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September 13, 2019



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Global Eagle Takes the “Pulse” of What Passengers Are Watching in Flight

Following the introduction of its cloud-based content delivery platform Open, which enables airlines to have more control of their content cycles and update their content more frequently, Global Eagle is now releasing a complementary data platform called Pulse. Pulse gathers data on user behavior to curate personalized in-flight entertainment experiences. By tracking what passengers are watching and when, airlines can more precisely determine the content that best suits them.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Global Eagle Put Beats in the Sky – APEX Media



Signal Lamp Announces In-Flight Advertising and Content Agreements

Signal Lamp Entertainment (SLE) has made four announcements indicating the company’s continued expansion into in-flight advertising and content. In one piece of news, SLE has entered into a new agency relationship with Electronic Arts to distribute its e-sports content including broadcast events and behind-the-scenes footage surrounding FIFA, Madden and APEX Legends. The company also revealed that its ad serving platform, Ad Republic, will become standard on Burrana’s in-flight entertainment systems PAVES and GLIDE, that it has partnered with Inadvia to offer ad serving and programmatic advertising solutions and that it has been granted the distribution rights to the Lionsgate release RAMBO: Last Blood.

APEX Media | Related Signal Lamp Entertainment Announces Airborne Interactive Acquisition at AIX – APEX Media



ANA Upgrades to Next-Gen SITAONAIR Wi-Fi

All Nippon Airways has started installing SITAONAIR’s Internet ONAIR portal on board some of its Boeing 7777-300ER aircraft. The Inmarsat GX Aviation-powered Ka-band connectivity solution is being deployed in partnership with JSAT MOBILE. Eiichi Yoda, JSAT MOBILE’s president and CEO said: “JSAT MOBILE’s regulatory expertise and close customer coordination together with SITAONAIR’s industry-leading expertise and connectivity solutions, combined with Inmarsat’s reliable and expanding GX Aviation network, enables ANA to benefit from a seamless and future-proof solution.”

SITA ONAIR | Related ANA to Offer Free In-Flight Wi-Fi on Domestic Routes – APEX Media



IdeaNova Technologies Debuts Linux DRM Server and Updated InPlay Portal

After being selected by Microsoft to preview the technology earlier this year, IdeaNova Technologies now has the ability to host its Microsoft PlayReady DRM server on Linux. The company also announced that the updated version of IdeaNova’s InPlay Portal, which enables both ad-sponsored video on demand and live TV content, is due to begin flying with an airline by the end of this year.

APEX Media | Related IdeaNova Technologies Debuts Linux DRM Server and Updated InPlay Portal – APEX Media



Enrique Cueto to Step Down as LATAM Airlines CEO

LATAM Airlines’ founder and CEO Enrique Cueto announced he will step down from his position at the helm of Latin America’s largest airline in March 2020. Cueto will be replaced by LATAM’s current chief operating officer Roberto Alvo, following a 25-year stint as CEO. “Today we are the leaders in the connectivity of the [Latin American] region with the rest of the world,” said Ignacio Cueto, the president of the Board of Directors of LATAM Airlines Group and Enrique’s brother. “We are within the most punctual airlines in the world and with a service distinguished by millions of customers and we have considerably improved our financial state.”

Airways Magazine | Related Spafax Delivers Anime IFE Content to LATAM Airlines – APEX Media



IN Air Travel Experience and Linstol Debut Sustainable Alternatives for In-Flight Dining at APEX EXPO

Following the launch of its sustainability manifesto earlier this summer, IN Air Travel Experience has now launched IN.bowl, a meal product it says will reduce cost, waste, weight and catering and handling complexity. Also debuted this week at APEX EXPO, Linstol has launched a line of biodegradable disposable bamboo napkins made from 100 percent renewable natural bamboo fibers. More absorbent than standard linen napkins, Linstol’s bamboo alternatives have a reduced carbon footprint compared to their reusable counterparts, eliminating harsh industrial laundry processes and their associated water and chemical usage as well as transport costs.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Linstol Took a Super Step to Reduce Plastic Waste – APEX Media



ECA Group, PXCom and Global One Media Partner for IFE Solution

ECA Group has inked a deal with industry partners that turns its WAP and media server hardware into a turnkey solution. PXCom brings the software and Global One Media the content, and together the partners say they deliver an in-flight entertainment solution that minimizes costs and eases installation. “An easy solution is a turnkey solution,” said Mohamad ElAssad, CEO, Global One Media, at the contract signing on Tuesday at APEX EXPO.

APEX Media | Related Global One Media Partners With ECA Group and TEAC for All-in-One Solution – APEX Media





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The 40th Anniversary Issue of APEX Experience Magazine: We Couldn’t Have Done It Without You!

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the 40th anniversary issue of APEX Experience magazine. There were many aspects of the association’s history that we didn’t get to touch on and some submissions that didn’t make it to print. Here is some bonus content, from interviews conducted with former board members and industry insiders, that was not included in the magazine. Enjoy!


Save $100 on FTE Asia EXPO 2019!

IATA predicts more than half of the new passengers who will fly over the next 20 years will live in Asia. With FTE as part of the APEX family, join us as we return to the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore from 12-13 November for the FTE Asia EXPO 2019. APEX invites content providers in the region and beyond to exhibit at the inaugural APEX Asia Content Market. APEX Members: receive $100 off registration rates with code FTEAPEX!


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