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January 5, 2017



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CES 2017: Emotional Technology of Self-Driving Cars May Soon Feel Its Way Into Aviation

The self-driving car technology on display at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas provides a glimpse into the future of in-flight entertainment and aircraft cabin technology. When combined with advances in data-powered content curation, predictive artificial intelligence could provide a multimedia passenger experience that’s personalized and reactive. Advancements in emotional technology may one day transform the aircraft from transportation tool to cabin crewmember, as biometric monitoring and haptic gesture control help airlines save on both cognitive strain and aircraft weight.

APEX Media | Related Flying Cars: The Drive for Personal Commuter Aircraft – APEX Media



Boeing Secures $8.25-Billion Order for 737 MAX 8s

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) announced yesterday that it placed an order in December for 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, worth $8.25 billion at list prices. The order pushes GECAS’ 737 MAX order tally up to 170, the largest of any aircraft leasing company. “We appreciate the confidence GECAS has in the 737 MAX, and look forward to seeing the airplanes placed with carriers all over the world,” said Brad McMullen, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ vice-president for North America and Leasing Sales. The GECAS deal brings Boeing’s order total for 737 MAX aircraft to 3,419.

Air Transport World | Related Delta and Boeing Agree to Cancel Dreamliner Order – Investopedia



Infinitus Super Highway In-Flight Connectivity Network Moves Closer to the Skies

Airborne Wireless Network is getting closer to the completion of its Infinitus Super Highway, a high-speed airborne broadband network that links commercial aircraft in flight. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with Electric Lightwave Holdings, which will provide a 12,500-mile fiber optics cable and data center network to support the ground segment of the Infinitus Super Highway. The network will function by forming an interwoven digital connectivity network between aircraft in the sky. “This agreement with Electric Lightwave Holdings provides that initial link to the ground, paving the way for ground segment partnerships for the remainder of the US,” said Jason T. de Mos, Airborne Wireless Network’s VP of Business Development and Aviation Compliance.

Inflight Online | Related Infinitus Super Highway receives its first STC – Inflight Online



Rockwell Collins Acquires UK Self-Service Bag Drop Firm

Rockwell Collins announced yesterday that it has acquired Pulse.Aero, a UK-based self-service bag drop company. Pulse’s products and services will now be integrated into Rockwell Collins’ Airport Systems portfolio under its Information Management Services division. The companies had previously worked together on several successful deployments, including Dublin Airport’s self-bag drop units. “This acquisition expands our portfolio of self-service passenger processing solutions, enabling us to streamline and simplify the passenger journey through a fully connected airport,” said Dave Nieuwsma, SVP of Information Management Services at Rockwell Collins.

Pax International | Related Rockwell Collins partners with Taqnia – Shephard Media



Details of JFK’s $9-Billion Overhaul Unveiled

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled a $7-billion renovation plan for John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), plus up to $2 billion for transport link upgrades. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey would seek funding for the renovations from private investors, but the project does not yet have a timeline. As part of the proposal, JFK’s six terminals would be connected, and dining, meeting facilities, retail and duty-free shopping areas would be improved. Plans to improve JFK’s AirTrain, including increasing service frequency and modernizing Jamaica station, are also under consideration.

Travel Weekly | Related The Software to Make Airports Less Miserable Finally Hits the US – Wired



Pre-Flight Workout: Post-Security Gym Lands at BWI

Exercise addicts will soon be able to get a post-security workout if they’re flying out of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The gym, called ROAM Fitness, is scheduled to open at BWI next Monday in the new connector between Concourses D and E. Open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the fitness facility includes showers, cardio equipment, stretching space, free weights, kettle bells, medicine balls, stability balls, a TRX system, yoga mats and a pull-up bar, and can accommodate 21 people.

USA Today | Related Namaste at the Airport: Passengers Enjoy Exercise During Layovers – APEX Media



Busier, But Better: US Airports Improving PaxEx Despite More Travelers

The passenger experience in US airports is improving, despite increasing numbers of travelers, according to J.D. Power’s “2016 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.” The annual survey reported a five-point increase to 731, on a 1,000-point scale, in overall passenger satisfaction for large airports compared to 2015, and an eight-point jump for medium-sized airports, which received an average score of 760. Portland International Airport ranked highest among large US airports for the second consecutive year, followed by Tampa International Airport in second place and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport in third. “Airports are successfully applying technology to improve check-in, security screening and the food, beverage and retail shopping experiences,” said Michael Taylor, director of Airport Practice at J.D. Power. “

Business Traveller | Related Global air traffic up Six Percent, boosted by low-cost carriers – Japan Today




Photo of the Day

Nearly touching the sky between Madrid and Beirut ✈️ Captured by @lovelypepa (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

A love letter for #Canada150 from @rickmercer.

WestJet @WestJet


Association News

#APEXMarket: Book Your Booth

Meet with influential airline decision-makers and content service providers at the 2017 APEX MultiMedia Market in Berlin, from April 24 to 26. From movies and games to GUIs and apps, this exclusive members-only event covers the entire spectrum of content and in-flight entertainment. Click here to reserve your booth; if your language category is full, be sure to add your company to the waitlist, or book a non-appointment booth.


> Quote of the Day

“We have six A380s. They are not really aircraft. I describe them as spaceships.”

Peter Bellew, CEO of Malaysia Airlines


Until tomorrow



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