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February 3, 2020

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AirAsia Leaders Temporarily Step Down in Wake of Airbus Bribery Case

In the wake of Britain’s Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) statement on Friday that Airbus had failed to prevent individuals associated with it from bribing executives linked to AirAsia Group, the airline group’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, and chairman, Kamarudin Meranun, have left their posts for at least two months. Malaysia’s anti-graft agency is currently investigating the matter, which occured in 2012 and revolves around a $50-million Airbus sponsorship agreement with the now-defunct Caterham Formula 1 racing team, which Fernandes and Kamarudin bought in 2011. The SFO said that the deal was “intended to secure or reward improper favor” in respect of the order of 180 aircraft from Airbus. AirAsia insists that any purchase agreements were made on an arm’s length basis. Airbus declined to comment.

Channel News Asia | Related Airbus' Deferred Prosecution Agreement – AirAsia

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US Tightens Travel Rules as Coronavirus Cases Climb

The Trump administration imposed a new set of travel restrictions which took effect on Sunday, prohibiting foreigners who have been in China in the last 14 days from entering the United States. Exemptions include whether they are an immediate family member of a US citizen or a permanent resident. Travelers who fall under the restrictions will be rerouted to one of 11 airports for enhanced screening. Airline staff will be tasked with questioning travelers about their recent travel history. Department of Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf said “it’s imperative that individuals honor self-quarantine directives to help protect the American public.”

CNBC | Related Coronavirus Kills Its First Victim Outside China as Toll Grows — Wall Street Journal

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New Airline Joint Venture Streamlines Travel Experience

Air France, KLM, Delta and Virgin Atlantic have officially launched their joint venture to benefit travelers flying between Europe, the UK and North America. The enhanced network, also available to cargo customers, aims to provide more convenient flight schedules and the ability to book the same flight with any of the four airlines starting February 13. Loyalty program members will be able to earn and use miles or enjoy elite benefits for flights on any of the partner operations as well. The joint venture represents approximately 23% of total passenger and cargo trans-Atlantic capacity.

Delta | Related ANA and Singapore Airlines ink joint venture agreement — Flight Global

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Boeing HorizonX Invests in Immfly for Digital Future

In-flight entertainment (IFE) and digital services company Immfly today announced it secured funding from Boeing HorizonX. The investment in Immfly, which took place in 2019, marks the first time HorizonX selected a startup directly serving the in-flight entertainment market. “This investment … provides Immfly access to an unrivaled network of partners, state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories and resources that will accelerate Immfly’s platform capabilities,” said Jimmy Martinez von Korff, executive chairman, Immfly.

APEX Media | Related When Ads Fly: Immfly Launches Advertising Division to Commercialize IFE — APEX Media

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JetBlue Unveils Personalized Travel Tool

JetBlue demonstrated a new app as part of its relaunch of JetBlue Vacations. The tool, known as ByBlue, enables one-click booking and provides recommendations tailored to a traveler’s specific trip. Currently, it offers the ability to rent a car through Avis Budget. The company plans to add other partners to ByBlue in the coming months, including Walt Disney Resorts.

PhocusWire | Related JetBlue Waives Change Fees for Customers Booked Through Revamped Package Program — Travel Market Report

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[PHOTOS] Iberia’s New Threads Debut at Madrid Fashion Week

Iberia revealed a redesigned line of clothing and accessories that will be worn by the carrier’s crew of 6,500 cockpit, cabin and airport personnel starting May 1. The collection, which was modeled during a fashion show in Madrid last week, includes basic uniform pieces as well as handbags, waistcoats, scarves and other apparel. Spanish designer Teresa Helbig’s goal was to represent the values that Iberia is known for: edginess, proximity, vitality, excellence, and helpfulness. The project is in keeping with Iberia’s #Talentoabordo initiative which promotes established and emerging Spanish creative artists.

The Design Air | Related Sánchez-Prieto appointed chief executive of Iberia — Breaking Travel News

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Enhanced Amenities Launching Soon on British Airways

British Airways’ long-haul economy travelers will soon notice updated furnishings adorning the cabin. The new amenities that will be introduced on March 1 include white headrest covers, bright blue cushions with a herringbone design and fleece blankets. The airline said that the blankets that are being replaced will be donated to charities and projects in the UK and overseas.

Business Traveller | Related British Airways Changes Premium Economy Onboard Experience — Aeronautics

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> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

Here’s What You Missed at APEX TECH 2020!

Last week, APEX TECH was packed with industry experts discussing everything from biometrics to content engagement. The all-female thought leadership panel bought a fresh and diverse perspective on IFC Technology. Overall, TECH provided a glimpse of what’s on the horizon for aviation technology. Did you miss TECH this year? Check out our coverage and photos from the event.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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“Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue of humility in the domain of thought.”

Simone Weil

 
 

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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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