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Chinese operator Sichuan Airlines has selected Thales’ AVANT IFE system for its new A350 XWB.

This is the first Airbus A350 in China to be equipped with Thales AVANT IFE system.

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The contract further strengthens the relationship between Sichuan Airlines and Thales who is already the airline’s preferred business partner in avionics – including Flight Management System for their A320/A330 fleet, customer support and innovative services.


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China’s Shenzhen Airlines has unveiled the cabin interior of its 37 Boeing 737MAX fleet of aircraft.

 In a first for a Chinese airline, each aircraft is equipped with more than 300 CL5710 business class seats (pictured) from Recaro Aircraft Seating. The seat offers lumbar support, an extendable legrest and various predefined seating positions. It is the only business class seat for short and medium-haul routes that is electrically adjustable and approved for Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 aircraft.

Shenzhen Airlines also selected 5,500 Recaro BL3530 economy class seats which features storage and shelving space for tablets, smartphones or e-readers.


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JetSmarter is building its branded fleet, as it unveils the first five fully-dedicated and branded Gulfstream IV-SP aircraft

The jets come with brand new interiors and ‘five-star flight crews’, serving a selection of curated in-flight cocktails in partnership with Pernod Ricard, as well as gourmet catering. Each aircraft is also equipped with fast and reliable 4G Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to browse the web, access email, and stream videos at any time with no interruption.

“It’s our goal through our new, fully-branded aircraft, to create a class that is truly above first for our community,” said Sergey Petrossov, founder and CEO of JetSmarter. “Being able to customise our planes to our exact taste allows us to perfect our already reliable, premium travel experience.”

JetSmarter is currently on-boarding Gulfstream IV-SP aircraft, but will diversify to more aircraft types in the future.


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Inflight Two Minutes: This video explores the upcoming Inflight Asia-Pacific event co-located with Commercial Aviation Services. The event will take place on the 7–8 November 2018. Visit the event website for more information.

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Day one schedule recap: Wednesday 7 November 2018

10.45: Welcome address

11.00-11.45: Session 1 – Satellite communications

12.00-12.45: Session 2 – Electronic Flight Bags

13.45-14.30: Session 3 – Seating

14.45-15.30: Session 4 – Deploying IFE

15.45-16.30: Session 5 – Designing for ultra long-haul flights

If you are interested in joining us as a panelist declare your interest on the event website.


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