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July 29, 2019



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Cebu Air Plans to Fit More Passengers in Airbus A330neo Than Ever Before

Cebu Air said it will rearrange galleys and bathrooms on board its new Airbus A330-900s to fit a record 460 seats, 20 more than the aircraft’s current maximum. The Philippines-based low-cost carrier is pursuing a policy of accommodating as many passengers as possible on the most popular routes, according to Mathieu De Marchi, a consultant at aviation planning and development firm Landrum & Brown. Cebu’s chief executive adviser Mike Szucs said in an email that, “customer comfort and experience will be a primary consideration” but airfares are “always an aspect [that] consumers are conscious about.”

Skift | Related Cebu Pacific targets 300 millionth passenger milestone – ABS-CBN



Star Alliance to Develop Biometric Verification Platform

Star Alliance announced it will develop a biometric data-based identification platform to “improve the travel experience” for travelers participating in frequent flyer programs of member airlines. The alliance will partner with NEC Corporation to create a system allowing customers to pass through “curb-to-gate” touchpoints, including check-in, bag-drop, lounge entry and boarding gates, using facial recognition verification technology.

Air Transport World | Related Blockchain-Based Biometric Pilot Launches for Passport-Free Flights Between Canada and Netherlands – APEX Media



Phasor ESA Obtains ISO 9001 Certification

Phasor has achieved ISO 9001 certification for its electronically-steered antenna (ESA). The certification process, which took six months, means the company is closer to commercializing its products. The ESA features a flat, low profile design and can support traditional fixed satellite networks, high-throughput satellites and non-geosynchronous satellite networks.

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



WeChat Tests In-Flight Mobile Payments

A pilot project is testinge in-flight payments via Chinese social media app WeChat on two Spring Airlines flights. WeChat Pay users with a credit score above 550 can apply to use the service, which allows them to make purchases on board flights without Internet. Instead, users pay automatically via the app upon landing.

Travel Daily Media | Related Lufthansa Systems to Launch Pilot for In-Flight Payments – APEX Media



British Airways Unveils New Menus Designed by Tom Kerridge

British Airways has teamed up with Michelin-star chef Tom Kerridge, who has designed new menus across all cabin classes on long-haul flights. The new dishes include fresh seasonal ingredients, such as wild garlic and asparagus, and are intended to blend culinary expertise and flavors that work well at altitude. “The dishes reflect not only my vision and what I do at my restaurants but most importantly, they represent the best of British food to the world,” Kerridge said.

Business Traveller | Related British Airways Takes Delivery Of First Airbus A350-1000 – Airways Magazine



UK Aerospace Firms Prepare (Once Again) for Brexit

The UK’s aerospace industry is ramping up plans to leave the country’s aviation regulator, ahead of a second Brexit deadline at the end of October. More than 600 British aerospace firms have so far applied to be regulated by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as third-country parties under a new scheme launched last October for companies seeking to access the single market in case of a no-deal Brexit. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, manufacturers which have not secured authorization from the EASA or other European aviation authorities would be unable to sell components to European customers.

The Guardian | Related Chain Reaction: The Aerospace Industry Prepares for Brexit – APEX Media



40 Success Stories: When Airvision Took the IFE Screen from Communal to Personal

Airvision’s world-first seatback in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens were installed in business and economy class on board a Northwest Airlines Boeing 767 in 1988. Surveys carried out by the carrier together with Warners Bros suggested 70 percent of passengers preferred the personal screens – which offered a choice of six linear channels showing content on a fixed schedule – to overhead units. The 40 Success Stories campaign celebrates APEX members’ most significant achievements in the lead-up to the 40th anniversary of APEX EXPO this September.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When TAP Air Portugal Recreated its 1970s PaxEx – APEX Media





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Each year, APEX EXPO attracts more than 5,000 industry professionals, including 300+ exhibiting content providers, OEMs, systems manufacturers, and other industry suppliers. As the biggest passenger experience show of the fall, APEX EXPO is the perfect time to take a closer look at the most innovative technologies in the industry. Be a part of the show, happening 9-12 September in Los Angeles, CA. Registration is open now.


The Lufthansa FlyingLab Returns to APEX EXPO

   The Lufthansa FlyingLab immersive in-flight conference takes off in Munich on 7 September with non-stop service to APEX EXPO in Los Angeles. Join as attendees discuss, test and experience how digitalization revolutionizes the passenger experience, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Hear perspectives from keynotes from Star Alliance, Lufthansa Group, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and Airbus. To learn more about the Lufthansa FlyingLab, click here.



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