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July 15, 2019



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Kuwait Airways Selects Collins Business Seat and Galley Inserts for Airbus A330neos

Collins Aerospace Systems will supply Kuwait Airways’ forthcoming fleet of Airbus A330-800s with Super Diamond business-class seats and Essence galley inserts. The Gulf carrier’s eight A330neos are scheduled to enter service in 2020, and 32 business-class lie-flat seats will be installed in each aircraft in a 1-2-1 layout. The Essence galley inserts will include steam ovens and espresso machines plus a full suite of chilling equipment.

Inflight Online | Related Turkish Airlines, Kuwait Airways to codeshare – Air Transport World



Boeing 737 MAX Bound for Ryanair Undergoes Name Change

A Boeing 737 MAX scheduled to be delivered to Ryanair has had its model name changed on the livery. Photos of the repainted narrow-body aircraft, show that the name 737 MAX has been replaced by 737-8200 on the nose. However, the name 737-8200 predates the 737 MAX moniker and has been used by the FAA and EASA in official reports and documentation. Ryanair has 135 of the 737 MAX models on order, the first five of which are due for delivery in the fall.

The Guardian | Related "New" name for Ryanair 737 Max is not actually new – FlightGlobal



[PHOTOS] Play Golf and Sip Traditional Tea at Turkish Airlines’ IST Business Lounge

Following Turkish Airlines’ move to Istanbul Airport in April, the country’s flag carrier has upgraded the experience it offers to travelers with its new business lounge. The lounge can accommodate 765 people and is accessed via automatic gates that open after scanning an eligible boarding pass. It features 24 suites, 24 shower cabins, a movie hall, a library, a golf simulator, a tea corner, a museum and a special zone for children.

APEX Media | Related Turkish Airlines Borrows Aircraft from AnadoluJet Amid 737 MAX Groundings – APEX Media



Lufthansa CEO: No “Greta Effect” on Passenger Volume

Lufthansa said it expects passenger numbers to rise by about 4% this year. The airline’s CEO Carsten Spohr said that public support for climate activist Greta Thunberg has not curbed demand for air travel. “At this time we don’t see restraint – in fact, the opposite,” Spohr told the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper. “Air travel influences the world positively: We connect countries, economies and societies together. Moreover, for years we’ve been able to reduce our per-passenger CO2 emissions.” 

Reuters | Related European airline growth outperformed global air passenger growth – Travel Daily Media



Iran’s Space Agency Wants to Develop In-Flight Wi-Fi for Airlines

The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) Morteza Barari said that airlines in Iran will offer satellite-based in-flight Wi-Fi. He said the ISA has organized several expert-level meetings with the country’s Civil Aviation Organization, which will provide a test airplane “to carry out preliminary and initial tests on the aircraft’s internet system.” A cooperation agreement between both parties will be finalized in the coming weeks, Barari said.

Alertify | Related How Trump’s Iran Nuclear Deal Decision Could Affect Boeing and Airbus – APEX Media



Dallas-Fort Worth to Trial Robotic Luggage Transportation Vehicles

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has started testing autonomous robot vehicles in its international terminal. The robots are being used to assist travelers arriving on international flights, who are required to recheck bags after clearing customs and connecting to domestic flights. The FLEET vehicles, developed by Dutch technology firm Vanderlande, can handle about 450 bags per hour. Connecting travelers can place their items on vehicles, which then transport the items to the baggage belts.

Business Traveller | Related Programmed to Care: Can We Trust Robots With Our Feelings? – APEX Media



40 Success Stories: When Inmarsat Made Room for More Aircraft in the Sky

The first installment in our 40 Success Stories campaign, highlighting 40 significant achievements of APEX members as we count down to the 40th APEX EXPO, explores how Inmarsat’s Classic Aero solution reduced aircraft separation standards, meaning three times more aircraft could fly in any given airspace. Find out how it was developed, who was involved and how it's been updated to cater to the demands of today’s aviation industry.

APEX Media | Related Airbus to Develop Next-Gen Satellites for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Network – APEX Media





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Association News

APEX EXPO Tackles Airport Biometrics with Aviation’s Top Aviation Executives!

Biometrics in airports is becoming increasingly important in the passenger experience industry. Join us at APEX EXPO as we take a closer look and deconstruct the topic with some of the top executives in the industry. This panel will include Xiamen Airlines chairman Zhao Dong, president and chief operating officer of JetBlue Joanna Geraghty, Aeroméxico CEO Andrés Conesa and Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss. Learn more here.


Three Days of EXPO Marketplace

Join us at EXPO and interact with the brands and organizations transforming the future of flight. As the premier global passenger experience tradeshow, EXPO connects more than 5,000 industry professionals, including 500+ representatives from 100+ airlines, with over 300 exhibitors. Over the course of three days, come expecting to learn more about the latest technology, products, and content revolutionizing the inflight experience. Register today.



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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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