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January 2, 2019



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Qatar Airways Buys Stake in China Southern

Qatar Airways has purchased a 5% stake in China Southern Airlines. The Doha-based Gulf carrier today announced it acquired the shares in China’s largest airline for an undisclosed sum on December 28. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al-Baker said the investment “creates opportunities to work together and build a long-term relationship in ways that would bring benefits to customers of both airlines.” Qatar Airways also owns stakes in British Airways parent company IAG, LATAM Airlines, Meridiana and Cathay Pacific.

South China Morning Post | Related Chile's LATAM Airlines says Qatar Airways has completed stake purchase – Reuters



Republic Airways Confirms 100-Jet Order With Embraer

Republic Airways has placed a firm order for 100 Embraer E175 regional jets, confirming a letter of intent that both parties signed during last summer’s Farnborough Airshow. The deal has a value of $4.69 billion at current list prices, but also includes purchase rights for an additional 100 E175s and conversion rights to the E175-E2. If Republic Airways exercises all purchase rights, the deal could be worth as much as $9.38 billion. “What a great way to finish this very hectic year for us at Embraer,” said John Slattery, president, Embraer Commercial Aviation.

Breaking Travel News | Related Embraer and Republic Airways Sign Letter of Intent for Up to 200 E175s – PR Newswire



Buzz Products Brings EVA Air and Jason Wu Together for a Sleepwear Partnership

EVA Air has unveiled a new collection of unisex sleepwear for passengers in its Royal Laurel and Premium Laurel classes. The clothing items were created in partnership with New York-based Taiwanese designer Jason Wu and include branded sleeper tops, bottoms and slippers that will be available on flights later this month. “As a jet-setter myself, one of the most important criteria for my travel is comfort,” said Wu. “This collaboration was a great opportunity for me to marry form and function to address something that would improve the experience of the EVA passenger.”

APEX Media | Related Erno Laszlo Makes Cabin Comeback With EVA Air Amenity Kit – APEX Media



KLM Acknowledges Wi-Fi Rollout Delays

KLM said it is behind schedule with its plan to equip in-flight Wi-Fi across its Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 fleets. The Dutch flag carrier said it has only installed the service on board one of 42 aircraft, with CEO Pieter Elbers blaming the holdup on technical problems experienced by Airbus and Boeing. A spokesperson for KLM told Netherlands-based Up in the Sky aviation news blog that the delays were also happening because obtaining certification from relevant authorities had taken longer than expected.

Telecom Paper | Related KLM Puts Secure Wi-Fi in People’s Pockets With We.Stream – APEX Media



What a Relief! LaGuardia’s Uplifting New Bathrooms

Bathrooms are becoming one of the most important factors that determine whether travelers like, or dislike, a particular airport, says George Casey, CEO of Vantage Airport Group. The Vancouver-based company manages or operates terminals at more than 30 airports worldwide, including LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B Eastern Concourse, where revamped bathrooms have proved to be a hit. “It made a huge positive impression on me,” said Mary Wolfe, who was quoted by Scott McCartney in an article for the Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal | Related PHOTOS: Air Canada Opens Maple Leaf Lounge in LaGuardia’s New Terminal – APEX Media



Spirit’s New CEO Takes the Reins

Ted Christie has taken over as Spirit Airlines’ new CEO, replacing Bob Fornaro, who has led the ultra-low-cost carrier since January 2016. Christie, who served as Spirit’s CFO for the past six years, said: “We may have made progress in operations, guest performance, revenue performance, but they're going to require constant attention,” adding the airline is now “a much sharper competitor.”

CNBC | Related Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Spirit Airlines Contemplates Some Frills, Including Wi-Fi – APEX Media



Air France Goes Gourmet in 2019

Air France announced which chefs will design its first- and business-class menus throughout 2019. The airline has partnerships with seven Michelin-starred chefs who will help create the menus for long-haul flights departing from Paris. Michel Roth, a two Michelin-starred chef and owner of Bayview restaurant in Geneva, will create Air France’s first-class in-flight menu for the first three months of the year. Other chefs including Regis Marcon, Emmanuel Renaut, Anne-Sophie Pic will also design menus and dishes for the French carrier throughout the rest of the year.

Business Traveller | Related Air France becomes first major airline to be led by female CEO – The Hill





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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 ( and news editor Ari Magnusson ( know if you're exhibiting or attending and they will be in touch to schedule a meeting.


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