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The Role of Materials and Lighting in Defining an Airline’s Holistic Brand Identity

PriestmanGoode recently tested the limits of new materials with the introduction of a polystone surface table in the United Polaris business-class cabin. “It’s the first time this material has been used on a commercial aircraft,” says Luke Hawes, director at PriestmanGoode. "It allows us to create the look of marble, but with less weight, as well as facilitated maintenance. The result is a luxurious feel that ties in with what premium passengers would expect.” According to LIFT Strategic Design CEO Daniel Baron, lighting offers airlines many new design possibilities as well, but the basics still matter: “Mood lighting has come a long way … however, it will never negate the visual and tactile qualities of textiles, decorative laminates and hard plastics, with their infinite possibilities in color, finish, pattern and texture.”

APEX Media | Related Excellence Is in the Details: Honing In on Holistic Aircraft Cabin Design – APEX Media

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Ireland to Review US Customs Pre-Clearance Arrangements at Irish Airports

Ireland’s government announced Monday it will conduct a review of the US customs pre-clearance arrangements at its airports, following President Trump’s curbs on immigration. Ireland's Dublin and Shannon airports are among the few locations outside North America where travelers can clear customs and immigration before flying to the US, reducing delays when they land. "I have asked for a complete review of the pre-clearance facilities here in Ireland,” said Ireland’s prime minister, Enda Kenny. “I would say that pre-clearance has been of enormous convenience, so these are issues that we are happy to negotiate upon."

Reuters | Related Dutch government ends talks with US on pre-clearance of airline passengers – Reuters

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Mile-High Touchdown: Turkish Airlines to Offer Live Super Bowl Coverage

Turkish Airlines will be airing the NFL’s 51st Super Bowl game this Sunday on board its Panasonic Avionics eX1-equipped aircraft. “We are excited to offer the American football experience with Super Bowl to our passengers at thousands of feet of elevation, and also debut our new commercial video on this broadcast," said Turkish Airlines’ chief marketing officer, Ahmet Olmustur. “We not only carry our guests to the most countries worldwide, but we also aim to organize a flight that offers the best passenger experience at the highest level.”

Trade Arabia | Related Content Service Providers Score Rights to Live Sports Coverage – APEX Media

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Lufthansa Secures Regulatory Approval for Airberlin Wet Lease

Germany’s national competition regulator Bundeskartellamt has approved Lufthansa’s deal to wet lease 38 Airbus A319s and A320s from airberlin. Under the terms of the agreement, airberlin will lease to two of Lufthansa’s subsidiaries over an extendable six-year term, with Eurowings acquiring 33 aircraft and Austrian Airlines receiving the remaining five. The deal also includes a codeshare between Lufthansa and Etihad Airways, airberlin’s equity parent. “This case raised specific questions,” said Bundeskartellamt president Andreas Mundt. “From a competition perspective, the lease of aircraft from a competitor needs to be assessed differently than the takeover of the competitor itself.”

Air Transport World | Related Ryanair to contest Lufthansa, airberlin deal – Air Transport World

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Nepal to Improve Airport Response to Natural Disasters

Nepal’s government is stepping up efforts to improve its airports’ response to natural disasters, following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck in April 2015. Government representatives will meet with experts from Deutsche Post, DHL Group and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to provide training and evaluate the current level of preparedness at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport and Nepalgunj Airport in the west of the country. “The 2015 quake truly demonstrated the crucial role airports play in Nepal’s national emergency response network,” said Valerie Julliand, UNDP’s resident coordinator.

Travel Daily Media | Related India to discuss aviation assistance with Nepal to help build three airports – The Economic Times

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Petition Launched to Rename Pittsburgh International Airport in Honor of Mister Rogers

Thousands have signed a petition to rename Pittsburgh International Airport in honor of longtime city resident Fred Rogers, creator and host of children’s TV series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Ian Miller, a Pittsburgh resident, started the petition to change the airport’s name to Fred Rogers International Airport on change.org last week. While the airport recently refreshed an exhibit dedicated to Rogers on Concourse C, it seems unlikely that it will change its name in the near future. “In 2016, we completed a rebranding of the airport to better match the ongoing renaissance of the Pittsburgh region,” said airport spokesperson Bob Kerlik. “At this time, our focus is on continuing to advance Pittsburgh International Airport as a global aviation leader.”

USA Today | Related More than 300 protest Trump's immigration ban at Pittsburgh International Airport – Trib Live

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Qantas Opens North America’s First Airbus A380 Hangar at LAX

Qantas has unveiled a new $30-million maintenance hangar at Los Angeles International Airport to store its wide-body aircraft. Billed as North America’s first facility specifically designed to accommodate Airbus A380s, the hangar replaces one built in 1958 and includes connected parking pads outside the building, allowing Qantas to reduce aircraft maintenance time by 20 percent. “We can have up to four aircraft on the ground at LAX at once and some are here for around 14 hours,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “So it makes sense to have a facility where we can make good use of that time by doing scheduled maintenance.”

USA Today | Related Qantas showcases Australia with latest in-flight safety video – Business Traveller

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
Photo of the Day
 

Leavin' on a jet plane... Flying Aer Lingus from SFO to DUB last Saturday. Captured by @Arconics (via Twitter).

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> Tweet of the Day

Two friends, Kristoffer & Max, once separated are now reunited. Thanks to our dedicated colleagues for ensuring Teddy Bear Max made it home.

British Airways @British_Airways

 
 
 

Association News

APEX MMM: Airline Members Can Attend for Free!

APEX MultiMedia Market, the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers, will take place in Berlin from April 24 to 26. Registration is complimentary for APEX airline members and includes access to the educational program, the networking event and the exhibit hall, where top global distributors will be showing off an extensive library of new content specifically licensed for airlines. Lunch and coffee will be provided each day. APEX airline members who register by March 1 will be included in a draw for a complimentary three-night stay at the Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin, where APEX MMM will take place (some restrictions apply).

 
 

Speak Up! Submit Your Session Proposals for APEX Events

APEX is accepting proposals from members to speak at its events: MultiMedia Market, EXPO, TECH and Middle East Conference. APEX is known for shaping the future of the passenger experience – and it’s because of you! We want you involved at this year’s APEX events. This is a chance for you and your company to be front and center – or if you are not interested in presenting but would like to see a topic addressed, now is the time to speak up! Click here to submit a proposal.

 
 
 

Jobs

The Regional Manager Operational Airworthiness and Compliance is responsible to lead a team that oversees the compliance to policies, processes, standards and Canadian Aviation Regulations within their assigned areas of oversight in accordance with the Quality Assurance program and Safety Management system programs within ACM and Air Canada. The incumbent will work regularly with production groups to assist in process monitoring, resolving regulatory issues and using training resources to supply required and requested training to front line technicians. Click here to apply and view all job listings. Click here to apply and view all job listings.
> Air Canada: Regional Manager Operational Airworthiness and Compliance

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"The traveler recognizes the little that is his, discovering the much he has not had and will never have."

Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

 
 

Until tomorrow

 
 

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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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