In this episode of The APEX Weekly Wrap, hosts Seth Miller and Maryann Simson bid a fond farewell to the Boeing 747 fleets retired by British Airways and Qantas before looking to more eco-friendly aircraft innovations announced as part of the FIA Connect event in place of this year’s Farnborough Airshow.

The pair weigh the pros and cons of Global Eagle’s decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and how the move could ultimately be a positive one for the company’s future. They also discuss the news that aircraft seating manufacturer ZIM Flugsitz has also filed for insolvency protection.

Finally, special guests Dan Coleman, founder of Future Travel Experience (FTE) and Dr. Joe Leader, APEX/IFSA CEO, join to provide more details about how the first-ever FTE APEX Virtual Expo will work, including the topics that the show will focus on.

See below for a rundown of the topics discussed in this episode:

(0:53) How British Airways and Qantas have said farewell to their Boeing 747 fleets
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3:07) What filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US means for in-flight connectivity and content services provider Global Eagle
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4:12) ZIM Flugsitz files for insolvency protection
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5:22) Aeroflot’s ambitious growth plans
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6:51) Eco-friendly announcements from the FIA connect event, including a new ecoDemonstrator project for Etihad and Boeing and plans for a 70-seat hybrid electric commercial aircraft from EAG
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9:29) Interview with Future Travel Experience founder Dan Coleman and APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader about the FTE APEX Virtual EXPO
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15:27) FlightPath3D’s success at the recent Airbus hackathon

The Weekly Wrap is made possible by the support of West Entertainment.