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Thales’ FlytEDGE Wins 2024 Crystal Cabin Award, Revolutionizing Inflight Entertainment

(IN BRIEF) Thales celebrates another victory at the Crystal Cabin Awards as their innovative FlytEDGE inflight entertainment system takes the spotlight in the IFEC & Digital Services category. Unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, FlytEDGE introduces a paradigm … Read the full press release

Safran Passenger Innovations Unveils RAVE Cloud Services for Next-Gen In-Flight Entertainment

(IN BRIEF) Safran Passenger Innovations has introduced RAVE Cloud Services, a cutting-edge cloud-based platform for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC). Comprising Distribution Services and Edge Cloud Computing Services, RAVE Cloud Services enables rapid and remote content updates to aircraft fleets … Read the full press release

Vietnam Airlines Makes History with First Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flight

(IN BRIEF) Vietnam Airlines achieved a significant milestone by operating its inaugural flight fueled by Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, becoming Vietnam’s first airline to utilize sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for commercial passenger flights. The Airbus A321, departing from Changi … Read the full press release

Safran Passenger Innovations Unveils Immersive XR Experience for In-Flight Entertainment

(IN BRIEF) Safran Passenger Innovations introduces a groundbreaking enhancement to its RAVE In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system, now supporting Extended Reality (XR) including Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) devices. Passengers across all cabin classes can now … Read the full press release

Swissport Makes Strides Towards Sustainability Goals with Electric Vehicle Rollout at Basel and Geneva Airports

(IN BRIEF) Swissport, a prominent airport ground service provider, is advancing its sustainability agenda with the introduction of new electric vehicles (EVs) at Basel and Geneva airports. Aligned with the Science-Based Targets initiative, Swissport aims to achieve short-term CO2 reduction … Read the full press release

Lagardère SA Appoints Grégoire Castaing as Assistant Managing Director for Finance

(IN BRIEF) Lagardère SA has strengthened its management structure with the appointment of Mr. Grégoire Castaing as Assistant Managing Director responsible for Finance, effective June 3, 2024. With extensive experience in financial leadership roles, including at Canal+ Group, Castaing will … Read the full press release

Swissport Expands Portfolio with Gulf Air and Renews Contracts with Middle Eastern Airlines in Geneva

(IN BRIEF) Swissport Geneva has expanded its customer base by welcoming Gulf Air and renewing contracts with Saudia, EgyptAir, and Kuwait Airways. Gulf Air has signed a 3-year contract for ground handling and cargo operations, while the other airlines have … Read the full press release

Green Light for Henri Hotel, Restaurants and Shops in the “Alter Fischereihafen” (Old Fishing Port) in Cuxhaven, opening Summer 2026

(IN BRIEF) The project to revitalize Cuxhaven’s historic “Alter Fischereihafen” (Old Fishing Port) has moved forward with the approval of the first construction phase. This phase involves converting the former fish market and processing halls (Fischhallen V and VI) into … Read the full press release

Alstom Revamps c2c’s Class 357 Fleet with £8.8 Million Refurbishment Contract

(IN BRIEF) Alstom, a global leader in sustainable mobility, has clinched an £8.8 million contract with c2c, a passenger operator, for the refurbishment of its Class 357 Electrostar fleet. The contract entails the repair and repaint of 74 four-car units, … Read the full press release

Cunard Welcomes Queen Anne: Newest Jewel in the Luxury Cruise Line’s Fleet

(IN BRIEF) Cunard’s illustrious fleet gains a new gem as Queen Anne officially joins during a historic handover ceremony at the Fincantieri Marghera shipyard in Venice. Attended by dignitaries and industry leaders, the event marks the 249th ship under the … Read the full press release

Heathrow Whisky Festival Takes Off, Celebrating Spirit of Travel

(IN BRIEF) Heathrow Airport launches its annual Whisky Festival, running from April 15 to May 14, offering travellers a month-long celebration of whisky culture. The festival boasts expert-led masterclasses, exclusive product launches, and whisky-infused menu items across the airport’s terminals. … Read the full press release

Hachette Livre Partners with Gallmeister, Expanding Distribution Reach

(IN BRIEF) Hachette Livre announces a strategic partnership with Gallmeister, an esteemed independent publisher known for its commitment to quality literature worldwide. As part of the collaboration, Hachette Livre will acquire a minority stake in Sequoia, Gallmeister’s distribution arm, and … Read the full press release

Stadler’s FLIRT H2 Sets Guinness World Record for Longest Hydrogen Train Journey

(IN BRIEF) Stadler proudly announces that its FLIRT H2 has secured a place in the Guinness World Records database for traveling the longest distance (1,741.7 miles) by a hydrogen fuel cell electric multiple unit passenger train without refueling. This achievement … Read the full press release

