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August 30, 2018



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Laudamotion Unveils New Livery and Will Double Fleet by Next Summer

Ryanair’s Laudamotion subsidiary announced it will double its fleet over the next year, from its current nine Airbus A320s to 18 by next summer. Laudamotion chief executive Andreas Gruber said the new A320s will increase passenger numbers by 20%, to five million, in 2019. Ryanair, which owns 75% of Laudamotion, also unveiled the Vienna-based carrier’s new livery, which is said reflects “Laudamotion's Austrian heritage.”

FlightGlobal | Related Ryanair buys into Laudamotion– DW



Lufthansa Will Deploy Snack Box Vending Machines at Departure Gates

Lufthansa announced it will deploy self-service snack box vending machines at departure gates. Starting September 5, the German carrier will test the idea at Munich Airport over a period of six months. The “Delights to Go” concept is intended for status frequent flyers who do not have enough time to visit a Lufthansa airport lounge. The vending machine will allow passengers to scan their boarding pass and choose from a selection of snack boxes such as the “Connoisseur Box,” which contains an apple, a nut bar, a slice of cake, a bottle of water and a refreshing towel.

Flug Revue | Related Airport Vending Machines Help Pax Fuel Up With Healthy Salads and Portable Chargers – APEX Media



VIDEO: Restaurateur Marc Warde Lifts the Lid on Airline Catering

In the latest episode of APEX Insider, restaurateur and airline catering consultant Marc Warde explains why the industry needs to change its attitude toward special meals and food waste. He highlights the fact that most airlines don’t offer “fully registered, fully accredited” free-from meals for fear of “being sued by somebody who actually gets sick,” but insists that the airline industry cater to an even broader range of special dietary requirements. “Veganism and vegetarianism are massive,” he says. “We’ve had to increase our offer in those areas by about 50%.”

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: BBC’s Aaron Heslehurst Discusses Trade Wars and Farnborough Airshow –APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Philippine Airlines Shows Off Airbus A350 Cabin Lighting Design by Lift

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has unveiled the new cabin lighting system developed by Lift Strategic Design on board its recently delivered Airbus A350. Daniel Baron, owner of Lift Strategic Design, said PAL’s aim of positioning itself as a global full-service carrier meant “it was important to look beyond the usual color, material and finish, and communicate ‘the heart of the Filipino’ in a brand-new way.” He said Lift’s system gives PAL the ability to make mood lighting an “integral part of the onboard experience” through customized scenes designed around the country, culture and brand. “We wanted to communicate the spirit of a nation that prides itself on hospitality, on generosity, on celebrating life,” said Baron.

The DesignAir | Related Philippine Airlines brings forward A350 deployment to London – Business Traveller



United Airlines Targets High-Spending Transatlantic Business Travelers

United Airlines announced today that it will launch three new transatlantic routes: Newark–Naples, Newark–Prague and San Francisco–Amsterdam. Patrick Quayle, United’s vice- president of International Network, said increasing transatlantic capacity is part of a broader company strategy that includes growing its margin-rich business-class service. “We’re eyeing the business traveler, and Europe is doing very well for us,” said Quayle.

USA Today | Related The Disappearing Act: Is the First-Class Cabin Becoming Obsolete? – APEX Media



T-Mobile and Gogo Are Giving 30-Minutes of In-Flight Wi-Fi for Free on Labor Day

Gogo and T-Mobile are partnering to give travelers 30 minutes of smartphone in-flight Wi-Fi access this upcoming Labor Day. The complimentary offer is available to all passengers, including those who are not T-Mobile customers, on board domestic Gogo-equipped flights within the US. Currently, T-Mobile customers in the US get one hour of in-flight Wi-Fi access on Gogo-equipped flights.

T-Mobile | Related SES-15 Is Delivering Increased HTS Capacity to More Than 200 Gogo-Equipped Aircraft – APEX Media



AMI Wines and SkylogistiX to Smooth Out United’s Wine Program

AMI Wines and SkylogistiX, LSG Group’s supply-chain management and logistics expert, have partnered to make United Airlines’ wine program more efficient. In supporting AMI, which supplies wine to United, SkylogistiX is using SkyLog, a web-based supply chain management application that lets airlines optimize the purchase, storage and distribution of any products or equipment.

APEX Media | Related Higher Hospitality: An In-Flight Services Trend Guide – APEX Media





A shot by APEX CEO Joe Leader on board a United flight from Chicago . Captured by @joepleader (via Twitter).

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Association News

APEX Members Receive Discounted Registration at Aviation Festival in London Next Week

Hear from APEX CEO Joe Leader as he joins the Connectivity Panel Discussion with representatives from Virgin Atlantic, AirFi B.V. Etihad Airways, ViaSat, Inc., and Panasonic Avionics about taking in-flight entertainment to the next level. APEX members can save on registration at The 15th Aviation Festival, 5-7 September in London by following this link (discount already applied to prices listed).


Register For APEX EXPO in Boston 24-27 September

Register now for APEX EXPO, the industry’s largest PaxEx event exclusive to experts and decision-makers committed to elevating the level of the worldwide airline passenger experience. Join 5,000+ industry leaders and decision makers representing more than 100 airlines, content providers, and third-party vendors committed to elevating the level of the worldwide airline passenger experience. APEX will once again co-locate with International Flight Services Association (IFSA) Expo and Aircraft Interiors Expo. Click here to register.


> Quote of the Day


"Good questions outrank easy answers."

Paul Samuelson


Until tomorrow



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