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January 8, 2018



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Flynas is Launch Customer for Geven ESSENZA Economy Seat

Italian seat manufacturer Geven has secured a launch customer for its ESSENZA economy-class seating product. The seats will fly on board Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier Flynas, beginning with the carrier’s Airbus A320neo deliveries in Q3 2018. Flynas plans to take delivery of 60 A320neo aircraft, equipped with the seats, by 2026.

APEX Media | Related Geven's 'Sofa' bed set to fly with SAA – FlightGlobal



Airbus Completes Assembly of Its First A321 ACF

Airbus has assembled the first A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex) aircraft at its facility in Hamburg. The CFM International LEAP-1A-powered narrow-body will offer airlines a higher seating capacity than the standard A321 variant of up to 240 passengers with the addition of a new rear section and remodeled door configuration. The aircraft will now undergo ground testing, with Airbus aiming to deliver its first A321neo ACF by mid-2018.

Airways Magazine | Related Airbus and Boeing Seal Record-Breaking Narrow-Body Jet Deals at Dubai Airshow – APEX Media



Burst Water Main Shuts Down JFK’s Terminal 4

Terminal 4 of New York’s John. F. Kennedy International Airport was evacuated on Sunday afternoon after a burst water main flooded large parts of the building. The disruption added to the existing backlog of delayed and canceled flights caused by the recent winter storm over the northeastern US. Passengers who had already arrived were diverted to other terminals, according to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.  

Reuters | Related Photos show how a winter ‘bomb cyclone’ pummeled New York City with snow and ice – Business Insider



Turkish Airlines Signs MoU for Up to 25 Airbus A350s

Turkish Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus to buy 20 A350-900s and secured options for another five. The MoU was signed during an official visit to France by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, hosted by President Emmanuel Macron. Turkish Airlines board chairman İlker Aycı said the order will “play a key role in our growing business in the years to come.”

Air Transport World | Related Turkish Airlines introduces new in-flight toys – eTurboNews



Pet Set: EasyJet Launches a Pet-Sitting Partnership

EasyJet wants to make it easier for pet owners to travel the world. The low-cost carrier has launched a partnership with TrustedHousesitters to allow customers to choose a free, verified house sitter for their pet, or find free accommodation as a house sitter when booking flights through the easyJet website. The move comes after a survey of easyJet’s customers revealed that a majority of pet owners would travel more if they had better access to pet care.

Breaking Travel News | Related Traveling Animals: How Pets Jet-Set Around the World – APEX Media



Air Astana Adds IFC to Its Second Boeing 767

Air Astana has installed satellite-based in-flight connectivity on its second Boeing 767. The Kazakh carrier’s onboard Wi-Fi service uses Rockwell Collins’ cabin system and Honeywell fuselage-mount Ka-band antennas that connect to Inmarsat GX. The service is available to both business- and economy-class passengers, who can purchase one of three data packages offering 15MB, 50MB and 100MB respectively.  

Get Connected | Related In-flight wi-fi now available on Air Astana – Business Traveller



BA Redesigns Its Long-Haul In-Flight Catering

British Airways is revamping its in-flight catering on long-haul World Traveller routes. New options include pretzels with a welcome drink, a four-course meal, and a second meal or snack depending on the length of the flight. “Our customers tell us that when they’re taking a long-haul flight, great food and beverages make a real difference to them,” said Carolina Martinoli, BA’s director of Brand and Customer Experience. The new offering launches on January 17 with menus that will change every six months.  

Business Traveller | Related Era of free meals on short-haul flights to end: BA chief – FlightGlobal





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Association News

The Connectivity Survey Results Are In…

In a three-part interactive working session at APEX TECH, the APEX Connectivity Working Group along with APEX CEO Joe Leader will unveil the APEX Airline Connectivity Survey results. Major airline leaders, aircraft manufactures, and top airline connectivity providers will collectively engage and discuss the results along with critical topics and needs for the industry. Register now!


APEX Media at CES

APEX Media is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Watch out for our coverage of tech trends like virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, wearables and IoT. We'll be meeting with thought leaders to find out how these trends will influence the future of PaxEx.



Spafax is currently seeking a detail oriented IFE Account Manager in our Costa Mesa, CA office. Responsibilities include: Helping to support our inflight entertainment relationship with a large North American airline; Serving as the main point of contact for both the client and internal teams as we create and implement an innovative content strategy; Annual budgeting, content selection, scheduling and issue resolution etc. If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your resume and cover letter to: Click here to view all job listings.
> Spafax, IFE Account Manager, Costa Mesa

Spafax is currently seeking a seasoned and strategic IFE Account Director in our Costa Mesa, CA office. Responsibilities include: Leading our inflight entertainment relationship with a large North American airline; Helping to define the role of entertainment as part of a broader content and customer engagement strategy; Working extensively with the client’s leadership to ensure our approach meets their brand and customer experience goals, as well as identifying additional areas for collaboration. If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your resume and cover letter to: Click here to view all job listings.
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