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September 10, 2019



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Astronics Leads With the Edge

Astronics unveiled Edge Cabin Network Platform, a scalable in-flight entertainment (IFE) hardware system that’s designed for easy installation in regional, single-aisle and wide-body aircraft. “What we’ve done is rethought the architecture,” said Mark Schwartz, vice-president, Astronics. “We’ve eliminated the head-end server, taken its CPU [central processing unit] and hard drive space and distributed it into what we call the SmartWAP. They’re not just wireless access points, but they have a processor and hard drive space in them.” Schwartz says empirical lab testing has shown each SmartWAP can serve between 70 and 100 streaming devices at 720p quality. The platform’s launch customer will take delivery of the system next year.

APEX Media | Related Astronics Powers Up for APEX EXPO – APEX Media



Viasat and InflightFlix to Stream Video Destination Guides

Viasat and InflightFlix announced a partnership to stream specially created in-flight entertainment (IFE) content directly to passengers’ personal devices. Airlines will receive a fixed monthly payment for each aircraft displaying the content, with no additional cost to the airline. Using Viasat’s wireless IFE platform, video guides for each destination in the airline’s network will be produced by InflightFlix and automatically selected according to flight destination.

APEX Media | Related JetBlue Selects Viasat IFC for Forthcoming Airbus A220 Fleet – APEX Media



Inflight Dublin Launches Next-Generation DO-160G Certified Everhub Server

Inflight Dublin has launched its next-generation DO-160G certified Everhub portable wireless server. Each server unit can deliver HD, browser-based DRM content to 75 passengers and can be powered via the aircraft or using two hot-swappable batteries, which can be charged without having to switch the server off. The hardware is complemented by the Everhub software platform, which can be tailored to an airline’s requirements. Loftleidir Icelandic will install two of the servers on board a Boeing 757. Inflight Dublin CCO Barry Flynn said that multiple undisclosed airlines have also signed up for the product and will be announced in due course.

APEX Media | Related Inflight Dublin Makes Four Customer Announcements – APEX Media



Introducing the Winners of the 2020 APEX/IFSA Awards

Innovations across the airline passenger experience industry were recognized at the first-ever combined awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of both APEX and IFSA members yesterday evening during APEX EXPO in Los Angeles. Over 40 professionals from both associations determined the top three finalists in each category and a separate panel of esteemed media voted on the winners. The Official Airline Ratings and Passenger Choice Award winners were also announced and the Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Brinder Bhatia of Panasonic Avionics.

APEX Media | Related The Finalists For the 2020 APEX/IFSA Awards Have Been Announced – APEX Media



Thales Partners With Airfree for Airport-Style Duty-Free Platform

Thales announced an in-flight retail partnership with Airfree to introduce an e-commerce platform that aims to bring an airport duty-free shopping-style experience into the aircraft cabin. Once it launches with Thales, the Airfree marketplace will be the first retail platform to offer duty-free services with ground fulfilment at more than 350 airports. Thales said the platform will launch with a major airline customer before the end of this year. In a separate announcement, Thales announced that JetBlue selected the Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system for its forthcoming fleet of 70 Airbus A220-300s, which are scheduled for delivery starting next year.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Thales Innovated With its AVANT IFE Portfolio – APEX Media



Panasonic and Toca Boca to Create Enriching In-Flight Map for Kids

Panasonic Avionics announced today that it is in the early stages of developing a child-friendly in-flight map product, in partnership with digital toy studio Toca Boca. The companies are already working together to offer games in flight. The children’s map product will be offered as an option with Panasonic’s personalized 3-D in-flight map platform, Arc, which is expected to launch with Vistara next year.

APEX Media | Related New Frontiers: Moving Maps Are Headed in a New Direction – APEX Media



APEX EXPO 2019 Delivers on Thought Leadership

Yesterday’s newly named Thought Leadership Conference at APEX EXPO 2019 featured keynotes from the CEOs of Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic, Spirit, JSX and Star Alliance as well as the first-ever Women in Aviation Luncheon, hosted by Viasat. During the afternoon, delegates had four tracks to choose from covering topics including ancillary revenue, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, passenger experience and sustainability.

APEX Media | Related Air Travel Stakeholders Discuss Why the Future of Collaboration Is Now – APEX Media





New career as tray table model? 😆 Checking out Spirit Airlines new seats. Captured by @airbus777 (via Instagram)

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> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

Happening Tomorrow: APEX EXPO 40th Anniversary Networking Event

 Tomorrow, experience the celebration of the season during APEX EXPO's 40th Anniversary Networking Event, sponsored by SmartSky Networks. Join airline leaders and passenger experience experts at the Conga Room to look back on four decades of APEX EXPO. It’s not too late to register.


Check APEX Experience Magazine to Find One of 40 Golden Tickets!

To celebrate APEX EXPO’s and Wessco International’s 40th anniversaries this year, 40 lucky APEX Experience magazine readers will win jumbo-sized swag bags, packed with luxury goodies from Wessco’s brand partnerships – including skincare, apparel and more. Check your copy of the 40th anniversary issue of the magazine for a golden ticket and present it at Wessco’s booth to claim your prize! More details here.


Your Photo Could Be Featured in the APEX EXPO Daily Experience

The #APEXPOTD AvGeek photography competition is back for the fourth year running! Post photos at APEX EXPO using the #APEXPOTD hashtag for your chance to be featured in the photo of the day section of the APEX EXPO Daily Experience and the APEX Daily Experience e-newsletter! Hat tip to photographer Laird Kay, who is judging the contest again this year, as well as providing the prize: a baseball cap from his VERY PLANE CLOTHES collection. Details here.


> Quote of the Day


"Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world."



Until tomorrow



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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