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April 3, 2019



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[PHOTOS] And the 2019 Crystal Cabin Award Winners Are…

The winners of the 13th annual Crystal Cabin Award received their 3-D printed trophies last night, with Collins Aerospace taking home two. APEX Media director Maryann Simson hosted the event and APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader was a member of the judging panel. Before the winners were announced, a panel consisting of Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates; Juha Järvinen, EVP Commercial at Virgin Atlantic; and Toni Garrn, co-founder of jetlite, addressed the airline passenger experience from both the passenger and the airline perspectives.

APEX Media | Related And the 2018 Crystal Cabin Award Winners Are… – APEX Media



HAECO Cabin Solutions Showcases Eclipse Cabin; Hints at Launch Customer

HAECO Cabin Solutions (HAECO) has unveiled its Eclipse Cabin, a product that aims to blur the line between business class and premium-economy class. HAECO said it has already secured an order from an undisclosed Middle Eastern airline and plans to launch the product in 2020, subject to FAA certification. “With very high-end new business-class products, there is now a big gap between business class and premium-economy class. We want to give airlines the opportunity to move their premium-economy product upward in the cabin,” said Tim Lehnig, SVP Sales for HAECO Americas.

APEX Media | Related Airbus Adds HAECO’s Seating Products to Linefit Catalogs – APEX Media 



Global One Media Partners With ECA Group and TEAC for All-in-One Solution

Content service provider Global One Media made two hardware partner announcements during AIX. The first, with ECA Group, is for the company’s Aircraft Wireless Access Point With Media Server (aWAP-MS), a system that combines a wireless access point and a content server in one. Global One’s second partnership is with Japanese electronics company TEAC, for its portable wireless IFE solution, the PortaStream PS-V50, which began flying on board Ibex Airlines earlier this week.

APEX Media | Related Air China Goes With Global ONE Media for IFE Content – APEX Media



United Partners With Cult Skincare Brand Sunday Riley

United Airlines announced yesterday that it will soon offer Sunday Riley products in its lounges and in flight. The skincare collection, created exclusively for the airline, will be featured in three cabin-specific amenity kits, which will be rolled out later this month. “Sunday Riley is very popular – she’s a cult favorite. This announcement has gone viral,” said Stefanie Page, marketing executive at Buzz Products, which facilitated the collaboration between United and the beauty brand.

APEX Media | Related APEX in Profile: Simon Yaffe – APEX Media



Kontron Makes Inroads in China and Russia With Open Architecture IFEC

Kontron has signed contracts to supply open architecture in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) equipment to more than 500 Russian and Chinese aircraft, slated for installation over the next two years. The company also announced the production availability of its portable Cab-n-Connect P100 wireless streaming platform for the commercial aviation market. It features integrated wireless technology, including dual 802.11ac/abgn radios that support 100 streaming client devices, a 4G LTE Advanced Pro cellular modem and an ADS-B wireless receiver.

APEX Media | Related Kontron and Immfly Soar With Pegasus Airlines – APEX Media



Ready to Assemble: IAMA All Set to Tackle Retrofit Market Challenges

A group of companies operating in the aviation retrofit market have formally launched a new alliance that aims to address the challenges that customers face with Supplemental Type Certificate solutions. Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance’s (IAMA) founding members – EAD Aerospace, Envoy Aerospace, Etihad Airways Engineering and Lufthansa Technik – announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in January, but are now cementing their commitment to the cause by discussing next steps at AIX. “IAMA started with a vision and today that vision matures as the founding members officially announce the creation of this alliance,” Mark Haycock, partner, Envoy Aerospace, said at a press conference yesterday.

APEX Media | Related Seamless Air Alliance Reports Five-Fold Membership Increase in First Year – APEX Media



Spafax Profile Extends the IFE to Airport Lounges

Spafax announced a new feature for its entertainment personalization platform that will allow airlines to extend the in-flight experience to airport lounges. The Spafax Profile platform now allows passengers to begin browser-based streaming movies and TV shows in an airport lounge and continue watching from where they left off once they board a flight. “Our open APIs connect with airline integration points and third-party apps, enabling next-gen entertainment experiences for our clients’ passengers,” said Kevin Birchmore, Spafax’s global vice-president of Technical Sales.

APEX Media | Related American Airlines Goes Live with Spafax Profile Skill for Alexa – APEX Media





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Association News

Reserve your room today for APEX TECH in May!

The official hotel for APEX TECH is the Los Angeles Airport Marriott. Reserve your room through the APEX TECH website or call the hotel and mention "APEX" to secure the APEX group rate by April 15. Book now so you're ready for our May event!


Thank You to Our 2019 APEX MultiMedia Market Sponsors!

The APEX MultiMedia Market committee thanks its 2019 sponsors for helping us put on our Dublin event: Astronics, Encore Inflight Limited and Paramount Pictures!


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Albert Camus


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