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October 29, 2019

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Gogo Leases HTS Bandwidth on Eutelsat 10B

Gogo has leased HTS bandwidth on Eutelsat Communications’ Eutelsat 10B satellite, which is set to launch in 2022. The multiyear agreement will see Gogo leverage the capacity across Europe and the Middle East. “We are advancing capacity capabilities given the growing demand for high-speed in-flight connectivity services," said Oakleigh Thorne, president and CEO of Gogo. “Through our partnership with Eutelsat, Gogo 2Ku will continue to enable the best passenger experience for global airlines.”

Gogoair Mediaroom | Related Gogo announces three key partners for its 5G inflight WiFi solution – getconnected.aero

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IndiGo Orders 300 A320neo Family Aircraft

IndiGo has placed a firm order for 300 A320neo family aircraft, comprising a mix of A320neos, A321neos and A321XLRs. The order marks one of Airbus’ largest from a single airline customer and takes IndiGo’s A320neo family aircraft orders to 730 in total. The carrier took delivery of its first A320neo in March 2016 and now operates the world’s largest fleet of the type, with ­97 currently in service alongside 128 A320ceos.

Airbus Newsroom | Related Airbus Opens Customer Definition Centre for A320 and A330 – APEX Media

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Gilat and China Satcom Expand Strategic Partnership

Gilat Satellite Networks and China Satcom are strengthening their existing strategic partnership. Together, they will enable and deploy Gilat’s DVB-S2X technologies throughout China with a view to providing advanced satellite communication services for the air, land and maritime markets. China Satcom owns and operates the only Ka-band system in China currently available for in-flight connectivity use.

gilat.com | Related Honeywell selects Gilat’s modem for JetWave Ka-band solution – getconnected.aero

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Sydney Airport Tests CT Scanners to Speed Up Security Screening

After Smiths Detection’s CT technology reduced security screening time by 50% at Melbourne Airport, Sydney Airport (SYD) is testing the technology for both carry-on and checked luggage. SYD recently completed a trial of Smith’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, which allows travelers to keep their electronic devices and liquids in their bags, and is now testing the company’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT for checked bags.

APEX Media | Related How Koniku and Thruvision Aim to Alleviate Airport Security Bottlenecks – APEX Media

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TAP Air Portugal Gives Customers a SeatBoost

TAP Air Portugal has become the first European airline to allow customers to use SeatBoost to upgrade to business class. Travelers can bid for an upgrade in real time via the app, from 24 hours to 60 minutes before their flight. Auctions can be monitored live in the app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices.

TAP Air Portugal | Related How TAP Air Portugal Iis Taking Personalization Beyond a Name – APEX Media

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Cathay Pacific Revamps Economy-Class Dining

Cathay Pacific is collaborating with Black Sheep Restaurants to revamp the dining experience in economy class. From November, its long-haul passengers will experience a new menu with appetizers such as shredded chicken and cabbage salad with nuoc cham dressing, and bean salad with chipotle aioli and BBQ chicken; and main courses including braised beef in red wine with green beans and lemon gremolata, and Mexican pulled pork with spice roasted pumpkin and brown rice. The new menus will be rotated regularly and extended to Cathay Pacific’s regional routes at a later date.

Cathay Pacific | Related Cathay Pacific brings back Betsy Beer for long-haul passengers – Business Traveller

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Emirates Flight Catering Cuts Down on Cardboard Waste

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has begun transporting its 100,000 daily in-flight meals with reusable crates instead of cardboard packaging. The company estimates the change will save 750 metric tons of cardboard waste per year­ – the equivalent of 65 acres of mature woodland. EKFC’s CEO, Saeed Mohammed, said, “In addition to our vertical farming and solar power projects, our new packaging solution is already the third key initiative we have launched in a year to reduce our environmental footprint and deliver more value for our stakeholders."

Arabian Aerospace | Related Emirates Flight Catering Pioneers Vertical Farming in the UAE – APEX Media

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Association News

Will You Be in Singapore for the FIRST APEX Asia Content Market?

APEX Asia Content Market is specially designed to meet the growing demands of passengers and airlines from across the continent and beyond. As the first integrated event by FTE and APEX, APEX Asia Content Market gives TV and movie distributors the unique opportunity to get in front of the expected 100 airline representatives attending this event. Register today.

 
 
 

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Accurate and timely POs and Status Grids
Working within the latest Spafax process as IT development progresses
Ordering of content and monitoring delivery of files to integrators
Creation of status grids for AVOD systems Generation of filenames
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> Operations Coordinator - Spafax Airline Network Ltd

Metadata entry for assigned accounts
Working within the latest Spafax process as IT development progresses
Various aspects of collation, entry, quality control and submission of metadata for multiple airlines and systems as assigned
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> Metadata Coordinator - Spafax Airline Network Ltd

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?"

Fanny Brice

 
 

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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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