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July 19, 2019



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FAA Says Cell Phones Could Pose Safety Risk to Some Boeing 777s and 737s

Passenger cell phones and other types of radio signals could pose a serious safety threat to some models of Boeing 777s and 737s, according to a report by the FAA. More than 1,300 US-registered aircraft are equipped with Honeywell-manufactured cockpit screens vulnerable to interference by Wi-Fi, mobile phones and outside frequencies such as weather radar, the report said. Data including airspeed, altitude and navigation could disappear and “result in loss of airplane control at an altitude insufficient for recovery,” the FAA said in the safety bulletin. The FAA has given airlines until November 2019 to replace the units.

Bloomberg | Related Why you can use your phone on planes now but you still can't make calls – Business Insider



Southwest Switches It Up With Surprise Nintendo-Themed Flight

Southwest and Nintendo surprised passengers with free Nintendo Switch consoles on a special gaming-themed flight to San Diego this week. The initiative coincides with Comic-Con, which kicked off in San Diego yesterday. “We call [Nintendo Switch] the perfect travel companion … We really built this promotion as something that works for both Nintendo fans and Southwest customers,” said Southwest spokesperson Alyssa Foster.

APEX Media | Related The State of Play: Will Gaming Content Bring In-Flight Entertainment to the Next Level? – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] AIM Altitude Develops Front Row Monuments for China Southern Dreamliner Cabins

AIM Altitude said it has "seamlessly" integrated the front row monuments of China Southern Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 fleet to align with the business-class seats. The company worked with Thompson Aero Seating, China Southern’s business-class seating supplier for the 797-9 fleet, to develop front row monuments with integrated stowages. AIM Altitude says the monuments transition “flawlessly” by aligning the foot-well area with the lie-flat seats when fully reclined. The in-flight entertainment monitors and literature pockets were also manufactured match the seats.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] AIM Altitude’s Social Zone Concept for Ultra Long-Haul Flights – APEX Media



OneWeb LEO Satellites Achieve HD Live Streaming During Test

OneWeb said its low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites delivered speeds of more than 400 Mbps with an average latency of 32 milliseconds, during a series of tests that took place in South Korea. The company said it is on schedule to create “a fully functioning global constellation in 2021 delivering partial service beginning as early as 2020,” which will initially comprise 650 satellites, eventually rising to 1,980 satellites. The tests involved six LEO satellites, which were launched in February. OneWeb said the 400 Mbps result is enough to livestream video at resolutions up to 1080p.

Ars Technica | Related Wide Receiver: Are Electronically Steered Antennae The Future of Satellite Connectivity? – APEX Media



Delta to Make It Easier to Recognize Employees Who Speak Sign Languages

Delta Air Lines will soon allow its employees to wear badges that indicate to others whether they are able to communicate in one of the world’s 300 sign languages. Starting this fall, the Atlanta-based carrier said it will be the first US airline to implement such an initiative, which will allow customers and qualified employees to immediately recognize “when they hold sign language as a common connection.” The initiative is the result of feedback from Delta passengers, the airline’s Advisory Board on Disability and ABLE Disability Business Resource Group for employees.

Delta Air Lines | Related Delta Air Lines just made it cheaper to travel with bikes, surfboards – USA Today



Recaro Launches Sustainability Category at Annual Supplier Awards

Recaro Aircraft Seating hosted its 11th Global Supplier Conference at its headquarters in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany. A key theme this year was sustainability, with Recaro adding a new award category to its list: The Environmental Supplier Award. “Sustainability is a key theme in society and in our industry,” said Joachim Ley, EVP of Supply Chain at Recaro. “As Recaro and its suppliers want to be prepared for the future and remain a supplier of choice, we need to keep coming up with innovative, adaptable and flexible solutions to address this and other important issues.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Recaro Introduces LR Economy CL3710 Seat for Better Sleep and Other News – APEX Media



40 Success Stories: When Gore Helped Put Men on the Moon

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the day humans first landed on the moon. W. L. Gore has been a part of more than 100 spaceflight programs, all with a 100% failure-free record. 50 years on from the Apollo 11 spaceflight, find out which of the company’s solutions were instrumental in helping to make the mission a success, and what kind of cabling it believes is still working on the moon’s surface to this day.

APEX Media | Related W.L. Gore’s Fiber-Optic Cables Fight the Bends – APEX Media





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Association News

Secure Your APEX EXPO Hotel Room Before It’s Too Late!

APEX EXPO is less than two months away and rooms are going fast! Secure discounted accommodations by booking today. Attendees are able to choose from JW Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Hotel Indigo Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn. If rooms are sold out at the hotel of your choice, continue to check back in case of cancellations. Visit the APEX EXPO accommodations page for additional booking information!


40 Success Stories

The World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) – now the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Association – held its first annual conference in 1979. This year’s event, now known as APEX EXPO, will mark the 40th anniversary since its inception. To celebrate reaching this milestone, we’re looking back at the most significant achievements of APEX members over the past 40 years. Thank you to Inmarsat for supporting this this campaign!


Don’t Miss Out on EXPO

APEX EXPO is the passenger experience industry's largest annual tradeshow. Co-located with IFSA EXPO and AIX EXPO, the three shows provide unparalleled access to thousands of industry professionals and passenger experience vendors. Register now!



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Until next week



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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