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August 6, 2019



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Airbus Starts A220 Assembly in Alabama

Airbus has started production of the A220 at its assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama. The first US-assembled A220 aircraft will be ready next year and Airbus plans to hire more than 400 employees to support increased production. “The expansion of our commercial aircraft production in Mobile to a second product line … further solidifies Airbus’ standing as a truly global aircraft manufacturer,” said Jeffrey Knittel, Airbus Americas’ chairman and CEO.

CNBC | Related Airbus Renames C Series as A220, But What Else Is Changing? – APEX Media



Decision Time as LOT Polish Airlines Plans Major Wide-Body Order

LOT Polish Airlines is planning a substantial order of either Boeing 787-9/10s or Airbus A350-900/1000s in the near future, said CEO Rafal Milczarski. Speaking to Polish air travel website Fly 4 Free, Milczarski said the country’s flag carrier, which operates an all-Dreamliner wide-body fleet, would make “a decision based on an analysis of which aircraft will best suit LOT's needs and which offer will be the most advantageous.” LOT will also make a separate decision for an order of regional jets, deciding between the Airbus A220 or Embraer E2.

Aerotelegraph | Related LOT Polish Airlines Renews Partnership With Sabre – APEX Media



Gilat to Begin Supplying to BizAv IFC Market

Gilat Satellite Networks will soon begin supplying tail-mount aero antennas for the business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) market. The announcement comes after the company closed a multimillion-dollar contract to provide antennas to a Tier-1 business aviation supplier. “Gilat’s expansion from commercial aviation into the market segment of business aviation is a major milestone in our IFC strategy,” said Ron Levin, Gilat’s vice-president of Mobility and Global Accounts. “This achievement, of a potential of hundreds of terminals, further strengthens Gilat as a major IFC player in this fast-growing satellite communication market.”

Via Satellite | Related Honeywell selects Gilat’s modem for JetWave Ka-band solution – Get Connected



Singapore Airlines Unveils All-New Mobile App

Singapore Airlines launched a redesigned mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones. The app features a new search function that uses image recognition and natural language processing to identify a user’s intent and match it to a Singapore Airlines destination. It also has a tool that allows customers to measure their baggage and determine whether it is within cabin limitations, and includes a real-time voice translator intended to help people communicate while traveling.

Breaking Travel News | Related Singapore Airlines Unlocks Unlimited WiFi In First Class – Executive Traveller



ST Engineering Secures First SPACElite I Seat Customer

An unnamed Cambodia-based airline will become the launch customer for ST Engineering’s economy-class seat. The company obtained a supplemental type certificate (STC) from EASA for retrofitting SPACElite I on board Airbus A320 aircraft. Weighing 24 lbs, the seat incorporates features such as an articulating seat pan that allows for large shin clearance and a lumbar cushion using suspension fabric for back support. “With the first successful installation for our launch customer and approval by EASA, we are confident that more airlines and lessors will be showing interest in our seats,” said Lim Serh Ghee, ST Engineering’s president, Aerospace.

Inflight Online | Related [PHOTOS] APEX at CES: Tech That Could Change PaxEx – APEX Media



PIT Uses Deep Learning to Estimate TSA Wait Times

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has partnered with Zensors, an artificial intelligence company, to estimate wait times at TSA checkpoints. The Pittsburgh-based company will use deep learning technology to analyze video feeds from the airport’s security cameras on a minute-by-minute basis. Wait-time information is then posted to screens and the website, including predictions about whether wait times will increase or decrease.

Business Traveller | Related PIT Trials New Solutions for Visually Impaired Travelers – APEX Media



40 Success Stories: When Airbus Prompted the Industry to Watch This Airspace

In April 2014, Airbus unveiled a clean-sheet aircraft cabin design for the A350 XWB. Two years later the OEM announced that the design features of the cabin would be rolled out across the rest of the Airbus product line under a new brand, Airspace by Airbus. The Airspace cabin is due to launch on board A320 family aircraft for the first time with JetBlue in 2020. The 40 Success Stories campaign 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.






On the tarmac at Chinggis Khaan Airport in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Captured by @ebaviator (via Instagram)

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Association News

Don’t Miss the Chance to Network With the Biggest Names in Aviation!

Join us for this year’s APEX EXPO Networking Event at the Conga Room on 11 September! Mingle with industry leaders as we reflect on four decades of EXPO excellence. Special thanks to SmartSky for sponsoring this can’t miss event.


Attend the Dynamic Content and Connectivity Panel at APEX EXPO!

During this year’s Thought Leadership Conference at APEX EXPO, industry experts will look into the next generation of dynamic content delivery and connectivity, and the required paths needed to ensure every passenger has a quality experience. For additional track information and the full EXPO schedule, click here.



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