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September 27, 2017

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Immfly Lands EasyJet Wireless IFE Deal

EasyJet has partnered with Immfly to launch its wireless in-flight entertainment service, Air Time. Passengers will be able to stream content from Fox Non-Theatrical and Euronews, and access audio books, e-books, interactive maps, language tutorials and digital retail catalogs on their own devices. Tokyo-based e-commerce company Rakuten will be the official sponsor and content curator of Air Time, which will launch on five aircraft in October.

APEX Media | Related EasyJet to help develop a battery powered airplane – Financial Times

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AirAsia Group Selects Inmarsat’s GX Aviation

AirAsia Group announced today that it has selected Inmarsat’s GX Aviation to provide airborne broadband. Covering 120 existing aircraft along with future additions to the fleet, the service will be operational in early 2018. “Why we chose Inmarsat is because the name stands for itself. We believe that this is the right partner for us, long term,” Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia X CEO, told APEX Media at APEX EXPO in Long Beach today.

APEX Media | Related AirAsia X Boosts roKKi System With Inmarsat’s GX Aviation – APEX Media

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Bombardier Faces US Import Duties of Almost 220% on C Series Aircraft

The US will impose a duty of nearly 220% on imports of Bombardier’s C Series aircraft if a price-dumping investigation rules that subsidies on the narrow-body jets ordered by Delta Air Lines in 2016 are materially damaging to Boeing. "The magnitude of the proposed duty is absurd and divorced from the reality about the financing of multibillion-dollar aircraft programs,” Bombardier said.

Air Transport World | Related Bombardier would not pick up tab for duties on CSeries jet: sources – Reuters

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[VIDEO] Rockwell Collins' Joel Otto Opens Up on B/E Aerospace Integration

APEX Media director Maryann Simson caught up with Joel Otto, Rockwell Collins' senior director Corporate Sales and Marketing, at APEX EXPO to find out how things have changed since Rockwell Collins completed its acquisition of B/E Aerospace in April this year. “There weren’t really any significant overlaps between the two companies ... where we might have to get rid of equipment or integrate product lines,” said Otto. “We see a lot of opportunity for systems to engage with the cabin crew and passengers to create a better passenger experience.”

APEX Media | Related Interviews @ APEX EXPO 2017 – APEX Media

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Delta to Offer Free Mobile Messaging on Board

Delta Air Lines will begin offering free in-flight messaging via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage. The service will be available on all of Delta’s Gogo-connected aircraft, starting October 1. However, the complimentary service is for text only – images and video will not be supported. Delta says it is the first of the big three US carriers to offer the perk.

USA Today | Related Gogo to Launch Gogo Vision Touch on Delta Air Lines – APEX Media

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Air France Reveals More Details About Joon

Joon, Air France’s new millennial-focused airline, has revealed more details of its brand image and product offering. The airline will offer in-flight entertainment programming from Vice and Red Bull TV, and onboard meals made with organic produce, in addition to partnerships with Airbnb and Le BHV Marais.

The DesignAir | Related Flag Carriers Shore Up Against Competition With Brand Catalogs – APEX Media

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WestJet Calls Its New ULCC Brand “Swoop”

WestJet will name its planned ultra low-cost carrier brand Swoop. The Calgary-based airline also revealed Swoop’s aircraft livery will feature a magenta logo and wing tips, and a magenta and white tail with a white fuselage, when it launches in early 2018. WestJet said in a press release that the name Swoop reflects the plan to "swoop into the Canadian market with a new business model that will provide lower fares.”

Flight Global | Related APEX ORIGINAL: WestJet Touts the Power of Authenticity in Social Marketing – APEX Media

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Association News

See You at Ebell Mansion Tonight!

After building relationships and strengthening partnerships on the EXPO floor, meet your industry colleagues for a night of networking at the Ebell Mansion from 19:30 – 22:30. This year's theme is 1920s, and dressing up is encouraged! Buses depart at 7:00 p.m. from the Hyatt Regency.

 
 

[VIDEO] Presidents Corner: Why APEX & IFSA Are Better Together

APEX President Brian Richardson (American Airlines) and incoming IFSA President Paul Platamone (HACO/Oakfield Farms Solutions) talk plans for growth, trends in airline catering and IFEC, and the inherent synergies between the two associations. Thank you to our video sponsor, West Entertainment. Watch the video.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the people they ignore at home."

Dagobert D. Runes

 
 

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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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