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October 11, 2019



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Air New Zealand Hires Walmart US CEO

Air New Zealand has appointed Walmart CEO Greg Foran as its next chief executive, starting in the first quarter of 2020. New Zealand-born Foran, who will replace Christopher Luxon, has held several senior positions at Walmart International since 2011 and has been in his current role since 2014. "We are thrilled to have attracted a world-class Kiwi back home. Greg has an impeccable track record in delivering strong commercial performance, outstanding customer focus and in building teams that can take a business to the next level," said Air New Zealand chairman Therese Walsh.

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



Stream of Current TV Trends to Flow at MIPCOM Next Week

For 2019, MIPCOM, one of the largest content markets in the world, has chosen the theme “The Streaming Offensive.” Though the show is not a traditional non-theatrical market, the rise of digital media in the era of platform-agnostic content makes it an excellent place for APEX members to spot entertainment trends. Taking place from October 14-17 in Cannes, MIPCOM will play host to dozens of TV world premieres and market screenings — including the first ever large-scale 8K resolution screening of Kazuo Ishiguro’s An Artist of the Floating World starring Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe.

APEX Media | Related BBC Global News Study Suggests Travelers Willing to Pay More for Live TV – APEX Media



Boeing Partners With Porsche to Develop High-End VTOL Vehicles

Boeing has partnered with Porsche with a view to developing a premium vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle for use in urban environments. The two companies will assemble a joint team to explore the market potential for premium VTOL vehicles and will involve engineers from Boeing’s Aurora Flight Sciences unit and the testing of a prototype. “Porsche is looking to enhance its scope as a sports car manufacturer by becoming a leading brand for premium mobility,” Porsche sales head Detlev von Platen said. “This could mean moving into the third dimension of travel.”

Executive Traveller | Related Boeing and Porsche team up to develop flying electric car – CNN



How Safran Enabled Bluetooth Audio for the Entire Aircraft Cabin

Safran is the first in the airline industry to come up with a solution that allows 300 passengers to simultaneously pair their wireless headphones with in-flight entertainment (IFE) screens in the aircraft cabin using Bluetooth. Harry Gray, VP Sales for Safran Passenger Innovations, explains how the solution works and details Safran’s latest IFE contracts with All Nippon Airways and Lufthansa.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Safran Announces Customers for RAVE Ultra With 4K Displays and Cabin-Wide Bluetooth Audio – APEX Media



UK Aerospace Sector Sounds the Brexit Alarm

UK-based aerospace firms have sought reassurance that the country will continue to be a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency if a Brexit deal is eventually agreed. ADS, an industry body representing UK aerospace firms, wrote to the government expressing "concern" that prime minister Boris Johnson has signaled a different approach. The letter also said that “regulatory divergence would pose a serious risk to our sectors,” and will result in “huge new costs and disruptions to many of our member companies.”  

BBC News | Related Chain Reaction: The Aerospace Industry Prepares for Brexit – APEX Media



Carlisle IT Obtains FAA STC for Dual-Band Satellite Terminal

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CIT) announced it has obtained an FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the installation of a dual-band (Ka/Ku) terminal on the outside of Boeing 777-300 and 777-300ER aircraft. “We are proud to announce this certification, the second for this system and sixth overall for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies’ connectivity platform,” said Chris Rawley, product line manager, aircraft connectivity solutions of CIT.

Inflight Online | Related CarlisleIT Readies to Beat the Heat at APEX EXPO – APEX Media



Cracks Found on 38 of 810 Boeing 737NG Aircraft

Airlines around the world inspected 810 Boeing 737NG aircraft and found 38 with structural cracks that require repair and replacement of affected parts. The aircraft will be grounded until the repairs have been made. Nearly 5% of the inspections found cracks in a “pickle fork,” a component that secures an aircraft’s fuselage to the wing structure.

Reuters | Related FAA orders urgent inspections on some Boeing 737s for wing-related cracks – The Washington Post





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