ÖBB Unveils Next-Generation Railjet: A Leap Forward in Rail Travel Comfort

(IN BRIEF) Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has launched its first Railjet of the new generation, marking a significant advancement in rail travel comfort. Developed and built by Siemens Mobility, these innovative trains boast numerous features aimed at enhancing passenger experience … Read the full press release

Swissport Launches Operations at Palma de Mallorca Airport, Pledges to Drive Sustainability

(IN BRIEF) Swissport has commenced operations at Palma de Mallorca (PMI), Spain’s third-largest airport and a significant European tourist destination. With a workforce of 300, including 64.9 percent electrically powered vehicles, Swissport aims to contribute to sustainable air traffic in … Read the full press release

Viasat Expands Ground Network to Enhance In-Flight Connectivity with AEGEAN Airlines

(IN BRIEF) Viasat, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, has expanded its ground network for the European Aviation Network (EAN) to bolster in-flight broadband service in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea region. This expansion, featuring three new ground stations, complements over 300 … Read the full press release

Relay by Lagardère Travel Retail Marks Exceptional Year with Global Expansion and Renewed Partnerships

(IN BRIEF) In 2023, Relay, the iconic brand by Lagardère Travel Retail, showcased its commitment to enhancing travelers’ experiences worldwide with a redefined brand signature and strategic partnerships. Renewed collaborations with Group ADP and SNCF in France highlighted Relay’s agility … Read the full press release

flyadeal Partners with Safran Nacelles for Comprehensive Fleet Support

(IN BRIEF) At the MRO Middle East event in Dubai, low-cost carrier flyadeal, a subsidiary of Saudia Group, signed a long-term agreement with Safran Nacelles for comprehensive support of nacelles on its Airbus A320neo family fleet powered by CFM International* … Read the full press release

Neste Launches ‘Neste Impact’ to Enable Businesses to Slash Aviation Emissions

(IN BRIEF) Neste, a global leader in sustainable solutions, introduces “Neste Impact,” a groundbreaking emission reduction solution empowering businesses to curtail their air travel-related carbon footprint. By purchasing Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™, companies can achieve up to an impressive … Read the full press release

Poland’s Cargounit Invests in Siemens Locomotives for European Rail Modernization

(IN BRIEF) Cargounit, Poland’s leading locomotive leasing company, partners with Siemens Mobility to purchase 30 Vectron locomotives with an option for 60 more, along with 10 Smartron locomotives. The deal aims to enhance cross-border rail transport in Europe. Vectron locomotives, … Read the full press release

Driving Toward a Greener Future: Daimler Buses Launches Hydrogen-Powered Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G fuel cell

(IN BRIEF) Daimler Buses introduces the groundbreaking Mercedes-Benz eCitaro G fuel cell at the mobility move 2024 conference in Berlin. This electric articulated bus, featuring NMC3 batteries and hydrogen fuel cell technology, offers an impressive range of up to 400 … Read the full press release

Vietjet Air and Airbus Strike Landmark Deal for A330-900 Widebodies

(IN BRIEF) Vietjet Air has inked a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus, marking the airline’s inaugural foray into widebody aircraft with the purchase of 20 A330-900s. Intended to bolster Vietjet’s long-range and regional operations, these A330neo additions will … Read the full press release

Enhancing Flight Safety: Malaysia Airlines Invests in Thales Avionics Technology

(IN BRIEF) Malaysia Airlines has announced a partnership with Thales to equip 20 of its Airbus A330neo aircraft with advanced avionics solutions. This includes Thales’ Flight Management System (FMS) and ACSS’ Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (T3CAS®). The collaboration marks the … Read the full press release

Stagecoach Bus Drivers Excel in Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving Programme

(IN BRIEF) Stagecoach bus drivers have once again demonstrated their commitment to safe and fuel-efficient driving, with over 4,100 drivers achieving Fleet Elite status in a prestigious global performance measurement programme managed by GreenRoad. This accolade, awarded to more Stagecoach … Read the full press release

Transition at Le Livre de Poche: Audrey Petit to Lead as Managing Director

(IN BRIEF) Audrey Petit, currently the Editorial Director of Le Livre de Poche, is set to become the new Managing Director as Béatrice Duval steps down from her role, effective March 31, 2024. Duval, who has led the publishing house … Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group Selects EAN by Viasat and Deutsche Telekom for Seamless In-Flight Broadband

(IN BRIEF) Lufthansa Group has partnered with Viasat and Deutsche Telekom to equip over 150 aircraft with the European Aviation Network (EAN), delivering high-speed in-flight internet access for passengers flying with Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian Airlines. EAN combines satellite coverage … Read the full press release

