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July 17, 2020



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AA Looks to Cancel MAX Orders; BA Retires Boeing 747 Fleet

American Airlines is seeking to arrange new financing with Boeing on 17 737 MAX aircraft as current terms have expired or are due to expire soon. A source familiar with the matter said if the companies can’t reach a consensus on the overdue orders, American could divert existing financing to pay for Airbus jets instead. Meanwhile, British Airways is retiring its entire fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft – 31 in total – with immediate effect as the it downsizes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive Alex Cruz said the decision was “heartbreaking” to make. The airline was the largest operator of the double-decker jet in the world.

Travel Weekly | Related British Airways to retire Boeing 747 fleet – Breaking Travel News



[VIDEO] Panasonic’s New IFEC Deployment, AA and Jetblue Strike a Deal

Today’s episode of The APEX Weekly Wrap explores Panasonic Avionics’ deployment of its eX1 in-flight entertainment system and connectivity services on Middle East Airlines’ new Airbus A321 fleet. Special guest Tom Eskola, Panasonic Avionics’ VP & general manager, Middle East, Central and Southern Asia, and Africa, gives his view on airlines’ changing IFEC requirements and provides an outline of the company’s plan for the next 12 months. Also featured: Reasons why the Jetblue and American Airlines tie-up makes sense and why gategroup’s ePax touchless retail solution is appealing to airlines.  

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PRS For Music Will Take Qatar Airways to Court Over Licensing Infringement

The High Court of Justice in London ruled that PRS For Music’s copyright infringement claim against Qatar Airways should be heard by the English courts. PRS For Music, a leading UK-based music licensing company, claims that Qatar is using its music without authorization and its members are not being remunerated as a result. Legal proceedings were launched before COVID-19 with a focus on what PRS calls “long-standing past infringement.”

PRS For Music | Related Music Licensing in IFE: Where Is the Industry Now? – APEX Media



ACI Europe Delivers COVID-19 Guidelines Following EASA Cooperation Agreement

Directors from ACI Europe and EASA signed a cooperation agreement today aimed at reinforcing airports’ and airlines’ adoption of a COVID-19 aviation health and safety protocol released last month. The protocol, coauthored by EASA and the European Centers for Disease Control, will be evaluated and fine-tuned. It is now complemented by ACI Europe’s Guidelines for a Healthy Passenger Experience at Airports. Olivier Jankovec, director general of ACI Europe, says the ACI document provides “concrete advice and solutions to adapt to the new normal in operations and customer service.”

EASA | Related EASA ECDC COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol – EASA



United Takes Touchless Technology Across the Pond

United Airlines’ latest stop on its worldwide rollout of touchless airport technology is London Heathrow Airport. The service allows travelers to check in, add bags and pay applicable fees via the airline’s mobile app. Passengers can then scan their electronic boarding passes at United’s check-in kiosks, which automatically print bag tags, and at the gate. “We are proud to be the first airline to introduce touchless check-in technology at London Heathrow Airport,” said United’s UK director of Operations, Arvind Garcha. The technology is already available at all US airports where United has check-in kiosks.

Breaking Travel News | Related Touchless, Frictionless Airports on the Horizon – APEX Media



FlightPath3D Wins Two Awards at Airbus Online Hackathon

Last week, Airbus hosted an online hackathon, a new event where digital onboard solutions that generate trust in post-COVID-19 travel were developed using the company’s open software platform. FlightPath3D’s creation, which added third party content to its flagship online 3-D map, won the Preferred App and Best Innovation awards at the event. “We integrated duty-free merchandising, advertising and the ability to buy with a payment solution into our map,” said FlightPath3D president, Duncan Jackson. He added that third party apps used FlightPath3D’s destination content, street maps and flight tracker to augment their own offerings, as part of the hackathon.  

Inflight Online | Related 4K, Fun Facts and Data Dashboard Come to FlightPath3D’s Moving Map – APEX Media



PEMCO’s FlexCombi Conversion Program Receives FAA Approval

FlexCombi, a conversion design developed by Air Transport Services Group subsidiary Pemco, received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA. The solution offers two different main-deck freight and passenger configurations for customers with Boeing 737-700 aircraft: a 24-seat cabin plus a 2,640-cubic-foot cargo hold for up to 30,000 pounds of payload and a 12-seat cabin plus a 3,005-cubic-foot cargo hold for up to 35,000 pounds of payload. FlexCombi is also configurable in full-freighter mode. The launch customer for the product is Chisholm Enterprises subsidiary Texel Air, a non-scheduled cargo airline.

Business Wire | Related HAECO Develops Cabin Cargo Solutions in Response to COVID-19 – APEX Media





“Airlines are very risk-averse, but … you’d be surprised how willing they are to adopt new technology if it will benefit passengers.” — Mehdi Mokhtar, co-founder, Fox Tripper

This week, we're featuring Q&A profiles from past issues of #APEXExperienceMag. Read Mehdi's Q&A here.

> Tweet of the Day

As #AvGeeks around the world mourn the sudden retirement of the @British_Airways 🇬🇧 #B747, join in honouring the memory of the gorgeous #QueenoftheSkies while perusing through our many #BA747 flight reviews ✈️

Flight-Report @flight_report


Association News

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of the First-Ever FTE APEX Virtual Expo

FTE and APEX announced yesterday that they will host a virtual event on December 8 and 9, which will offer much more than straightforward webinars. The preview video shows how the virtual event will simulate an in-person expo, from the entrance hall to the networking lounge. Over 8,000 attendees are expected, in addition to 100 speakers and 100 exhibitors and sponsors.


> Quote of the Day

"Most of the tenders I receive now ask us to include a sustainable option."

Cindy Lam, Clip
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Until next week



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 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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