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January 31, 2019



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APEX TECH January 2019: Takeaways From Day Two

Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh opened Day Two of APEX TECH with an introduction to the digital services platform being developed to make air travel among its member airlines more seamless. During the day, there were also discussions about how to apply biometric and blockchain technology to air travel. The event wrapped up with a progress review from the APEX Connectivity Working Group.

APEX Media | Related APEX TECH January 2019: Takeaways From Day One – APEX Media



Airbus Says It Detected Data Breach Following Cyberattack

Airbus said it detected a cyberattack on the IT systems if its Commercial Aircraft business unit, which resulted in a data breach. However, Airbus said the incident has not affected its commercial operations. “Investigations are ongoing to understand if any specific data was targeted, however we do know some personal data was accessed,” Airbus said in a statement, adding that the data is “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.”

Euronews | Related Intruder Alert: Industry Experts Weigh In on Cybersecurity Risks – APEX Media



Lufthansa Systems Enables New Ways to Fund In-Flight Connectivity

Lufthansa Systems said it is working with technology partners to offer a new flexible refinancing approach to make in-flight entertainment and connectivity attractive to airlines with different business models through its BoardConnect solution. “Many providers offer financing models, but they often lack an understanding of the aviation industry,” said Jan-Peter Gänse, head of Passenger Experience Products and Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. The IT service provider’s first partner for this approach is Mahata Aero Teknologi, whose e-commerce platform means Indonesian airline Citilink can offer free Inmarsat GX Aviation in-flight Wi-Fi subsidized through commercial offers and advertising partners.

Get Connected | Related Inmarsat To Provide GX Aviation In-flight Broadband To Indonesia's Garuda – Nasdaq



Ryanair Fully Acquires Laudamotion

Ryanair has completed a 100% takeover of Austrian carrier Laudamotion and is set to announce up to 20 new routes from Vienna, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart and Palma over the next two months. Full ownership of Laudamotion comes after the Irish low-cost carrier acquired a 75% stake in the airline formed by ex-Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda. “You’ll see in the next couple of years, I’d like to see Ryanair evolve as kind of a group of different airlines,” said Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary. “We will have Ryanair based out of Ireland, you’ll have Laudamotion based out of Austria, you’ll have Ryanair Sun … in Poland.”

Airways Magazine | Related Ryanair secures guarantee from CAA for post-Brexit flights – The Guardian



Wizz Air Says New Baggage Policy Boosted Revenue as Profits Decline

Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi said a new baggage policy introduced in November helped the airline raise its revenue per passenger by 7%, despite declining profits. The baggage policy change saw hand luggage allowance reduced to one 40 x 30 x 20 cm item, with charges for any additional checked bags. The Eastern European low-cost carrier posted a pre-tax profit of €1.7 million in the third quarter of 2018, down from €14 million in the same period a year earlier. Wizz Air blamed the decline on higher fuel prices and the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Business Traveller | Related How József Váradi Made Wizz Air Into One of Europe’s Biggest LCCs – APEX Media



Mormedi Unveils Modular Digital Experience Zones Concept for Airbus-Led Project

Madrid-based design consultancy Mormedi has unveiled a modular concept that would allow airlines to transform unused cargo space into zones that would offer digital experiences to passengers. The design was showcased earlier this week in collaboration with the Future Cabin for the Asian Market (FUCAM) consortium, a three-year EU-Japan collaborative project led by Airbus. The concept, known as a “third space,” is intended to allow airlines to partner with brands to provide immersive experiences that could include virtual reality, LED screens, projectors and digital mirrors.

Business Traveller | Related Airbus and Zodiac Aerospace Partner for Lower-Deck Modules – APEX Media



MAC Aero Interiors Forms Chinese JV

MAC Aero Interiors has entered the Chinese aircraft cabin interiors market through a newly formed joint venture with Benniao Aviation. MAC Sichuan will provide aircraft cabin services for Airbus A320, A380 and Boeing 737 aircraft. This includes design, engineering, refurbishment, maintenance and modifications, in addition to manufacturing and installations of cabin components. “The existing Chinese cabin interiors market lacks experienced engineers and one-stop-shop solutions, which in turn lead to limited competition and high cabin maintenance costs for local airlines. We are here to change it,” said Petras Akstinas, managing director of MAC Aero Interiors.

Inflight Online | Related UK’s MAC Aero Interiors Lands TUI Group with Boeing 767 Retrofit Works – Aviation Pros





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Association News

APEX MultiMedia Market to Feature Keynote Address by Aer Lingus CEO Emeritus and Board Member Stephen Kavanaugh

Join more than 250 inflight content decision makers at APEX MultiMedia Market, taking place 15-17 April in Dublin, Ireland. The event will begin with a keynote presentation from Aer Lingus CEO Emeritus and Board Member Stephen Kavanaugh, who will bring his knowledge and expertise from the region. Mr. Kavanaugh was a member of the inaugural APEX Board of Governors announced during 2018 APEX EXPO.


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"Two men look out a window. One sees mud, the other sees the stars."

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