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May 29, 2019



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Gogo Plans to Launch 5G Air-to-Ground Network in 2021

Just over a year after joining the Seamless Air Alliance to help shape the future of in-flight connectivity, Gogo has revealed it will launch a 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network in 2021. The solution will be available for commercial regional jets, small mainline jets and business aviation aircraft operating within the US and Canada. “We expect to launch Gogo 5G at the same time as the terrestrial telecommunications companies are deploying the same generation of technology on the ground – a first in the in-flight connectivity industry,” said Oakleigh Thorne, CEO of Gogo.

APEX Media | Related Now Live: Gogo TV on Hundreds of Aircraft – APEX Media



ANA to Revamp Domestic Wide-Body Cabin Interiors

All Nippon Airways will begin retrofitting new business-class and economy-class seats on board eight Boeing 777-200s and 11 787-8s toward the end of 2019. The revamped aircraft will see the number of business-class seats increased to 28, up from 21 on the 777s and 12 on the Dreamliner. The new business-class seats will include a 15-inch seatback screen and will be deployed in a 2-2-2 configuration on the 787-8s and 2-3-2 on the 777-200s. The economy-class seats will be produced by automotive seat designer Toyota Boshoku and will include 11.6 inch seatback displays and AC and USB sockets for each passenger.

Business Traveller | Related [PHOTOS] ANA Takes Delivery of Its First Airbus A380 – APEX Media



Mitsubishi Renames MRJ as Space Jet

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has renamed its delayed Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) program under the new name Space Jet. The company’s subsidiary, Mitsubishi Aircraft, plans to offer more details of the reworked project in June. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, it will entail a significant redesign to create a smaller 70-seat model, a switch to American suppliers for certain parts to reduce costs and the possibility of production in the US.

Nikkei Asian Review | Related Mitsubishi Aircraft promises "several announcements" at Paris – FlightGlobal



HIA Launches Biometric Facial Recognition Trial

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) has launched the next phase of its digital transformation program, introducing biometric facial recognition across key passenger touchpoints. The system, currently under trial, combines travelers’ flight, passport and facial biometric information into a single electronic record during the check-in process at kiosks or on the mobile app, meaning only facial recognition is required for subsequent verification at the self-service bag drop, automated security gate and automated boarding gate.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Face Value: Are Passengers Ready for the Age of Biometric Travel? – APEX Media



TSA Allows Travelers to Fly With Certain Marijuana-Derived Substances

The TSA has changed its cannabis policy to permit passengers to travel with some forms of CBD oil and an FDA-approved drug derived from marijuana that is used to treat epilepsy in children. All forms of marijuana were previously prohibited in carry-on bags and checked luggage. The new rules still ban other forms of marijuana, including CBD oils that contain THC, and cannabis-infused products that are still illegal under federal law.

Travel Weekly | Related Grab your change! Travelers left TSA almost $1 million in inadvertent "tips" last year – USA Today



KLM Makes a 10-Year Commitment to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

KLM has committed to buying 75,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel each year for the next decade. The airline will buy the fuel from a new production plant close to Amsterdam, which will be the first dedicated facility for the production of sustainable aviation fuel when it opens in 2022. KLM said the commitment will reduce its emissions by 200,000 tons each year, which is equal to the emissions produced by 1,000 flights between Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.  

Airwise | Related Airplanes’ Ecological Impact Fuels Research to Reduce CO2 Emissions – APEX Media



United Airlines Changes Avianca Leadership After Main Shareholder Defaults

United Airlines initiated a management overhaul at Avianca Holdings, removing top shareholder German Efromovich from controlling the airline after his own holding company defaulted on a $456-million loan from United, which was was backed by Efromovich’s 51.5% stake in Avianca. United is proposing a three-way joint business agreement with Avianca and Copa Airlines, because its own contract with its pilots restricts it from majority ownership in another carrier. As a result, United is ceding voting rights to Kingsland Holding, the Colombian airline’s second largest shareholder.

Reuters | Related United bid could put Avianca into default – LatinFinance





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Association News

Who Will Take Home This Year’s APEX/IFSA Awards?

Have you submitted your 2020 APEX/IFSA Awards nominations? Make your voice heard by shining light on an individual or company for outstanding work in the airline passenger experience industry this past year. This year also marks the inaugural year of the combined awards with the International Flight Services Association. Want to bring home one of these nine awards? Make your submissions before Saturday 1 June! Learn more here.


FTE EMEA & Ancillary 2019 is Only THREE WEEKS Away!

We are only three weeks away from FTE EMEA & Ancillary in Istanbul! As the world’s definitive digital airline retailing show, this event is one of the leading platforms for bringing together the world’s top airlines, airports, vendors, start-ups, OEMs, government agencies, destination partners and other key travel industry stakeholders. APEX CEO Joe Leader and APEX President Juha Jarvinen will deliver thought-leading presentations at the event. Have you registered yet? Learn more here.


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"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future."

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