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October 31, 2018



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RebelRoam to Launch App Enabling Airlines to Offer Free In-Flight Messaging

Following the launch of the RebelRocket app at APEX EXPO in September, airlines indicated that unless they could offer in-flight Wi-Fi without surcharge to passengers, IFC business models would struggle. “The roadmap to free in-flight connectivity cannot be a giant leap. As a next step, we suggest the adoption of free in-flight messaging,” Henri Ploom, RebelRocket’s CEO, told APEX Media.

APEX Media | Related RebelRoam to Launch Wi-Fi Optimization App at APEX EXPO – APEX Media



KLM Puts Secure Wi-Fi in People’s Pockets With We.Stream

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is making it easier for its top-tier customers to connect to the world, with a new partnership with We.Stream, Mondicon’s mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that subscribers can carry with them. Beginning tomorrow, business-class passengers on KLM flights can purchase the pocket-sized device in flight. This duty-free offer allows for immediate connectivity once the plane lands.

APEX Media | Related KLM’s Trip Whisperer “Care Tag” Offers Location-Specific Travel Tips – APEX Media



Interiors Industry Not Worried About Possible US-China Trade War

How worried are aircraft interior suppliers about the prospect of a US-China trade war? Runway Girl Network spoke to interiors executives during APEX EXPO about their perceptions of how international relations will affect relationships with key Chinese suppliers. Responding to the question, Airbus’ vice-president for Cabin Marketing, Ingo Wuggetzer, said that the issue was “not critical” because Sino-Austrian interiors supplier FACC manufactures its components in Austria.

Runway Girl Network | Related Closing Skies? Airlines in an Age of Protectionism – APEX Media



Emirates Launches a Rideshare App for Frequent Flyers

Emirates Skywards has launched an on-demand taxi booking iOS and Android app that can be used in 117 cities in 27 countries. Emirates Skywards Cabforce was developed in partnership with travel technology platform Car Trawler, allowing members of the frequent-flyer scheme to book private taxis, executive cars and minibuses. For every $2 spent within the app, members earn one Skywards mile.

Business Traveller | Related Emirates Introduces Bowers & Wilkins Noise Canceling Headphones and New Luxury Amenities – APEX Media



EasyJet Plans Electric Aircraft Test Flights Next Year

EasyJet plans to start test flights for a nine-seat electric aircraft in 2019. Last year, the low-cost carrier partnered with Wright Electric with the aim of launching commercial flights operated by electric aircraft by 2030. Wright Electric plans to build a 150-seat airplane that would be able to fly routes under 300 miles. “Electric flying is becoming a reality and we can now foresee a future that is not exclusively dependent on jet fuel,” said easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren.

CNN | Related magniX Is One Step Closer to All-Electric Commercial Aviation – APEX Media



Fastjet Says It Could Go Bust Within Days

Fastjet said it will go bust unless it can raise funds or reach an agreement with creditors in the next few days. The African low-cost carrier warned in late September that it would need more cash before the end of October. However, it said on Wednesday that it is able to continue operating beyond October, owing to “some improvement in trading and cash generation.” Fastjet said: “If the company is unable to carry out an equity fundraise and/or reach an agreement with its key creditors in the coming days, the group would be unable to continue trading as a going concern.”

The Guardian | Related Airbus launches report on impact of aviation in Africa – Breaking Travel News



Latin America Could Face an Infrastructure Crisis, Says IATA

IATA says Latin America is heading toward an infrastructure crisis unless the region’s governments address looming airport capacity and airspace issues. “The capacity challenges at key hub locations such as Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City, Havana and Santiago are well documented. Unless they are addressed, the region's economies will suffer,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s director general. “It’s not an emergency because of an immediate shortage – Mexico being the exception – but it needs urgent action, because the decisions you make now are implemented in five or 10 years.”

FlightGlobal | Related What is next for Mexico City airport after mega project axed? – Reuters





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Association News

Flydubai CEO to Present Keynote Address at APEX Middle East & Africa

Flydubai CEO Ghaith Al Ghaith will present the first keynote address at APEX Middle East & Africa on 4 November. Register now for the opportunity to hear from top decision makers in the industry.


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APEX TECH: Call for Contributions

The APEX Technology Committee is issuing a Call for Contributions for education sessions at the APEX TECH conference, 29-30 January 2019 at the Los Angeles Marriott LAX. Interested in presenting? Learn more here.


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