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March 20, 2019



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[PHOTOS] JetBlue Unveils Phase Two of Airbus A320 Revamp

JetBlue has unveiled the second phase of the restyling of some of its Airbus A320 fleet. The refurbishment includes Collins Aerospace’s Meridian Seat, Thales AVANT seatback in-flight entertainment and in-flight connectivity powered by the ViaSat-2 satellite. JetBlue also increased the number of seats from 150 to 162 by using thinner seats and rearranging some components in the galley area. Each economy-class seat will offer 32 inches of pitch, an extra layer of memory foam and an adjustable headrest.

Airways Magazine | Related Love at First Sight: JetBlue and Airbus Engaged for Launch of A320 Airspace Cabin – APEX Media



[VIDEO] Content Delivery Specialist Hails the Rise of Automation

In this episode of APEX Insider, the director of Hackthorn Innovation, Steve Sharman, discusses the need for the content delivery industry to be industrialized. Content service providers for airlines have to cater to numerous types of in-flight entertainment hardware and airline requirements. “The only way we can start to solve those problems is through automation,” Sharman explained.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] CarTrawler CTO Discusses How Airlines Can Protect Customer Relationships – APEX Media



Inmarsat Receives Non-Binding Cash Offer From Group of Investors

Inmarsat has received a non-binding $3.3 billion cash offer from a group of investors interested in buying the company. The satellite operator said it is in talks with the consortium, which has until April 16 to make a binding offer under British law. The group of interested buyers includes Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus International, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Inmarsat said that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board also indicated plans to join the consortium.

Space News | Related Norwegian Begins Rollout of Inmarsat GX Using CabinConnect – APEX Media



Saudia Adds Lie-Flat Seats to Airbus A320s

Saudi Arabian Airlines is retrofitting seven Airbus A320s with a new cabin that will include lie-flat seats and an updated in-flight entertainment system. The revamped A320s are currently used on medium-haul services to destinations in Europe, and will feature 20 Collins Aerospace Diamond business-class seats and 90 economy-class seats, which are a modified version of Collins’ Pinnacle A model. Panasonic Avionics’ eX1 seatback in-flight entertainment system will offer 4,000 hours of film and TV content.

Air Transport World | Related The Routes Less Taken: Middle Eastern Regional Airlines Map Out Strategies for Success – APEX Media



Trump to Nominate Former Delta Exec to Head FAA

US President Donald Trump will nominate former Delta Air Lines executive Steve Dickson to take the top job at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). At Delta, Dickson oversaw more than 13,000 pilots and a support team of 400 staff. The FAA is facing questions from federal prosecutors and lawmakers over its certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. On Tuesday, the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Transportation said it is planning to audit the FAA’s 737 MAX certification process.

Reuters | Related The FAA’s new chief will begin his job facing an audit over the 737 Max approval – Quartz



SkyCast Solutions Introduces PowerStreamer IFE Tablet Ahead of AIX

SkyCast Solutions will be introducing its latest in-flight entertainment (IFE) product at Aircraft Interiors Expo next month in Hamburg. The Seattle-based company developed PowerStreamer, a family of low-cost Android-based portable devices, which feature a built-in USB cord, eliminating battery issues for airlines with in-seat power outlets. IdeaNova provides the software, which has already been approved by studios.

APEX Media | Related Skycast’s Tray Table Transformation Caters to BYOD – APEX Media



AirBaltic Renews Contract With LSG Group

AirBaltic has extended its airline catering and in-flight retail contract with LSG Group. The new contract will see LSG Sky Chefs continue to provide airBaltic’s business-class and crew meals, in addition to the management of the onboard retail program in economy class. “We are very happy that during the tender process we were able to once again convince airBaltic that we are the right partner to take their service concept to the next level,” said Philipp Hees, LSG Group’s head of Sales for Emerging Markets.

PAX International | Related Delta Extends LSG Sky Chefs Contract – APEX Media





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Join APEX at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg!

Don’t miss APEX at the 2019 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, 2-4 April. The 2019 event will be the 20th edition of celebrating the very best of the passenger experience and the incredible innovation that is continually driving the airline industry forward. Join for three days of face-to face business, networking and buying at the Hamburg Messe. To learn more about the event, click here.


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APEX TECH provides a crucial forum for technical experts to review and discuss the APEX Technology Committee's ongoing special projects, which set specifications and standards for the airline industry and focus on applying new technologies to the passenger experience. Reserve your hotel room at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott today!


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