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October 18, 2019



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Heathrow’s Third Runway Plans Head to Court of Appeal

The mayor of London, five local authorities and environmental campaigners are taking the UK government to the Court of Appeal to challenge the third runway at Heathrow Airport. The High Court decided in May that the government’s decision to build a third runway was lawful, but challengers argue this conclusion was made before the Climate Change Act was amended to incorporate the target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. The House of Commons voted in favor of the third runway last year, approving transport secretary Chris Grayling’s plans by 415 votes to 119.

The Independent | Related [VIDEO] APEX @ FTE EMEA 2019: Heathrow Airport’s Expansion Plans – APEX Media



Panasonic Adds League of Legends to Its Gaming Portfolio

An exclusive partnership with Riot Games will see Panasonic show matches from the North American League of Legends Championship Series (LCS)  from spring 2020, as part of its Theatre in-flight entertainment solution. LCS is currently the third most-watched professional league in North America behind the NFL and NBA. Panasonic added its gaming portfolio to Theatre in April this year, initially with partners Toca Boca and Gameloft. 

Panasonic Avionics | Related [VIDEO] Panasonic and Toca Boca to Create Enriching In-Flight Map for Kids – APEX Media



Singapore Airlines Freshens Up In-Flight Meals

Singapore Airlines has introduced a new "farm-to-plane" menu for its Newark­–Changi service featuring lettuce and baby greens grown by Newark-based vertical farming company AeroFarms. The produce is incorporated into meals that are delivered to the aircraft within 24 hours of being harvested. The carrier is currently serving an heirloom tomato salad with cured ham, palm hearts and AeroFarms’ arugula. A salad featuring AeroFarms’ mixed greens with asparagus, broccolini, avocado and salmon; and a soy-poached chicken with AeroFarms’ baby bok choy will debut in November and December, respectively.

Condé Nast Traveler | Related Airfield Agriculture: Japan Airlines Gets Into Farming – APEX Media



KLM Creates In-Flight Magazine, Just for Kids

This month, KLM will begin distributing copies of Holland Herald Junior, a kids’ magazine created by the airline in partnership with popular science magazine Quest and Hearst Create. The content includes a report about flamingo Bob of Curacao, fun facts about KLM aircraft, a robot quiz and an interview with a pilot. “For our 100th anniversary, we wanted to shine a light on our young passengers, too,” said KLM global marketing communication and media manager Daphne Hoogenboom.

KLM Newsroom | Related KLM celebrates its centenary by creating an ode to the airline's history – The Drum



Schiphol Deploys Internet of Things Network

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has deployed its own network for Internet of Things (IoT) applications to receive real-time insights from across the airport. In September alone, it received 550,000 responses as a result of passengers sharing feedback about toilets and other amenities. Moving forward, Schiphol plans to use sensors to provide information about aircraft stand equipment. Compared to Wi-Fi, the network offers better range and less power consumption.

Airport Technology | Related Trial at Schiphol with world’s first fully automatic dual passenger bridge – Schiphol Newsroom



Spirit to Open New Florida HQ in 2022

Spirit Airlines is scheduled to open a new 500,000-square-foot headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida, by mid-2022. Once the facility is open, the carrier will relocate approximately 1,000 employees from its current facilities in Miramar to the new site at the mixed-use Dania Pointe development, which is close to its hub at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Spirit forecasts that the project will cost around $250 million. 

TravelPulse | Related Spirit Airlines Offers Cheap Airplane Tickets Along With A Cheap Share Price – Forbes



[VIDEO] WESSCO International Partners With Octaspring on Bedding

In this video interview, WESSCO International offers a closer look at the Octaspring Aerospace technology, which it has incorporated into bedding products for the first time as part of a new collaboration with Vanema, the developers of Octaspring. Petros Sakkis, WESSCO’s chief marketing officer, also explains how the company follows the latest trends and pairs airlines with new and exciting brands.

APEX Media | Related Icelandair Pays Homage to Nature With New WESSCO Amenity Kits – APEX Media





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