Brits Plan Holidays in Advance as January Sees Surge in Travel Bookings

(IN BRIEF) According to research by Aviva, 19% of Brits are preparing to book or search for their next holiday 4-5 months in advance, with 26% planning 2-3 months ahead, indicating that January is a popular time for travel planning. … Read the full press release

Customer Data Platform Industry Attracts New Participants: CDP Institute Report

(IN BRIEF) Despite challenging business conditions in the second half of 2023, the Customer Data Platform (CDP) industry saw continued growth, with ten new participants, mostly small firms established within the last five years, focused on profile building and analytics. … Read the full press release

Stadler Expands Hydrogen Train Fleet for Italian Railway FdC

(IN BRIEF) Italian railway operator Ferrovie della Calabria (FdC) has ordered three additional hydrogen-powered narrow-gauge trains from Stadler as part of a framework agreement. These trains will run on regional and local routes in Italy’s Calabria region and are expected … Read the full press release

China-Europe Travel Connections Strengthened Through Hiseas and Chengdu Tourism’s ECTAA Membership

(IN BRIEF) Hiseas International Gmbh and Chengdu Tourism Studies Association have joined the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA), pledging to enhance travel connections between China and Europe. This partnership aims to streamline operations and improve travel experiences … Read the full press release

EVA Air Places Order for 18 A350-1000s and 15 A321neo Aircraft from Airbus

(IN BRIEF) Taiwanese airline EVA Air has confirmed its order for 18 long-range A350-1000s and 15 single-aisle A321neo aircraft from Airbus. This decision marks EVA Air as the latest global airline to choose the A350-1000 for its long-haul operations and … Read the full press release

Indra Achieves ISO 31030 Certification for Comprehensive Travel Risk Management

(IN BRIEF) Indra has secured the ISO 31030 certification from AENOR, becoming the first Spanish company to do so. The certification acknowledges Indra’s effective management of the travel risks faced by its professionals during business trips, prioritizing their well-being, health, … Read the full press release

Lagardère Travel Retail to Elevate Food and Beverage Experience at Varna and Burgas Airports from 2025

(IN BRIEF) Lagardère Travel Retail is set to enhance the food and beverage offerings at Varna and Burgas international airports from 2025 as it takes on the management of the Foodservice Master Concession. This transformation will introduce new concepts from … Read the full press release

Japan Airlines Receives First Airbus A350-1000 for International Routes

(IN BRIEF) Japan Airlines (JAL) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, marking a significant addition to the airline’s international fleet. The A350-1000 will initially operate on the Tokyo Haneda – New York JFK route. JAL’s A350-1000 is … Read the full press release

Lagardère’s Shareholder Vivendi Extends Rights to Sell Shares Until June 2025

(IN BRIEF) Lagardère acknowledges that its shareholder, Vivendi SE, has unanimously approved the extension of the exercise period for the rights to sell Lagardère shares until June 15, 2025. This extension maintains the terms and conditions outlined in the public … Read the full press release

IATA: Global Air Cargo Demand Continues to Grow, but Challenges Loom in the Economic Horizon

(IN BRIEF) Global air cargo demand increased by 3.8% in October 2023 compared to the same month in 2022, marking the third consecutive month of stronger year-on-year demand, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). However, capacity, measured in … Read the full press release

Hamburg Airport Joins International “Hydrogen Hub at Airport” Network to Advance Hydrogen Infrastructure in Aviation

(IN BRIEF) Hamburg Airport has become the first German member and the 12th overall member of the international “Hydrogen Hub at Airport” network. This network aims to promote the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure in aviation and includes members from airports, … Read the full press release

European Locomotive Leasing Group (ELL) Expands Fleet with 200 Siemens Vectron Locomotives

(IN BRIEF) European Locomotive Leasing Group (ELL) has signed a significant framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for the acquisition of up to 200 Vectron locomotives. These locomotives will be used in both passenger and freight services across Europe. ELL initially … Read the full press release

Maxime Saada Appointed Vice-President of Lagardère Group, Enhancing Media Expertise

(IN BRIEF) Maxime Saada has been named Vice-President of the Lagardère group and has joined its Executive Committee while retaining his current roles. Saada, who holds an MBA from HEC and has a background in various leadership positions, including as … Read the full press release

Alstom Secures Major Contract to Implement NExTEO Signalling System in Paris

(IN BRIEF) Alstom, a global leader in sustainable mobility, has secured a significant contract valued at nearly 300 million euros to implement the NExTEO signalling system on the RER¹ B and RER D lines in the Île-de-France region. This contract … Read the full press release