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October 30, 2018



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[VIDEO] Claudia Sender on How LATAM Group Cares for Pax & the Planet

In this episode of APEX Insider, Claudia Sender, VP Customers at LATAM Group, and CEO at LATAM Brasil, talked to APEX Media director Maryann Simson about the group’s ongoing retrofit program and ambitions around sustainability. When asked about her experience as a woman in a male-dominated industry, Sender commented that “over 50% of passengers are women” and that the same diversity needs to be replicated in the airline’s meeting rooms.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Calin Rovinescu on Air Canada’s Long-Term Strategy – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Delta Unveils Its Airbus A220-100 Interior

Delta Air Lines unveiled its Airbus A220-100 interior at its Atlanta headquarters yesterday. The 109-person capacity aircraft features a three-class configuration with 12 seats in first class, 15 Delta Comfort+ seats and 82 seats in the economy-class section. The A220 is also the first aircraft in Delta’s fleet to feature Gogo’s Vision Touch wireless in-flight entertainment system, which works in conjunction with Gogo 2Ku connectivity.

APEX Media | Related Airbus Renames C Series as A220, But What Else Is Changing? – APEX Media



China Launches Satellite to Explore Laser-Based IFC

China successfully launched a CubeSat from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert that will explore the feasibility of laser-based in-flight connectivity. Chinese company LaserFleet plans to demonstrate within two years that its Xiaoxiang-1 small low-Earth orbit satellite can achieve a “higher effective data rate at a lower cost than the best-in-class Ku/Ka/V LEO satellite solution.” LaserFleet says, “coherent optical transmission technology has advantages of 10 Gigabit communication speed and high receiving sensitivity.”

Get Connected | Related Asia-Pacific’s In-Flight Connectivity Landscape – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Erdogan Opens New Istanbul Airport

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially opened Istanbul Airport on Monday. The airport, located 20 miles outside Istanbul on the coast of the Black Sea, will cover 29.5 square miles, once its construction is complete. Its first three runways will be able to serve 100 million passengers annually by 2020, and it will be able to handle up to 200 million on six runways by 2029.

Bloomberg | Related What the Smart City Means for Future Airports – APEX Media



Singapore Airlines and Canyon Ranch Promote Wellness on Ultra-Long-Haul Flights

As Singapore Airlines prepares to relaunch its LAX–SIN route, the airline’s regional vice-president, Americas, Sek Eng Lee, discusses working with Canyon Ranch to foster wellness on board ultra-long-haul flights. “They have designed a menu [that focuses] on things like the amount of carbohydrates and the sodium in the food,” said Lee. "They have also created a set of sleep strategies and stretching exercise videos that our passengers can watch and do in their seats.”

APEX Media | Related Singapore Airlines to launch world's longest flight – CNBC



Scottish Brewer Launches “World’s First” Craft Beer Airline

Scottish brewer BrewDog is launching what it describes as “the world’s first craft beer airline.” BrewDog Airlines will charter a Boeing 767 to invite its shareholders (known as Equity Punks) on board a craft beer-themed round-trip flight between London’s Stansted Airport and Columbus, Ohio, leaving on February 21 and returning on February 25. During the flight, the brewer will host “the highest ever beer tasting” and serve a new beer that BrewDog says is designed to taste better at higher altitudes. The tickets cost about $1,600 per person, including four nights of accommodation and excursions to the company’s new Columbus brewery and breweries in Cincinnati.

Marketing Dive | Related Changing Tastes: Beers Brewed for High-Altitude Drinking – APEX Media



Referendum Voters Say No to Continuing to Build Mexico City’s New Airport

Construction work on Mexico City’s partially built new airport will be halted after it was rejected in a referendum. The country’s president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who takes office in December, has been a vocal critic of the project, which he says is bad for the environment and has facilitated corruption. The referendum was one of López Obrador's campaign promises and says the money allocated to building the airport will instead be used to improve facilities at Mexico City’s existing international airport. About one million people voted in the plebiscite over four days.

BBC News | Related Mexico’s Incoming President Plans to Cancel Giant New Airport Project – The New York Times





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Association News

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Register now for APEX Middle East & Africa 4-5 November. 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 world.


Hear Perspectives on the Future of the Airline Passenger Experience at APEX Middle East & Africa

As Middle Eastern airlines grow, their reputations for extraordinary focus on “the product.” Join this panel discussion at APEX Middle East & Africa NEXT week, 4 – 5 November to learn more about the future of the industry. See the full range of topics being covered here.


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