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June 4, 2019



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Acro Close to Starting China Aircraft Seat Production

Acro Aircraft Seating said it is close to beginning production of its economy and premium economy aircraft seats at its facility in China. The company established a Shanghai production plant in late 2018, with the aim of supplying the Chinese civil aviation market. Acro secured its first Chinese airline customer earlier this year when Spring Airlines ordered the Series 3ST+ seat for linefit on board 45 Airbus A320s and 15 A321s.

Acro Aircraft Seating | Related Acro Launches New Series 6LC Seat, Explores Staggered Seating at AIX – APEX Media



Latécoère to Demonstrate Li-Fi-Based IFE System During Paris Air Show

French aerospace group Latécoère will demonstrate its light-based Li-Fi data transmission system at an Air France cabin mockup during the Paris Air Show, which will take place June 17 to 23. The system, developed in partnership with Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, uses optical signals to transmit data for wireless in-flight entertainment and connectivity. Latécoère says Li-Fi’s data throughput is 100 times faster than existing Wi-Fi systems.

FlightGlobal | Related Cadami and aeroFi Combine Coded Caching and Li-Fi for Streaming – APEX Media



DOT Tentatively Approves American Airlines and Qantas JV

American Airlines and Qantas received tentative approval from the US Department of Transportation for a joint venture for flights between the US and Australia and New Zealand. The DOT gave tentative antitrust immunity for the proposed tie-up, which would allow the two airlines to coordinate fares and schedules if granted final approval, which is subject to public comment. The move comes after an earlier bid for antitrust immunity was rejected in 2016 during the Obama administration over concerns the pact could harm competition.

Bloomberg | Related [VIDEO] APEX Insider: Part One – Inside the Qantas Centre of Service Excellence – APEX Media



IATA Approves Resolution to Improve Flying for Passengers With Disabilities

A resolution to improve the air travel experience for people with disabilities was unanimously approved during IATA’s annual general meeting in Seoul. The commitment calls upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities. “The numbers of persons with disabilities traveling by air are set to increase significantly as populations expand and grow older,” said IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac. “With this resolution the industry is committed to ensure that passengers living with disability can travel safely and with dignity.”

Breaking Travel News | Related Wayfinding Assist: Neatebox Makes Traveling More Accessible for People With Disabilities – APEX Media



SAS Will End In-Flight Duty-Free Sales to Curb Emissions

Scandinavian Airlines will stop its in-flight duty-free retail program this fall to help reduce fuel consumption and reach its goal of curbing emissions by at least 25% by 2030. The decision comes amid a growing campaign in Sweden to encourage people to take fewer flights in favor of other transport options such as rail. SAS said it would take other measures to reduce weight in the coming months.

Reuters | Related Finding Treasure: How Ancillary Revenue is Evolving With Onboard Connectivity – APEX Media



LOT Polish Airlines Renews Partnership With Sabre

LOT Polish Airlines and Sabre, a provider of IT technologies and solutions for the aviation and tourism industries, announced the renewal of their strategic partnership during a press event last month. The agreement provides the carrier with access to 425,000 travel agencies and companies around the world through Sabre’s global distribution system. LOT is also upgrading to the newest version of Sabre’s AirCentre Flight Plan Manager, which reduces operating costs by optimizing flight plans.  

APEX Media | Related Aeroflot, Ethiopian & Etihad are Launch Partners for Sabre’s DACP – APEX Media



Jazeera Airways Launches a Convenience Store in the Sky

Jazeera Airways has formed an in-flight retail partnership with Trolley, a Kuwait-based chain of convenience stores. The airline will offer more than 100 items covering personal and child care, food and beverages, games, skincare and electronics to passengers in business and economy class. “We have the pleasure today to be partnering with Trolley, which has become a leading service provider in Kuwait, to introduce their wide range of travel-related retail products on board all our flights,” said Jazeera Airways CEO Rohit Ramachandran.

Inflight Online | Related Jazeera Airways wants India to increase number of seats – The Hindu





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Registration for the 40th Anniversary of APEX EXPO is Now Open!

Drawing in more than 3,000 industry professionals, experience our largest collection of executive keynotes, thought-leading panel discussions, show floor, networking events and the inaugural APEX/IFSA Awards presentation! As the industry’s largest passenger experience event exclusive to experts and decision-makers, APEX EXPO is committed to elevating the level of the worldwide passenger experience. Register today!


Participate in IATA's Global Passenger Survey

APEX partner association IATA has just launched the 2019 Global Passenger Survey to explore passenger travel behaviors and preferences. Collecting 10,000 responses every year, the project delivers detailed insight into what passengers want and need when traveling by air. The survey will be open until 30 June 2019. Share your travel preferences and help IATA shape future of the air industry.


APEX/IFSA Awards Application Deadline Extended to 12 June!

You asked, and we delivered! The deadline for the upcoming APEX/IFSA Awards has been extended to 12 June! There is now more time to nominate a deserving contender for one of these awards. Our inaugural joint awards program aims to recognize specific achievements that were successfully implemented from July 2018 – June 2019. Do you want to shine the light on a company or individual for their achievements? Submit an awards nomination today!


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