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October 26, 2017



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Travelers Face Increased Security Measures on US-Bound Flights

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that airlines are, as of today, required to ask additional security questions to America-bound passengers on about 2,100 daily flights. The new screening procedures will apply to both US citizens and foreigners and could include security interviews conducted by airline employees. Air France, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa said they would start implementing the measures immediately.

Bloomberg | Related Asian Airlines Call On US To Apply ICAO Standards to Security – AINOnline



Media Carrier Adds Chinese Content to Digital Library

Media Carrier is partnering with China International Book Trading Corporation to diversify its Media Box offering. The digital media library is expanding to include more than 60 Chinese newspapers and magazines, such as China Today and Fashion Beijing. “Simply offering [travelers] a basic service such as accommodation or a flight is not enough anymore,” said Media Carrier’s managing director, Philipp J. Jacke. “It’s all about the quality of the additional offers.”

Media Carrier | Related APEX in Profile: Philipp Jacke, Media Carrier – APEX Media



American Airlines CEO Reacts to NAACP Discrimination Accusations

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said the carrier is keen to meet with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to listen to its concerns, after the civil rights organization issued a travel advisory cautioning black travelers flying with the airline. The NAACP said it had recorded several incidents over the past year where black passengers have been kicked off flights and unfairly discriminated against. “We do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” Parker wrote in a memo to employees.

Dallas News | Related NAACP advises black travelers not to fly American Airlines – ABC News



APEX Media Spotlight: Airbus Takes a Majority Stake in Bombardier’s C Series

Last week, Bombardier announced it would cede just over half of its C Series program to Airbus, at no cost. Is it a “win-win-win situation for everyone,” as described by Airbus CEO Tom Enders? Or is it, as Boeing says, “A questionable deal between two heavily state-subsidized competitors”? In this installment of APEX Media Spotlight, we’ve assembled a range of opinions from newspapers, websites and magazines around the world, highlighting and probing the implications of the C Series tie-up.

APEX Media | Related Boeing CEO voices confidence in 737 Max against rival C Series planes – USA Today



United Auctions Off Boeing 747 Parts to Its Frequent Flyers

United Airlines has launched an online auction, giving its Mileage Plus members the opportunity to bid for the parts of one of its recently retired Boeing 747 aircraft. The auction’s proceeds will go to Air Camp, a nonprofit organization that encourages young people to pursue aviation-related careers. Items up for auction have included seats, livery panels and window cuts. United said new items will be added from October 30 to November 7.

Business Traveller | Related United Airlines employees bid farewell to Boeing 747 at O'Hare Airport – ABC 7



Denver International Airport to Open Yoga on the Fly Studio for Private Digital Classes

"Yoga on the Fly" will open its first yoga “den” at Denver International Airport on November 6. The individual rooms, each equipped with an iPad, yoga mat and wireless headphones, mean travelers can stretch and relax in private before boarding – and a wake-up system will ensure meditators don’t miss their flight. The instructional videos will range in length from eight to 20 minutes and are designed for all levels of practitioners.

APEX Media | Related Wellness Tourism: Healthy Holidays Can Start at the Airport – APEX Media



London City Airport Unveils Images of Its Planned £400-Million Expansion

London City Airport has released images of what the airport will look like once its £400-million development is complete. The renovated airport will increase in capacity by two million passengers annually, and an additional 30,000 flights per year, by 2025. The new passenger terminal will increase in size by 40,000-square-meters.

Business Traveller | Related Marmite Turns Air Travel Pain Point Into Branding Opportunity – APEX Media





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Save the Date for APEX TECH!

APEX TECH provides the industry and its members with information, guidance, analysis, and trend reporting on technology issues critical to the aviation industry. Attendees at APEX TECH will hear thought-leading presentations from within and outside the airline industry on cutting-edge technologies. Mark your calendars for 30-31 January 2018. Registration details coming soon.


digEcor Appoints Inmarsat Veteran Richard Denny to the Board

Richard Denny has joined digEcor’s board, effective October 1. Denny spent 24 years as a senior executive with Inmarsat in global engineering and operational roles, retiring in 2012. Prior to joining Inmarsat, Denny worked with AUSSAT (now OPTUS) in Australia.


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