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June 11, 2019



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Ryanair to Purchase Malta Air

Malta Air will join the Ryanair Group of airlines, which includes Buzz, Lauda and Ryanair, after Ryanair Holdings announced today that it has agreed to purchase the Maltese startup airline. Ryanair plans to grow its Malta-based fleet of six Boeing 737s to 10 aircraft over three years. “We look forward to working closely with the Maltese authorities over the coming years as we hope to add over 50 more aircraft to the Maltese register,” Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said.

Ryanair | Related C-Suite: Kenny Jacobs, Chief Marketing Officer, Ryanair – APEX Media



EmbraerX Unveils eVTOL Concept at Uber Elevate Summit

EmbraerX today unveiled a new electric flying vehicle concept during Uber Elevate Summit 2019 in Washington, DC. The electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL) concept is the result of a range of tests and simulations aimed at developing an autonomous urban mobility solution with high reliability and low operations costs that could one day be used in the Uber Elevate ecosystem. “Our team looks forward to continued collaboration with the Embraer team to achieve a quiet, green, and safe, aerial ridesharing vehicle," said Mark Moore, engineering director of Aviation at Uber.

Embraer | Related Uber Elevate Partner Unveils Autonomous Air Taxi at CES – APEX Media



SkyBuys Duty-Free App Launches at Sydney Airport

SkyBuys, a duty-free retail platform, has launched at Sydney Airport, following a successful trial of the service in partnership with concessionaire Heinemann Australia. Passengers can now shop for duty-free items with the SkyBuys App, which is available for iOS and Android devices, at any stage of the journey, including before arrival at the airport.

SkyBuys | Related SkyBuys App Introduces Personalization to the Duty-Free Shopping Experience – APEX Media



United Expands Use of ConnectionSaver Tool

United Airlines will extend usage of its data tool, designed to reduce the number of missed flight connections, to all its hubs. The airline launched its ConnectionSaver service on all its flights at Denver Airport in February, before expanding it to Chicago O’Hare. The tool scans flights for customers with tight connections to assess whether flights can be held without inconveniencing other passengers.

Travel Weekly | Related Trading Gold for Blue: Oscar Munoz Speaks to APEX About United’s New Livery – APEX Media



ATPCO to Provide Flight Pricing and Retailing Content to TravelSky

ATPCO and TravelSky, a provider of IT solutions for China’s aviation and travel industry, today announced that they’ve signed a five-year deal. The agreement means the Chinese GDS is now a subscriber to ATPCO’s basic pricing and shopping content as well as retailing solutions. “There’s a lot of pressure, intense competition, in fact, from LCCs [low-cost carriers] in Asia, so the major airlines will need to better reveal their service and product differentiators,” said Jonathan Savitch, chief commercial officer of ATPCO.

APEX Media | Related Airlines Can Remove Fare Errors Faster With ATPCO’s New Feature – APEX Media



Aircraft Seat Market Forecasted to Grow to $18 Billion by 2025

The aircraft seating market is set to grow from $12 billion in 2018 to $18 billion by 2025, according to new research by Global Market Insights. Increasing aircraft demand from airlines, spurred by rising passenger traffic, will drive the market, the report said. The narrow-body aircraft seating sector is expected to experience the highest growth rate until 2025.  

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Aviation industry hit by protectionism – DW



Thai Airways’ Latest Amenity Kit Goes Royal

Thai Airways has launched a special-edition amenity kit to celebrate the birthday of Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, which was on June 3. Thai Airways’ Royal Silk Class (business-class) passengers on outbound flights more than four hours in duration will receive a gray sedge-woven amenity kit. The bags are produced by a sedge-weaving group in the Thai province of Rayong.

PAX International | Related Fine fragrance is in the air: LE LABO featured in new TUMI amenity kits – Delta Air Lines





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Association News

APEX Awards Submissions Close TOMORROW!

Don’t miss your chance to nominate a colleague or company deserving of an accolades such as the Outstanding Contribution Award or Newcomer of the Year Award to name a few. APEX is proud to honor industry leaders who have dedicated their lives to the enhancement of the passenger experience and advancing the industry. Click here to submit!


FTE EMEA & Ancillary is ONE WEEK Away!

FTE EMEA & Ancillary gears up next week in Istanbul. Co-located with The New Airport Show Istanbul, attendees can expect to engage with some of the industry's greatest minds to learn, network and collaborate on technology, design and innovation’s role in enhancing end-to-end customer experiences, and discovering revenue opportunities at every step of the journey. Likewise, this year’s show celebrates the landmark opening of the new mega-hub, Istanbul Airport, this upcoming October. Click here for more.


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"What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on."

Jacques Coustaeu


Until tomorrow



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