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December 2, 2016



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What They’re Watching: IdeaNova’s IFE Analytics

IdeaNova Technologies has launched an in-flight entertainment data analysis tool focused on media playback and deployment. InShow allows airlines and IFE vendors to analyze their media streaming ecosystems, including data on customers’ playback experience, frequently watched movies and other system performance indicators. “Analysis of data is a common problem across any media delivery system,” says Juraj Siska, CTO of IdeaNova Technologies. “InShow fills the gap of many avionics companies that deploy media-streaming technology and find a void of information when trying to analyze system performance.”

Inflight Online | Related Research and Markets releases European inflight Wi-Fi outlook – Get Connected



Obama Administration Calls on China to Allow Foreign GDS Market Access

The United States has called on China to reevaluate its ban on foreign global distribution systems (GDS) from operating in the country. In what could be her last keynote speech before the Trump administration assumes office in January, US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said a joint commission on trade and commerce aims to continue pressuring China’s government to allow GDSs, including Amadeus, Sabre and Travelport, to gain access to the country’s untapped market. “Simply by elevating the issue in this manner, in such a public forum and in the presence of key officials within the Chinese government, the prospect for change has increased considerably,” says Steve Shur, president of the Travel Technology Association, a US lobbying group.

Tnooz | Related Elaine Chao selected to lead US Department of Transportation – Air Transport World



American Airlines to Cut Cuba Flights Amid Lower Demand

American Airlines will slash 25 percent of its flights to Cuba in 2017, citing lower than expected travel demand rather than the election of Donald Trump as US president. Starting mid-February, American will operate one flight instead of two from Miami to Holguín, Santa Clara and Varadero, reducing its daily service from 13 to 10 return flights. "This was done purely to remain competitive in the market,” says American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller. "We can't speculate on what the next administration may do."

Reuters | Related First commercial Havana-bound flights touch down amid transition for US, Cuba – Chicago Tribune



Retail inMotion Launches Pre-Order Meal System

LSG Group subsidiary Retail inMotion has developed a system that allows airline passengers to choose their in-flight meals before their departure date. The software was originally developed for Ryanair, but the company says it can be integrated into any airline’s booking system to deliver real-time order information. “The implementation of the software extends passengers’ onboard experience to the ground and is a true advantage for any airline looking to further develop its passenger interfaces,” says Stefan Patermann, CCO of Retail inMotion.

Pax International | Related LSG Sky Chefs: The Logistics of Everything Loose – APEX Media



Huge Jet, Short Flight: Emirates Deploys Airbus A380 on Dubai–Doha Route

Emirates yesterday launched the world’s shortest scheduled Airbus A380 service, flying the 235-mile route between Dubai and Doha – a journey time of around one hour and 20 minutes. The A380 touched down at Hamad International Airport to a water canon salute, and was welcomed by officials and trade guests at an Emirates reception inside the terminal. The outbound and inbound flights are timed to offer connections on Emirates’ A380 flights to destinations including New York, London, Frankfurt and Paris.

Travel Daily Media | Related Why the Dubai Miracle Garden Covered an Entire Emirates A380 Replica in Flowers – Condé Nast Traveler



New York Ingredients and Italian Flavors Are on Delta’s Business-Class Winter Menu

Delta Air Lines has launched a new in-flight winter menu for its Delta One business-class passengers. The culinary offerings were developed in partnership with Jason Pfeifer, executive chef of Maialino in New York City, who drew inspiration from rustic Italian cooking. “Italian cuisine is about ingredients and I think we have really captured that cooking philosophy for Delta flyers,” he says. “The simplicity of the dishes allows for the ingredients to become the star of the show, so we have been very thoughtful about how each ingredient is sourced.”

Business Traveller | Related On Delta, All-Suite Business Class Flights – The New York Times



Blue Alert: Research Illuminates Effects of Aircraft Cabin Mood Lighting

Blue mood lighting is used by many airlines, including JetBlue, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines, to help passengers sleep. But research by Harvard Medical School shows that blue light actually keeps some people awake, and a study by Western Michigan University found that exposure to blue light improved flight crews' cognitive function even more than caffeine. “The subjects exposed to blue light consistently rated less sleepy, had quicker reaction times and had fewer lapses of attention during the performance tests,” the study reported.

APEX Media | Related Colorful Cabins Give New Meaning to Traveling Light – APEX Media




Photo of the Day

A trail in the sky. Captured by @bfilmhenrik (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

Thanks @twitter! #AirNZXmas #TwitterMoment:⚡️ “Air NZ releases the perfect southern hemisphere Christmas song”

Air New Zealand @FlyAirNZ


Association News

APEX Experience: 6.5 December/January Issue Now Online!

Holidays can be a stressful time for travel. Baggage piles up, schedules get tangled in flight delays and tempers can run high – it’s an industry-wide effort to keep things running smoothly. Click here to read the full 6.5 December/January issue of APEX Experience magazine online, featuring ideas for how to remedy baggage woes, cater to female travelers and improve airports.


Flight Line Magazine Takes Off On Board Another Airline

Flight Line Magazine, an independent Russian in-flight magazine for air passengers on 15 carriers, is now available on Pioneer Regional Airlines. The carrier will offer the magazine on several flights including its route between Sochi and Irkutsk. Click here to read the full announcement.


> Quote of the Day

"It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."

William Ernest Henley, from the poem Invictus


Until next week



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