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February 15, 2017



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Intelsat 32e Successfully Launches From French Guiana

The Intelsat 32e satellite successfully launched aboard an Ariane 5 vehicle from French Guiana yesterday afternoon. The new satellite is designed to overlay certain beams of Intelsat 29e, the company’s first EpicNG spacecraft, and will increase throughput for aircraft flying over high-traffic Caribbean and North Atlantic routes. “This is the first of three Intelsat EpicNG satellite launches planned for 2017,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO of Intelsat. “Intelsat is now the only satellite operator with high-throughput satellite resiliency over the world’s busiest air route.” Intelsat 35e is the company’s next planned launch, scheduled aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket in the second quarter of 2017.

Get Connected | Related Intelsat EpicNG Coverage Extended to Millions of Additional End Users Around Globe as Intelsat 33e Begins Service – Business Wire



Oneworld Alliance Open to LCC Membership

Oneworld alliance is considering whether to open its membership to low-cost carriers (LCCs), particularly in emerging economies outside its established markets. Rob Guerney, oneworld’s newly appointed CEO, said he is thinking about how LCCs could fit into the group’s structure and also how to expand the alliance’s presence in China, India and Africa. He revealed oneworld had so far held "formative" membership talks with African carriers. “We’ve got to be open to everything and anything ... if we want to have a partner that’s operating in those markets we have to rethink how we collaborate,” said Guerney. “Like any enterprise that perhaps hasn’t moved at sufficient pace, you need to address that. This is a business.”

Australian Business Traveller | Related Global airline alliance oneworld turns 18 – TravelBiz Monitor



Czech-Based Inter-Informatics Unveils Cabin Class Divider for Narrow-Body Aircraft

Inter-Informatics Group, a Czech Republic-based design engineering company, has developed a class divider for Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft. Called C-spacer, the Crystal Cabin Award-nominated component attaches to seat tracks without affecting the recline of seats directly in front. Airlines also have the option of including in-flight entertainment screens, USB ports and power outlets to the divider, and can chose between a variety of colors and surfaces. “[We want] to help airlines to be more flexible without compromising passenger comfort,” said Radek Rezny, executive director at Inter-Informatics.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Crystal Cabin Award 2017 Shortlist Announced – APEX Media



Embraer Executive Says US Airline Boom “Won’t Last”

John Slattery, president and CEO of Embraer’s Commercial Aviation division, says the current US airline boom is unsustainable. Speaking yesterday at the Routes Americas event in Las Vegas, Slattery said, “Airlines are utilities that are not designed to make $2 billion in a quarter … Trust me, it won’t last.” When asked what the biggest challenges facing the US airline industry were, he responded, “It's sobering to land at JFK if you left Beijing or Shanghai because of the quality of the infrastructure.” The Embraer executive also highlighted what he believed is a lack of modernization at smaller airports. “If you don't develop the secondary and tertiary airports, the game is over,” he said.

Flight Global | Related Airline profits poised for another high-flying year but potential hazards are on the radar – Dallas News



Delta Adds Nollywood Movies to IFE Selection

Delta Air Lines is adding a selection of Nigerian movies to its Delta Studio in-flight entertainment system. The assortment of Nollywood films will be added across 339 aircraft by April for both international and domestic routes. Ayo Makun, the producer and lead actor in 30 Days in Atlanta, a romantic comedy about a Lagos resident who unexpectedly wins a free trip to Delta’s hometown, said, “I applaud Delta for bringing Nollywood to a new global audience. Our films are already popular in Africa, but I’m looking forward to more film fans becoming lifelong Nollywood fans, too.”

Inflight Online | Related Air France’s Cameo in a Star-Studded Nollywood Movie – APEX Media



Report Urges US Airports and Airlines to Improve Staff Security Checks

A new report by Republican staff at the US House Homeland Security Committee says airports and airlines need to step up security screening to prevent an “inside job” terrorist attack. The report, titled America’s Airports: The Threat From Within, is the result of a two-year investigation led by Transportation and Protective Security Subcommittee chairman Rep. John Katko. The report found that “a majority of airports do not have full employee screening at secure access points.” It concluded that while there has been some progress, “the aviation community appeared to be disturbingly disengaged from the threat posed by bad actors inside an airport’s secure areas.”

Business Traveller | Related Atlanta airport gets biometric security screening option – Atlanta Business Chronicle



Wireless, Interrupted: Overcoming Radio Frequency Interference in the Connected Cabin

Simultaneous video streaming, credit card swiping and mobile paying can turn an aircraft cabin’s copious wireless connection into a dwindling few megabits. The increase in radio frequency (RF) interference obscures the connections between devices, making wireless communication unreliable in such a crowded space. For now, the workaround for RF interference is vendor coordination, says Jeff Drader, director of Business Development at VT Miltope. “The challenges and opportunities for airlines, in-flight entertainment and connectivity system integrators and device manufacturers are intertwined and complementary.”

APEX Media | Related Airlines Raise Wi-Fi Awareness With Strategic Placement of Internet Icons – APEX Media




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Association News

APEX MMM 2017: Register Now & Reserve Your Accommodation!

Content is crucial to the passenger experience, which is why airlines attend the industry’s exclusive one-stop content marketplace, even if CSPs handle the majority of content selection. At APEX MultiMedia Market, taking place in Berlin from April 24 to 26, airlines will have the opportunity to meet with nearly 60 distributors. Register now and reserve your hotel room to attend the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


APEX TECH: Save the Date

APEX TECH delivers information, guidance, analysis and trend reporting on technology issues critical to the aviation industry. This year’s APEX TECH will take place on June 13–15 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. The three-day event will provide a forum for the industry’s technical experts to review and discuss the APEX Technology Committee’s ongoing projects that set the specifications and standards for new passenger experience technologies. Click here for more information.



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