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April 25, 2018



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[VIDEOS] APEX MultiMedia Market: Molang, Panasonic & Rick Warren

At APEX MultiMedia Market in Paris this week, APEX Media met Molang and Piu Piu, characters from the popular non-dialogue animated series Molang, which is already showing on Air France, Emirates and Air Italy. We also spoke with Panasonic about how it’s shaking its “hardware systems provider” label with a broader service offering, and with industry veteran Rick Warren, who attended the event for the first time this year.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEOS] APEX MultiMedia Market: Accessibility and Regional Content – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] ANA Will Configure Its Airbus A380s With 520 Seats

All Nippon Airways will configure its three Airbus A380s on order with 520 seats, the world’s second-highest density layout deployed by an operator. The four-class configuration will include 383 economy-class seats on the main deck, while the level above will have room for 73 premium economy seats, 56 in the business-class section and eight in the first-class cabin. ANA plans to deploy its first superjumbo on its Tokyo–Honolulu route in spring 2019.

FlightGlobal | Related ANA selects iconic "FLYING HONU" design for special edition A380 on Tokyo-Honolulu route – All Nippon Airways



Ryanair Orders 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Ryanair has exercised options for 25 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, worth more than $3 billion at list prices. The first aircraft, also known as the MAX 200, is scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2019. “These aircraft … increase Ryanair’s total orders to more than 650 737s since first partnering with Boeing in 1994,” Ryanair said in a statement. The Irish low-cost carrier still has a further 75 options from an order for 100 737 MAXs placed in 2014.

Air Transport World | Related Bosnia and Herzegovina to join Ryanair network – FlightGlobal



Farelogix Launches AI Collaboration With Florida International University

Recognizing the opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) for its customers, Farelogix has partnered with Florida International University (FIU) to set up a dedicated program that will apply data analytics to optimize airline revenue management and generate dynamic offers. The new Data Science for Airlines Informatics program, which will open at FIU in May of this year, will focus on the study of predictive analytics, machine learning and AI – “the new frontier in air commerce,” according to Jim Davidson, CEO of Farelogix.

APEX Media | Related Aer Lingus Eyes New Ancillary Opportunities Following Retail inMotion Program Launch – APEX Media



SkyLights Is Adding Award-Winning VR Films to Its In-Flight Headsets

SkyLights signed a deal with mk2, an international film exhibitor and distributor, to bring award-winning virtual reality content to passengers using its VR headsets on long-haul flights. “Until 2017, the vast majority of VR content was of relatively poor quality and was not suitable to view in an environment where space and movement are restricted,” said Laurence Fornari, SkyLights’ head of Sales and Marketing. “Since then, appropriate VR content has taken off. As such, we are delighted to team up with mk2 for their premium VR catalog and their expertise in the field.”

SkyLights | Related SkyLights Prepares to Debut Allosky Headset In Flight on Joon – APEX Media



Gogo Makes Changes at the Top

Gogo has made further changes to its senior leadership team, including reassigned roles for some of its executives. The move follows an announcement on March 5 of the departure of Michael Small, the company’s then CEO, and appointment of Oakleigh Thorne to the role. According to the latest announcement, John Wade will take the newly created position of president of Gogo’s Commercial Aviation Division; Sergio Aguirre will serve as president of its Business Aviation Division; Jon Cobin will become chief strategy officer and vice-president of Corporate Development; and Anand Chari will move from chief technology officer into a new role as strategic technology advisor.

Air Transport World | Related Gogo Appoints Oakleigh Thorne as President and Chief Executive Officer – PR Newswire



BA Gets Serious About Coffee

British Airways has partnered with London-based Union Hand-Roasted Coffee as part of its multibillion-dollar investment program. Starting next month, BA will be serving the specialty cups of joe to passengers in its first- and business-class cabins, in addition to all of its UK lounges. “We know it’s often the small things that really make a difference to [passengers],” said Sarah Klatt-Walsh, BA’s head of Product. “A great cup of coffee to get them up and hitting the ground running after a long-haul flight is exactly one of those details that really matters.”

PAX International | Related British Airways could charge for food on long haul flights – The Telegraph





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