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January 4, 2019



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Moxy Firms Order for 60 Airbus A220s

Moxy, a new US low-cost carrier led by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, has placed a firm order for 60 Airbus A220-300s, worth $5.4 billion at list prices. The deal confirms a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that both parties entered during last summer’s Farnborough Airshow. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2021, with the aircraft tol be used on short-haul routes between underserved cities. “The A220’s ability to operate profitably in thin, underserved markets across a broad spectrum of ranges is unique,” said Neeleman. JetBlue also firmed up an order for 60 Airbus A220-300s, following an MoU signed in July last year.

Air Transport World | Related JetBlue firms A220 order – FlightGlobal



Preview: APEX at CES 2019

APEX Media will be at the Consumer Electronics Show next week to investigate the latest tech trends as they apply to the airline passenger experience industry. APEX board member Michael Childers and APEX member ThirdEye Gen founder Nick Cherukuri will participate on panels about data and content consumption, respectively. APEX members exhibiting include Panasonic Avionics, ThirdEye Gen, Fox Tripper, Silentium and SkyLights.




Southwest Cofounder Herb Kelleher Dies at Age 87

Southwest Airlines cofounder Herb Kelleher died on Thursday at age 87. Kelleher set up Dallas-based Southwest with Rollin King more than 50 years ago, and the airline completed its first flight in June 1971. He served as the airline’s executive chairman for 30 years, until 2008, and as chief executive from September 1981 to June 2001.

Reuters | Related Remembering Southwest’s Herb Kelleher: In His Own Words – Chief Executive



Gulf Air Adds Arabic Audiobooks to IFE

Gulf Air has partnered with Bahrain-based audiobooks company Alrawi to add audio content to its in-flight entertainment library. The deal will see the addition of Arabic audiobooks including fictional novels and nonfiction titles across categories such as management, education and self-development. “We are happy to support Bahraini businesses and entrepreneurs and we are proud to feature Alrawi audiobooks on our in-flight entertainment system,” said Gulf Air’s deputy CEO, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi.

Inflight Online | Related Local Produce: Streaming Platforms are Dishing Up Regional Content – APEX Media



Virgin Atlantic Launches Cocktails for Passengers Who Want to Go Easy on the Booze

Now that the season to be merry is coming to a close, Virgin Atlantic has launched a “Nolo” drinks menu for passengers who want non-alcoholic or low-alcohol cocktails during their flight. Timed to coincide with the annual Dry January one-month booze-free challenge, the carrier partnered with non-alcoholic spirits brand Seedlip and Australian vermouth brand Regal Rogue to create two non-alcoholic and two low-alcohol cocktail choices, available to passengers in all cabins.

Business Traveller | Related Virgin Atlantic and Delta to Open Pop-Up Pub Called The Joint Venture – APEX Media



Brazil’s New President Wants to Privatize Airports

Brazil’s newly sworn-in president, Jair Bolsonaro, has taken to Twitter to announce plans to privatize 12 of the country’s airports and four of its seaports. He claimed that such a move would raise initial investments of $1.85 billion. Prior to his inauguration, Bolsonaro said Brazil's economy was being weighed down by “hundreds of bureaucratic governing bodies,” and pledged that his government would aim to “untangle the mess.”

New Atlas | Related Bolsonaro OKay with Embraer-Boeing deal – Reuters



Ryanair Obtains Guarantee From UK for Post-Brexit Flights

Ryanair has secured an air operating certificate from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority to guarantee its rights to continue flying domestically in the country and from the UK to non-EU destinations after Brexit. The Irish low-cost carrier said it had put “robust post-Brexit structures” in place, despite assurances from the UK government that flights would continue once Britain leaves the EU on March 29.

The Guardian | Related Aviation Industry Offers Mixed Response to UK PM’s Brexit Declaration – APEX Media





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APEX Media at CES

APEX Media will be at the Consumer Electronics Show next week 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.


> Quote of the Day


“A company is stronger if it is bound by love rather than by fear.”

Herb Kelleher


Until next week



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