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December 5, 2018



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FlightPath3D Secures 50 Airline Customers in Five Years

A new fleet-wide contract with All Nippon Airways has seen FlightPath3D mark both its first Japanese customer as well as the 50th airline customer since it first launched its solution on board Norwegian Air Shuttle’s Boeing 787 fleet in 2013. FlightPath3D’s maps, which are currently installed on over 2,000 commercial aircraft and viewable to over 275 million passengers each year, are currently being rolled out across ANA’s fleet.

APEX Media | Related Multiple Ways to In-Flight Destination Content – APEX Media



PHOTOS: Air Canada Opens Maple Leaf Lounge in LaGuardia’s New Terminal

Air Canada has become the first airline to open a lounge at LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B Eastern Concourse, the first phase of the New York City airport's $5.1-billion, 1.3-million-square-foot redevelopment project, which opened to travelers on December 1. APEX Media was invited for a sneak peek of the lounge ahead of its opening on December 4.

APEX Media | Related Air Canada Unveils Signature Suite at Toronto Pearson – APEX Media



HOP! Selects SKYdeals’ In-Flight Retail Platform

SKYdeals announced its “Inflight Shoppertainment” platform will launch on board HOP!, Air France’s short-haul subsidiary. Starting January, passengers on HOP!’s domestic flights will be able to access the e-commerce platform for free using their personal devices. SKYdeals delivers exclusive, targeted and discounted products and services via in-flight Wi-Fi, including the ability to book a taxi, hotel, restaurant or excursions. Home delivery is an option, as is a “Click & Collect” service, available in airport shops or in lockers located in baggage delivery rooms.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Introducing the 2019 APEX Awards Winners – APEX Media



Recaro Opens Dress Cover Production Center in Poland

Aircraft seating manufacturer Recaro has opened a facility to produce its own dress covers in Świebodzin, Poland. The move enables the company to offer a “cut2dress” service and have more control over its quality standards and craftsmanship; it will also shorten the supply chain and lead time for projects. “In-house production opens up a much higher level of flexibility for us and our customers – even for changes within a current order,” said Thomas Keller, managing director of Recaro Aircraft Seating Polska.

Aviator.Aero | Related The Sensory Experience: Recaro’s in Touch With Passenger Well-Being – APEX Media



BBC Radio International Adds Fresh Audio Content to Its IFE Library

BBC Radio International has added new audio content that is available for in-flight entertainment libraries. The content includes BBC Radio 2 In Concerts, which features live performances by artists such as Boy George & Culture Club, Cliff Richard, Emeli Sandé, Ed Sheeran and Paul Weller. BBC Radio International also added Death in Ice Valley, an award-winning 10-part podcast series that examines the mystery surrounding the 1970 discovery of the “Isdal woman” near Bergen, Norway.

Inflight Online | Related [VIDEOS] APEX MultiMedia Market: Accessibility and Regional Content – APEX Media



AIM Altitude Delivers Front-Row Monuments for EVA Air

AIM Altitude has designed and delivered a series of front-row monuments (FRMs) for EVA Air’s business-class cabins. The FRMs consist of three furniture units with worktop spaces, an illuminated branding panel and room for in-flight entertainment displays. “It is a bold and maybe even somewhat masculine design,” said Helena Teichrib, an industrial designer for AIM Altitude in New Zealand. “We worked hard to fulfill the design concept, with large machined and molded parts, making sure the FRMs are a perfect extension to the business-class seats.”

Inflight Online | Related Watch This Airspace: AIM and Thompson Aero Partner for New Airbus Cabin Design – APEX Media



Lion Air May Cancel Future Boeing Orders

Following the deadly crash of a Lion Air 737 MAX in October, Lion Air may cancel future Boeing aircraft orders. The airline’s co-founder, Rusdi Kirana, says Boeing is deflecting a design change problem while it faces scrutiny over its maintenance records and pilots’ actions, the Straits Times reported. "We are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident and are working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities,” a Boeing spokesperson said. Lion Air, one of the airframer’s largest US export customers, has 190 Boeing jets worth $22 billion waiting to be delivered.

The Straits Times | Related Boeing just issued a safety warning about its 737 MAX jet – Business Insider





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