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May 24, 2017



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China and Russia Launch JV to Codevelop a Wide-Body Aircraft

Russia’s and China’s state-owned aerospace enterprises have formally established a joint venture aimed at developing a new wide-body aircraft. China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International will work toward creating a long-haul jet that could one day compete with the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. The proposed Sino-Russian airliner won’t be ready for at least another 10 years, but will reportedly have a 280-passenger capacity across three classes and a range of around 6,500 nautical miles. The new venture will be based in Shanghai near Comac's headquarters.

CNN | Related China’s New Plane Will Be Helped Aloft by US Technology – Bloomberg



SITA’s Secure Payment Solution to Streamline Ancillary Revenues

SITA has launched new technology that enables secure payments on common-use platforms. SITA AirportConnect Common Use Payment Service, which is currently being used by an unnamed European carrier, allows airlines to accept secure payments at common-use check-in desks, kiosks and bag drop areas for baggage fees, upgrades and other ancillary charges. “Our service features point-to-point encryption to provide a powerful, flexible solution for all stakeholders to ensure the protection of customer data,” said Barbara Dalibard, CEO, SITA. The technology, which meets Payment Card Industry standards, will be rolled out to support SITA’s common-use kiosks and bag drop stations over the coming months.

APEX Media | Related SITA Labs introduces moveable robotic check-in kiosks – Tnooz



[PHOTOS] Could Airplane Foot Bins Relieve Cabin Storage Problems?

A new idea for more aircraft cabin storage space for passengers has been selected as the winner of Airbus' fifth annual Fly Your Ideas competition. A team of students from the University of Hong Kong, called DAELead, proposed a hinged bin that can be pulled out of the floor under the seat in front of a passenger to store carry-on items without losing any legroom. Nearly 5,500 students registered for this year’s contest, with 356 teams entering the first three rounds to compete for $33,700. “The judges were impressed by the vision and skill of team DAELead in seeing such a simple but effective solution for improved passenger experience,” said a statement on the Fly Your Ideas website.

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



SAS to Upgrade 5,000 Recaro Seats With USB Outlets

Scandinavian Airlines is modifying 5,000 Recaro BL3520 economy-class seats on approximately 40 aircraft to include USB power outlets. The German seat manufacturer said in a statement that, “Only a few months lie between order and delivery,” and that it will supply the modification kits as early as autumn 2017. “We appreciate the good collaboration with Recaro Aircraft Seating. With this modification we can offer our passengers outstanding comfort on our short-haul fleet,“ said Per Tidéus, product manager of Aircraft Interiors and Cabin Equipment at SAS.

PAX International | Related Air Serbia to retrofit 10 aircraft with Recaro seats – Air Transport World



Norwegian to Offer US Preclearance From Shannon and Dublin

Norwegian Air will offer US preclearance on transatlantic routes from Dublin and Shannon to Stewart International Airport in New York state and T. F. Green Airport in Rhode Island, scheduled to launch July 1. Travelers will undergo US Custom and Border Protection checks before departing Irish soil, meaning they will be treated as domestic arrivals, avoiding immigration lines upon landing. The low-cost carrier also said it will offer a direct shuttle service from Stewart International to central Manhattan through a partnership with Coach USA.

PAX International | Related Lack of pre-clearance "not an issue" for Cork Airport – Irish Examiner



Old School: Finnair Celebrates Independence With Finnish Flavors

Finnair has unveiled new in-flight menus to celebrate Finland’s 100th year of independence. The menus will launch in the second half of this year and are the result of the airline’s partnership with the ELO Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting Finnish food culture. The long-haul business-class menu, designed by Finnair’s signature menu chef Eero Vottonen, includes Baltic herring, Karelian stew and a cep mushroom soup on routes departing from Helsinki, and pickled salmon, rainbow trout and a Karelian stew with beef and pork for passengers on inbound flights. The economy-class menu was inspired by traditional Finnish school meals, such as potatoes and meatballs, and macaroni and meat casserole.

Business Traveller | Related Helsinki Airport adds a Star Trek touch with holographic tech – Tnooz



IFE Interface Design Mimicking Intuitive Touchscreen Navigation of Mobile Devices

Hyper-responsive and intuitive touchscreen user interfaces are now taken for granted by smartphone and tablet users. For airlines, this means that traditional seatback entertainment systems now need to be rethought. “GUIs [graphical user interfaces] need to mimic the patterns we see on the ground,” said Paul Colley, vice-president of Software Development at Spafax. Delta Air Lines last year redesigned its seatback IFE system on one of its Airbus A330s to offer an iPhone-like navigation experience. Others, such as American Airlines, are moving to wireless systems. The Dallas-based carrier’s Boeing 737 MAX fleet will come with a wireless IFE system that streams to passengers’ own devices.

APEX Media | Related In-flight entertainment to get new look, "like interacting with an iPhone" – Delta Air Lines





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Congratulations to @theAPEXassoc Board Director and @Finnair CCO @JuhaHelsinki receiving the 60 Year Airline award from @SITAonline tonight!

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Association News

APEX 2017-18 Board of Directors Nominations Deadline is June 1

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.


Attend APEX TECH for Closed Captioning Update

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to issue new rules for increased accessibility of in-flight media in the near future. Rules applicable to the provision of closed captions, based on the agreements reached by the DOT’s ACCESS Advisory Committee, will be released at any time. APEX TECH will provide a comprehensive review of the agreements reached by the Advisory Committee and what airlines and service providers need to do to prepare to meet the likely new requirements. Click here to register now.


> Quote of the Day


"I love flying; I love aircraft, and you could say I've had a love affair with flight since I was a child. I travel a huge amount. I use airports, and as a pilot, I've flown in and out of airports thousands of times, so really, I have a fairly broad perspective."

Norman Foster


Until tomorrow



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