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April 30, 2019



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Gulf Air Selects Thales GX Connectivity for Dreamliners and A321neo LRs

Gulf Air is to install Thales’ Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution, which leverages Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite network, on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Airbus A321neo LR aircraft as part of its ongoing fleet modernization program. Through a connectivity portal and onboard Wi-Fi network, Thales said Gulf Air passengers will be able to browse the internet, check social media, shop on board and more during their flights.

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



It’s About SkyTime: Free Wireless IFE on Air Arabia

Air Arabia has announced the launch of its complimentary wireless in-flight entertainment system SkyTime across its entire fleet. Passengers can access the IFE on their personal devices after takeoff by enabling the Wi-Fi connection and selecting the SkyTime network, without the need for an app. By logging into the network, they can browse the selection of Hollywood, Bollywood, Arabic and Russian movies, television shows, music, destination tips and games, as well as content for children. “This new launch reflects Air Arabia’s commitment to continuously apply innovative solutions aimed at providing real value and convenience to customers,” said Adel Al Ali, group CEO of Air Arabia.

Inflight Online | Related Air Arabia Jordan Adopts Strict Cabin Disinfection Regime – APEX Media



DOT to Propose Lavatory Accessibility Rule for Single-Aisle Aircraft

Following a court filing by Paralyzed Veterans of America, the DOT has announced it will propose a rule to address lavatory access for disabled persons on single-aisle aircraft by December 2 this year. The advocacy group petitioned because the DOT had failed to propose a rule before the initial deadline, in July 2017. "Access to a restroom should be a basic human right, but for nearly two years the DOT has failed to follow Congress' mandate," the advocacy group said in a statement last week. The DOT said the delay was due to multiple reasons, including a lack of resources and the transition between the Obama and Trump administrations. Airlines are currently required to provide accessible lavatories on wide-body aircraft.

Travel Weekly | Related Restroom Redesign: Aircraft Lavatory Concepts That Aim to Reduce the Queue – APEX Media



Air India Wants to Launch Fleet-Wide Wireless IFE

Air India is planning to install wireless in-flight entertainment across its entire fleet to reduce its dependence on seatback IFE displays. Last year, the state-owned carrier drafted a plan to buy 100 iPads to reduce dependency on seatback displays that were malfunctioning. In a tender document seeking original equipment from IFE hardware providers, Air India said it wants to install a wireless system across all of its narrow-body and wide-body aircraft types.

Indian Express | Related Air India to buy iPads as many in-flight entertainment screens not working – The Times of India



WestJet Launches First Dreamliner Featuring Lie-Flat Seats

WestJet has started using its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Calgary–London Gatwick route, introducing its new lie-flat business-class seat at the same time. The business-class cabin was designed by PriestmanGoode and features 16 Collins Aerospace Super Diamond business-class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration with adjustable seatback displays. The Canadian airline has taken delivery of three 787-9s and will use the aircraft on its Calgary–Paris and Calgary–Dublin routes starting May 17 and June 1, respectively.

Business Traveller | Related WestJet Reveals New Brand, Platinum Rewards Tier and First International Dreamliner Routes – APEX Media



Airbus Is Not Benefiting From Boeing 737 MAX Grounding, Says CEO

Airbus has not seen an increase in demand for its A320neo family of aircraft as a result of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding. “An A320 is an A320 and a MAX is a MAX,” CEO Guillaume Faury said while presenting the company’s first-quarter results. The current situation “is not changing the mid- to long-term picture,” he explained, adding that because overlap with the 737 MAX supply chain is limited, the current situation does not provide any direct benefits to Airbus.

Air Transport World | Related Boeing releases statement on 737 MAX disagree alert – Arabian Aersospace



Virgin Australia’s MAX Deliveries Are Delayed

Virgin Australia has confirmed it will take delivery of its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft later than originally scheduled and has upgraded a portion of its orders from the MAX 8 variant to the larger MAX 10. The carrier has ordered 15 737 MAX 10s in total (ten of which were already on the books), with the first scheduled to arrive at the airline in July 2021. Meanwhile, the first MAX 8 isn't expected to join the fleet until February 2025, marking a significant delay, as the first MAX delivery was initially slated for November 2019.

Australian Business Traveller | Related PHD wins Virgin Australia media account – Ad News





British Airways Boeing 747 touching down at Heathrow. Captured by @uk_av1ation (via Instagram)

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Association News

Become an APEX Board Member

The 2019 application period will be open 1 May – 1 June. Your participation as an APEX Board Member will help steer the direction of the association while having a positive effect on the entire airline passenger experience industry. All applications are reviewed and considered by the APEX Nominations Committee. A member of the Nominations Committee will contact each nominee to discuss qualifications. Based on the application and discussions, the Committee will finalize a slate of candidates, subject to Board approval, to be included on the election ballot distributed in August/September 2019. Click here to submit your nomination on 1 May.


International Air Transport Association to Host Data Session Next Week at APEX TECH!

IATA recently launched the NDC Program to support the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard to enhance the capability of communications between airlines and travel agents. Learn the status of this program’s adoption among airlines and if it can be used to tear down the silos of data between the members of the travel industry during Day 1 of APEX TECH on 7 May. Don’t miss this exciting update!


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