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Enhanced Security Measures on US-Bound Flights Start Today

The US Department of Homeland Security’s first round of enhanced security measures for flights to the US went into effect today. Airport security officials will be paying more attention to phones and laptops through greater use of explosive trace detection, bomb-sniffing dogs and swabbing. The changes mean the in-flight electronics ban is effectively over except at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, which the TSA expects to add to the approved list by the end of the week.

The Verge | Related Restrictions are lifted on the last airline affected by America's laptop ban – The Economist

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Norwegian Begins Transatlantic Boeing 737 MAX Flights

Norwegian Air began its Boeing 737 MAX-operated transatlantic service last week. The first Norwegian 189-seat 737 MAX flew between Edinburgh and Hartford, Connecticut, followed by another from Edinburgh to Newburgh, New York. The airline will take delivery of a further six 737 MAXs this summer, joining the two it already has in service.

Airways Magazine | Related Norwegian performs first transatlantic 737 MAX flight – Air Transport World

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Survey Says Pax Consider Punctuality More Important Than Connectivity

Honeywell Aerospace’s summer travel survey found that punctual arrivals and departures are the main factors in a passenger’s decision to fly with a given airline again. Click through for the exact stats and to find out what percentage of respondents base their booking decision on in-flight Wi-Fi availability.

APEX Media | Related Honeywell’s High-Flying World Tour Showcases the “Power of Connected” – APEX Media

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EasyJet Launches In-Flight Book Club for Kids

EasyJet has launched a “flying library” service to encourage more children to read during their summer holidays. Starting today, the low-cost carrier will place around 7,000 books across its fleet of 147 aircraft, as part of its Flybrary campaign. Former children's laureate Jacqueline Wilson is spearheading the scheme and selected the books, which include Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and The Railway Children. EasyJet has placed the books in seatback pockets for children to read in flight. Upon landing, they can download a digital version of the book and read samples of other classics.

PR Week | Related Paper in Planes: Airlines Prove That Print Isn’t Dead – APEX Media

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British Airways Releases Star-Studded Safety Video

British Airways has produced a new in-flight safety video featuring some of the UK’s most familiar faces. The video will be shown on flights as of September 1, and was created in support of BA’s goal of raising £20 million by 2020 for the Comic Relief charity. The tongue-in-cheek clip sees British stars Gordon Ramsay, Rob Brydon, Ian McKellen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Asim Chaudhry, Warwick Davis, Thandie Newton and Rowan Atkinson “auditioning” for the airline’s safety video. “Involving some of the nation’s most well-known personalities has given us the chance to create something fun that we hope people will watch from start to finish – and remember,” said Alex Cruz, British Airways’ chairman and CEO.

Condé Nast Traveler | Related Air New Zealand’s Latest Video Is A Fantastical Journey – The DesignAir

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Call for Proposals Opens for JFK’s $10-Billion Renovation

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is seeking proposals to develop a master plan for the $10-billion renovation of John F. Kennedy International Airport. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the bistate transportation agency, which operates JFK and several other airports, is accepting private sector proposals for preliminary engineering and design work on the project. The renovation would include the unification of JFK’s disconnected terminals, a redesign of internal roadways to eliminate bottlenecks, the centralization of parking and an expansion of AirTrain rail access.

Reuters | Related US airport expansion projects risk higher fares – Business Traveller

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AirAsia Launches In-Flight Menu Celebrating Asia’s Favorites

AirAsia has launched a new in-flight menu showcasing a variety of Asian flavors on domestic and international routes. Malaysian nasi lemak, Thai green curry, Singapore chicken rice, Hainanese roast chicken and Korean beef bulgogi are among the new dishes available to passengers. The à la carte meals can be preordered on AirAsia’s website for around $3.50 or purchased on board. “We are keeping our pricing at affordable levels and at the same time maintaining the high quality and flavor of all our meals,” said Philippines AirAsia’s head of Ancillary, Karlo Sanchez.

ABS CBN News | Related AirAsia plans to launch fintech programme for in-flight purchasing in three months – The Edge Markets

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Association News

APEX EXPO Features oneworld’s Rob Gurney as Keynote Speaker!

When the oneworld alliance was born 18 years ago, its founding members made smooth and seamless travel all around the world possible by connecting their networks with a single global customer proposition. Since then, the airline industry and the marketplace have changed fundamentally. oneworld CEO Rob Gurney will outline how the alliance is grasping the art of the possible by making the most of those changes to enable its carriers to generate more value for themselves and their customers. Don’t miss his session – register for APEX EXPO!

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"Aviation is globalization at its very best."

Alexandre de Juniac

 
 

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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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