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January 17, 2018

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Boeing Forms Aircraft Seating JV With Adient Aerospace

Boeing has formed a joint venture with Adient Aerospace that will develop, manufacture and sell seating products to airlines and aircraft leasing companies. The JV will be based near Frankfurt and will offer seats for installation on new aircraft, or as retrofit configurations. Boeing said the JV with Adient was prompted by seat production delays, which pushed back aircraft deliveries to airlines. “Seats have been a persistent challenge for our customers, the industry and Boeing, and we are taking action to help address constraints in the market,” said Kevin Schemm, Boeing’s senior vice-president, Supply Chain Management, Finance and Business Operations.  

Bloomberg | Related LIFT by EnCore Debuts 787 Tourist Seat in Collaboration With Boeing – APEX Media

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Ethiopian Airlines to Relaunch Zambia’s Flag Carrier

Ethiopian Airlines has reached an agreement with the Zambian government to relaunch the country’s flag carrier. The airline will have a 45% stake in the Zambian carrier and will aim to establish a new hub in Lusaka, the country’s capital. The remaining 55% will be acquired by the Zambian government, which wants to revive the country’s aviation sector after Zambia Airways ceased operations in 2009.

ABC News | Related Ethiopian Airlines eases ticketing with mobile app – Independent.co.ug

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APEX Investigates: Global Net Solutions Looks to Improve Airport Security With S-Badge

Global Net Solutions unveiled its IoT-based identification card at the Consumer Electronics Show last week. The S-Badge uses Bluetooth, RFID, NFC and biometric fingerprint technology to track individuals in high-security environments. “In airports, we’re trying to tackle the insider threat," said Michael Elias, director of Business Development, Global Net Solutions. Approximately 900,000 people work at US airports, and many can bypass traditional screening requirements, according to a report by the United States Homeland Security Committee.  

Air Transport World | Related AMERICA’S AIRPORTS: THE THREAT FROM WITHIN – US Homeland Security Committee

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Keflavik International Airport to Invest $1 Billion in Expansion

Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport is preparing to invest $1 billion over the next seven to eight years to make room for new airlines and routes. A tourist boom has seen Keflavik’s traffic grow more than fivefold over the past nine years, with a record 10 million passengers expected this year. ISAVIA, the state-owned company that operates all airports in Iceland, says its vision of the future includes an aerotropolis that would stretch all the way to Reykjavik, located around 25 miles away.

Bloomberg | Related The Wow factor in Iceland's role as global transit hub – Reuters

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Eureka! Short Edition Dispenses Stories on the Fly

Publishing startup Short Edition was at CES last week, displaying its Short Story Dispenser, a vending machine that prints short stories of varying length (one, three or five minutes) on small scrolls of papyrus paper. The dispenser has since popped up in various locations in France and abroad, including shopping malls, universities, smart cities, train stations and even airports. "The company aims to encourage reading and enchant travelers while helping people poetically kill wait time before boarding a plane," the company’s export director, Kristan Leroy, says.

APEX Media | Related Paper in Planes: Airlines Prove That Print Isn’t Dead – APEX Media

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Hyperloop One in Discussion to Connect Dutch Airports

Hyperloop One is in discussions with the Dutch government over building a 30-mile-long hyperloop link between Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and Lelystad Airport. Nick Earle, Hyperloop One’s senior vice-president, Global Field Operations, said the journey time between the airports would take four minutes, creating what he describes as “a single, integrated airport” at a “fraction of the cost” of building an additional runway.  

Beam Aviation | Related Hyperloop and Haptic Avatars: Highlights from FTE Global 2017 – APEX Media

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Snowstorm Causes Flight Delays and Cancellations Across US

Winter weather has caused flight disruptions at dozens of US airports today as snowstorms covered Texas, the Southeast and New England. By 11:50 a.m. EST, more than 2,100 flights within, into or out of the US had been delayed and a further 1,000 had been canceled, according to FlightAware. More than 1,600 flights were canceled Tuesday as a result of the storm.  

FlightGlobal | Related 230 FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS ALREADY PLANNED AT SCHIPHOL ON THURSDAY – NL Times

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Leaf-ing on a jet plane. Captured by @dmairplane (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

What does it take to fly around the world 100 times? We asked Jeremy Burton, who's done just that! ✈️

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Association News

Routehappy Wi-Fi Report to Be Revealed at APEX TECH!

Register for APEX TECH to hear from Routehappy's chief commercial officer Jonathan Savitch, as he releases their 2018 Wi-Fi report. It will highlight the progress airlines have made in offering Internet access to their passengers. The report will show trends in quantity of flights offering Wi-Fi and the quality of the connection.

 
 
 

Jobs

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: randee.walker@spafax.com. 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: randee.walker@spafax.com. Click here to view all job listings.
> Spafax, IFE Account Director, Costa Mesa

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."

Samuel Johnson

 
 

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