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July 31, 2019



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Air France Signs MoU for 60 Airbus A220s and Announces Retirement of A380s

Air France signed a memorandum of understanding with a view to ordering 60 Airbus A220-300s, worth $5.5 billion at list prices. The airline also announced it would retire its fleet of 10 A380s by 2022. The A220s will gradually replace Air France’s fleet of 51 A318s and A319s when deliveries begin in 2021. “This aircraft demonstrates optimum operational and economic efficiency and enables us to further improve our environmental footprint thanks to the A220’s low fuel consumption and reduced emissions,” said Benjamin Smith, Air France-KLM’s CEO.

Business Traveller | Related Air France Slams French Plan for New Tax on Plane Tickets – Bloomberg



Airlines Cut Capacity on Korea–Japan Routes Amid Escalating Trade Row

An escalating trade row between Japan and South Korea is affecting airlines because of declining demand for air travel. Korean Air is among five airlines cutting capacity on certain routes. The flag carrier said it will suspend flights between Busan and Sapporo as of September 3 and is also considering cutting more routes between the two countries or using smaller aircraft on those routes. Last month, Japan tightened controls on exports of high-tech materials to South Korea, in apparent retaliation for a court ruling to compensate South Koreans forced to work for Japanese companies during World War II.

AINOnline | Related Japan rejects Korean fund plan to compensate forced wartime labor – Reuters



United Launches Meal Pre-Order Trial for First-Class Passengers

United Airlines today launched a trial to allow first-class passengers to pre-order meals on domestic flights. The Chicago-based carrier is conducting the trial on select flights between Los Angeles International and Washington Dulles International airports. Under the new scheme, United will send customers an email five days before their flight inviting them to select an in-flight meal up to 24 hours prior to departure. However, travelers who don’t select an option in advance will still be able to choose a meal on board flights. | Related United Partners With Cult Skincare Brand Sunday Riley – APEX Media



BER on Track for October 2020 Opening

The perennially delayed Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) has entered the final technical testing phase, a prerequisite before officially opening by a target date of October 2020. “Out of a total of 12 asset groups required to be tested, 10 have already been certified with positive results by testing experts,” the airport’s operator Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg GmbH said. By the target October 2020 opening date, the airport will have been delayed by a total of eight years.

Air Transport World | Related Travelers get used to unfinished Berlin airport – DW



[PHOTOS] Aircalin Takes Delivery of First Airbus A330neo

Aircalin became the latest Airbus A330neo operator after taking delivery of its first of two A330-900s on Tuesday in Toulouse. The New Caledonia flag carrier’s A330neo will feature 291 seats in a three-class layout with 26 seats in business class, 21 in an all-new premium economy cabin and 244 in economy class. A second A330-900 is scheduled to be delivered in September, with the two aircraft replacing Aircalin’s existing 16-year-old A330-200s.

Airways Magazine | Related Aircalin’s First A330-900neo Enters Final Assembly Line – Airline Geeks



Airbus Wants to Ramp Up A321neo Production

Airbus wants to increase production of its A321neo narrow-body aircraft amid rising demand for the variant. The manufacturer said it is “studying different options” to allocate a larger share of its production to the A321neo because of the popularity of the reconfigured Airbus Cabin Flex version and the recently launched A321XLR variant. By the end of June, Airbus logged 2,686 orders for the A321neo, representing 40% of all orders for A320neo family aircraft.

FlightGlobal | Related Airbus comfortable with twin-aisle production levels – FlightGlobal



40 Success Stories: When Astronics Took Charge of the Airplane Cabin

A year after its idea for an in-seat power system was well-received by delegates at the 1995 WAEA Conference and Exhibition, Astronics (then Olin Aerospace) was back at the 1996 event in Seattle launching the first EmPower product, a 75-watt, 12-volt automotive cigarette-lighter-style outlet capable of charging laptops. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines were the first to fly with the solution in 1997. The 40 Success Stories campaign, supported by Inmarsat, celebrates APEX members’ most significant achievements in the lead-up to the 40th anniversary of APEX EXPO this September. Click below to register for APEX EXPO.






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Hear Viewpoints from Aviation’s Top Executives at APEX EXPO!

Each year, APEX EXPO brings out the biggest names in aviation, and as the 40th anniversary of the conference, this year is no exception. Don’t miss out on hearing perspectives from executives from Delta Air Lines, Atlantic Airways, Spirit Airlines, Aeromexico, Xiamen Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, flybe, LATAM Brasil, El Al, Virgin Atlantic and JetSuiteX. Register today to join the conversation. For a full list of speakers, visit our APEX EXPO speakers page.


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 campaign!


Attend the First APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony!

On Monday 9 September, don’t miss the APEX/IFSA Awards Ceremony, happening at APEX EXPO. As the inauguration of the combined awards, APEX and IFSA will highlight the most innovative work in passenger experience. Join as both organizations jointly honor individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary dedication and innovation to advancing the passenger experience. The Points Guy founder and CEO Brian Kelly will serve as the awards master of ceremonies. Secure your seat at the awards 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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