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January 3, 2019



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Southwest and Panasonic Avionics End IFEC Business Agreement

Southwest Airlines and Panasonic Avionics are to end their business agreement for in-flight entertainment and connectivity, according to Runway Girl Network (RGN). In a written statement, the carrier said it was a mutual decision and that the process of removing onboard equipment has already started and will be completed by the end of 2019. A Southwest spokesperson also told RGN that the decision only affects a small number of aircraft in its fleet.

Runway Girl Network | Related Southwest Airlines struggling to rectify onboard Wi-Fi problems – Chicago Business Journal



[PHOTOS] PriestmanGoode Unveils New LATAM Cabin Interiors

The upcoming cabin interiors for LATAM Airlines Group have been unveiled by PriestmanGoode. The design studio worked with LATAM to reimagine its business, LATAM+ and economy cabins, which will be introduced to over 200 aircraft through a retrofit program over the next two years, and will also feature in the airline group’s new aircraft. Passengers will be able to experience the new cabin design starting early this year.

APEX Media | Related LATAM Revamps Cabin Experience and Focuses on In-Flight Entertainment – APEX Media



Cathay Pacific Accidentally Sells First-Class Tickets on the Cheap

It was an end-of-year sale that appeared too good to be true: first- and business-class tickets with Cathay Pacific for flights from Vietnam to New York for $675, instead of the normal price of $16,000. The Hong Kong-based airline said the deal was the result of a pricing error, but it promised to honor the tickets and tweeted: “Happy 2019 all, and to those who bought our good - VERY good surprise ‘special’ on New Year’s Day.” The fares were reported by travel bloggers on December 31 and were later withdrawn by Cathay Pacific.

The Guardian | Related Cathay Pacific staff to get pay rise as reward for "dedication and contribution" – South China Morning Post



IAG Says It Can Prove Iberia Is Spanish to Avoid Post-Brexit Pitfall

United Kingdom-based IAG thinks it can prove that Iberia, its wholly owned subsidiary airline, is in fact 50% controlled by Spanish business group El Corte Inglés, according to business sources cited by El País. If proven, it would mean Iberia could continue operating in the event of a no-deal Brexit after March 29. “We are convinced that we will comply with all applicable norms over ownership and control, both in the UK and in the EU, after Brexit,” an IAG spokesperson said.

El País | Related IATA-Commissioned Study Explores Impact of Brexit on Aviation Industry and Passenger Experience – APEX Media



JetBlue Will Decide on Airbus A321LR in 2019

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes said the airline will decide this year whether to commit to the Airbus A321LR. The New York-based carrier secured options for the long-range narrow-body aircraft in July 2016 as part of an order for 15 A321neo and 15 A321ceo aircraft. In a message to JetBlue employees sent on December 31, Hayes said the A321LR “could open up new and exciting markets for us.” | Related VIDEO: JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes @ Aviation Festival 2018 – APEX Media



Rolls-Royce to Build World’s Fastest Electric Aircraft

A Rolls-Royce-led partnership is building an all-electric aircraft that could enter the record books with a top speed of more than 300 miles per hour (mph) and beat the current record of 210 mph set by Siemens in 2017. The zero-emissions aircraft is scheduled to fly in 2020 and will be powered by a battery pack of 6,000 cells, with enough charge to fly from London to Paris. “This plane will be powered by a state-of-the-art electrical system and the most powerful battery ever built for flight,” said Matheu Parr, ACCEL (Accelerating the Electrification of Flight) program manager, Rolls-Royce.

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



Airport Water Fountains Tested After Passengers Vomit in the Air

Officials are testing water samples from several drinking fountains at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, after six passengers on a Frontier Airlines flight to Tampa, Florida, became ill following takeoff. The passengers, who were not traveling as a group, were vomiting by the time the aircraft landed, according to Janet Scherberger, a Tampa International Airport spokesperson.

CNN | Related Spirit Airlines not using water from Cleveland airport following reports of sick passengers – Fox News





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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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