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September 6, 2018



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Small Planet Airlines Offers Virtual Reality IFE With Inflight VR

Starting yesterday, Small Planet Airlines began offering passengers a virtual reality in-flight entertainment experience on approximately six flights a day from Amsterdam. Using a headset created by Pico Interactive for Inflight VR, travelers will be able to watch films, go “VR shopping,” complete guided meditation experiences and play a selection of games. After a successful rollout in the Netherlands, the service will be expanded to flights to destinations in southern Europe by the end of the year.

APEX Media | Related Beauty Boost: Duty-Free Shopping Now Includes Virtual Makeovers – APEX Media



Emirates Airbus A380 Quarantined at JFK With Sick Passengers

An Emirates Airbus A380 flight from Dubai to New York’s JFK International Airport was quarantined upon landing after about 100 passengers and crew reported feeling unwell, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eric Phillips, a spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio, later clarified via Twitter that 19 people were sick: Ten people were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center for evaluation, and nine refused medical attention, he tweeted. A spokesperson for the hospital said passengers had coughs, headaches, sore throats and fevers. The rapper Vanilla Ice tweeted that he was on the aircraft and was unaware of the illnesses until landing.

The New York Times | Related Influenza may be cause of sickness for handful of crew, passengers on Emirates flight to JFK – CNN



Immfly Partners With Danone for Digital Advertising Campaign Aboard Air Nostrum Flights

Immfly has partnered with Danone’s Spanish water brand Font Vella Levité for an onboard digital advertising campaign on Air Nostrum flights. The in-flight campaign combines complimentary product samples with a branded digital platform that passengers can access on their personal devices. The platform includes playing the “Lemonade Game,” the chance to win a pair of flight tickets and viewing entertainment channels. “If a brand wants to surprise and ensure their investment in actions with a real positive impact, the environment of an airplane is ideal for its captivation, innovation and level of disruption,” said Ramón Rodríguez, brand sales manager at Immfly.

Inflight Online | Related Wamos Air Becomes Immfly’s Second Long-Haul Airline Customer – APEX Media



IdeaNova Launches Inplay Live In-Flight Entertainment

IdeaNova Technologies has added Inplay Live, a new content streaming technology, to its portfolio of in-flight entertainment and digital rights management solutions. The software-based system can integrate with an aircraft’s existing IFE and connectivity systems and leverages the available satellite bandwidth to deliver a dozen or more channels of live- or library-stored programming to passengers. “Unlike traditional video-on-demand where the content is pre-loaded on the aircraft, Inplay Live provides live content streaming directly from the ground,” IdeaNova’s CEO, Juraj Siska, told APEX Media.

APEX Media | Related APEX TECH June 2018: Takeaways from Day Two – APEX Media



More Viruses Found on Airport Security Trays Than Toilet Surfaces

Plastic security trays at airports carry more viruses than toilet surfaces, according to a study by the University of Nottingham and Finland’s National Institute for Health and Welfare. Pandemic experts reported 10% of airport surfaces tested at Helsinki Airport in the winter of 2016 displayed evidence of viruses. The research discovered viruses more frequently on the plastic trays circulated at X-ray security screening. The most common virus found was rhinovirus, which causes the common cold, but swabs also detected the influenza A virus.

The Guardian | Related Antimicrobial Tech Prescribed for Prevention of Contagion in the Aircraft Cabin – APEX Media



Recaro Breaks Ground on China Aircraft Seat Factory Expansion

Recaro Aircraft Seating has broken ground on constructing the second phase of its premises in Qingdao, China. The expansion includes 7,500 square meters of additional space and involves equipping four assembly lines to increase the plant’s maximum seat production capability to 60,000 seats per year. The construction project is scheduled to be completed next year. “This expansion project bears witness to Recaro’s solid commitment to the Chinese market,” said Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “When we chose to set up our plant here and invest in Qingdao six years ago, we knew it was the right decision.”

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



SES-14 Now Serving the Americas and North Atlantic

SES says its SES-14 satellite is now serving the Americas, North Atlantic and West Africa, positioned at 47.5 degrees west. The all-electric satellite is SES’s second hybrid satellite to serve the Americas, delivering both C- and Ku-band wide-beam coverage and Ku-band high throughput spot beam coverage. “SES-14 is able to fulfill its planned satellite mission of bringing better picture quality TV content to people across Latin America, as well as delivering high-speed broadband services to airline passengers flying over the Americas and North Atlantic routes,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES.

Via Satellite | Related Global Eagle Triples SES-15 Satellite Capacity – APEX Media





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Cast Your Cool Awards Vote in the APEX EXPO Mobile App

You can now vote for the Cool Awards in the APEX EXPO mobile app! As you comb the show floor look for the most for innovative, trend-setting and all around cool booths. Then head to the app to cast your vote. Be sure to use the interactive map to find your way. Up to 10 votes can be cast from each member company in attendance. Voting opens at 9 a.m. on Tuesday 26 September.


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