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October 3, 2019

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WTO Grants Permission for US to Impose 10% Tariff on European Aircraft Imports

The US plans to begin imposing tariffs on aircraft manufactured in Europe after the World Trade Organization granted permission to tax up to $7.5 billion of European exports annually. Starting October 18, US trade officials said the tariffs would be set at a 10% rate for aircraft and 25% on agricultural and other items. The US first filed a case at the WTO in 2004, arguing that cheap European loans to Airbus were tantamount to illegal state subsidies. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he expected the US to "enter into negotiations with the European Union aimed at resolving this issue in a way that will benefit American workers."

BBC News | Related WTO Cuts Outlook for Global Trade Growth to Lowest in a Decade – Bloomberg

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Uber’s Helicopter Service Between Lower Manhattan and JFK Now Available to All Users

Uber launched a service that will allow all users to book helicopter flights to New York’s JFK International Airport through the company’s app. The Uber Copter service was initially offered to the app’s premium members in June and was made available to all users as of today. However, the roughly eight-minute flight won’t come cheap, with one-way trips from Lower Manhattan to JFK costing between $225 and $200 per person, including ground transportation.

Reuters | Related Melbourne Revealed as Uber Air’s First International Pilot City – APEX Media

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Air New Zealand Offers Space-Age Pillows to Business-Class Passengers

Air New Zealand has introduced a new pillow for business-class passengers on its Auckland–Chicago route. It’s coated with a fabric from Outlast Technologies, which was originally designed for use in space gloves to protect against extreme temperature fluctuations. The pillow uses the fabric to absorb heat as skin gets hot, and then releases heat when skin cools.

Business Traveller | Related Air NZ Enters Innovation Partnership With JetBlue Technology Ventures – APEX Media

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Air France to Install Safran’s ECOS Luggage Bins on Narrow-Body Aircraft

Air France will install Safran Cabin’s latest ECOS luggage compartments on board 40 Airbus A320s and 11 A321s. A total of 1,342 overhead bins will be retrofitted between September 2020 and September 2022. Safran says the ECOS (Efficient Cabin Open Space) system offers up to 60% more storage than Air France’s current overhead bins. “Air France will be the first airline to offer these innovative luggage compartments. They will enable us to meet the high expectations of our customers wishing to travel with cabin bags only to save time during their trip”, said Catherine Villar, SVP of Customer Experience at Air France.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Overhead Bids: Technology Opens the Door for More Efficient Bin Storage – APEX Media

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Boeing Allegedly Rejected a 737 MAX Safety System to Keep Costs Low

A senior Boeing engineer filed a complaint earlier this year alleging that the company rejected a safety system in order to minimize costs during the development of the 737 MAX. The engineer said the equipment may have reduced risks that contributed to two fatal crashes. Boeing has provided the complaint to the US Department of Justice as part of the criminal investigation into the design of the 737 MAX.  

The New York Times | Related Boeing elevates new safety czar to "sharpen company focus" as 737 Max remains grounded – The Washington Post

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Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies Are Ready for Take-Off

The Hallmark Channel is set to premiere 40 original, world-premiere Christmas movies over its two flagship linear channels beginning October 25. “There is no better way to enjoy a flight home to visit family and friends for the holiday season than to cozy up to a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie,” Michelle Vicary, EVP Programming and Network Publicity, Crown Media Family Networks, told APEX Media. “Our flagship holiday programming will be available on several domestic airlines, including Alaska Airlines.”

APEX Media | Related Hallmark Hosts 10th Annual Hallmarket Art Festival Sept. 14 with Largest Showing in Event's History – PR Newswire

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Iberia Launches a WhatsApp-Based Virtual Assistant

Iberia launched a Spanish-language virtual assistant on WhatsApp in collaboration with Mindsay, a conversational platform that uses artificial intelligence. The service is able to provide customers with information about their trips and check travelers in for flights, operated by Iberia, Iberia Express and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum, to destinations in the Schengen Area . “At Iberia we want to be where our customers are and to let them contact us via their preferred channels,” said Gabriel Perdiguero, Iberia’s chief transformation officer.

Breaking Travel News | Related KLM’s Family Updates Service Tells Those at Home “WhatsApp” – APEX Media

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Korean Air Boeing 777-300ER at Las Vegas McCarran. Captured by @flyingpencilaviation (via Instagram)

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> Tweet of the Day

To continue celebrating #Oktoberfest, our #Trachten crew wears dirndls and lederhosen aboard the A380 today from @MUC_airport to @flyLAXairport

Lufthansa USA @Lufthansa_USA

 
 
 

Association News

Don’t Miss APEX Asia Content Market at FTE-APEX Asia EXPO!

APEX is excited to host the APEX Asia Content Market during the first ever FTE-APEX Asia EXPO! Join us by exhibiting your content offerings during this great show and leave your mark in the fastest-growing aviation region in the world.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

Sun Tzu

 
 

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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 apex.aero 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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