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August 16, 2018



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Air France-KLM Set to Appoint Air Canada’s Benjamin Smith as CEO

Air France-KLM is poised to appoint Benjamin Smith as its new CEO after the French government gave its support to hire Air Canada’s president of Airlines and chief operating officer despite union objections. Smith, 46, would become the first foreign boss in Air France’s 85-year history. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the French state, which owns a 14.6% stake in the airline and a large share of voting rights, will support Smith’s appointment at a board meeting today. However, Air France workers’ representatives criticized Smith’s expected nomination. “The choice of candidate should further the defense of our national airline’s interests,” the unions said.

Reuters | Related Air Canada Unveils Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson – APEX Media



Lufthansa FlyingLab to Give Travelers a Treat en Route to APEX EXPO

Lufthansa and Lufthansa Systems are bringing their tried and tested FlyingLab to APEX EXPO for the first time. On September 22, Lufthansa will treat guests on Flight LH424 from Munich to Boston to an exclusive pre-conference event. Passengers will be invited to live-stream six 15-minute presentations, given by industry leaders on board the flight, using their personal electronic devices. Passengers will also be able to try SkyLights’ AlloSky VR headset and a functional prototype of the Feelflight tech blanket.

Business Traveller | Related Power Up: Lufthansa Brings Leading Women on Board Special SXSW FlyingLab – APEX Media



Singapore Airlines Adds Kids’ Games to IFE

Singapore Airlines has added video games from children’s brand Toca Boca and its sister company Sago Mini to its in-flight entertainment system. Passengers can now play Toca Kitchen 2, Toca Cars, Toca Builders, Toca Nature and Toca Life: Town in addition to four Sago Mini games titles. “Anyone who has traveled with children knows that keeping them entertained on the plane is a high priority … Each of our apps has a high replay value,” said Caroline Ingeborn, chief commercial officer and president of Toca Boca.

Naked Security | Related Airlines Up Their Game: Could In-Flight Console Gaming Take Off? – APEX Media



Emirates Announces New Toys and Activity Bags for Kids

Emirates introduced new toys from the Emirates Fly With Me collection for children in all cabin classes.The toy range includes four characters – Lewis the Lion, Peek U the Panda, Ernie the Penguin, and Savanna the Elephant – which were voted on from a choice of 17 by customers and fans in a social media competition held last year. Emirates also announced that its Fly With Me Lonely Planet Kids activity bags have been redesigned and include educational travel books and activities.  

Emirates | Related Emirates Introduces Bowers & Wilkins Noise Canceling Headphones and New Luxury Amenities – APEX Media



Retail inMotion Completes Germania Tech Rollout

Retail inMotion completed a technology rollout for Germania. As part of the agreement, Retail inMotion provided the German airline with several modules of its proprietary software suite for onboard retail management and iPad Mini tablets equipped with the company’s point-of-sale solution for in-flight retail sales. “With Retail inMotion’s innovative digital retail platform, we are helping Germania turn the page on further enhancing their already high service quality,” said Jan Blanchard, Retail inMotion’s chief commercial officer.

Retial inMotion | Related Etihad Partners With Retail inMotion to Further Buy-on-Board Options – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Completes North Terminal Canopy

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport illuminated the first section of its new North Terminal canopy on Wednesday evening. The canopy is part of the multibillion-dollar #ATLNext project and offers weather protection to travelers arriving to check in at the airport. The full project is scheduled for completion this fall. Once finished, over 3,600 LED panels will be diffused through the ethylene tetrafluoroethylene canopy, the same material used in Atlanta’s recently opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Airways Magazine | Related Alternative ATL: World’s Busiest Airport to Get Futuristic Facelift – APEX Media



AirAsia Sells Stake in AAE Travel to Expedia Group

AirAsia sold its 25% equity interest in AAE Travel to Expedia Group for $60 million. The joint venture was formed by the two companies in March 2011 and is now fully owned by Expedia Group, but AirAsia will retain the domain name and related assets from AAE Travel. The website, which offers flights and hotel packages, will continue to be powered by Expedia Group. “AirAsia has been a fantastic partner for the past seven years, helping to establish Brand Expedia as a strong and increasingly locally relevant player in the Asia region,” said Mark Okerstrom, president, Expedia Group.

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





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