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April 12, 2018



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[VIDEO] China Southern and Peach Aviation Place Orders for Recaro Seats

Recaro Aircraft Seating announced orders from China Southern, Peach Aviation, WOW air and SpiceJet during Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg this week. APEX Media spoke with Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating, to learn about the German company's innovative approach to seat manufacturing in the aviation and automotive industries.

APEX Media | Related Economy Pitches: How Airlines Maximize Comfort in the Main Cabin – APEX Media



SKYpower: Mirus Selects KID-Systeme for In-Seat USB Power

Mirus has responded to the demand for in-seat power by introducing the option for a USB power outlet from IFPL, which is connected to a power system from KID-Systeme, into its seating. It will be used by AirAsia on its Mirus Hawk seats. Mirus has also introduced RWorks, an in-house industrial design team, to work on both future concepts and specific tailoring requirements.

APEX Media | Related Mirus Aircraft Seating Makes Long-Range Plans With AirAsia X – APEX Media



IAG Buys 4.6% Stake in Norwegian and Considers a Full Offer

IAG has bought a 4.61% stake in Norwegian Air and said it’s considering making a full offer. The British Airways parent company said it will use the stake to initiate discussions with the low-cost carrier over a possible full offer. Shares in Norwegian surged by 38% following news of the bid interest. Norwegian said it has not held talks with IAG, but communicated in a statement that interest in the company "confirms the sustainability and potential of our business model and global growth.”

Bloomberg | Related Norwegian's Gutsy Pilot Won't Leave the Cockpit Quietly – Bloomberg



Taqnia Space Debuts UON, Announces Saudi Arabian Airlines as Launch Customer

Saudi Arabian Airlines will be the launch customer of Taqnia Space's new in-flight entertainment and connectivity service, UON, launched yesterday at Aircraft Interiors Expo. UON offers Ku- and Ka-band in-flight connectivity, GSM voice and data roaming and live TV, all accessible through passengers' personal electronic devices. Taqnia's service is the result of a collaboration between satellite operator Eutelsat, Japanese aerospace designer Jamco, satellite technology provider iDirect, software provider Axinom and connected solutions provider SITAONAIR.

APEX Media | Related Saudia Selects TAQNIA SPACE for in-flight connectivity – Arabian Aerospace



digEcor’s USB Power Selected by Three Seating Companies

At Aircraft Interiors Expo, digEcor announced USB power options, including pre-integrated and retrofit solutions, which leverage its FAA-approved model list supplemental type certificate seat modification kit (SMK) for installations on seats from three manufacturers. The SMK is designed to reduce components – two spar-mounted boxes for single or double jacks and a USB seat power box that powers both boxes – reducing the installation cost and time for airlines, and preventing the seat box from infringing on passenger legroom. "Airlines can essentially introduce passenger power to their cabin with an overnight install,” said David Withers, chief executive of digEcor.

APEX Media | Related digEcor Appoints Ex-Panasonic Avionics CEO to Its Board of Directors – APEX Media



Kontron and CarlisleIT Team Up to Offer Turnkey IFEC Solution

Kontron has announced a partnership with Carlisle Interconnect Technologies to provide a turnkey in-flight Wi-Fi solution. The new partnership enables the companies to minimize deployment time, meanwhile providing a complete solution that includes hardware components, supplemental type certificates (STCs) and installations.

APEX Media | Related Kontron Unveils Compact-Sized Secure In-Flight Wi-Fi Router and Gateway – APEX Media



[VIDEO] How Inmarsat's EAN Will Deliver Super-Fast Connectivity Over Europe

APEX Media spoke to Frederik van Essen, senior vice-president of Strategy and Business Development at Inmarsat, about the company’s hybrid satellite and ground-based European Aviation Network. Inmarsat also made a major announcement yesterday: The satellite communications provider revealed it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Turkish Technic and HAVELSAN for integrated in-flight connectivity and entertainment solutions.

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





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Association News

American Airlines CEO Confirmed to Speak at APEX EXPO!

Joining Air Canada, Aer Lingus, and Aeromexico CEOs on the EXPO stage is American Airlines CEO, Doug Parker. Mark your calendars for the largest PaxEx event exclusive to experts and decision-makers committed to elevating the level of the worldwide airline passenger experience. APEX EXPO will take place in Boston, MA, on 24-27 September.


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