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September 20, 2019



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AirAsia to Upgrade Wi-Fi Across Its Fleet With Inmarsat GX Aviation

In-flight Wi-Fi on six aircraft operated by AirAsia Malaysia and two aircraft operated by AirAsia Thailand have been upgraded to receive Inmarsat’s Ka-band Internet, GX Aviation. The service will roll out across the rest of the airline’s fleet over the next year, providing high-speed Internet to passengers to stream music and video. Aireen Omar, AirAsia Group’s president (RedBeat Ventures), said introducing Ka-band service “is the next logical step” in delivering a digital in-flight experience for passengers. Omar also added that the in-flight Wi-Fi upgrade will enable the airline to receive real-time analytics so that they can serve passengers more personalized content.

Inflight Online | Related Industry Visionaries: A Spotlight on Some of the Brightest Minds in Aviation – APEX Media



Panasonic Avionics Offers Glimpse of Innovation Studio Experience at APEX EXPO

Having announced the opening of five innovation studios around the world, Panasonic Avionics offered visitors to its booth a glimpse of the creative synergy that happens at the facility, the first of which opened in May, in Pleasanton, California. “It’s created to enable design thinking, where you come together with airline customers … to understand where they are in their discovery process or digital transformation strategy. And [we show them] how our platform can help them get there,” said Sebastian Petry, director, Innovation and Design, Panasonic Avionics.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Panasonic Avionics Makes In-Flight Map, Wellness and Esports Announcements – APEX Media



Thomas Cook Holds Emergency Talks to Prevent Collapse

Thomas Cook is in last-minute talks with its banks, bondholders and biggest shareholder to avoid a collapse that would leave 150,000 people on vacation stranded. The world’s oldest travel company, founded in 1841, held emergency talks to sell its Nordic airline and tour operating divisions. Thomas Cook could collapse by this weekend if it is unable to plug a $250-million hole in its finances. The company’s collapse would put 20,000 jobs at risk.

The Guardian | Related Thomas Cook races to secure more rescue funds – BBC News



Heathrow Tests Technology That Could Allow to Recycle 100% of Its Plastic Waste

London’s Heathrow Airport launched a trial of a new technology that turns unrecyclable passenger waste, including food packaging and plastic film, into airport furniture, uniforms and alternative fuels. The airport is testing a new recycling unit, which has the potential to process 5,000 metric tons of non-recyclable plastic by turning it into its original oil state and could allow the airport to recycle all of its plastic waste. The pilot plant was developed by Heathrow’s Innovation Prize winners: Sheffield-based company Catal and Dr. Massimiliano Materazzi of University College London.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related [VIDEO] How British Airways’ New A350 Feeds Into Its £6.5B Investment Plans – APEX Media



Singapore Airlines Achieves World’s First In-Flight Broadcast on Airbus A380

Singapore Airlines partnered with Sky Sports for the world’s first live in-flight broadcast from an Airbus A380. On a flight from Zurich to Singapore, Sky Sports host Craig Slater interviewed Ruth Buscombe, senior strategy engineer for the Alfa Romeo Racing Formula One team, ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix. The broadcast was made possible through the aircraft’s SITAONAIR in-flight connectivity platform powered by Inmarsat GX Aviation.

Inflight Online | Related Connected TV Is Experiencing Explosive Growth, Advertisers Are Taking Note – APEX Media



Skyline IFE Introduces iPRAM Card Reprogramming Service

In-flight entertainment service provider Skyline IFE now has the capability to reprogram the Integrated Pre-Recorded Announcement Module (iPRAM) cards used by Airbus, so that airlines can update their boarding music or safety information. “It’s refreshing to have a change, especially on routes with frequent flyers,” said Skyline IFE’s managing director Richard Barsby. Having already obtained certification under EASA form 1, the cards are now ready to be delivered to clients and installed on board.

APEX Media | Related Euro-Composites Joins IAMA in Addressing Retrofit Market Hurdles – APEX Media



Alaska Airlines Will Plant a Tree for Each Passenger Who Brings Their Own Filled Water Bottle on Board

Alaska Airlines launched an initiative to encourage passengers and employees to decrease usage of single-use plastics in flight. The #FillBeforeYouFly initiative aims to encourage passengers to bring their own water bottles and fill them before boarding. Alaska Airlines said it will plant one tree for every passenger who fills their water bottle and posts a photo to social media as part of its goal to plant one million trees on the US West Coast. “This is one of Alaska Airlines' many sustainability efforts to reduce in-flight waste per passenger going to landfills by 70% by 2020,” Alaska Airlines said in a press release.

PAX International | Related Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: In-Flight Service and the “Greta Effect” – APEX Media





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