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April 4, 2019



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AirFi Strikes New Wireless IFE Deals in Europe and Asia

Lion Air Group has signed an agreement with AirFi Indonesia to deploy its portable wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) system and cabin retail technology across all five of its airlines, including full-service carriers Batik Air, Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air; and low-cost carriers Lion Air and Wings Air. The first wave of installments will cover 215 aircraft, including ATR 42 and 72 turboprops, Boeing 737s and 747s, and Airbus A320s and A330s. The completion of this first wave of installations will expand the number of aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region equipped with the company’s solution to over 400 – more than double the current number.

APEX Media | Related AirFi Launches In-Flight Electronic Dance Music Platform DANCE24 – APEX Media



SITAONAIR Inks Connectivity Deals With PAL and Starlux

SITAONAIR made two major announcements on in-flight connectivity (IFC) deals in Asia during AIX this week – both enabled by Inmarsat’s GX Aviation satellite network. The first was with Philippine Airlines (PAL), which has now equipped 21 of its aircraft with the solution. PAL will be offering complimentary Wi-Fi through its myPAL platform to passengers on US, Canada and London flights. SITAONAIR’s second announcement was that Taiwanese startup carrier Starlux Airlines’ Airbus A321neos and A350s will be equipped with its ONAIR Internet Wi-Fi portal, once again being made available via Inmarsat GX. Founded in May 2018, Starlux plans to launch flights in 2020.

APEX Media | Related APEX Asia 2019: Takeaways From Day Two – APEX Media



Recaro: LR Economy Seat for Better Sleep and SL3710 Launch Customer

Recaro Aircraft Seating has unveiled several updates to existing seats, including a lighter weight SL3710, as well as the addition of three features to the Recaro CL3710: an adjustable headrest, a flip cushion that offers back support and a seat extension. The SL3710 seat will be launching on TAP Portugal’s new fleet of 25 Airbus A320s and A321s. Recaro has also announced a partnership with jetlite to introduce lighting designed to reduce the effects of jet lag to its business-class seats.

APEX Media | Related [PHOTOS] And the 2019 Crystal Cabin Award Winners Are… – APEX Media



United’s Former CFO Plans to Launch a New US Low-Cost Carrier

United Airlines former chief financial officer, Andrew Levy, is raising money to launch a new low-cost carrier that would serve secondary airports. “We think the opportunity exists for a real high-quality, highly reliable, extremely low fare, basic transportation service,” Levy said. The unnamed airline will offer “a better product and experience but still offer really low prices,” he said. It could start service late this year or in early 2020 and is seeking to raise $100 million by June.

Bloomberg | Related Technical issue that impacted Delta, Southwest flights resolved, officials say – Atlanta Journal Constitution



Display Interactive Partners With Aeria for In-Flight Programmatic Advertising

Display Interactive has partnered with Aeria Interactive to offer programmatic advertising in flight. Advertisers can target passengers with relevant content via Display’s in-flight entertainment platform, UGO. “Working with Display Interactive on serving their clients with our Motus AI platform opens exceptional revenue possibilities," said Tammam Shaibani, CEO at Aeria Interactive. "Advertising really only works when you have relevant content and we love the way the UGO stack looks and behaves."

APEX Media | Related Display Interactive Selected to Participate in Impact China Accelerator Program – APEX Media



Viasat Introduces Gen2 Ku/Ka Connectivity

Viasat has unveiled its second-generation dual-band Ka/Ku system that includes an advanced hybrid antenna and radome. Targeting wide-body, long-range aircraft, the new antenna system leverages Viasat’s decades of experience with hybrid systems. When an aircraft flies outside of Viasat-2’s Ka-band coverage, the system will automatically switch to a Ku-band connection, utilizing satellites that are part of Viasat’s global network. Don Buchman, Viasat’s vice-president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, said the combination of Ka- and Ku-band service supports Viasat’s global-service strategy, with an eye to the introduction of the 1-terabit class, Ka-band Viasat-3 satellites.

APEX Media | Related La Compagnie Partners With Viasat for Unlimited High-Speed In-Flight Wi-Fi – APEX Media



Formia Unveils Turkish Airlines and WestJet Amenity Kits

Formia announced an extension of its long-term amenity kit supply contract with Turkish Airlines. As part of the three-year agreement, Formia unveiled new his and hers Versace-branded amenity kits for passengers on long-haul business-class flights, the first time the Italian luxury brand has been available on board any airline. In a separate announcement, WestJet selected Formia to supply and produce amenity kits in collaboration with Montreal-based vegan leather fashion brand Matt & Nat that will be offered on board the Canadian carrier’s new fleet of Boeing 787s.

APEX Media | Related China Airlines Partners With The North Face for Upcoming Amenity Kits – APEX Media





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Coming to APEX TECH - "Big Data: Taking Airlines Places"

All passengers are on the move and have a desire to consume information and services related to their trip. What if we could personalize a passenger’s inflight experience and answer key questions related to their journey? Join us at APEX TECH as Jon Norris, vice president of marketing at FlightPath3D, shares how we can empower passengers to virtually create a personally-curated destination experience itinerary and travel guide.


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