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October 27, 2017



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Astronics Agrees to Buy Telefonix for $104 Million

Astronics has announced an agreement to acquire Telefonix Inc. and Product Development Technologies, LLC, (together as “Telefonix”) in a cash deal worth $104 million. The takeover is expected to close by year-end, subject to conditions and regulatory approval. “We believe Telefonix is an excellent strategic fit with Astronics,” said Peter J. Gundermann, president and CEO of Astronics. “We are confident the combination of world-class capabilities from both organizations will serve to further our mutual goals.”

Inflight Online | Related Astronics Earns In-Seat Power Orders From Six Major North American Airlines – APEX Media



Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom Successfully Test EAN

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom have successfully completed the first in-flight trials of the European Aviation Network’s (EAN) satellite and complementary ground network. Both companies conducted the evaluation with partners Cobham, Thales and Nokia using a Cessna 550 Citation 2, which flew over Germany, Belgium, France and Spain, covering 3,200 miles. More tests are planned for the coming weeks.

Via Satellite | Related AirAsia Group Selects GX Aviation as Inmarsat’s Birds Reach Orbital Perches – APEX Media



What’s NEXTT: IATA and ACI Unveil Plan to Speed up Passenger Processing

IATA and Airport Council International (ACI) will partner on a new initiative aimed at speeding up processing to help the industry handle 7.8 billion passengers annually by 2036. The program, called NEXTT (New Experience in Travel and Technologies), was announced at the World Passenger Symposium and will use technologies including artificial intelligence, robotics and predictive analytics.

Tnooz | Related IATA Focusing on Payment, Autonomy, Personalization to Accelerate Change in Aviation Industry – APEX Media



Bored in 49 Minutes: Emirates Researches How to Keep Under-12s Entertained on Board

According to research commissioned by Emirates, young passengers will, on average, wait 49 minutes and 47 seconds before asking, “Are we there yet?” The Dubai carrier partnered with Dr. Sandi Mann from the University of Central Lancashire to create a “Child Boredom Quotient,” which aims to “help parents identify the exact moment their kids will get bored.” The findings suggest that in-flight movies keep travelers under two years old occupied for 40 minutes and those aged 11–12 entertained for an average of one hour and 45 minutes.

The National | Related Data Says Keeping Kids Entertained Improves Experience for 86% of Pax – APEX Media



APEX ORIGINAL: Chefs in the Sky: Michael Meredith Gives Air New Zealand Dishes Local Flavor

APEX Media caught up with chef Michael Meredith and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas to get a taste of the local flavor they’re bringing to Air New Zealand’s passengers. “The biggest thing for us is that we want to highlight New Zealand ingredients as much as possible,” said Meredith. According to Douglas, the only certified Master Sommelier in New Zealand, the airline has determined, "the best of the best of New Zealand wine, and which ones of those can actually be drunk at 38,000 feet and not be altered."

APEX Media | Related The Inspiration Behind Air New Zealand’s Better Way to Fly Campaign – APEX Media



LSG Group Extends Airline Catering JV in Cairo

LSG Group has extended its joint venture agreement, with EgyptAir In-Flight Services (EAIFS) and Egyptian Aviation Services, to operate LSG Sky Chefs Catering Egypt SAE in Cairo for another seven years. The Egyptian capital was LSG Sky Chefs’ first catering unit outside Germany when it was established in 1978, and began operating as a JV in 1992.

PAX International | Related LSG Sky Chefs: The Logistics of Everything Loose – APEX Media



Boeing CEO Confident 737s Will Compete Against Rival C Series Jets

Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg voiced confidence in the 737’s ability to compete against smaller C Series aircraft, following last week’s deal between Bombardier and Airbus. “We have a strong strategy in place,” Muilenburg said. “We don’t need to change the path we’re on.” Boeing has projected a market for 29,000 narrow-body planes over the next 20 years and has ramped up production of its 737 aircraft to meet the demand.

USA Today | Related APEX Media Spotlight: Airbus Takes a Majority Stake in Bombardier’s C Series – APEX Media





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