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June 7, 2017



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Environmentally Sound: ICAO’s CORSIA Holds, Despite Paris Agreement Setback

IATA member airlines, including US carriers, reaffirmed their commitment to the aviation industry’s emissions accord, CORSIA, during the association’s Annual General Meeting in Cancun earlier this week, despite the US' recent withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. IATA is calling on governments to help accelerate the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels (SAF) program, which would help support the CORSIA initiative as well as the association’s multipronged strategy to ensure long-term sustainability in the aviation industry.

APEX Media | Related IATA: Aviation emissions accord still on track – Air Transport World



Qataris No Longer Allowed to Fly Via Dubai or Abu Dhabi

Qatari citizens have been barred from landing and transiting to connecting flights at airports in the United Arab Emirates, amid Qatar’s ongoing diplomatic isolation. Etihad and Emirates announced the details of the travel restrictions earlier today, and Qantas said it would no longer fly Qataris to Dubai because of the restrictions. Additionally, Etihad said foreign nationals living in Qatar with residence permits are no longer eligible for visas upon arriving in the UAE. According to the CAPA Centre for Aviation, the UAE and Saudi Arabia were Qatar Airways’ largest markets by number of available seats, and the travel restrictions could contribute to a double-digit decline in revenue.

Reuters | Related Russian hackers to blame for sparking Qatar crisis, FBI inquiry finds – The Guardian



House Democrat Pushes for Hearing on In-Flight Laptop Ban

House Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton has called on the US Congress to examine the possible dangers associated with the Trump administration’s laptop ban on flights from certain Middle East countries. Norton asked lawmakers on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to hold a hearing on the safety risks of storing large numbers of electronic devices powered by lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold. “We have all seen the videos of devices using lithium-ion batteries burst into flames,” wrote Norton. “We need to learn more about the threats electronics and lithium batteries pose on board aircraft, whether in carry-ons or stowed in checked luggage.”

The Hill | Related Data Shows Laptop Ban Is Affecting Travel Trends, IATA Proposes Alternative Solutions – APEX Media



ANA to Introduce Wines That Taste Better at Altitude

All Nippon Airways has partnered with Japan’s first Master of Wine, Ned Goodwin, to create an exclusive red and white wine for passengers. The new wines were blended to account for changes in taste and smell perception in a pressurized aircraft cabin at altitude, and will be available in business and first class starting in September. “Fruity, lighter wines are more suited to enjoyment in flight, while wines with a high acid or tannin content don’t hold up as well,” Goodwin explained. “I worked with ANA to blend these wines with the optimal combination of varieties, to enhance the in-flight environment.”

Business Traveller | Related Changing Tastes: Beers Brewed for High-Altitude Drinking – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] New Renderings of Changi Airport’s Verdant Canopy Park

Singapore’s Changi Airport has unveiled a set of eye-catching rendered images of its upcoming Canopy Park, scheduled to open in 2019. The 150,000-square-foot indoor space will form the top floor of the airport’s planned mixed-use complex, Jewel, and will feature a series of lush gardens and walking trails, a 130-foot-high waterfall, a suspended bridge and a selection of restaurants and bars. “When we conceptualized Canopy Park, we envisaged an area that is not only relaxing because of the lush greenery around, but also one that is filled with timeless activities and interactions for visitors of all ages,” said Hung Jean, CEO of the Jewel development.

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



Cebu Pacific Orders Seven Airbus A321ceos

Cebu Pacific has placed an order with Airbus for seven A321ceo aircraft as part of its strategy to expand domestic and regional services. The deal, worth $812 million at list prices, adds to an existing order for 32 A321neos, which will now be delivered between late 2018 and 2022, about one year later than originally scheduled. The Philippine low-cost carrier said the deferrals are due to delays with the A321neo’s Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines.

Reuters | Related Cebu Pacific to deploy more aircraft to "high-traffic" destinations – Business World Online



Singapore Airlines CEO Appointed as IATA Chairman

IATA has appointed Singapore Airlines’ CEO, Goh Choon Phong, as chairman of the industry association’s board of governors. Goh will serve a one-year term, starting after the conclusion of IATA’s Annual General Meeting, and is the 76th chair of the IATA board, taking over from IAG CEO Willie Walsh. IATA also announced that its board agreed to appoint Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker to serve a one-year term following Goh, starting in June 2018. Goh also told reporters at the AGM that job cuts at Singapore Airlines were likely to be expected as part of a newly launched business review. The Southeast Asian carrier recently reported a surprise quarterly loss – its first in five years.

Breaking Travel News | Related C-Suite in Profile: Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong – APEX Media





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Association News

APEX IFEC Community Is Thriving

In an interview for UP, Panasonic Avionics’ blog, APEX CEO Joe Leader discussed IFEC trends and outlined APEX’s strategic initiatives. As connected airlines receive a price premium of up to 18 percent over non-connected airlines, due in part to brand perception, airlines are installing and refreshing IFEC systems more rapidly than envisioned. In addition to educating members on how to make IFEC a profit center, APEX is developing programs with industry leaders for next-generation ancillary revenue via targeted advertising, focusing on aircraft interiors as a critical passenger experience competitive advantage and integrating in-flight services with advanced technology to maximize retail in partnership with the International Flight Services Association (IFSA). Click here to read the full interview.


#APEXTECH: Online Registration Closes June 9, On-Site Registration Available

APEX TECH delivers information, guidance, analysis and trend reporting on technology issues critical to the aviation industry, including connectivity, cybersecurity, closed captioning and accessibility. This year’s APEX TECH will take place June 13–14 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel and feature speakers from United Delta, JetBlue Technology Ventures and more! Click here to register online until Friday.


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"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."

Walt Disney


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