APEX Timeline: 1979 to 2019


The Airline Entertainment Conference takes place in Palm Springs in March.

Elected officers meet in the offices of John Doremus to develop the framework and bylaws of the AEA in November.



A black-tie gala is added to the last day of the conference.




The conference travels to Munich, its first location outside the US, and becomes the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA).



A management company is hired to oversee the day-to-day running of the association.




The WAEA newsletter evolves into Avion magazine, with John N. White at its helm.





Distributor/exhibitor booths make their first appearance at the conference.




The Pioneer Awards are renamed Avion Awards.





The conference and exhibition segments merge under one roof.





TV Market is introduced after WAEA is gifted the conference, formerly called Inflight Productions Conference.




The black-tie gala comes to an end after this year’s conference.




WAEA rebrands as the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), and Avion becomes APEX Experience magazine.




APEX hires a CEO, Joe Leader.




APEX agrees to terms for the acquisition of Future Travel Experience.

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This timeline was originally published in the 9.4 September/October issue of APEX Experience magazine.

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