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Onex Agrees to Buy WestJet for $3.7 Billion

Onex Corporation has agreed to buy WestJet for approximately $3.7 billion, subject to shareholder, court and regulatory approval. Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to close later this year, the Canadian private equity company will pay $23 per share and will assume WestJet’s existing debts. "I am particularly pleased that WestJet will remain headquartered in Calgary and will continue to build on the success that our 14,000 WestJetters have created," WestJet founder and chair Clive Beddoe said in a news release.

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

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Inflight Dublin Makes Four Customer Announcements

Inflight Dublin recently made four customer announcements involving Icelandair, SriLankan Airlines, TUI Group and Norwegian Air Shuttle. The content service provider will provide the full range of IFE services for each customer, from content research and licensing, to metadata creation and file encoding, to delivery. Icelandair is also currently testing Inflight Dublin’s wireless IFE solution, Everhub, on some of its fleet.

APEX Media | Related Inflight Dublin and IdeaNova Join Forces, INPLAY Heads to the Cloud – APEX Media

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Honeywell Selects Gilat Modem for JetWave Ka-Band Hardware

Honeywell has selected Gilat Satellite Networks’ in-flight connectivity modem for its JetWave Ka-band satellite communication system. Once integrated, the modem will enable the JetWave system to roam in and out of areas where Gilat’s ground network is deployed, including China. “This achievement is another step in materializing Gilat’s vision of enabling broadband anywhere, as well as a testament of Gilat’s recognized global high-throughput satellite and in-flight connectivity leadership,” said Ron Levin, Gilat’s VP of Mobility and Global Accounts.

Get Connected | Related Honeywell and Lufthansa Technik Announce Airbus A350 MRO Agreement – APEX Media

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Southwest Revises Family Boarding Policy to be Inclusive of LGBT Families

Southwest Airlines has made changes to its policy so that two adults traveling with children aged six or younger can board when family boarding is called. The revision comes after a same-sex couple with children claimed they faced discrimination from an agent when they tried to board a Southwest flight in 2017. The airline said no discrimination took place, but met with the parents in July 2018. “The conversation prompted a closer look at the clarity of our policy through the viewpoints of both our customers and employees,” Southwest said in a statement.

Bloomberg | Related Southwest Airlines Partners With The Kindness Diaries – APEX Media

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Inmarsat Shareholders Vote in Favor of Takeover Offer

The majority of Inmarsat’s shareholders have voted in favor of a $3.3-billion acquisition offer by a consortium of buyers. On May 10, 77% of shareholders voted in favor of accepting the offer proposed by private equity firms Apax and Warburg Pincus, and two Canadian pension funds. Inmarsat expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Future Travel Experience | Related Norwegian Begins Rollout of Inmarsat GX Using CabinConnect – APEX Media

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Vision-Box to Supply Automated Border Control for Bahrain International Airport

Vision-Box will supply Bahrain International Airport’s (BIA) new passenger terminal with a biometric automated border control platform. The airport is currently implementing a modernization program, involving infrastructure and service upgrades, to increase its capacity to 14 million passengers per year. Vision-Box says its automated border control platform and eGates will streamline the border control monitoring and inspection process for both departing and arriving travelers.  

Vision-Box | Related Vision-Box’s Orchestra Identity Management Platform Obtains Privacy by Design Certification – APEX Media

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Air France Partners With Cannes Film Festival

Air France is the official airline partner of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, marking the 39th year in a row that it has partnered with the event. Throughout the remainder of May, the French carrier will screen movies that won prizes at previous editions of the Cannes Film Festival. The selection includes Capharnaüm by Nadine Labaki, Sofia by Meryem Benm’Barek and Hyènes by Djibril Diop Mambéty.

Inflight Online | Related Airlines Get in on the Act With Film Festivals – APEX Media

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Approaching Salt Lake City International Airport. Captured by @salt_lake_spotter (via Instagram)

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Association News

Future Travel Experience EMEA / Ancillary is Only 6 Weeks Away!

In celebration of the opening of the world’s largest airport, FTE will host its EMEA / Ancillary shows in Istanbul, co-locating the event with The New Airport Show. The shows provide the perfect platform to bring together the world’s airlines, airports and vendors to network and collaborate on how technology, design and innovation can enhance end-to-end customer experiences. Register today!

 
 
 

Highlight Your Brand or Company at APEX EXPO This September!

Get your brand the visibility it needs by sponsoring this year’s APEX EXPO! With a broad selection of sponsorship and advertising opportunities available, this year’s annual conference provides APEX members with the unique opportunity to reach marketing goals by targeting the airline community. Contact APEX Sales Director Desiray Young at dyoung@apex.aero for more information or click here.

 
 

Jobs

The Media Services Project Manager is responsible for all Media Services account management duties, which include managing Entry into Service (EIS) and initial IFE branding activities of the program, and building ongoing relationships to encourage new and repeat business opportunities. Click here for the full job description.
> Media Services Project Manager - Zodiac Inflight Innovations

The Media Integration Specialist I produces and monitors content sets for global airlines and 3rd party customers. The main focus of the Media Integration Specialist I is to execute least complicated integration tasks (testing/validation) and assist integration team in monthly production of content sets and may be responsible for production of least complex accounts depending on skill level. Click here for the full job description.
> Media Integration Specialist I - Zodiac Inflight Innovations

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."

Stevie Wonder

 
 

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