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March 21, 2019



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[PHOTOS] ANA Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A380

All Nippon Airways took delivery of its first of three Airbus A380 aircraft yesterday in Toulouse. ANA will operate the world's largest passenger aircraft on its route between Tokyo Narita and Honolulu, starting May 24. The superjumbo jet has a capacity of 520 passengers, in a four-class configuration. The main deck features 60 couch seats, which are each comprised of three or four economy-class seats that can be turned into a couch by folding up the leg rests.

APEX Media | Related Lufthansa Sells 6 Airbus A380 Aircraft Back To Airbus Due To Unprofitability – Simple Flying



Etihad Airways Develops AI and Biometric Check-In Solutions

Etihad Airways has partnered with Elenium, a provider of voice-activated technology solutions, to revolutionize the airport check-in experience. The airline will deploy voice-activated self-service kiosks, bag drop and boarding gate facilities and will debut the technologies at the Passenger Terminal Expo in London next week. Using AI, baggage-drop terminals will scan and memorize each suitcase, removing the need for bag tags. Passengers will also be able to check-in and register their biometric data on their mobile device. Biometrics will also enable Etihad to offer personalized duty-free shopping experiences through a voice interactive display.

Travel Daily Media | Related Etihad Furnishes The Residence with Exclusive DUXIANA Products – APEX Media



An African Carrier Is Considering Buying COMAC Jets

COMAC is close to securing an order from an airline in Ghana. Africa World Airlines (AWA), partly owned by HNA Group, might agree to buy two COMAC ARJ21 regional jets, the carrier’s CEO, John Quan, said. “Our Chinese shareholders are very keen to introduce the aircraft to boost China-Africa trade relations,” said Quan. However, a representative from COMAC said the company is not aware of an imminent ARJ21 order from AWA.

Bloomberg | Related COMAC Rising: China’s State-Owned Aerospace Manufacturer Aims High – APEX Media



Deal or No Deal, the Aerospace Industry Braces for the Impact of Brexit

The possibility of the UK leaving the EU without any arrangements to govern trade with its biggest partner is being felt by the aerospace industry. Some companies are stockpiling parts fearing delays over customs holdups. Meanwhile, Professor Keith Hayward, head of Research and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in the UK, said Brexit is not likely to affect operations that are already in place. “The real issue is stuff that might be considered as future investments from 2020 onward. If investment … goes entirely outside of the UK, then the supply chain will suffer.”

APEX Media | Related UK Firms Slam No-Deal Brexit Levies as Too Risky, Too Late – Bloomberg



Two US Senators Send a Letter to Airlines About Seatback Cameras

Two US senators have written a bipartisan letter to major US airlines requesting how cameras on seatback in-flight entertainment displays are used. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, and John Kennedy, a Louisiana Republican, wrote that “while Americans have an expectation that they are monitored in airports as a security measure, the notion that in-flight cameras may monitor passengers while they sleep, eat, or have private conversations is troubling."

CNN | Related APEX Addresses Concerns Regarding Cameras in IFE Systems – APEX Media



GAL Aerospace Develops Larger Overhead Bins for Bombardier Q400s

GAL Aerospace has launched an overhead bin option for regional airlines operating Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft with classic interiors. The new overhead bin has been developed as a plug and play solution that can replace the original smaller capacity bins. “Our overhead bins and other regional aircraft interior products will enhance the customer experience, reduce the cost for the airline and allow better service integration during fleet expansions,” said Glen Lynch, president and CEO of GAL Aerospace.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Bombardier Intros Atmosphère Cabin & New Q400 Seating Configuration at Aero Perspectives Event – APEX Media



EasyJet Withdraws From Alitalia Talks and Rules Out Any Big Changes

EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren is not looking at any further acquisitions after withdrawing from talks about the possibility of a joint investment with Delta Air Lines in Alitalia. He also ruled out transitioning to a Ryanair-style group structure, or expanding into low-cost, long-haul operations. “EasyJet is the second largest airline in Europe and we still only have 10% market share,” said Lundgren. “If we have 30–35% and we feel we can’t grow much more, then we might consider doing something else.”

Air Transport World | Related EasyJet withdraws its interest in Alitalia – New Europe





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EXPO will be September 9-12 in Los Angeles. Stay tuned to know when early-bird registration opens!


[VIDEO] Insight From APEX Asia

At APEX Asia last week, APEX Media caught up with Niall McBain, Spafax CEO, who traveled from London to attend. He describes an array of new opportunities that cabin connectivity brings to CSPs and their airline customers. Are you interested in content for IFE and connected services? Register for APEX Multimedia Market.


Read the April/May Issue of APEX Experience Magazine

With technology fusing into furnishings and designers democratizing comfort, the aviation industry is warming up to the idea of a cozier cabin. And with it, everything from beverage menus to antenna hardware is being revisited to be more inclusive, too. Also in this issue: APEX members share which part of the cabin begs to be redesigned, accessibility improvements find their way into the airport, an airline menu gets a sonic lift, and so much more.


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Until tomorrow



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