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October 4, 2019



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Boeing Expects to Finalize Embraer JV in Early 2020

Boeing said it expects its strategic partnership with Embraer to be finalized in early 2020. Both companies have been undertaking diligent planning ahead of the formation of the joint venture, which will comprise the commercial aircraft and service operations of Embraer. Boeing will own 80% of the new company, which will be named Boeing Brasil Commercial, with the remaining 20% stake to be held by Embraer. The deal remains subject to regulatory approvals.

Breaking Travel News | Related US set to impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of EU exports in Airbus row – BBC News



Emirates Offers Insight Into Passengers’ IFE Summer Viewing Habits

Emirates revealed, for the first time, what the most popular movie and TV content on its Ice in-flight entertainment system was over the past summer. Captain Marvel was the most watched title in June, while Alita: Battle Angel took the top spot in July. Unsurprisingly, Avengers: End Game was the most popular in-flight movie throughout the month of August. Bollywood movies were the most watched non-English language titles throughout the summer.

PAX International | Related 40 Success Stories: When Disney Introduced Closed Captions With Emirates – APEX Media



Toronto Pearson Begins Testing 3-D Radar AI Tech to Detect Weapons

Toronto Pearson International Airport will test a system that uses 3-D radar imaging and artificial intelligence to detect and identify weapons within the airport. YYZ is working with Liberty Defense Holdings, a concealed weapons detection solutions company, to test its Hexwave system, which enables security teams to detect threats at the perimeter of a property without interfering with movements of large groups of people.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related GTAA Releases RFP for Massive Regional Transit Hub at Toronto Pearson Airport – APEX Media



Airlines Jump on Board the Fruit and Veggie Chip Trend

Like potato chips, veggie-based alternatives are lightweight and non-perishable, which are appealing qualities in the airline catering business. Plus, many have the added benefits of being vegan, non-GMO, kosher, gluten- and guilt-free. The Daily Crave’s chips are made with lentils, quinoa and a cornucopia of roots and greens – customers include Virgin America, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Air Tahiti. And LioBites founder Anna Oldbury tested her fruit crisps at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5 to overwhelmingly positive feedback from business travelers and families.

APEX Media | Related Alaska Named “Healthiest Airline” as Shift to Quality Ingredients Takes Off – APEX Media



Etihad Starts Offering ElectroFlytes Hydration Drops on Flights

Etihad Airways has started offering a new duty-free product that is designed to minimize dehydration and boost the immune system of frequent flyers. Called ElectroFlytes, the liquid concentrate contains sodium, potassium, magnesium and chloride, and can be added to any drink. “Flying long haul can often leave you feeling dehydrated and jetlagged, especially when you have to catch a connecting flight through transit hubs like Dubai or Abu Dhabi, so working with Etihad shows us that airlines are taking in-flight wellness more seriously,” said Stuart Walsh, co-founder of ElectroFlytes.  

Inflight Online | Related Refreshing Defense: Products that Keep Passengers Hydrated and Healthy – APEX Media



Air Canada Relaunches Fan Flights in Time for NHL Season

Air Canada announced the return of its Fan Flight program that offers “deserving” NHL fans the chance to see their team play as part of a VIP experience. This initiative includes in-arena giveaways during promo nights and offering game tickets to young sports fans who have made a positive impact in their communities. “Air Canada takes enormous pride in supporting our country's teams," says Andrew Shibata, managing director, Brand at Air Canada. "The Fan Flight program provides fans with incredible game experiences and is integral to our commitment as an airline to put the customer at the center of everything we do."

Business Insider | Related Air Canada enRoute Redesign, More Media Brand Than Magazine – APEX Media



US Airlines No Longer Required to Carry Essential Medicines Due to Shortages

The US Federal Aviation Administration has granted airlines exemptions from regulations that require domestic and international flights to carry five drugs on board, due to chronic shortages. The medicines include two doses of epinephrine, one to treat severe allergic reactions and another to treat cardiac arrest; atropine, which is used to treat a slow heart rate; dextrose, to raise dangerously low blood sugar in people with diabetes; and lidocaine, to treat irregular heart rhythms. Representatives from airlines said they usually have complete medical kits on board aircraft and only rely on the exemptions when there are temporary shortages.

The New York Times | Related Up and About: Etihad Offers Services to Passengers With Pre-Existing Medical Conditions – APEX Media





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Association News

Michael Childers Confirmed to Present at EyeforTravel North America 2019

APEX board member and technology committee chair Michael Childers will present at EyeforTravel North America 2019 in Chicago. The event unites leaders from world leading hotels, airlines, casinos and car rentals to discuss technology and artificial intelligence transforming hospitality, and how data and analytics are fueling this change.


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Until next week



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