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February 15, 2019



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Iberia Begins Testing 3-D Content on Board With Inflight VR

Following numerous trials in airport lounges, Inflight VR’s platform is now being offered to Iberia’s passengers in the air. During a six-month trial period starting February 18, passengers traveling on Iberia’s Madrid–New York and Madrid–Tel Aviv routes will be able to rent second-generation Pico VR headsets to experience 3-D and VR content.

APEX Media | Related Star Alliance Trials Inflight VR Entertainment in Two Lounges – APEX Media



AirFi Launches In-Flight Electronic Dance Music Platform DANCE24

Hearts skipped a beat – and passengers tapped their feet – on Valentine’s Day with the launch of AirFi’s DANCE24. The onboard dance music streaming platform, which AirFi created in partnership with Netherlands-based EDM content and live music festival pioneers BMCD, took off yesterday across 15 airlines, on over 200 aircraft based in more than 20 countries worldwide.

APEX Media | Related AirFi, Atlantic Airways Launch Light Connectivity Solution – APEX Media



Where to Watch Oscar-Nominated Films in the Air

Thanks to streaming and some fortuitous IFE release windows, film fans should be able to catch most titles on the fly well before the Academy Awards telecast on February 24. In what is perhaps a sign of things to come in the digital age, only one of this year’s Best Picture nominees – the Dick Cheney biopic, Vice – is still playing exclusively in theaters right now.

APEX Media | Related Setting the Scene: Oscar-Nominated Movies Motivate Starstruck Travelers – APEX Media



Gate Gourmet Launches Operations in Bali

Gate Gourmet is expanding its presence in Southeast Asia. The gategroup subsidiary has agreed to a long-term partnership with Angkasa Pura Hotels (APH) – a subsidiary of Angkasa Pura Airport, an operator of 13 domestic and international airports in Indonesia – to provide airline catering at Bali Denpasar Airport. “This partnership will leverage gategroup’s expertise, processes, know-how and technology to further develop our operations in the region's largest economy. APH is a very strong partner and we are pleased to enter this long-term relationship with them,” said gategroup CEO, Xavier Rossinyol.

PAX International | Related In-flight meals latest to be stockpiled amid Brexit woes – The National



From Virtual to Reality: Qantas Uses VR to Design Singapore Lounge

Qantas is using virtual reality to help it develop a new First Lounge inside Singapore Changi Airport, which is scheduled to open at the end of the year. Industrial designer David Caon has created an immersive virtual reality mockup of the lounge concept to help Qantas preview and fine tune elements of the design. “While we already use VR technology to promote destinations, this is the first time we have used it to better understand a lounge design,” said Qantas International CEO Alison Webster. “Being able to immerse ourselves in a virtual lounge gives us a more accurate sense of space and an understanding of how it will look to scale.”

Qantas | Related Qantas Upgrades Retailing With Personalization Features – APEX Media



Air France Expects Biometric Boarding Will Launch in a Matter of Months

Air France said its biometric boarding pass solution, currently being trialed at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, will soon enable passengers to proceed from baggage drop-off to boarding without presenting any ID documents. The airline said that “in a few months” it will be able to match a passenger’s biometric data with their image, allowing them to board flights with biometric boarding passes that encode their facial data into a barcode in the Air France smartphone app.

Air Transport World | Related In Your Face: Is Biometric Technology Making the Right Judgement? – APEX Media



EU Casts Doubt on IAG Brexit Shareholder Plan

A senior European Union official in Brussels has cast doubt on the feasibility of IAG’s plan to consider UK shareholders as EU investors after Brexit. Earlier this week, the British Airways and Iberia parent company said it had put a cap on the number of non-EU investors who can own shares in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but that UK shareholders would be exempt from this cap. The EU official said IAG has not approached the European Commission to discuss its plan.

The Express | Related IAG CEO Walsh: No-deal Brexit would not impact passenger numbers – Reuters





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