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PXCom’s PXVision Brings Passengers a 360° External View

PXCom and IrisAero have partnered to create PXVision, a new service allowing passengers to watch live 360-degree external videos. Whether streamed through a seatback IFE screen or a passenger’s personal electronic device, “PXVision allows passengers to discover points of interest the aircraft is flying over in real time,” said Cyril Jean, CEO of PXCom, which won the APEX Cool Award at the 2016 APEX EXPO in Singapore. “We add in pictograms, which the passengers can click on, and a pop-up or a microsite appears on the screen.” The service is on display at ATR’s showcase at the Paris Air Show this week.

APEX Media | Related Know Thy Pax: IFC and Data Provide New Revenue Opportunities for Passenger-Centric Airlines – APEX Media

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[IMAGES] Boeing Gives Sneak Peek of New Mid-Sized Aircraft

Boeing released the first image of its new mid-sized airplane at the Paris Air Show yesterday. Unofficially dubbed the 797, it would represent the manufacturer’s first new family of commercial aircraft since the Dreamliner was announced more than a decade ago. The jet would fill a gap between the 737 and 787, seating between 220 and 270 passengers on flights of up to 5,200 nautical miles, or just over 10 hours. Boeing says it has talked to 57 potential customers and estimates there could be demand for 4,000 such aircraft over a 20-year period starting around 2025.

CNN | Related Boeing stacks up more MAX 10 orders – The Seattle Times

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Boom Has 76 Orders From Five Customers for Its Supersonic Passenger Jet

Boom has announced that five airlines have placed a total of 76 orders for its supersonic aircraft. The Denver-based startup revealed a new design for its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet at the Paris Air Show. The prototype is scheduled to begin flying late next year, subject to passing performance and safety tests. Virgin is the only known customer of the supersonic passenger jet, with the other four set to be announced at special events. “Airlines are excited for something new and different to offer their passengers, and we're thrilled that major world airlines share our vision for a future of faster, more accessible supersonic travel,” said Blake Scholl, Boom’s founder and CEO.

TechCrunch | Related Supersonic interiors – Aircraft Interiors International

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Drama at 35,000 Feet: Icelandair to Host an In-Flight Theater Performance

Icelandair will host a trio of live theater shows, featuring an all-employee cast at 35,000 feet. The in-flight drama will detail the airline’s history as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations. The first installment is scheduled to take place on board a flight from London to Keflavik on September 8, followed by a second act in Icelandair’s Saga Lounge during a stopover. The third show will be performed on the journey’s final leg from Iceland to New York on September 10. The in-flight theatrics are part of the “Icelandair Stopover Pass” initiative, which also offers tickets to private concerts, trips to Icelandic soccer games and backstage passes to a music festival, all starring the airline’s staff.

Mail Online | Related Live In-Flight Performances Are Music to Passengers’ Ears – APEX Media

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Retail inMotion to Advise Aer Lingus on Its In-Flight Retail Program

LSG Group subsidiary Retail inMotion has struck an agreement with Aer Lingus, which will see it act in an advisory role to the Irish carrier’s duty-free and retail services. The partnership will initially include consultation on in-flight retail and duty-free selection and management, crew training and menu card and catalog design. “We are delighted to have been selected by Aer Lingus to become their retail partner,” said Retail inMotion CEO Stefan Patermann. “We will look to leverage our industry expertise, innovative solutions and customer-centric approach to one of the most prestigious onboard retail programs in the industry.”

DFN Online | Related Getting Breakfast in Order: Retail inMotion Helps Ryanair Serve Up a Full Irish – APEX Media

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Air France Launches In-Flight Meditation Program

Air France has added a series of meditation sessions to its in-flight entertainment portfolio on long-haul flights. The Mind app offers six mindfulness sessions for children and six for adults, each made up of an audio recording and video. The airline worked with Christophe André, a French psychotherapist and psychiatrist, to design the adult sessions, using content from his best seller Mindfulness Day After Day. The children’s sessions were put together by Eline Snel, with content adapted from her book Sitting Still Like a Frog. After testing the app on a trial flight, 90 percent of passengers reported feeling relaxed and 85 percent said they were more comfortable.

Air France | Related On the Fringe: Fresh Twists on Traditional In-Flight Entertainment – APEX Media

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Embraer Secures E-Jet Orders From Three Airlines

Embraer secured orders from three airline customers for its E-Jet family aircraft at the Paris Air Show yesterday. Fuji Dream Airlines placed an order for three E-175 aircraft, with options for an additional three. Japan Airlines ordered an E-190 aircraft for its J-Air regional subsidiary, which operates an all-Embraer fleet of 24 E-Jet aircraft. And KLM Cityhopper ordered two additional E-190 aircraft to replace two Fokker 70s.

Airways Magazine | Related Turboprop sales to Spicejet give Bombardier a boost at Paris Air Show – Financial Post

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Leaving the nest. Captured by @marco_silva85 (via Instagram).

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Association News

Call for APEX Awards Judges

Be an APEX Awards judge or nominate a colleague! The APEX Awards recognize specific achievements that were successfully implemented in the past year. Click here to see the requirements for judges and fill out a nomination form. Deadline is 7 July.

 
 

Participate in the APEX Reader Survey for the Chance to Win a Free, Customized Infographic!

We’d like your feedback to help inform APEX Media’s content strategy! Click here to fill out the survey by June 30. It's anonymous, only 15 questions (almost all multiple choice) and should take no more than five minutes of your time. In return, we’re offering a customized infographic from the Data Stories team at Bookmark. If you’d like to enter your company to win a free infographic data story, which could be featured in an upcoming issue of APEX Experience magazine, don’t forget to fill in your company’s name at the end of the survey (the winning company must be an APEX member). You can also enter the contest by tweeting a link to the survey using the hashtag #APEXreadersurvey. Each time a survey is submitted with a company name, or the link to the survey is tweeted with the hashtag, it counts as a name in the hat for that company!

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds."

Gilbert K. Chesterton

 
 

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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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