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July 28, 2020



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Hulu Exec Becomes Panasonic Avionics’ New CTO

Panasonic Avionics announced the appointment of Joe Bentley as chief technology officer. Bentley will oversee 800 employees across several departments, including software and systems engineering, cloud, hardware and IT/security. CEO Ken Sain said that the company is focused on building “remarkable IFEC solutions that enhance the airline passenger experience,” and that Bentley’s proven track record makes him a great fit. Previously, Bentley served as senior vice-president, Engineering at Hulu, doubling its subscriber base during his tenure. He was also part of leadership teams at GoPro and Amazon, where he launched several award-winning products.

Panasonic Avionics | Related Now Watching: How Airlines are Meeting the Demand for Personalized Inflight Entertainment – Panasonic Avionics



[PHOTOS] Gesture Control, Thermochromic Ink & More in New PriestmanGoode Design

PriestmanGoode today unveiled a new cabin concept, called Pure Skies, that it believes can help bolster the longevity of the aviation industry. Central to the concept is hygiene, which was approached with touchless tech, antimicrobial materials, a new streamlined seat design that minimizes split lines and dirt traps; as well as the introduction of photochromic and thermochromic inks that react to cleaning methods, leaving a message of reassurance for passengers on the fabric surface. Propelled by a desire to help airlines bounce back from the financial losses brought on by the pandemic, PriestmanGoode has embedded revenue opportunities into the design, including two IFE options for economy.  

APEX Media | Related In 10 Years, Aircraft Cabins Could Be Filled With Algae-Based Materials – APEX Media



Spirit Anticipates Being Among First Profitable Airlines; Delta Partners With Lysol

Spirit Airlines’ second quarter financial report reveals that the company lost $364 million, but executives remain optimistic as the airline broke-even in June on an average daily cash basis. “Our leading low-cost structure positions us well to be among the first to return to profitability,” said CEO Ted Christie as he referred to the airline’s 79% load factor increase last month. Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines is partnering with the makers of Lysol and launched a new Global Cleanliness division to foster what it calls a gold standard of sanitization across touchpoints. The companies will jointly gather insights on consumers’ travel experiences to help inform the development of new disinfecting solutions, and Lysol will advise on new cleaning protocols.

Flyer Talk | Related Delta Air Lines teams up with RB, the maker of Lysol, to advance Delta CareStandard and disinfection protocols – Delta Air Lines



IATA Predicts 2024 Rebound as World Grapples With Second Wave

IATA claims that the travel rebound has been slower than anticipated and that global revenue passenger kilometers will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, a year later than previously projected. While the domestic travel picture is improving, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac said that most countries are still closed to international arrivals or have imposed quarantines, putting a drag on international travel “which in normal times accounts for close to two-thirds” of the industry. A surge of new infections in Spain prompted Britain on Saturday to order all travelers from there to quarantine for two weeks. Vietnam evacuated 80,000 tourists from Danang after the authorities recorded the country's first locally transmitted coronavirus cases since April. Effective August 1, all travelers flying Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result.

IATA | Related Second COVID-19 Wave Forces New Travel Curbs Around the Globe – Reuters



Aspire Lounges Replace Physical Publications With PressReader

Aspire and Club Aspire Lounges will offer guests in the UK and Ireland free access to digital publications via the PressReader library. The lounges will no longer offer physical magazines and newspapers, as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19. PressReader features publications from over 120 countries, in over 60 languages. Guests can access the library by connecting to the lounge Wi-Fi and visiting the PressReader website. Alternatively, guests can download the PressReader app, which allows users to store publications to read at a later time.

Executive Lounges | Related What We’re Made Of: Nikolay Malyarov, PressReader – APEX Media



Done Deal: Farelogix Now Part of Accelya

Accelya, a tech provider for the travel industry, announced yesterday that it has completed its acquisition of Farelogix. The latter’s 300 employees will continue to operate from Miami as its management team becomes fully integrated: Farelogix CEO Jim Davidson will become chief product officer of the newly expanded Accelya Group. John Johnston, Accelya CEO, said that the company will “focus on delivering an integrated Offer-to-Settlement platform that drives revenue, increases brand loyalty, and reduces costs for airlines worldwide.” The acquisition comes nearly three months after UK authorities blocked an attempted takeover of Farelogix by Sabre over antitrust issues.

Business Wire | Related U.K. regulator blocks Sabre acquisition of Farelogix – PhocusWire



Airport Dimensions to Expand Sleep ‘N Fly Globally After Takeover

In a bid to expand its range of products and services, lounge services company Airport Dimensions acquired OnGround Hospitality and its sleep ‘n fly offering. OnGround Hospitality’s sleep lounges are currently available at Dubai International Airport, and Airport Dimensions will be providing new lounges at the Abu Dhabi International Airport's midfield terminal once it is constructed. “We’re looking forward to working with our new colleagues to grow the sleep ’n fly brand internationally and continuing to bring first-class hospitality to travellers in the Gulf and beyond,” said OnGround Hospitality managing director Oliver Schulz.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Istanbul Airport installs 'sleep pods' – Business Traveller





"I’m going to miss flying on the Upper Deck of the Queen of the Skies; and forgetting where I stowed my charging cable."

This week, we’re featuring Boeing 747 #AvGeekTreasures from Benedict Montgomery, sales & promotions executive, British Airways. BA retired its #747 fleet earlier this month. 

> Tweet of the Day

John Thomas, the former CEO of Virgin Australia Airlines, has joined Spike Aerospace Executive Team, to help introduce the company’s supersonic jet to the world’s major airlines.

Spike Aerospace @SpikeAerospace


Association News

APEX Accepting Board of Director Nominations Until Friday

APEX is looking for new members on its Board of Directors to help uphold and advance the standard of the association. Nominations are due July 31; submit yours today. A slate of candidates will be determined by the APEX Nominations Committee following discussions with each nominee. The election ballot will be distributed in August/September 2020.


Join APEX and Commit to The Future of the Airline Industry

APEX members accelerate advancements to every aspect of the passenger experience. More than 300 international and regional airlines, aircraft manufacturers, motion picture studios, content providers, avionics systems manufacturers, airports and others form our community. APEX provides its members with benefits that are more important now than ever, including networking opportunities and exclusive resources for research and education. Learn more about becoming an APEX member.


> Quote of the Day

"Investments will have to be directed in the coming years to renewing the fleet of long and medium-range planes to more effectively fight emissions.”

Bruno Le Maire, French finance minister
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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 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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