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May 6, 2019



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Forty-One Reported Dead After Aeroflot Passenger Jet Crash Lands in Moscow

Forty-one passengers were killed and at least nine injured when an Aeroflot flight made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport on Sunday after the aircraft caught fire. Television footage showed the Sukhoi Superjet 100 bouncing along the tarmac, before the rear of the aircraft burst into flames. Flight SU 1492 took off from Moscow bound for the northern Russian city of Murmansk and had been carrying 73 passengers and five crew members. Some passengers blamed bad weather and said the aircraft was struck by lightning after takeoff.

Reuters | Related What We Know About the Deadly Aeroflot Superjet Crash Landing – The Moscow Times



Austrian Airlines Open to Expanding Premium Economy Cabin

Austrian Airlines is exploring the possibility of expanding its premium economy product after recording positive booking figures, since the cabin class launched last summer. The Lufthansa subsidiary has managed to fill 71% of premium economy seats on its routes to North American cities, but it wants to increase load factor to between 85% and 90%. Wolfgang Jani, Austrian Airlines’ CFO said if this goal is achieved, the carrier will consider expanding the size of its premium economy cabins, while reducing the number of economy-class seats.

Aerotelegraph | Related Austrian Looks to Expand CleverTogether Community Portal for Travel Tips – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Brussels Airlines Paints “Most Complex” Aircraft Livery Ever Made

Brussels Airlines has unveiled its sixth Belgian icon livery in honor of the Flemish renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The airline partnered with VISITFLANDERS and BOZAR,, which served as a curatorial advisor for the project and recommended two contemporary Belgian artists who were commissioned to create a livery design inspired by Bruegel’s style. The end result is a 121-foot piece of artwork, which took 19 days to paint by hand, on both sides of an Airbus A320’s fuselage. Brussels Airlines says it is “the most complex aircraft livery ever made.”

Brussels Airlines | Related [PHOTOS] Brussels Airlines Unveils Revamped Airbus A330 Interiors – APEX Media



No Weigh! Should Passengers Step on the Scale Before Boarding?

Fuel Matrix, a British software firm, has suggested airlines should weigh travelers before they board to precisely calculate how much fuel is required for a given flight. The company says it is in talks with several airports about “discreet” ways to implement weighing technology. Fuel Matrix’s CEO, Roy Fuscone, said flyer’s weights would be stored in the same secure system as facial recognition data. “Clearly while you’re standing there being scanned, you could also be weighed,” he said.

The Economist | Related When Data Weighs In: Could Credit Card Info Help Airlines Estimate Passenger Size? – APEX Media



Airline Baggage Fee Revenue Continues to Rise

Airlines made $28.4 billion in baggage fees last year, up from $13 billion in 2014, according to a new report from IdeaWorksCompany and CarTrawler. Total ancillary revenue from airlines reached $94.4 billion in 2018. The firms analyzed IATA forecasts and ancillary revenue disclosures for airlines around the world, and applied the data to a larger list to create a global estimate.

Business Traveller | Related Free Checked Baggage: A Thing of the Past? – APEX Media



Inside the Metadata Process of In-Flight Entertainment Systems

For a workflow that repeats every 90 days or so, with some airlines uploading 300 titles per cycle, there’s surprisingly little automation to the process of inputting metadata. Content service providers are experimenting with solutions, such as implementing unique identifiers and taking hints from the broadcasting industry. “They’ve adopted standard sets of metadata, standard taxonomies, where a distributor can create one superset of metadata and distribute that across linear TV, cable, direct-to-home satellite and OTT [over-the-top] platforms,” said Chris Esposito, SVP of Content and Entertainment Solutions at Global Eagle.

APEX Media | Related IFE Content Delivery Makes Its Way to the Cloud – APEX Media



Norwegian Air Drops Heels and Makeup Policy for Female Cabin Crew

Norwegian Air has removed a policy requiring female flight attendants to wear high heels and makeup while working outside the aircraft. "We now allow female crewmembers to wear flat shoes at all times and no makeup if they choose, male crew members can also wear light makeup,” said Norwegian Air spokesperson Anders Lindström. “Our cabin crew have always been required to wear flat shoes while working on board our aircraft for their safety and comfort.”

USA Today | Related Virgin Atlantic drops mandatory makeup for female cabin crew – The Guardian





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Association News

Special Thanks to Our APEX TECH Sponsors!

APEX would like to thank Astronics, Encore and Global Eagle for sponsoring this this week’s APEX TECH! With the help of these companies, APEX TECH is one of the largest and most influential technical forums in aviation! Stay tuned for all of the happenings at the conference with the #APEXTECH hashtag! Click here for a full list of speakers and sessions.


Delta Air Lines CEO Headlining Executive Keynotes at APEX EXPO!

APEX is excited to have Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian as the featured keynote for September’s APEX EXPO! With more 20 years of experience, Mr. Bastian has been able to take Delta’s standing in the aviation field to the next level through his people-driven approach. Mark your calendars for 9-12 September!


> Quote of the Day


"I have always been more interested in experiment, than in accomplishment."

Orson Welles


Until tomorrow



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