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February 25, 2019



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APEX Addresses Concerns Regarding Cameras in IFE Systems

Over the past few weeks, carriers including American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have been facing criticism over the presence of cameras in seatback in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens after a tweet from a Singapore Airlines passenger went viral. Today, APEX stated that, while not in use by airlines today, in-flight cameras will enable improved passenger service in the future. The association highlighted several possible applications of seatback cameras but insisted that airlines must only ever use them after obtaining explicit permission from passengers in advance each time.

APEX Media | Related Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns – The Verge



Evelop Airlines to Launch Immfly Wirelss IFE

Following survey results showing an increase in customer satisfaction for passengers who used Immfly’s wireless in-flight entertainment platform, the Barcelona-based company has announced that Evelop Airlines will soon offer the service on long-haul flights to the Caribbean. The Spanish charter airline will begin installing Immfly’s platform on its A330-300 fleet in April. “Evelop chose Immfly given the company is the clear leader in in-flight digital services focused on enhancing in-flight revenues and optimizing costs,” said Bruno Claeys, general director, Evelop.

APEX Media | Related Iberia Express Gives Pax the Royal Treatment With Special Bohemian Rhapsody Screening – APEX Media



Vietnam Airlines Wants to Buy Up to 100 Boeing 737 MAXs

Vietnam Airlines is considering purchasing between 50 to 100 Boeing 737 MAXs to replace its aging Airbus fleet and could also order wide-body aircraft for flights to California. The state-owned airline’s CEO, Duong Tri Thanh, said that if ordered, the aircraft would be scheduled for delivery between 2020 and 2030, but he did not specify which MAX variant the carrier would buy. “It will be an opportunity for Vietnam Airlines to invite competition between the aircraft manufacturers, mainly Airbus and Boeing,” Thanh said. “The final plan will be submitted to the government. We expect something to happen this year.”

Bloomberg | Related Vietnam Airlines Sticks With Thales for 787-10s – APEX Media



Passenger Shot Dead After Attempting to Hijack Biman Bangladesh Aircraft

Bangladeshi commandos shot a passenger who attempted to enter the cockpit of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight on Sunday. The aircraft was on its way to Dubai and made an emergency landing after a passenger waved a gun and threatened to blow up the airplane. The passenger said he had a personal issue with his wife and wanted to speak to Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina. He later died from injuries. All other 142 passengers and most of the crew were unharmed.

Reuters | Related Bangladesh plane "hijacker" shot dead by special forces – BBC News



Delta Renews Gate Gourmet Contract

Delta Air Lines has renewed a long-term deal with Gate Gourmet to retain the airline catering company as its exclusive service partner in 45 location across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific for the next five years. "You have to earn your seat at the table with a global carrier such as Delta,” said gategroup's CEO, Xavier Rossinyol. “We have partnered closely to design, develop and deliver a unique culinary and service offering that matches elevated operational excellence standards.”

Aviation Pros | Related Delta Extends LSG Sky Chefs Contract – APEX Media



Airbus Officially Opens Innovation Center in China

The Airbus China Innovation Centre (ACIC) has officially opened in Shenzhen. The facility is Airbus’ first innovation center in Asia and the second worldwide after the A3 center in San Jose, California. The ACIC has been operating since early 2018, focusing on designing, testing and certifying technologies related to sectors including the cabin experience, connectivity and manufacturing. The European aerospace company also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau to explore urban air mobility.

Air Transport World | Related Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Aerospace Heavyweights Make Inroads in Silicon Valley – APEX Media



British Airways Reveals Another Retro Livery

British Airways has unveiled its second retro livery that will take to the skies over the next few weeks. One of the UK carrier’s Airbus A319 has been painted in British European Airways (BEA) colors, which reflect the domestic and European routes that were operated between 1959 and 1968. “There’s been plenty of speculation about our next heritage livery, so it’s great to finally be able to make this exciting announcement,” said Alex Cruz, BA’s CEO. “We’re sure this latest livery will bring back a flood of emotions and pride in not only British Airways, but the UK’s impressive aviation history.”

Airways Magazine | Related British Airways unveils BOAC retro livery – Business Traveller





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Association News

Find Out Why Airlines LOVE Going to APEX MultiMedia Market!

Get a jumpstart on a year’s worth of content buying by attending APEX MultiMedia Market happening 15-17 April in Dublin, Ireland. This members-only event offers an extensive library of in-flight content as well as unique networking opportunities for both airlines and content distributors. Don’t miss out and register today.


United Nations Director of News and Media Confirmed for APEX Asia!

APEX is excited to announce the UN’s Director of News and Media Hua Jiang will deliver a keynote address at APEX Asia. Ms. Jiang joins the growing list of experts set to speak on topics concerning the Asian aviation market. Reserve your spot for the two-day conference on 12-13 March in Shanghai, China.


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"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea."

Francis Bacon


Until tomorrow



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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