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October 2, 2018



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AirFi Launches In-Flight Connectivity Solution

Wireless in-flight entertainment provider AirFi is launching its first in-flight connectivity service. AirFi LEO connects the AirFi Venus portable wireless IFE system to the Iridium NEXT constellation through a low-profile antenna installed in a cabin window. The solution, which enables basic web services at a low cost and without aircraft modifications or certifications, will fly first on Faroese carrier Atlantic Airways, with installations beginning in Q4 2018.

APEX Media | Related AirFi Capitalizes on Korean IFE Market and Secures Rights to Electronic Dance Music Content – APEX Media



Primera Air Ceases Operations

Primera Air has ceased operations and is entering administration, leaving travelers stranded on both sides of the Atlantic. “On behalf of Primera Air team, we would like to thank you for your loyalty,'' the airline said in a statement on its website. "On this sad day we are saying goodbye to all of you.” The Nordic low-cost leisure carrier had been in business for 14 years and recently launched transatlantic flights. It blamed unforeseen problems with its fleet, including aircraft delivery delays, for disruptions to its transatlantic services.

USA Today | Related Primera Air collapse: CAA will not rescue stranded passengers – The Guardian



SkyLights Selected for IAG's Hangar 51 Global Accelerator Program

SkyLights has been selected as one of 10 companies to participate in the latest iteration of International Airlines Group’s (IAG) Hangar 51 global accelerator program. Over the next 10 weeks, SkyLights will be based in London to work with mentors and experts from IAG Group, where it will have access to resources to help develop, shape and test its products. “[Hangar 51] is a fertile ground for startups because they can be eyeball-to-eyeball with us,” said Dupsy Abiola, IAG’s head of Global Innovation, and one of the program’s mentors.

APEX Media | Related VIDEO: IAG’s Dupsy Abiola on How to Future-Proof the Aviation Industry – APEX Media



United Orders More Dreamliners

United Airlines has placed an order for an additional nine Boeing 787-9s, worth $2.53 billion at list prices. The Chicago-based carrier, which was the North American Dreamliner launch customer, said the new aircraft order reflects its strategy of replacing older wide-body jets with fuel-efficient aircraft such as the 787-9. “It makes all of us very proud to have United place a repeat order since its team has spent a lot of time with the Dreamliner and knows what it can do,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice-president of Commercial Sales and Marketing for Boeing.

Breaking Travel News | Related Galileo Watermark to Deliver New Non-Slip Trays to United Airlines – APEX Media



EasyJet Founder Is Suing Netflix for Alleged Trademark Violation

EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou is taking legal action against Netflix over its comedy series Easy, claiming the name breaches his company’s European trademarks. Haji-Ioannou is seeking a high court injunction to prevent the US streaming company from using the show’s name in Europe, as part of a crackdown on what he claims are increasing numbers of “brand thieves” seeking to “piggyback” off his easyGroup business. Netflix said in a statement that “viewers can tell the difference between a show they watch and a plane they fly in.”

The Guardian | Related Its EasyJet verses Netflix in trade mark dispute – Lawdit Solicitors



Emirates Invites Passengers to Learn a Language on the Fly

Emirates has started offering free language lessons for speakers of Arabic, Mandarin, German and Spanish, as part of the second phase of its “Learn as You Fly” project. The in-flight language lessons are being offered in conjunction with uTalk, the British language learning company that partnered with the airline for the first phase of the project, which was geared toward English speakers. “It was always our goal to make uTalk available to people traveling across the globe, and our partnership with Emirates allows us to do this,” said uTalk sales director Brett Savidge.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Emirates expands on in-flight entertainment, launches food and wine channel –



Ireland’s Shannon Airport Deploys US Preclearance Biometric Screening

Shannon Airport in Ireland has become the first European airport to install biometric facial recognition systems for US preclearance passengers. The technology verifies travelers by matching their biometric data to their documents and will enable up to 10 US-bound passengers to be processed per minute by US Customs and Border Protection. “Being the first airport in Europe to have this ground-breaking technology reaffirms Shannon’s status in transatlantic aviation,” said Niall Maloney, operations director at Shannon Airport.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related SITA Calls for Secure Biometric Data Sharing Between Stakeholders to Optimize PaxEx – APEX Media





British Airways Airbus A320 taking off from Gibraltar. Captured by @dh_aviation_photography (via Instagram)

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Association News

Early Bird Registration for APEX Middle East & Africa Ends NEXT WEEK

APEX MEA early bird registration ends on 12 October. Discover how one of the largest aviation markets in the world continues to emerge as a leader in the global travel market, with sessions featuring the latest products and services tailored for both the region and the world at APEX Middle East and Africa on 4-5 November in Dubai. Register now.


Congratulations to Our 2019 Passenger Choice Award Winners

Recognized for excellence in seat comfort, cabin service, food and beverage, entertainment, and Wi-Fi, we honored the industry's best-of-the-best with the Passenger Choice Awards during APEX EXPO. Click HERE to see all of the 2019 award winners.


[VIDEO] Improve Your Chances of Winning a Crystal Cabin Award

Lukas (Kirchner) Kaestner, head of Marketing, PR and Events at Hamburg Aviation, offers advice on Crystal Cabin Award submissions (deadline is 24 October). Enter now!


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"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless."

Thomas A. Edison


Until tomorrow



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