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March 18, 2019



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[PHOTOS] British Airways Unveils Club Suite Business-Class Seat

British Airways has unveiled its new business-class seat, which will launch on its first Airbus A350 in July. The upcoming Club Suite product features a Collins Aerospace Super Diamond seat that will be deployed in a 1-2-1 herringbone layout. Each seat will have a sliding door, 40% more storage than BA’s existing Club World seats and a seatback in-flight entertainment display measuring between 17 and 18.5 inches depending on the aircraft. The Club Suites will initially be available on four upcoming A350s and will be retrofitted on two Boeing 777-200s before the end of 2019.

Business Traveller | Related British Airways announces new First products – Business Traveller



SKYdeals Launches In-Flight Shoppertainment Trial With Air France

SKYdeals has officially launched its “in-flight shoppertainment platform” with Air France as part of a trial period due to last at least six months. The platform can be accessed free of charge through Air France Connect, the carrier’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) portal, and allows brands to provide exclusive dynamic commercial offers to passengers in flight. SKYdeals was the recipient of the 2019 “Newcomer of the Year” APEX award at the 2018 APEX EXPO in Boston.

APEX Media | Related APEX in Profile: Julien Sivan – APEX Media



OneWeb Secures $1.25 Billion in Funds for Global Satellite Network

OneWeb secured its largest funding round to date, raising $1.25 billion from investors including SoftBank., Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies and the government of Rwanda. The new funds will accelerate the development of OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency, global broadband network, following the launch of its first six satellites last month. In late 2019, OneWeb plans to begin monthly launches of more than 30 satellites at a time, creating an initial constellation of 650 satellites to provide global Internet coverage.

Space News | Related OneWeb launches first six LEO satellites into orbit from Kourou – Get Connected



Seattle Times Questions Boeing 737 MAX Safety Analysis of Flight Control System

Boeing’s safety analysis of the 737 MAX’s flight control system, called MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System), contained flaws, according to the Seattle Times. Citing current and former engineers at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the newspaper said the manufacturer’s safety analysis understated the power of the system. The FAA did not comment on the report, but it said the 737 MAX’s certification process followed the standard procedure. A Boeing spokesperson said the 737 MAX was certified in accordance with the same FAA requirements that governed all previous new airplanes.

Reuters | Related Boeing Planes Are Grounded in US After Days of Pressure – The New York Times



TUI Sells Majority Stake in Corsair

TUI has sold its majority stake in Corsair to German investment firm Intro Aviation, following through on an initial agreement struck in October 2018. Under the new division of ownership, Intro has acquired 53% in Corsair, TUI is “initially” retaining a 27% stake and a remaining 20% is owned by Corsair employees. TUI said its divestment of a majority holding in Corsair is part of its strategy to become a “pure play” tourism company.

FlightGlobal | Related TUI close to Corsair sale; to add three A330-900neo –



Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport Deploys World’s First Robotic Parking

An autonomous robotic valet parking system has opened at the P5+ outdoor parking lot at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport. The system, developed by Stanley Robotics, includes four autonomous robots and 12 cabins for vehicle drop-off and collection. The airport claims robotic parking enables more than 500 vehicles to be parked within a few centimeters of one another in P5+ – a space saving of up to 50%.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related [PHOTOS] APEX at CES: Tech That Could Change PaxEx – APEX Media



In the Cloud: Gogo Is Moving Its Entire Infrastructure to Amazon Web Services

Gogo is shifting its entire legacy infrastructure to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The in-flight connectivity provider said that by transitioning to AWS’ cloud-based solutions, it is able to double the number of airlines it can support without increasing the size of its workforce. “By going all-in, Gogo is leveraging the breadth and depth of AWS services, including comprehensive analytics and machine learning services to gain deeper insights and improve passengers’ in-flight experiences,” said Mike Clayville, vice-president of Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS.

Get Connected | Related Now Live: Gogo TV on Hundreds of Aircraft – APEX Media





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Association News

Read About the Plant-Based Trend in the Latest Edition of Higher Hospitality

Have you seen the latest edition of Higher Hospitality, which APEX Media publishes on behalf of the International Flight Services Association? This time around, the focus is on the growing popularity of a plant-based lifestyle – click here to find out how the airline industry is adapting its offerings to reflect the trend.


Don’t Miss Thought Leadership Presentations on Maximizing Revenue, Content and Connectivity at APEX TECH!

Join APEX TECH, happening 7-8 May, as we continue the conversation with thought leadership presentations on maximizing revenue, content and connectivity! Don’t miss keynote and presentations featuring executives from Aeroméxico, Virgin Atlantic, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and more! Register today to secure your seat!


Join APEX at FTE Global in Las Vegas This September!

APEX is happy to be a supporting partner of FTE Global 2019. This event will be specifically designed to help ensure that organizations are well-equipped to adopt new technologies, adapt working culture and forge new partnerships to support business growth and passenger experience ambitions. To learn more about the event, click here.


> Quote of the Day


"Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them."

John Updike


Until tomorrow



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