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April 3, 2024



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APEX Announces PCIAW Partnership at Global EXPO

A partnership between the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) and APEX will see the debut of a professional clothing pavilion at APEX / IFSA Global EXPO. Featuring cabin crew uniforms, branded t-shirts and hi-vis PPE, it will give attendees opportunities to learn about innovations in the professional clothing supply chain from performance fabrics to sustainable textiles. PCIAW Founder and CEO Yvette Ashby said, “This partnership [means] we can support the global airline industry to achieve a more sustainable, comfortable and protective professional clothing program.”

APEX Insights | Related APEX Regional Best in Entertainment Award Winners Announced at Content Market 2024 – APEX Insights



PAC’s Ku-Band IFC to be Installed on Croatia Airlines’ A220s

Croatia Airlines has chosen to install Panasonic Avionics Corporation's (PAC) Ku-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) services onboard its brand-new Airbus A220 fleet. The first of 15 A220s is set to enter service with Croatia Airlines in June this year. Each A220 will be equipped with USB-A and USB-C ports alongside smartphone and tablet holders so passengers can stay comfortably connected during their flights. Hernan Abbes, PAC’s VP Global Sales said, “We are honored that Croatia Airlines has chosen Panasonic Avionics to provide the first ever onboard Wi-Fi services for its fleet.” 

Aviation Business News | Related JAL and PAC reveal IFE, in-flight WiFi and digital solutions for new A350-1000 fleet – Future Travel Experience



Oman Air Retires A330 Fleet

After fifteen years of operating the type, Oman Air has withdrawn its ten remaining Airbus A330s from service as part of previously announced restructuring plans. The retirements represent 22% of Oman Air’s total fleet, which now consists entirely of Boeing jets: 13 737-8s, seven 737-800s, five 737-900ERs, two 787-8s, seven 787-9s and one B737-800 freighter. The carrier has five 737-8s and nine 787-9s on order. Elsewhere, it has cut flights to Islamabad International, Lahore International, Colombo International and Chittagong, and reduced frequencies on other routes.

CH-Aviation | Related Oman Air registers a significant 30% increase in revenues in 2023 – the Aviator Middle East



JetBlue Introduces Dynamic Pricing for Checked Luggage

JetBlue has introduced dynamic pricing for passengers’ first checked bags to cover the  increasing costs of handling baggage. Prices range from $35 to $50 depending on the day and time. Bags checked at booking or up to 24 hours before departure will be $35 on off-peak dates and $40 at weekends and other high-traffic flight times including the summer season, the days before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break and Easter. Last-minute checked bags will be $45 and $50 for off-peak and peak flights respectively. 

CNN | Related JetBlue is cutting unprofitable routes and leaving 5 cities – CBS News



Kymeta Discusses Pathway to Entering Aero Market

Kymeta is considering teaming up with a strategic integration partner to bring its electronically scanning, flat-panel satellite terminal technology to the aero market, which is “not [its] area of expertise” according to the company’s SVP Product Lilac Muller. At Satellite 2024, Kymeta launched its multi-orbit terminal for the military, which can “switch between two GEOs, an embedded GEO and an external GEO … an embedded LEO/OneWeb and cellular.” Muller revealed, “We have enterprise customers who are asking, ‘can you make a solution for us?’ We’re registering the demand.”

Runway Girl Network | Related Kymeta expects aero ESA to be available in 2024 – Runway Girl Network



Air France Pairs with Michelin-Starred Chefs for New Menus

This month, Air France will introduce new menus in partnership with Servair for passengers departing Paris. Triple Michelin-starred chef Glenn Veil and pastry chef Philippe Rigollot designed the La Première menu; triple Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Lallement and pastry chef Nina Métayer came up with the business-class offering; and one Michelin-starred chef Frédéric Simonin remains in charge of the premium economy-class menu. The meat, poultry, milk products and eggs used are of French origin, and the fish used is sourced from sustainable fisheries.

Aerotime Hub | Related Air France to match its customers' voluntary contributions to the purchase of sustainable aviation fuel during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games – Air France



Dnata Awarded Catering Contract for Etihad at BOS

Etihad has awarded dnata a multi-year contract to provide in-flight catering services from its facility at Boston Logan Airport (BOS) for the airline’s four new weekly flights from BOS to Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s home base. The partnership will see dnata produce and uplift more than 125,000 meals each year. During the 2022-2023 financial year, dnata uplifted 1.5 million meals for 8,000 flights at BOS. The company provides catering and retail services to 40 airline customers, including Etihad, at 12 airports across the USA using a team of over 1000 people. 

Breaking Travel News | Related Etihad Airways commences new flights to Boston – Business Traveller




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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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