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Spicejet Launches Wireless IFE for 1% of Cost of Previous System

Spicejet has revamped its IFE system with the help of an Indian startup. SpiceScreen offers movies, TV shows, cartoons and other content for passengers to watch on their personal devices. The media is stored on, and served from, Android phones. Each phone weighs seven ounces and can serve 40 customers simultaneously. Ajay Singh, the airline’s chairman and managing director, said that the revamped SpiceScreen system is costing the airline “barely one per cent” of what it was paying its previous IFE provider.

Zee News | Related India’s SpiceJet airline takes over team and technology of Ixigo’s Travenues subsidiary – PhocusWire

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French Law Bans Reusable Masks on Aircraft; Southwest Clarifies Requirements

Some passengers were refused boarding on an easyJet flight because they were wearing reusable masks, and one passenger was told to remove their hospital-grade mask. The airline was following a government mandate that stipulates the only acceptable mask type to be used while flying is the disposable surgical model, which typically comes in blue or green. Meanwhile, Southwest issued a clarification on the kinds of masks it deems acceptable. It will not permit travelers to wear masks with exhaust valves, bandanas or face shields without a nose and mouth covering.

Simple Flying | Related Southwest Airlines Revises Face Covering Policy – Travel Pulse

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Delta Pledges More Inclusion of People of Color

Delta Air Lines pledged to double its number of top-level Black officers by 2025 and increase PoC representation among its leadership and board. CEO Ed Bastian called for every company leader to take “personal, vested ownership in solving the burdens Black and Brown communities have been carrying for too long,” and promised accountability for the new measures. While 21% of Delta’s workforce is Black, just 7% are present in the company’s top 100 officers. Delta has revamped its hiring practices by removing qualification barriers for roles that don't require college degrees and expanding recruiting efforts at historically Black schools.

Delta Air Lines | Related Delta to appoint more Black board members 'over the next couple of years,' CEO says – CNN

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LaGuardia’s New Guest Ambassador Program; First Look at American Airlines’ Revamped Terminal

Ethos Farm is taking over the customer experience training and operations at LaGuardia’s new Terminal B. Guest experience ambassadors will assist customers and ensure they feel safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ethos Farm will also operate the concierge and information desks. The company’s workers have backgrounds in the hospitality, airline and acting industries, chosen because they know how to make good first impressions. A first look at Terminal B reveals new floor-to-ceiling windows, expanded seating and new retail and dining options.

DFNI | Related First look at American Airlines’ brand-new terminal at LaGuardia Airport – The Points Guy

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China Eastern Offers Unlimited Weekday Flying Package

Yesterday, China Eastern Airlines debuted a $500 package that allows travelers to enjoy unlimited flights to anywhere in China on weekdays. The package is valid for 180 days on flights before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. This offer complements a similar one launched two months ago that provided unlimited weekend flying for $480. The airline hopes the packages will help boost local tourism and hospitality sectors. This month, China Eastern’s capacity is at over 90% of its pre-pandemic level.

Business Wire | Related Comac delivers ARJ21 aircraft to three major Chinese airlines – IFN

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LocusLabs Integrates Grab Mobile Ordering Platform Into Maps

Hungry travelers can now place mobile orders for food in the web version of the LocusLabs indoor mapping and location platform thanks to a partnership with Grab. The feature was first deployed at LaGuardia Terminal B. Jeff Livney, chief experience officer at Grab, says the feature helps travelers “stay safe and avoid queues as they navigate through the airport.” LocusLabs maps are present in over 100 airports globally and the company partners with over a dozen airlines.

LocusLabs | Related Paradies Lagardère extends partnership with airport ecommerce platform Grab – Moodie Davitt Report

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AM Craft Adds More 3-D Printers to Meet Demand

Latvia-based aerospace additive manufacturing service provider, AM Craft, is poised to produce more 3-D-printed aircraft interior parts thanks to its purchase of four large-scale printers that will join four existing machines at a new additive manufacturing facility in Riga. The company is confident that the technology, paired with materials such as its ULTEM 9085 resin, provides a winning recipe for major aircraft OEMs looking to reduce manufacturing costs. AM Craft will operate as a sister company to Baltic3D.

Inflight-Online | Related ‘World’s thinnest aircraft seat’ developed – Aircraft Interiors International

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Livestock breeding manager Dongho Kim oversees 2,000 Korean Hanwoo cattle and 8,000 chickens, providing Korean Air’s passengers with farm-to-flight ingredients.

This week, we’re featuring photos from “Stemming From South Korea,” an #APEXExperienceMag feature, published earlier this year, that looks at the innerworkings of Korean Air’s farm.
 
 

> Tweet of the Day

Awesome cooperation w/ @VuelaVolaris @ONG_ASF to transport & donate surgical masks & face shields to the @CruzRoja_MX 🇲🇽 using the latest #A320neo✈️delivery! Joining forces💪to fight #COVID19

Airbus Foundation @AirbusFdn

 
 
 

Association News

FrontM Vice-President Says FTE APEX Event Unlocked Sales Opportunities

FrontM participated in the recent FTE APEX Ancillary Virtual Event which soon resulted in conversations with various prospects and other attendees. “Throughout the whole lifecycle – before, during and after the event – the FTE team were professional, friendly and focused on helping our participation be as successful as possible,” said Ian Carruthers, vice-president of FrontM. Read more testimonials.

 
 
 

Does Your Product Belong in the APEX Media COVID-19 Solutions Handbook?

APEX Media is putting together a compendium of 100 COVID-19 solutions, to appear online and in the next issue of APEX Experience magazine. Does your company have an innovative solution that can help airlines and airports be more hygienic, inspire confidence in travelers or otherwise navigate the increasingly complex post-pandemic landscape? E-mail editor@apex.aero with "COVID-19 Solution" in the subject line, and include a product description and image for the opportunity to be included in this industry resource.

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"We’ve been listening to feedback from more than 36,000 consumers; we’ve benchmarked against loyalty and frequent flyer programs from around the globe, and we’ve completely rebuilt our digital infrastructure.”

Mark Nasr, VP Loyalty and eCommerce, Air Canada
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