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September 17, 2018



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Ethiopian Airlines Integrates Alipay Into Mobile App

Ethiopian Airlines is now able to accept payments via Alipay. The integration of the Chinese payment method into the airline’s mobile app is part of the Ethiopian flag carrier’s continued partnership with CellPoint Mobile. "CellPoint Mobile has demonstrated its commitment and knowledge of the Africa region as a member of the African Airlines Association, as well as its global reach as a payment service provider," said Ethiopian Airlines’ digital director, Miretab Teklaye. 

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



[PHOTOS] Delta’s First Airbus A220 Rolls Out of Paint Shop

Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220 has rolled out of the paint shop at the Bombardier assembly line in Mirabel, Quebec. The aircraft will now enter the final assembly stage, before its first test flight in the fall and scheduled entry into service in early 2019. Delta has 75 A220-100s on order and will be the first US carrier to operate the aircraft, joining Korean Air, SWISS and airBaltic.

Airways Magazine | Related Qatar Takes Delivery of First Airbus A350-1000, Featuring Qsuite – APEX Media



Qatar Airways Adds GQ and Vogue IFE Content

Qatar Airways has added video content from GQ and Vogue to its Oryx One in-flight entertainment system. The Vogue content includes coverage from the Met Gala’s red carpet, makeup tips, short-form creative films and rapid-fire interviews with celebrities. The GQ channel features interviews with Hollywood A-listers and a comedy series where celebrities go undercover on social media to answer real-life questions about themselves. 

Qatar Airways | Related Qatar Takes Delivery of First Airbus A350-1000, Featuring Qsuite – APEX Media



Flame Distribution Launches Over 400 Hours of New Content

Information regarding new acquisitions from Flame Distribution, which amount to over 400 hours of content, will be available to in-flight buyers at APEX EXPO in Boston. Thomas Gould, vice-president of Content Sales, Worldwide Transport and Digital at Flame Distribution, commented, “In-flight sales are an important focus for Flame. I am really looking forward to meeting clients old and new and continuing to forge strong relationships with buyers at this year’s APEX EXPO.”

APEX Media | Related Register for APEX EXPO – APEX



VIDEO: How Bangalore Airport Is Dealing With Exponential Growth

In 10 years, Bengaluru's Kempegowda International Airport (BLR), which is managed by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), has gone from handling 8.7 million passengers per year to an astonishing 30 million. It is currently undergoing a $2-billion expansion program. During an interview with APEX Media director Maryann Simson at Aviation Festival in London, CEO of BIAL Hari Marar explains the steps BIAL is taking to accommodate this unforeseen growth. He says it is "not bricks, but bytes" which will be the foundation for improvement at BLR in the years to come.

APEX Media | Related Your face will be your boarding pass at Bengaluru airport – Times of India



Routehappy Now Knows What Drinks Are Offered on What Flights

Routehappy by ATPCO has started tracking the type and availability of beverages offered on particular flights, including whether they are complimentary or offered at cost. Last week, Qantas became the first airline to integrate the Routehappy beverage amenity into its website. The product differentiation platform has also begun detailing the availability of snacks and light meals on select airlines.

Travel Weekly | Related VIDEO: Routehappy Rich Content Solutions Now Includes ATPCO Pricing Data – APEX Media



China Southern Plans Fleet of 2,000 by 2035

China Southern Airlines plans to more than double its fleet to 2,000 aircraft by 2035. During the World Routes conference today, Tan Wangeng, the airline’s CEO, said China Southern will operate a fleet of 1,000 aircraft by 2020. He also said the airline is exploring ways to cooperate with low-cost carriers and plans to launch routes to South America within the next three years.

Reuters | Related VIDEO: China Southern and Peach Aviation Place Orders for Recaro Seats – APEX Media





Xiamen Airlines at Hong Kong International Airport. Captured by @ds.avi (via Instagram).

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Association News

New Speakers: Delta Air Lines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Join APEX EXPO Speaker Line-Up

Delta Air Lines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection discuss the influence of biometrics on the ease, safety and efficiency of travel at APEX EXPO. To attend, register now.


Final Days to Register and Join 100+ Airlines at APEX EXPO in Boston

The airline industry flies into Boston 24-27 September. The 2018 APEX EXPO will attract 5,000+ industry professionals, including representatives from more than 100 airlines and nearly 300 content providers, OEMs, systems manufacturers and other industry suppliers from around the globe. Register now for the four-day premier event taking place NEXT week.


Tag APEX in Your Social Posts #APEXEXPO!

In the lead up to and during next week’s APEX EXPO in Boston, make sure to use the event hashtag #APEXEXPO and tag APEX in social posts so that we’re aware of your announcements: @theapexassoc (Twitter, Instagram), @Airline Passenger Experience Association (LinkedIn, Facebook). View links to APEX's social platforms here and follow us!


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