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July 26, 2018



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VIDEO: BBC’s Aaron Heslehurst Discusses Trade Wars and Farnborough Airshow

In this edition of APEX Insider, BBC World News presenter Aaron Heslehurst zones in on air cargo activity, calling it “the oil that greases the wheels of the global economy.” Heslehurst also acknowledges the threat of a trade war between China and the US – if there are job losses, the reduction in household incomes will mean less people will fly. As a self-confessed “AvGeek” who attended last week’s Farnborough Airshow, Heslehurst also explains why ongoing media coverage of the industry is important.

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: IAG’s Dupsy Abiola on How to Future-Proof the Aviation Industry – APEX Media



Iridium Launches 10 Iridium NEXT Satellites

Iridium successfully launched 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into low Earth orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket yesterday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The launch was the seventh of eight planned for the Iridium NEXT constellation, which is replacing the company’s existing network of 66 satellites. Among the services the new constellation will support is Iridium Certus, which will provide the fastest global L-band broadband service. Thales, Cobham, Rockwell Collins, L3 Communications and, most recently, Gogo are among the companies that Iridium has selected as Value Added Manufacturers for Iridium Certus.

Get Connected | Related Rockwell Collins and Iridium Partner to Deliver Next-Generation Aviation Services – PR Newswire



Orion Span Plans to Welcome Guests to Its Luxury Space Hotel by 2022

US-based space technology startup Orion Span is planning to launch the first-ever space hotel. Frank Bunger, the company’s CEO, says Aurora Station will launch in late 2021 and will begin welcoming its first guests in early 2022. Those interested will need deep pockets, though. Customers must pay a deposit of $80,000 followed by $9.5 million for the duration of their stay orbiting above Earth. “It will replicate an authentic astronaut experience, with added luxuries,” he said. While on board, guests will take in breathtaking views from large windows located throughout the station … We will also offer top-notch space food for our guests.”

Future Travel Experience | Related The ultimate getaway: a complete guide to space tourism – Tech Radar



[PHOTOS] Turkish Airlines Shows Off the Inside of Its Airbus A321neo

Turkish Airlines received its first Airbus A321neo this month. The aircraft features the Airbus Cabin Flex configuration, which sees the doors located over the wings to allow for a higher seat count. The A321neo is also Turkish Airlines’ first Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft in its narrow-body fleet. The aircraft is configured with 20 Rockwell Collins MiQ seats in business class and 162 leather seats in economy class, with both cabins offering seatback in-flight entertainment.  

The DesignAir | Related Turkish Airlines signs sponsorship agreement with CNN for travel TV show – Marketing Interactive



Let Them Fly Supersonic: Boom Thinks It Can Make Faster-Than-Sound Travel Affordable

Boom Supersonic says it wants to make its supersonic passenger jets available to all passengers, not just the ultra-wealthy. The company says one of the reasons Concorde was hard to maintain was because of the prohibitively expensive ticket prices, which could cost four times more than a first-class transatlantic fare. “Instead of a $20,000 round-trip across the Atlantic, it's more like $5,000,” said Blake Scholl, chief executive and founder of Boom Supersonic. “That is still expensive relative to economy – but if you can afford to fly front-cabin you can afford to get there in half the time.”

BBC News | Related Faster Than the Speed of Sound, but at What Cost? – The New York Times



EasyJet Partners With AirPortr for Gatwick Baggage Pickups

EasyJet is the latest airline to partner with AirPortr, giving customers flying from London’s Gatwick Airport the option to check in their baggage from home. AirPortr collects bags from addresses within the London area, which are then delivered to easyJet’s bag drop; passengers collect their luggage at their destination’s baggage reclaim. “We’re proud to be working with an airline with a startup mentality but Europe-wide scale, as we continue to lead the development of at-home bag check-in services,” said Randel Darby, CEO of AirPortr.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related AirPortr and American Airlines Team Up to Reduce Bag Drop Congestion – APEX Media



Ryanair Cuts Dublin Fleet and Warns of Job Cuts

Ryanair has warned of job losses for more than 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew and revealed plans to shrink its Dublin-based aircraft fleet by 20%, blaming recent strikes by pilots. The low-cost carrier is moving six of 30 Dublin-based aircraft to its Polish fleet for the winter. “If our reputation for reliability or forward bookings is affected, then base and potential job cuts such as these at Dublin are a deeply regretted consequence,” said Peter Bellew, Ryanair’s chief operating officer.

The Guardian | Related Four airlines submit complaint against France over strikes – Reuters





China Eastern Airbus A330 at Vancouver International Airport. Captured by @onemoreweektogo (via Instagram).

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Additional Hotel Space Available for APEX EXPO Attendees

All three of the official APEX EXPO 2018 hotels have sold out, but there is additional accommodation available to all attendees. APEX has confirmed a discounted rate for attendees at YOTEL Boston. When you book your room, mention “APEX” to secure the exclusive rate. Deadline for reservations is 30 August.


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