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June 5, 2019



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Skypax Space-Saving Solution Is Just a Starting Point on Diehl’s Innovation Roadmap

Helge Sachs, senior vice-president, Product Innovation at Diehl Aviation, shared details at the RedCabin Aircraft Cabin Innovation Summit yesterday about some of the products developed using the company’s Innovation Roadmap. Skypax, which optimizes the space by combining the galley and lavatories side by side, is one example. Sachs also discussed bookable bins and voice-controlled lavatories.




Bombardier in Talks With Mitsubishi Over CRJ Program

Bombardier confirmed it is in talks with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries regarding its CRJ aircraft program. The company said that while it usually does not comment on market speculation, it believed it was “prudent to advise stakeholders” about the discussions with Mitsubishi. “There can be no assurance that any such discussions will ultimately lead to an agreement,” Bombardier said.

BBC News | Related [PHOTOS] Bombardier Launches CRJ550: The World’s First Three-Class 50-Seat Aircraft – APEX Media



TRB Works With Safran to Supply Panels for SIA’s Airbus A380 Luxury Suites

TRB Lightweight Structures has worked with Safran to create luxury Skyroom suites on board five of Singapore Airlines’ new Airbus A380s as part of the carrier’s 70th birthday celebrations. SIA commissioned Safran to design and manufacture the suites, which feature more than 100 different phenolic panels manufactured by TRB. TRB has subsequently been selected to manufacture more than 100 doors as part of an ongoing project to retrofit Skyroom suites on board the rest of the airline’s existing A380 fleet.

Inflight Online | Related Singapore Airlines To Fly New A380 To India – One Mile at a Time



NASA Wants to Integrate Electric Propulsion Into Commercial Aircraft

NASA is assessing industry proposals for flight demonstrations of electrified aircraft propulsion systems. The agency has set itself the goal of demonstrating the integration of a one-megawatt electric propulsion system with regional jets and narrow-body aircraft. “NASA seeks to accelerate technology development and reduce the risk, cost and schedule of potential future flight demonstrations of industry-based electrified aircraft propulsion concepts,” NASA said in a statement.

Air Transport World | Related Future Proof: Fuel Cell Systems Could Power Aircraft Cabin Parts – APEX Media



Boeing Highlights Sustainability Progress

Boeing released its 2019 environmental report highlighting the company’s progress in building more fuel-efficient aircraft and new ways to recycle and conserve resources. According to the report, Boeing reduced greenhouse gas emissions at its work sites by 7.3%, collaborated with Etihad Airways to fly a 787 powered by biofuel made from desert plants irrigated with seawater, and partnered with a UK-based recycler to keep two million pounds of excess carbon fiber from its factories out of landfills per year.

Boeing | Related Driving Sustainability: Cross-Industry Collaborations and Consumer Feedback – APEX Media



British Airways to Serve Its Own English Sparkling Wine

British Airways will soon launch its own co-branded English sparkling wine. Starting July 1, first-class passengers will be able to choose an exclusively developed 2015 Blanc de Noir from winemaker Hattingley Valley. The wine is a Pinot Noir dominant blend that is designed for drinking at altitude. “English Sparkling Wine is now incredibly popular around the world so we’re thrilled to have partnered with British Airways to create an exceptional wine that can be enjoyed on the ground and in the air across their network,” said Emma Rice, Hattingley Valley’s director and head winemaker.  

PAX International | Related Higher Hospitality: An In-Flight Services Trend Guide – APEX Media



EASA Approves Aireon’s ADS-B Aircraft Tracking

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has endorsed Aireon’s space-based aircraft tracking system. The approval means Aireon will not need to obtain additional certification to offer its ADS-B tracking for business purposes in Europe. “This is not only a validation of our processes, procedures and safety case in the EU, but it also establishes a robust safety case that can be used outside of the EU and throughout the world,” said Vincent Capezzuto, Aireon's chief technology officer.

FlightGlobal | Related Airplanes: Flight Tracking Standards Are Finally Catching Up – APEX Media





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Association News

Make an Impact at the APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony!

APEX is still accepting nominations and self-nominations to judge the upcoming APEX/IFSA Awards! In order to be considered, candidates must review and evaluate all entries including the entry form, description and any attachments. Candidates will not qualify as a judge if their company has submitted an award application for the category you have chosen. Each candidate must score each entry based on relevant qualifying criteria using a scoring rubric. Candidates must also complete evaluation/scoring at agreed upon time. The deadline to submit judge nominations is 12 June. Learn more about how to get involved 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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