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January 14, 2019



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SriLankan Airlines Deploys SkyLights Immersive Headset at BIA Lounge

SriLankan Airlines introduced SkyLights’ immersive entertainment experience in its business-class Serendib lounge at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on Thursday. Using SkyLights’ Allosky and Skykids headsets, both adults and children can watch films and TV series in 2-D, 3-D and 360 degrees while waiting to board their flight. “The lounge is an important part in the premium customer journey and to date there has been little in the way of passenger entertainment in this space,” said David Dicko, CEO of SkyLights. “With SriLankan Airlines we secure our first deployment in the Asia-Pacific region.”

APEX Media | Related SkyLights Merges with Allomind to Further Advance Cinematic VR – APEX Media



Boeing Secures More Net Orders Than Airbus in 2018

Boeing surpassed Airbus in securing the most aircraft orders in 2018, breaking the European aerospace manufacturer’s five-year winning streak against its US rival. Airbus posted 747 net orders in 2018, down 33% from the previous year, while Boeing recorded 893 net orders. Although Boeing missed its 2018 delivery target and Airbus had previously lowered its target, strong demand for passenger jets expanded total deliveries by 8%, the fastest rate in six years.

Reuters | Related Late Surge In Airbus Orders – Seeking Alpha



AirBaltic Wants to Create Another Airbus A220-Operated Airline

AirBaltic is planning to launch a new airline and is seeking private equity funding for the venture. The Latvian carrier plans to use 30 Airbus A220s that it has on order to launch another airline elsewhere in Europe that would operate a similar business model to that of airBaltic, which uses Riga as a hub for flights between Europe and Central Asia, Martin Gauss, airBaltic’s CEO, said in an interview.

Bloomberg | Related VIDEO: airBaltic’s Jouni Oksanen @ Aviation Festival 2018 – APEX Media



New and Improved: United Updates App

United Airlines has added improvements to its app, including a dynamic experience and streamlined navigation. The app’s home screen now changes according to the stage of a customer’s journey: For example, 24 hours before departure, it will prompt users to check in; once in flight, it will display flight status and entertainment options. “The improved app includes several new useful enhancements while keeping the same features our customers know and love from the previous version," said Linda Jojo, EVP of Technology and chief digital officer, United Airlines.

United Airlines | Related United Airlines Opens Polaris Lounge at LAX – APEX Media  



Retail inMotion Partners With Barilla for In-Flight Pasta Dishes

Retail inMotion has partnered with Barilla and LSG Group’s Culinary Excellence team to create an “ambient pasta meal.” The company said the first ambient pasta dish, which consists of macaroni with a Bolognese sauce, was designed to appeal to airlines in terms of size, cost and quality. The meals have a shelf life of up to six months and use SplitBox packaging, which can be stored in airline trays and heated in galley ovens during a flight. “We are extremely happy with the outcome of our collaboration with Barilla and that we have been able to launch such an innovative solution for our customers,” said Shane Christopher, head of Product at Retail inMotion.

Retail inMotion | Related LSG Group Invests in Packaged-Products Market With New Brand Evertaste – APEX Media



BA Criticized for TV Ad Featuring Gambling

British Airways has pulled a television commercial featuring a couple winning money on slot machines, after it triggered complaints to the UK’s advertising regulator and anger from politicians and anti-gambling campaigners. The advert, for British Airways Holidays, shows a couple returning to their hotel room via a hotel casino where they win $493 on a slot machine after a dip in a swimming pool. “Luckiest dip ever,” they said. A British Airways Holidays spokesperson said that while the advert had been cleared with the industry body Clearcast and received only 11 complaints, it made the decision to replace it with another one.

The Guardian | Related BA flies in to gambling storm with casino winners ad – The Guardian



Qantas and Virgin Pass Halfway Milestone in Domestic Wi-Fi Rollout

Qantas and Virgin Australia have both passed the halfway mark in their respective domestic in-flight Wi-Fi rollout projects, giving passengers on both airlines a more than 50/50 chance of having connectivity at 35,000 feet. A Qantas spokesperson said, as of this month, its onboard Wi-Fi has been installed on 42 of the airline’s target of 75 Boeing 737s and that the remainder will be upgraded by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia has installed Wi-Fi on 42 of its 80 Boeing 737s, with the fleetwide rollout expected to be completed by 2020.

Australian Business Traveller | Related Qantas Turns On Fast, Free, Gate-to-Gate In-flight Wi-Fi – Viasat





Despite the heavy snow over the Austrian Alps, planes are still taking off and landing at Innsbruck Airport. Captured by @speedbirduk (via Instagram)

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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 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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