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May 10, 2017



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APEX Against Expansion of Electronics Ban to Europe; Suggests Biometric Solution

APEX has called for a hold on the potential expansion of the US electronics ban to include flights from Europe, favoring instead a solution that would use facial recognition to white-list passengers already cleared to carry electronics on restricted routes. "Having the electronics ban spread to the European Union for flights to the United States would damage the personal freedoms integral to international air travel,” said APEX CEO Joe Leader. “Biometric identification of passengers that are pre-cleared to travel with electronics would enable a viable potential solution with the Department of Homeland Security ready to provide immediate technological facilitation."

APEX Media | Related UN aviation agency seeks global approach to laptop ban – Reuters



Spirit Airlines Passengers Arrested After Mass Brawl at Fort-Lauderdale Airport

Passengers’ frustration boiled over at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when nine Spirit Airlines flights were canceled on Monday evening because of a labor dispute with the airline’s pilots, leaving hundreds stranded. Videos posted to social media showed violent clashes between passengers, airline employees and law enforcement officers, who detained at least three people. A federal court order granted Spirit a temporary restraining order Tuesday, requiring the pilots’ union to return to work, following around 300 flight cancellations in the past week due to the pilots’ pressure tactics.

The Washington Post | Related Airport fracas puts Spirit Airlines in spotlight – Reuters



Norwegian Moves Forward With Argentinian LCC Plans

Norwegian Air has secured board approval for plans to launch a low-cost carrier in Argentina. The South American subsidiary, called Norwegian Air Argentina, was established in January and has submitted an air operator certificate application to the Argentinian government. If approved, the low-cost carrier will operate both domestic and international flights and start selling tickets later this year. Norwegian’s CEO, Bjorn Kjos, has said that the airline would fly from Argentina to its London Gatwick hub, linking it with European cities including Paris, Barcelona, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm. “Argentina is an interesting market with great potential that fits Norwegian’s global strategy very well, combining affordable domestic and international flights,” said Ole Christian Melhus, Norwegian’s director of South America.

Air Transport World | Related Peru's first low-cost airline starts flights; challenge to LATAM Air – Reuters



Listen Up: Turkish Airlines to Offer New Headphones on Long-Haul Flights

Turkish Airlines plans to launch new headphones for business-class passengers on long-haul international flights – excluding intercontinental routes – by the end of May. The Philips headphones are specially designed for long flight durations, and feature breathable ear cushions, adjustable earpieces, compact folding and powerful sound isolation, and come in an eco-friendly packaging. Earlier this year, Turkish Airlines debuted a redesigned in-flight entertainment interface with the aim of making the user experience more enjoyable.

Trade Arabia | Related Turkish Airlines enhances IFE accessibility – PAX International



EasyJet Launches European Travel Tours With GetYourGuide

EasyJet has partnered with activity booking website GetYourGuide to offer tours across Europe. From a walking tour of ancient Rome to fast-track entry into Barcelona’s Sagrada Família, customers will have access to exclusive offers for more than 16,000 activities. Excursions can be booked on the easyJet app, after customers receive their flight confirmation, or via, at any time. “We are excited to bring together easyJet’s low fares and award-winning digital platforms with GetYourGuide’s comprehensive range of activities to help our customers get the most out of exploring Europe,” said Andrew Middleton, easyJet’s head of Ancillary Revenue.

Breaking Travel News | Related Ryanair taps into Madrid’s tech community – Tnooz



Innovation in 72 Hours: Hack Horizon’s Winning Travel Tech Idea Announced

Hack Horizon, a three-day hackathon that brought together 32 developers, entrepreneurs and designers, alongside tech and travel brands, culminated on Monday evening at an event in the London Transport Museum. In under 72 hours, the participants, divided across eight teams, built a variety of prototype solutions designed to solve pain points throughout the travel experience. The winning idea was a mobile-based in-flight entertainment and retail solution called Destination, which allows passengers to book activities at their destination while in the air. Competing ideas included an end-to-end security baggage transfer service powered by blockchain, a smartwatch that uses deep learning algorithms to personalize the passenger experience at airports and a digital service that helps parents arrange for their children to travel unaccompanied on international flights.

Advance | Related Jet-Setting Hackathon Takes Flight With Industry Support – APEX Media



St. Helena’s $370-Million "Useless" Airport Lands First Commercial Flight

A $370-million airport dubbed “the world’s most useless” has finally welcomed its first commercial passenger flight more than a decade after its construction was announced. Sixty passengers on a flight from Cape Town, South Africa, flew into St. Helena Airport, on the tiny British territory in the South Atlantic, last week. The remote island, which is more than 1,200 miles from the nearest continental landmass, is best known for being the place where Napoleon was exiled before his death. The airport officially opened in 2016, but unpredictable weather conditions characterized by severe winds prevented the launch of scheduled service using large aircraft such as the Boeing 737.

The Telegraph | Related Runway potholes halt regular Ascension Island flights – The Guardian




Photo of the Day

Two of @alaskaair / Horizon Air's newest members pose for a picture. Captured by @jake.aviationnw (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

In conversation with @simpliflying on the future of #paxex, leadership and turnaround at APEX #SimpliLive

Joe Leader @joepleader


Association News

APEX 2017-18 Board of Directors: Nominations Are Open

Are you interested in being considered for, or nominating a colleague for, a position on the 2017-18 APEX Board of Directors? The nomination process is easy, just complete the online nomination form by June 1, 2017. Board positions are open for both airline and vendor members.


APEX TECH: Register Now to Participate in Important Industry Votes

What is APEX 0415? It is the first IFE content delivery specification developed under the DECE Common Format and designed to access the standardized media technologies, profiles and workflows that govern motion picture and television content delivery in the broader content delivery ecosystem. APEX 0415, the “Media and Device IFE Ecosystem Specification,” will be explained, discussed, and put to a vote during APEX TECH. Register now to ensure that you are a part of it.


> Quote of the Day

“Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment.”

Naoto Fukasawa


Until tomorrow



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