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April 26, 2019



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Recaro Posts 22% Year-on-Year Increase in Turnover

Recaro Aircraft Seating recorded a 22% increase in its year-on-year turnover, which grew to $671.5 million. “Over the past 15 years we grew approximately 10% annually, twice the rate of the market. Last year, however, we outperformed the industry four times and grew 22%,” said CEO Mark Hiller. The company said it plans to reinvest 10% of its 2018 revenue back into the company to establish itself as a market leader for business-class seating.

Air Transport World | Related Recaro Introduces LR Economy CL3710 Seat for Better Sleep and Other News – APEX Media



Vodafone Idea Interested in Providing In-Flight Connectivity in India

India’s largest telecom operator, Vodafone Idea, said it’s interested in providing in-flight connectivity services. According to The Hindu, Vodafone Idea has approached the Department of Telecommunications and expressed interest in procuring a license to offer in-flight data services. A company spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

The Hindu | Related Uncharted Airspace: How Lucrative Will India Be for In-Flight Wi-Fi Providers? – APEX Media



AIM Altitude Creates Virgin Atlantic’s Airbus A350 Social Area

AIM Altitude announced that it manufactured Virgin Atlantic’s new social bar area, The Loft, on board the airline’s new Airbus A350 fleet. The concept, designed by Virgin Atlantic and Factorydesign, required the use of innovative materials and finishes, multipaint systems, multiple custom-made Isovolta laminates, hard black anodized bar surfaces, black nickel and gold plating. It features an independent ceiling that is attached to the monuments rather than the aircraft structure. The bar also includes a 32-inch display, USB and AC outlets and works with Bluetooth headsets.

Inflight Online | Related [PHOTOS] Virgin Atlantic Reveals A350 Cabin Interiors – APEX Media



SAS Cancels Hundreds of Flights as Pilots Strike

Scandinavian Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights due to a strike action by its pilots in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The walkout comes after negotiations over work schedules and pay broke down. SAS said it wanted to "reach an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible." However, the airline said it would suffer “very negative consequences” if all the pilots’ conditions, including a 13% wage increase, were met.

BBC News | Related Airline SAS offers free rebooking of flights as pilot strike looms – Reuters



United CEO Says Airlines Can’t Shrink Seats Anymore

United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz said airlines are reaching a breaking point with shrinking seat sizes. "I think we are nearing a point certainly that we can't do that anymore," he told ABC News in an interview conducted prior to the US grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. Munoz said he recognized that, for many people, air travel has changed from an exciting experience to a “stressful” one and that he hoped that would change soon. “From when you leave wherever you live, to get into traffic, to find a parking spot, to get through security … by the time you sit on one of our aircraft ... you're just pissed at the world,” he said.

ABC News | Related Trading Gold for Blue: Oscar Munoz Speaks to APEX About United’s New Livery – APEX Media



Visit Earth: S7 Airlines Creates Travel Show for Aliens

S7 Airlines is hoping to increase brand awareness with a video series called “Visit Earth,” which encourages aliens to discover our planet. “Sometimes it is useful to change your point of view,” said Eleonora Romanova, deputy general director for Marketing and PR, S7 Group. “The main idea is to remind you that our planet is the best place to travel.” While the English version of the campaign launched just last month, the Russian site received over 35 million visits over the past few months, according to W&K Amsterdam, the agency behind the campaign.

APEX Media | Related KLM’s Family Updates Service Tells Those at Home “WhatsApp” – APEX Media



Gatwick Airport Trials Aira App to Guide Visually Impaired Travelers

London’s Gatwick Airport, in partnership with easyJet, has launched a six-month smartphone-based service for blind and visually impaired travelers to help guide them through the airport. The service can be accessed via an app called Aira and uses a smartphone camera to connect to professional agents who helpguide travelers through the airport, read documents or flight information, shop or find their bag on the luggage carousel. “This is a great experiment and innovation, which I know over time will be life changing in terms of providing equality to passengers with no or little sight,” said Lord David Blunkett, chair of easyJet’s Special Assistance Advisory Group.

Future Travel Experience | Related How To: Make In-Flight Entertainment Accessible for Visually Impaired Passengers – APEX Media





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PHOTOS: APEX MultiMedia Market 2019

Thank you to everyone who attended APEX MultiMedia Market last week at the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road in Dublin! We hope you enjoyed talking GUIs over Guinness at the networking event held at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and Ely Wine Bar. Check out the photos from the event.


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