government: Leonardo has signed a contract with Italy’s Guardia di Finanza valued at over US$164.7 million for the supply of three ATR 72MPs and related technical-logistic support services. This contract completes the acquisition of four aircraft, with the first order placed in July 2018, awarded under a European tender. The first aircraft will be delivered by the end of 2019, with the remaining three units expected to be supplied by 2022. The ATR 72MP will be integrated into the aeronautical capabilities of Guardia di Finanza, in the context of the multiple roles assigned to the corps by the current regulatory framework. The Guardia di Finanza is the only law enforcement agency with general jurisdiction capable of exercising incisive and constant supervisory activities along the entire national coastal development and in international waters, carried out also due to the advanced technological equipment installed on its own aircraft. Specific latest generation capabilities embedded for the first time into the ATR 72MP will be useful to support dedicated surveillance activities entrusted to the Guardia di Finanza. The ATR 72MP will operate in air-sea patrol and research missions, using on-board sensors to identify, even discreetly, sensitive objects, monitor their behaviour, acquire evidence, and lead the intervention of naval units and land patrols.

Qatar Airways launches new Quisine menu for Singapore flights: Qatar Airways has announced that its new Quisine onboard dining experience is now available for Economy Class passengers travelling to and from Singapore. The new dining experience will see portion sizes increase by 20 percent for appetisers, 25 percent for main courses, and a generous 50 percent increase for desserts. Premium items that are typically served only in premium cabin such as Godiva chocolate, individual bottled water, sparkling wine, and myriad cocktail choices are also made available in the Quisine economy service. The new Quisine menu has a greater focus on the use of local, fresh and healthy ingredients that are in season. For the Singapore-Doha service, on top of international selection, the new menu also features local culinary favourites such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Briyani, Roti Prata and Curry to bring onboard local cultural representation. Individually wrapped artisanal warm bread infused with olive oil will also be introduced, while a special movie snack selection with popcorn, chocolate, potato chips and more are added to complement Qatar Airways’ award-winning inflight entertainment for long-haul flights.

Aerotel opens at Heathrow as the only In-terminal hotel at Terminal 3 arrivals: Plaza Premium’s Aerotel has opened at London Heathrow. “Our award-winning Plaza Premium Lounge at Terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 have been well received for the variety of services. Our international guests are now asking for a comfortable space to sleep when they land early or late at night, while London residents taking morning and late night flights are looking for a spot to chill or power nap before boarding.  Aerotel London Heathrow is our answer to travellers’ pain points.” says Song Hoi-see, founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Group.  “Heathrow is our long-time partner and we appreciate their trust and support through the past years.  We are confident to become an integral part of the airport and uplift the airport hospitality experience for all travellers.” In the categories of Solo Plus, Double Plus and Family Room, the landside hotel is meant for individual, business and family travellers up to a size of four. Mattresses and pillows are handpicked to facilitate quality sleep and power nap while all guestrooms are equipped with power showers and soothing lighting to ensure guests are refreshed and recharged for their onward journeys. Celebrating British tea culture, travellers will also find “sleep tea” in the guestrooms for a total relaxation. An all-day dining and social spot Library Lounge offers a variety of hot and cold food and drinks while a range of complimentary facilities and services include Wi-Fi service and reading materials such as newspapers, magazines and TVs with multiple channels. Aerotel London Heathrow offers 6-hour, 9-hour, 12-hour and overnight packages at a starting price of GBP50 including VAT.

AmadeusUAS expands in China: Global trip support solutions provider, UAS International Trip Support (UAS) has expanded its capabilities in China and bolstered its client offering by becoming a domestic handling agent providing handling services across the country. With the new UAS China network of dedicated local agents in position, foreign operators will now have easier access to all categories of business airports in the region. Dedicated UAS China agents are already operating at major business aviation hubs such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Guangzhou, which represent some of the country’s most active executive destinations. UAS China clients are benefiting from having a local UAS contractor on site to deliver priority ground handling, dedicated supervision and significantly the convenience of liaising with a single source for all ground handling and trip support services at China’s pivotal business aviation gateways. This synchronised handling and support is of particular benefit for international operators and fleets as it helps navigate the complexities of the aviation landscape by reducing points of contact, simplifying the trip planning process, and emulating the high standards delivered by UAS globally. Support continues with English speaking personnel on hand to support all requirements for the duration of the client’s stay in China.

AmadeusGoAir launches non-stop flights from Singapore to Bengaluru and Kolkata in India: GoAir announced it will start direct flights to Singapore from India. GoAir will directly connect Singapore to Bengaluru four days a week and Kolkata three days a week. Flight operations from Singapore will commence on 19 October 2019.

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Matthew Driskill is the Editor of Asian Aviation and is based in Cambodia. He has been an Asia-based journalist and content producer since 1990 for outlets including Reuters and the International Herald Tribune/New York Times and is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Hong Kong. He frequently appears on international broadcast outlets like CNN, Al Jazeera and the BBC and has taught journalism at Hong Kong University and the American University of Paris. Driskill has received awards from the Associated Press for Investigative Reporting and Business Writing and in 1989 was named the John J. McCloy Fellow by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York where he earned his Master's Degree.


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