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August 18, 2017



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Watch This Airspace: AIM and Thompson Aero Partner for New Airbus Cabin Design

AIM Altitude and Thompson Aero Seating have collaborated on new furnishings for the Airbus A330neo Airspace cabin. The cabin features stowage and literature display areas that complement customized Thompson Vantage XL seats with integrated in-flight entertainment. This is AIM Altitude and Thompson Aero Seatings’ first collaboration since the latter was acquired by AVIC in December of last year. AIM was purchased by AVIC in 2015.

APEX Media | Related AIM Altitude stretches the boundaries for Virgin Australia – Cambridge Network



One in Five Americans Say No Amount of Money Compensates for Flight Bumping

One in five Americans (21 percent) said $10,000 would not be sufficient compensation for being bumped off an aircraft, according to a study by PolicyGenius. The company commissioned Google Consumer Surveys to poll a nationally representative sample of 1,500 adults online. Just three percent of respondents said $250 would make up for getting bumped, while 19 percent said $10,000 would suffice.

Travel Weekly | Related Fewer Passengers Bumped by US Airlines After Dragging Case – Bloomberg



[VIDEO] Bombardier Shows Off C Series Painted in Korean Air Colors

Bombardier has offered a glimpse of the first C Series jet bound for Korean Air, painted in the airline’s pale blue livery. KAL’s red, white and dark blue yin-yang logo is featured on the aircraft’s tail and two jet engines. The South Korean flag carrier placed its order for 10 Pratt & Whitney PW1500G-powered CS300s in 2011, becoming the first Asian customer to commit to the aircraft.

Flight Global | Related Delta Air Lines Considers LA, New York as Hubs for New Economy Plane – The Street



Orlando International Wants to Stop Other Airports Using the City’s Name

Officials from the board that operates Orlando International Airport want two other nearby airports to remove “Orlando” from their names. Use of the city’s name by Orlando Melbourne International Airport on the Atlantic coast and by Orlando Sanford International Airport on the edge of the greater Orlando area is confusing travelers, the officials argue.

USA Today | Related Orlando International Airport brings check-in experience to life – Travel Daily News



Boeing Expands Helena Manufacturing Site to Support 777X Production

Boeing has expanded its aircraft manufacturing site in Helena, Montana. The enlargement adds 90,000 square feet to the facility, which will allow the aerospace company to increase its capacity for fabricating titanium parts for the 777X. Once launched, the wide-body aircraft will be the world’s largest twin-engine aircraft and will have 12 percent lower fuel consumption and 10 percent lower operating costs than its competitors, according to Boeing.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Boeing's new 777X flagship is coming soon – CNN



Portable Battery Caused Fire On Board Lufthansa Airbus A380

Canadian investigators say that a passenger's electrical power bank was responsible for a fire inside the cabin of a Lufthansa Airbus A380 flying to Houston on August 2. The aircraft was cruising over Canadian airspace 260 nautical miles northeast of Montreal when the flight crew was alerted to “heavy” electrical smoke and fire under seat 10C, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said.

Flight Global | Related JetBlue flight diverted after fire in passenger's electronic device – CBS



APEX ORIGINAL: A Flying Car in Time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games?

The race for a viable flying car is heating up. Can a team of Japanese engineers cross the finish line in time to demonstrate a working prototype at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics? Toyota appears to have faith. The automotive giant is investing over $350,000 in a volunteer group, called Cartivator, to help its Skydrive project get off the ground by 2019.

APEX Media | Related Flying Cars: The Drive for Personal Commuter Aircraft – APEX Media





International Concourse G at SFO. Captured by @viewsfromabove (via Instagram).

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Association News

Reserve Your Hotel Room for APEX EXPO!

APEX EXPO is the passenger experience industry's largest fall tradeshow. Collocated with AIX Long Beach and IFSA Conference and Expo – the three-shows-in-one means access to every major airline in the world, as well as end-to-end passenger experience vendors on the ground, in the air and into the future! Register now and reserve your hotel room in Long Beach.


Crystal Cabin Award Application Period Starts with APEX/AIX/IFSA EXPO in Long Beach!

The new application period for the Crystal Cabin Award will begin 25 September with APEX/AIX/IFSA EXPO in Long Beach and runs until 27 October, 2017.



Currently, Kontron has an exciting opening for the following position in our Sales and Marketing department. Customer Program Manager Responsible for managing the overall program for Kontron's tier one accounts. This includes managing all companywide tasks required to support the customer's program and/or requirements. The customer programs are complicated in nature and the Customer Program Manager is directly responsible for the overall success of the program. Click here to apply and view all job listings.
> Kontron America: Customer Program Manager, San Diego, CA


> Quote of the Day


“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”

Gloria Steinem


Until next week



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