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February 6, 2020



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Mitsubishi Develops Ultra-Thin IFC Antenna

In collaboration with Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Mitsubishi Electric developed a Ka-band active electronically steered array antenna featuring a profile of a little over an inch. The antenna is capable of delivering in-flight connectivity at speeds beyond 100 Mbps on any aircraft, even at high latitudes. It incorporates a high-power amplifier with an efficiency rating 1.8 times that of an existing radio-frequency integrated circuit made by Mitsubishi Electric. The company plans to commercialize the product after 2023.

Inflight Online | Related Cool Running: Carlisle IT’s Overheating Solution for Electronically Steered Antennas — APEX Media



Ryanair Forced to Redact Misleading Emissions Statements From Ads

The Advertising Standards Authority deemed that a Ryanair marketing campaign from September 2019 featured unsubstantiated claims. The company billed itself as Europe’s lowest-emitting airline thanks to a 2011 ranking of airlines based on CO2 per passenger mile that placed it on top based on the modernity of its fleet, load factor and other criteria. While the ASA supported such criteria, it ruled that the outdated survey was “of little value as substantiation for a comparison made in 2019,” and asked Ryanair to not release the ads again and to ensure any environmental claims are supported by adequate evidence.

ASA | Related How the Rise in Carbon Consciousness Is Transforming the Air Travel Industry — APEX Media



Qatar Airways Eyeing Stake in RwandAir

Qatar Airways is in the midst of negotiating a deal that will see it acquire a 49% stake in state-owned RwandAir. Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said that the African carrier is attractive because of its location, and added that the business climate is favorable in Rwanda. The announcement follows an agreement signed by Qatar Airways in December to take a 60% stake in Rwanda’s new Bugesera International Airport, located in the capital of Kigali.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Qatar Airways to hold flights to China — Anadolu Agency



Interactive Test Lab Opens at Munich Airport

LabCampus has created the Terminal Testlab at Munich Airport ahead of building a 500,000-square-meter innovation center, which will act as a subsidiary of Munich Airport, in the next few years. The Terminal Testlab offers LabCampus customers the opportunity to access unique test conditions and a high-quality target group. The first area of focus for the test lab is digital security. “The interactive concept is so far very well received by travelers. The AR-Wall offers a playful access to the very complex topic,” said Corinna Born, director, International Media Relations at Munich Airport.

APEX Media | Related Troubleshooters: Tech Startups Pitching to Patch Up the Passenger Experience – APEX Media



Australia’s Avalon Airport Digitizing Operations

Avalon Airport in Victoria is partnering with Elenium automation to adopt solutions, including self-service check-in kiosks, bag drop technology, a common user self-service platform and flight deck software, which will help staff oversee all operations and resolve issues before they occur. Elenium’s solutions will also help increase terminal capacity as the facility experiences increased airline and passenger demand.

iTWire | Related Citilink connects Avalon to Indonesia with Denpasar service — Flight Global



Melbourne Airport’s Brewery Quenches Thirst for Craft Beer

With Australia’s first airport brewery now open at Melbourne Airport, travelers can choose from a selection of 24 draught beers and six wines on tap. The 3,500-square-foot-venue, run by Stomping Ground Brewing and hospitality company Delaware North, overlooks the airfield and will brew up to 30 different beers per year. Stomping Ground cofounder Justin Joiner pointed out that “there could well be a new beer added between when [travelers] depart and arrive home.”

Moodie Davitt Report | Related World’s busiest international airport opens 14 new foodservice outlets — Hospitality & Catering News



TUI Fly Releases Caribbean Destinations for Bookings

Starting today, travelers can book TUI Fly flights from Dusseldorf to Cancun, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata, with the first flight scheduled for November 4. The carrier plans to operate Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner jets, which seat 300 passengers in a two-class configuration designed so that one in two seats provide additional legroom. Passengers will have access to seatback IFE loaded with over 200 hours of entertainment. In total, TUI Fly will offer 100,000 seats on routes to the Caribbean. 

TUI Group | Related TUI joins airline industry group A4E as sustainability shoots up the agenda — Flight Global





A Boeing 787 Dreamliner in a dream-like setting. Captured at LAX by @adamowskimichal (via Instagram).

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Association News

Member Spotlight: Alaska Airlines Wins APEX’s Passenger Choice Award for Best Food and Beverage, North America

Ranked as a 5-star airline in the Official Airline Ratings, Alaska Airlines won the coveted Passenger Choice Award for Best Food and Beverage. Senior vice-president of Merchandising and Innovation Charu Jain accepted the award on behalf of the airline at APEX TECH. Alaska Airlines recently made headlines for earning first position in a survey of airline food health ratings.


> Quote of the Day


"Taste is a result of a thousand distastes."

Francois Truffaut


Until tomorrow



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