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May 5, 2017



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China’s Comac C919 Flies for the First Time

China’s Comac C919 passenger jet took flight for the first time today. The Chinese-built single-aisle aircraft’s first public test flight represents a significant milestone in the country’s ambition to challenge the dominance of Airbus and Boeing in its domestic market. However, the twin-engine C919 is likely to be heavier and less fuel-efficient than either 737 or A320 family aircraft because suppliers aren’t providing their latest or best parts to Comac, said Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia. The aircraft is likely to be a success in China’s domestic market as the country’s state-owned carriers have already placed nearly 600 orders.

Fortune | Related [VIDEO] First Chinese-built passenger jet makes maiden flight – The Guardian



Jet-Setting Hackathon Takes Flight with Industry Support

An 80-hour hackathon designed to unearth new digital solutions that will improve the end-to-end travel experience kicked off in Hong Kong today. Involving 32 hackers, two global hub airports, a British Airways A380 flight to London and over 50 partners across the travel industry, Hack Horizon is a truly international and cross-industrial effort to eliminate pain points in the passenger journey. “We have been incredibly humbled by the sheer volume of applications we have received for Hack Horizon [675 to be exact], and we think this just goes to show how powerful the travel industry is,” said Kristy Hart, co-founder of Hack Horizon.

APEX Media | Related Panasonic Avionics Looks to Hackathons to Elevate PaxEx – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Boom Unveils Its Vision of a Supersonic Aircraft Interior

Boom Technology has revealed details of what its supersonic aircraft interior could look like. The Denver-based company’s design team says it is aiming to create a tranquil and stress-free experience, with each seat benefiting from a large personal window, direct aisle access and a dedicated overhead stowage bin. Boom’s mock-up photos hint that seat dimensions for the 45-passenger aircraft will probably be similar to those of existing short-haul first-class products. On flights that are longer than six hours (comparable to 15 hours on current long-haul passenger aircraft), airlines may offer fully lie-flat seats, the company said.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Supersonic interiors – Aircraft Interiors International



Elite Aerospace Acquires Esoteric and Its Patent-Pending In-Seat Power Chargers

Elite 360 Technologies, a subsidiary of Elite Aerospace Group, has acquired Esoteric, a provider of in-flight components that holds patent-pending technologies, such as SkyDock, a line of in-seat USB chargers. To complement this product, Elite 360 will introduce custom USB cover plates, bezels, flip-up covers, as well as a new line of tablet holders. Esoteric’s portfolio also includes in-flight apps, wireless access points and servers. “The solutions that Elite 360 Technologies is now able to provide … illustrate our versatility in the industry, and willingness and ability to drive new products to market,” said Dustin Tillman, Elite Aerospace Group’s CEO.

Inflight Online | Related SoundChip’s SoundPort Provides Seamless Segue Between Analog and Digital Audio – APEX Media



Suspicious Item at Heathrow Briefly Suspends Flights

Flights at Heathrow Airport were temporarily suspended this morning after a suspicious item was detected by a luggage x-ray in Terminal 3. The metropolitan police and airport authorities are working to ease disruption following the security alert. “Departures were suspended for a short time from Terminal 3 due to a security issue,” said a Heathrow spokesperson. “We are very sorry to any passengers whose journeys are affected. The safety and security of our passengers and colleagues is paramount.” Other news outlets are reporting that the alert was triggered when a man tried to run through security after his bag was pulled aside to be searched.

The Guardian | Related Hamburg Airport briefly closed after dozens injured by irritant gas – The Washington Post



Changi Airport Confirms T4 Retail, Restaurant and Service Outlets

Having completed construction of Terminal 4 last year, Changi Airport has now confirmed more than 80 retail, dining and service outlets, including a duty-free zone in the transit area. Retail shops with 35-foot-tall facades will house luxury brands such as Coach, Furla and Gassan Watches. Travelers will also be able to sample local fare at a Peranakan-themed heritage zone or the Food Emporium by NTUC Foodfare, which will serve hawker stall-style Singaporean cuisine. “Passengers will be able to indulge in a wide variety of fashionable shopping and interesting dining options,” said Lim Peck Hoon, the airport’s executive vice-president of Commercial.

Business Traveller | Related Outside, In: Airports Sprout Indoor Gardens to Help Ease Travel Stress – APEX Media



US Federal Court Rules Airlines With Baggage Fees Can Be Sued if Bags Are Late

A US federal appeals court has ruled that airlines that charge baggage fees can be sued for failing to deliver a passenger’s bag when the airplane lands. The case in question involves a US Airways passenger who paid $15 to check her bag in 2009. When her luggage didn’t arrive on time, she filed a class-action lawsuit against the airline on behalf of all customers whose bags were delayed. The case was initially dismissed in 2011, when a federal court ruled that the suit was barred by the 1978 Airline Deregulation Act, which prohibits states from enforcing laws “related to a price, route or service of an air carrier.” However, in Wednesday’s ruling, the appeals court said the plaintiff was relying on the promise the airline voluntarily made.

SF Gate | Related SITA Baggage Report 2017: Mishandled Luggage Rates Reach Record Low Thanks to Technology – APEX Media




Photo of the Day

Forest flight. Captured by @mistral.tatyana (via Instagram).

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Association News

APEX CEO to Host Biometrics Workshop at Aviation Festival Americas Next Week

APEX CEO Joe Leader will host a workshop on biometrics and the future of travel at Aviation Festival Americas on Tuesday, May 9. From security to experience, the applications of biometrics improve processes across the board, alleviate pain points and ultimately keep us more secure. However, with great power comes great responsibility and there is more than meets the eye when it comes to biometrics. The session will address data ownership, security, logistics and social responsibility in preparation for the biometric boom.


Register for APEX TECH to Join the Conversation

Why is the Common Media Applications Format (CMAF) important to IFE? CMAF defines the usage of a subset of common standardized media technologies and profiles, including ISOBMFF, MPEG-4 AVC, HEVC, AAC, VTT and Common Encryption, which are used by IFE – the industry’s workflows depend on them. APEX TECH is where conversations about CMAF begin. Register now to ensure that you are part of them.


> Quote of the Day

"He who does not venture has no luck."

Mexican proverb


Until next week



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