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China to Lift In-Flight Ban on Portable Electronic Devices

The Civil Aviation Administration of China will ease restrictions on using electronic devices during flight, with new rules coming into effect in October. The revision will lift the decade-long complete ban on the use of portable electronics including laptops, tablets and smartphones inside an aircraft cabin. Zhang Wu’an, a spokesperson for Spring Airlines, said the Shanghai-based carrier has already equipped two aircraft with in-flight Wi-Fi and will launch the service soon.

Tech Node | Related Flying Over the Great Firewall: Panasonic Avionics Makes Headway in China – APEX Media

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Canada Won’t Buy From Boeing While It Sues Bombardier, Says PM Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country won’t purchase any of Boeing’s Super Hornet jets if it continues to pursue a lawsuit against Bombardier. “We won't do business with a company that's busy trying to sue us and put our aerospace workers out of business,” he said on Monday. Boeing claims Bombardier’s sale of 75 C Series aircraft to Delta Air Lines was unfair because the Quebec-based airframer received subsidies from the Canadian government.

CBC News | Related British, Canadian PMs Set for Talks on Bombardier-Boeing Spat – The New York Times

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Join the In-Flight Advertising Conversation at APEX EXPO

APEX 0415, a technical standard that enables the fully digital delivery of IFE content, will facilitate tracking of airborne content and advertising consumption. “Airlines have said forever that they want in-flight advertising to pay for everything, and of course, it never has,” said Michael Childers, chair of the APEX Technology Committee. “But we do now have the opportunity to come as close as ever to making that happen.” Attend the "Content Delivery Ecosystem" session at APEX EXPO to learn more.

APEX Media | Related APEX EXPO Schedule – APEX Media

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EasyJet to Install Cabin Filters to Prevent Toxic Fumes

EasyJet is planning to install filters that prevent toxic fumes from entering aircraft cabins and cockpits, a move described by some as an acknowledgment that “aerotoxic syndrome” exists. “This is a massive step forward,” said Tristan Loraine, a former British Airways captain, who claims toxic air forced him into early retirement. However, easyJet said the decision to conduct a trial of the system was unrelated to health reasons. “Independent medical research has found no evidence for any such link,” it said.

The Telegraph | Related World's first aircraft cabin monitor for toxic air announced – Viridis Navitas

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Boeing Thinks Laser Beams Could Help Detect Turbulence Earlier

Boeing is planning to test laser technology that could detect upcoming turbulence before it damages aircraft or causes discomfort to passengers. Early next year, a Boeing 777 will take off from the company’s airfield equipped with a device that projects a laser in a steady line ahead of the aircraft, while an optical sensor tracks the light reflected by dust particles. “We expect to be able to spot clear-air turbulence more than 60 seconds ahead of the aircraft,” said Boeing.

Wired | Related Fasten your seat belt: turbulence is on the rise – The Guardian

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Thomas Cook Airlines to Launch Economy Plus Fare

Thomas Cook Airlines announced it will launch an Economy Plus service on its short- and medium-haul flights, starting November 1. The new fare gives customers access to priority security screening and check-in, an additional 4 kg of hand luggage, 25 kg of hold luggage and the option to reserve seats. Once on board, passengers will receive complimentary in-flight drinks and a premium meal devised by acclaimed British TV chef James Martin.

Air Transport World | Related Belgium approves Brussels Airlines, Thomas Cook deal – Air Transport World

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Virgin Australia to Roll Out Pop-Up Check-In Stands Developed by Amadeus

Amadeus has created what is being described as the world’s first pop-up check-in system. Virgin Australia conducted a trial of the service at Sydney’s main cruise terminal, which allowed travelers to check in and have bags taken by truck directly to the airport for screening. The airline plans to roll out the cloud-based technology at airports in Australia and New Zealand over the next 12 to 18 months.

Bloomberg | Related APEX ORIGINAL: The ABCs of IATA’s NDC – APEX Media

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Flight of the unicorn? Captured by @zrhspotter74 (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

This Friday @VirginAtlantic the 'Inaugural Wheelchair In The Cabin' Symposium. Here are a few of the delegates. #WheelchairAirTravel #PaxEx

Chris Wood @flyingdisabled

 
 
 

Association News

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IFSA and The Mercurys Announce Cooperation to Support Travel Catering Industry

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) will collaborate with the Mercury Awards, held alongside B2B food exhibition SIAL Middle East, to introduce initiatives that will help advance the in-flight services industry. “We are eager to partner with the Mercury Awards, as one of IFSA’s primary initiatives has been to further grow our reach to the Middle East region,” said IFSA president, Jane Bernier-Tran. “Looking to the future, we plan to see a series of initiatives resulting from the alliance as we strive to support the airlines and hospitality suppliers who are dedicated to a better passenger experience.” Read the full announcement.

 
 
 

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> Global Eagle Entertainment: Client Account Manager, Irvine, CA

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

Gustave Flaubert

 
 

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ABOUT APEX

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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