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May 30, 2019



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Airbus to Develop Next-Gen Satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Network

Airbus Defence & Space will create a new generation of geostationary Ka-band satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network. GX7, GX8 and GX9 will each deliver twice the total capacity of the entire current GX network and are scheduled to be in orbit by the end of 2023. The new GX technology will be backward compatible with existing terminals, so existing GX Aviation customers, including Garuda Indonesia and Norwegian, will automatically benefit from future service enhancements.

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



Boeing Targets Late June 777X Test Flight

Boeing is planning to make the first test flight for the 777X by late June, according to anonymous sources who spoke with Reuters. Boeing declined to comment on the 777X flight schedule, but CEO Dennis Muilenburg said that the first two test aircraft have left Boeing’s Seattle-area factory and are undergoing integrated systems testing on the ground. “We still expect to achieve entry into service in 2020,” Muilenburg said.

Reuters | Related Boeing 777X Offers Custom Cabins Without Customization – APEX Media



Delta Air Lines Allows Frequent Flyers to Resume Status If Life Gets in the Way

Delta Air Lines has launched a new initiative for members of its frequent flyer scheme that allows them to reclaim their status in case of major life events. The Reclaim My Status policy promises to reinstate membership at the pre-life-event level for a conditional three-month period, which is then granted in full if frequent flyers continue to fly at the rate equivalent to the level of membership. “It’s a benefit that’s built ground-up from member feedback,” said Sandeep Dube, Delta’s SVP, Customer Engagement and Loyalty. “In the past, we had an exception policy. We knew we and the entire industry had to do it better.”

The New York Times | Related Lifestyle Loyalty: Rethinking Airline Reward Programs – APEX Media



Ukraine International Airlines Considers Medium-Haul In-Flight Wi-Fi

Ukraine International Airlines will introduce in-flight Wi-Fi on board its three long-haul Boeing 777s services, before considering the feasibility of offering connectivity on medium-haul routes. CEO Yuri Miroshnikov said wireless connectivity is already installed on UIA’s 777s, but the airline can’t offer the service until it has obtained relevant approvals and licenses. “Now quite a difficult bureaucratic process is underway, in which some progress has been made,” he said.

Blue Swan Daily | Related EgyptAir, Ukraine International Airlines launch codeshare partnership – Egypt Today



SAS Sells Its Stake in Air Greenland

Scandinavian Airlines has sold its 37.5% stake in Air Greenland to the government of Greenland in a deal worth $41.3 million. The deal means the airline is now 80% owned by the Greenland government, while the remaining 20% is owned by the Danish government. Air Greenland’s fleet includes one Airbus A330-200 and seven Bombardier Dash 8 turboprops.

Airwise | Related New Projects for Mythopoeia on Air Greenland and Rossiya Airlines – APEX Media



Airbus Ends Hybrid-Electric Collaboration One Year Earlier Than Scheduled

Airbus confirmed it is ending its exclusive collaboration with Siemens to develop the hybrid-electric propulsion systems for the E-Fan X demonstrator, one year earlier than expected. “We believe the mission is accomplished, and we don’t need the exclusivity (with Siemens) anymore to make sure our joint endeavors come to fruition,” said Airbus chief technology officer Grazia Vittadini. “We are already seeing the results come in. So, the joint development agreement continues and will continue to the end of the year, and the partnership with Siemens will continue.”  

Air Transport World | Related eAircraft: Siemens Unveils Electric Propulsion Technology for First Time in US – APEX Media



Finnair Launches a Summer Menu to Celebrate Eight Years of Helsinki-Singapore Route

Finnair is launching a new summer menu to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the airline’s Helsinki–Singapore route. The business-class meals, which were created in consultation with Finnair’s signature chef Tommy Myllymäki, will be served from June 6 until September 5. The menu includes a starter of salmon tartar, served with marinated mushrooms, fresh trout roe and sprinkled with fried onion. The mains include pan-seared perch with chili-lemongrass sauce, bok choy in Balinese sauce and rice with sweet potatoes; and braised beef cheek with red wine sauce and mashed potatoes with truffle, carrots and pearl onions.

Breaking Travel News | Related Sound Palate: Finnair’s “Hear the Taste” Bisensory Experience – APEX Media





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Association News

Be the Difference at APEX EXPO this September!

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.


Call for 40th Anniversary Issue Submissions

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of APEX EXPO, taking place in Los Angeles from September 9 to 12, we will be producing a special issue of APEX Experience magazine – hopefully with your help! Click here to learn more about how you can participate.


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