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May 1st 2018

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Qatar’s Hamad International Airport has completed the second stage of its digital transformation project, said the Doha airport’s chief commercial officer, Badr Al Meer, said at a seminar in Hamburg last month. Read More » The new biometric system allows passengers to pass through the airport without showing their passport or boarding pass.

Qantas Airways is the first customer of A380 Cabin-Flex, a cabin door area rearrangement on the aircraft type’s upper deck that is now available for line-fit or retrofit. It will be installed on the Australian international carrier’s A380 fleet from mid-2019. A380 Cabin-Flex can add 11 premium economy or seven business class seat to the A380 cabin. Qantas has opted for the premium economy option.

Indonesian low-cost carrier, Citilink, and Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik, Lufthansa Systems and Mahata Aero Teknologi have signed a contract to retrofit 50 of the Garuda Indonesia’s subsidy’s A320s with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation’s inflight broadband service.

GKN Fokker and cosmetic company, Rituals, are launching cabin scenting systems to favourably influence the mood of airline passengers.

Singapore Airlines is the launch customer of the Panasonic Avionics airline onboard loyalty platform, NEXT loyalty. Panasonic Avionics also has concluded a partnership for its new retail platform, NEXT Marketplace, with gategroup.

Qatar Airways will launch its new business class seat, Qsuite, on its Doha-Shanghai route from mid this month. The seat offers the industry’s first double bed in business class as well as private cabins with stow away panels that allow up to four passengers in adjoining seats to enjoy their own private space. Qatar operates 31 flights a week from Doha to six Chinese cities: Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

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