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December 28, 2018

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Nigerian LCC Places Africa’s Biggest-Ever Boeing Aircraft Order

Green Africa Airways announced a commitment for as many as 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, worth up to $11.7 billion at list prices. The deal, which includes 50 firm orders and 50 options, is the largest-ever Boeing aircraft order from an African carrier. Nigeria-based Green Africa Airways plans to launch commercial operations in the near future. “This landmark deal takes us much closer to our long-held dream of building a world-class airline that will unlock a new realm of positive possibilities for millions of customers,” said Babawande Afolabi, the airline’s founder, and CEO.

AIRWAYS MAGAZINE | Related Air Peace wants plans to connect Nigeria with the world in 2019 – eTurbo News

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BA Partners With SkyLights for VR Cabin Tours

British Airways has launched a virtual reality experience at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 in collaboration with SkyLights, a participant in IAG’s Hangar 51 accelerator program. BA hopes the initiative will encourage more customers to upgrade to its Club World business-class fares after they try out the virtual tour of the cabin, which includes 360-degree views of the seats, bedding and dining options.

Business Traveller | Related [VIDEO] SkyLights Selected for Hangar 51 Global Accelerator Program – APEX Media

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WOW to Sell Aircraft to Air Canada

WOW air will make another reduction to its fleet by selling some of its aircraft to Air Canada in January. The decision was made amid the Icelandic low-cost carrier’s ongoing negotiations with US-based private equity firm Indigo Partners, which agreed to invest an undisclosed sum in the airline last month. In a statement, WOW air said the sale will improve its liquidity by more than $12 million and is part of an “ongoing restructuring” that would ensure “maximum utilization” of its remaining fleet.

Air Transport World | Related Group from Indigo Partners arrive in Iceland to discuss WOW acquisition – Iceland Monitor

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Saudi LCC Flyadeal Signs Order for Up to 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Flyadeal has placed an order for up to 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, worth as much as $5.9 billion at list prices. The deal includes a firm order for 30 MAX 8 aircraft plus options for another 20. The Saudi Arabian Airlines low-cost carrier subsidiary said the 737 MAXs will “support domestic growth and potential international expansion.”

Arabian Aerospace | Related Flyadeal to add 14 daily flights to its operation – Trade Arabia

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Singapore Airlines Expands Meal Pre-Order Program to All Flights

Singapore Airlines has expanded its pre-order meal program to allow passengers traveling in suites, first class and business class to choose their main course three weeks ahead of time. SIA said it is the first airline to offer such a service across its entire network and that it has plans to introduce it to premium economy customers in the near future.

The Designair | Related Singapore Airlines’ A350: the IFE details – Aircraft Interiors International

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Care Package: Immfly Steers Airlines Toward Increased IFE Engagement

Immfly Care offers three tiers of service for airlines using Immfly’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform. Customers in each tier benefit from either quarterly, bimonthly or monthly “steering committees” to come up with ways of increasing passenger engagement. For example, Immfly worked with XL Airways to implement a Black Friday deal that resulted in a 139 percent increase in sales. Immfly Active, a new monitoring and content management portal announced at this year’s APEX EXPO, will allow airlines to see for themselves how these initiatives are working.

APEX Media | Related Immfly Service Boosts easyJet Customer Satisfaction by 22% – APEX Media

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Vinci Airports Agrees to Buy Majority Stake in Gatwick

Vinci Airports has agreed to buy a controlling stake in London’s Gatwick Airport for £2.9 billion. The deal, which comes one week after the airport was brought to a standstill by a series of drone sightings, will see a consortium led by the US investment fund Global Infrastructure Partners sell a majority stake of 50.01%. Gatwick will be the largest in Vinci’s portfolio of 46 airports spread across 12 countries.

The Guardian | Related Gatwick drone chaos should be wake-up call to UK, says Met chief – The Guardian

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

A380 takeoffs and landings. Captured by @fstop.aviation (via Instagram)

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> Tweet of the Day

We’re starting 2019 on a sweet note – the stroopwafel will be back in the snack rotation starting in January!

United Airlines @united

 
 
 

Association News

Expanded for Networking: Enjoy Two and a Half Days at APEX MMM

APEX MultiMedia Market is the airline industry’s premier content conference that continually brings together airlines, CSPs and diversified distributors offering a range of new and acclaimed content options. As an exclusive, community driven marketplace, the event will attract over 250 inflight content decision makers from around the globe. Learn more here.

 
 

APEX Media at CES

APEX Media will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in January to meet with APEX members and cover the latest tech trends as they apply to the airline passenger experience industry. Let digital editor Kristina Velan (kristina.velan@apexmedia.aero) and news editor Ari Magnusson (ari.magnusson@apexmedia.aero) know if you're exhibiting or attending and they will be in touch to schedule a meeting.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

Charles Dickens

 
 

APEX Daily Experience returns on January 2. Happy new year!

 
 

ABOUT APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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