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August 27, 2018



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Skymark Airlines Selects Recaro Economy-Class Seat for Three New Boeing 737-800 Aircraft

Japan’s Skymark Airlines has selected Recaro’s BL3530 lightweight short-haul seats for its three new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The total order is for over 500 seats, and the first shipset of 177 seats was delivered in June. The economy-class seat weighs just over 10 kilograms and features a high literature pocket, a tablet PC holder, a USB power outlet and multiple stowage locations for personal items.

APEX Media | Related Air China’s First A350 Aircraft Takes Off With Recaro Economy-Class Seats – APEX Media



Global Eagle Secures In-Flight Games Licenses With Hasbro and Sanrio

Global Eagle has secured in-flight games licensing agreements with Hasbro and Sanrio. The new deal with Hasbro, which extends an agreement that began in 2004, means Global Eagle will develop new video game versions of Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Boggle, Scrabble, Guess Who? and Battleship, with plans to debut the in-flight titles throughout 2019 and 2020. The company will also create multiple in-flight games under five Sanrio brands including Hello Kitty, Hello Sanrio, Gudetama, Aggretsuko and Sanrio. | Related [VIDEO] Global Eagle Broadens Its Appeal With Airconnect Go Wireless IFE – APEX Media



Imagining Air Travelers as Citizens of a Nation Above the Clouds

If the 11.9 million people flying around the world each day were a country, that nation would have the 25th largest economy in the world, according to a study by HSBC. The fictional country in the sky, named Flyland by HSBC, would boast an annual GDP of $400.5 billion, similar to that of Norway. The study also found that Americans spend an average $51.32 per flight on services and items, including in-flight Wi-Fi, food, drinks and duty-free purchases.

PR Newswire | Related City in the Sky: BBC-PBS Miniseries Offers Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Aviation Industry – APEX Media



Singapore Airlines Increases Cooperation With Alibaba Group

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with Alibaba Group. The deal will see both companies increase cooperation on the Chinese tech giant’s digital platforms, including Fliggy, Cainiao Network, Alipay and Alibaba Cloud. SIA’s KrisFlyer members will be able to convert their frequent flyer miles to Fliggy points and vice versa. Customers will also be able to use the Alipay payment platform for tickets, in-flight products and services, airport services, retail merchandise and ancillary services.  

Air Transport World | Related It Pays to Change: Airlines Embrace Electronic Payment Services – APEX Media



Saudia Rolls Out New Three-Course Menu Concept in Economy Class

Saudi Arabian Airlines has launched a new in-flight dining concept for passengers in economy class. Saudia says the Bistro by Saudia service offers a multi-course restaurant-style dining experience, including a starter, main course and dessert. Menu items include Greek yogurt with dried fruit, poached pears in almond custard, egg shakshouka, spinach ricotta frittata and Caprese lasagna. The airline says it has plans to roll out new dining concepts for business class and first class soon.

Trade Arabia | Related Taqnia Space Debuts UON, Announces Saudia as Launch Customer – APEX Media



Delta and United Plan to Add More Flights to Tokyo Haneda in Time for 2020 Olympics

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines hope to secure more slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, when Japan’s government opens the airport to more international flights in 2020, in time for the Summer Olympic Games. Tokyo’s second biggest airport is currently limited to 12 daily flights to the US, with four routes operated by All Nippon Airways, while Delta, Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines each have two routes and American Airlines and United each have one flight. “We'll be pursuing more Haneda slots as that becomes really the airport of preference for Tokyo,” said Joe Esposito, senior vice-president of Network Planning at Delta.

FlightGlobal | Related Asia's budget airlines rush to open routes beyond Tokyo and Osaka – Nikkei Asian Review



Hartsfield-Jackson to Add Gates Instead of Building New Terminal

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport have dropped plans to build a $1.5-billion international terminal. Instead, the airport wants to add new gates to existing terminals. The options under consideration include extending Concourse T and adding six to eight gates, or adding two gates to each of Concourse C, D and E. Each plan would cost approximately $400 to $500 million, with the latter option requiring the relocation of airport taxiways.

Business Traveller | Related Hartsfield-Jackson tests canopy lighting system – The Atlanta Journal Constitution





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Association News

Network With Industry Colleagues at the Annual APEX EXPO Networking Event

 Experience a historical night in Boston, on Wednesday 26 September at the highly anticipated EXPO Networking Event, sponsored by SmartSky. Attendees will experience Boston’s celebrated past, full of sightings of historical figures, delicious Boston food and ale, and a rockin’ good time! Gain entrance with full registration or a networking event pass.


APEX Members Can Save $100 on FTE Global Next Month in Las Vegas

Through APEX’s partnership with FTE, members can save $100 when registering for FTE Global on 10-12 September using the code FTE4840245. Join APEX CEO Joe Leader as he presents on the future of technology and innovation in the cabin.


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