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October 26, 2016



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China Eastern Airlines Opts for Rockwell Collins’ On-Demand IFE

China Eastern Airlines has selected Rockwell Collins’ on-demand PAVES in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform to be installed on 30 Next-Generation Boeing 737s and 60 737 MAX aircraft. PAVES provides a high level of flexibility in terms of IFE configuration and digital content management. The Shanghai-based airline will also install a series of other Rockwell products – including its MultiScan ThreatTrack weather radar, GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver and Head-up Guidance System – on close to 200 other aircraft. “The advancements we’ve made with our in-flight systems and avionics allow for a safer and more comfortable flying experience,” said Jim Walker, vice-president and managing director for International and Service Solutions, Asia Pacific, Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins | Related Panasonic Avionics’ eX3 and eXConnect IFEC Solutions Extend Roots in APAC – APEX Media



Cleared for Takeoff: Heathrow Airport Runway Gets Government Approval

The UK government has given Heathrow Airport the go-ahead to build a third runway, paving the way for hundreds of thousands more flights to and from the UK’s largest air transport hub. Ministers endorsed the Airports Commission’s recommendation to expand Heathrow instead of Gatwick, which had also hoped to build a second runway. The decision will now be subject to a parliamentary vote in 2017 or 2018, but widespread protests and legal challenges are expected to follow. The government said the decision to build the runway would bring economic benefits of up to $74.4 billion, as well as creating up to 77,000 additional jobs.

The Guardian | Related Heathrow expansion: Airlines react to Government's airport decision – The Independent



IMG Scores German Football League Contract Renewal

IMG Media has announced that is has renewed its in-flight media rights deal with Deutsche Fußball Liga, allowing the content service provider to screen live and non-live coverage of Bundesliga matches on international flights. The deal means IMG will have access to at least 160 live matches per season starting 2017, as well as game previews and highlights via its Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra channels, exclusively available on Panasonic’s eXConnect in-flight Ku-band communications service. Richard Wise, SVP and head of In-Flight for IMG, said, "The Bundesliga is extremely popular with in-flight passengers and we are delighted to have renewed our rights agreement with them.”

APEX Media | Related Meet Sport 24, The Biggest Sports Network 40,000 Feet Above The Ground – Co.Create



Nesma Airlines Selects AirFi’s Wireless Entertainment

Nesma Airlines is the first Middle Eastern airline to select AirFi’s wireless in-flight entertainment solution, with plans to launch on the Cairo-based carrier’s Airbus A320 aircraft by November this year. Once available, passengers flying on Nesma will be able to view content in English (and eventually Arabic) on their devices via a free onboard Wi-Fi network created by AirFi boxes positioned throughout the cabin. Content will be provided with AirFi’s network of more than 50 providers, including its partner OnBoard International. “We are delighted to welcome Nesma to the AirFi family and to open up another new region here in the Middle East with our partner OnBoard International,” says AirFi chief executive officer Job Heimerikx.

APEX Media | Related Tarom launches AirFi – TravelWires



Lufthansa Upgrades IFE Platform With Cinematic Sound and Points of Interest

Lufthansa Systems has updated its BoardConnect in-flight entertainment platform with virtual window and cockpit views of points of interests and cities, as well as a new virtual sound feature, which provides passengers with a surround sound-like experience. Software is used to enhance the blasts of cinematic explosions and revving sports car engines. “Airlines are constantly striving to make the passenger experience even more pleasant and varied,” said Norbert Müller, SVP of BoardConnect, Lufthansa Systems. “We are therefore interested in continually expanding the range of entertainment and service options offered by our BoardConnect platform.”

APEX Media | Related Virgin Atlantic Keeps an Ear Out for 3-D Audio – APEX Media



Bare to the Bone: American Airlines Delays Basic Economy Fare Rollout

American Airlines has pushed back its rollout of basic economy fares from late 2016 to the beginning of next year. The Dallas-based carrier said the delay of the fare, which removes passenger perks, is intended to prevent any disruption over the holidays. However, Brian Sumers of Skift suggests the airline could be taking additional time due to the logistical challenges involved in integrating complicated fare structures. Last week, the White House released new guidelines governing how airlines will be expected to sell tickets.

Condé Nast Traveler | Related AA’s Premium Economy service takes off Nov. 3 – Travel Weekly



JetBlue Takes a Stake in California-Based Charter Airline JetSuite

JetBlue has acquired a minority stake in California-based JetSuite. The fast-growing charter airline offers four daily flights between Burbank, Carlsbad, Concord and San Jose, as well as Las Vegas. The airline operates a fleet of Wi-Fi-equipped Embraer ERJ 135s, with three seats per row. “We are very active in thinking about how this industry could change and be disrupted in future years,” says JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes. “In JetSuite, we see a great opportunity on the west coast in terms of offering customers a much more convenient alternative in how to fly.”

Air Transport World | Related JetBlue growth turns to Mint, non-NYC bases – USA Today




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Leaving the coast of Africa for APEX EXPO with Singapore Airlines. Captured by @lesegot (via Twitter).

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Association News

Join Us in Long Beach for #APEXEXPO 2017

APEX EXPO 2017 will take place in Long Beach, California, from September 25 to 28. Join thousands of aviation professionals from around the world, all committed to improving the airline passenger experience, and reunite with the peers you connected with this year in Singapore!


Register Now for #APEXMARKET in Berlin, April 2017

APEX MultiMedia Market 2017 will take place in Berlin from April 24 to 26. #APEXMARKET is the only global industry event focused specifically on bringing together IFE buyers with the leading worldwide vendors of TV, movies, GUIs, games, audio and applications. Register now to join us at the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


> Quote of the Day

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya Angelou


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