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April 28, 2023



Today's Top Stories


French May Day strikes: Airlines asked to cancel flights as air traffic controllers walk out

Airlines using French airports have been asked to cancel flights due to the May 1st air traffic controllers strike. Travellers have been warned to face disruption, and there could be an impact on flights passing through French airspace. Industrial action is likely to affect Paris’ Orly, Charles de Gaulle and Beauvais airports as well as Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes and Nice. The Direction générale de l’aviation civile (DGAC) asked airlines to cancel 33 per cent of scheduled flights at Orly airport on May 1st and 25 per cent at Charles de Gaulle and Beauvais.

Euronews | Related The European airports at ‘risk of collapse’ this summer - The Sun



APEX announces the winners of the 2023 Passenger Choice Awards™ in Best Entertainment

April 26-27th saw APEX hosting the airline industry’s top global buyers and distributors at a one-of-a-kind event – APEX Content Market in Istanbul. This is the only industry event exclusively focused on connecting in-flight entertainment content buyers with worldwide content distributors. In addition to the main event, APEX also announced the winners of the 2023 Passenger Choice Awards™ in Best Entertainment.The coveted awards are based on passenger feedback gathered through APEX’s partnership with TripIt® from Concur®,  For the full list of winners, click here.

APEX Media | Related Dr. Joe Leader sits down for a deep-dive one-on-one with JetBlue’s Mariya Stoyanova - APEX Media



Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Airlines launches first flight to Osaka

The first flight to Osaka by Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Airlines (GBA) took off on Friday as the fledgling operator sought to expand its regional routes and compete with the city’s other carriers.  According to the airline, there were 130 passengers on board, meaning the flight was 70% full.  HB 540, the airline’s first plane to Kansai International airport, lifted off from the airport at around 9.45am for the three-and-a-half hour flight, with a return leg at 6pm. It landed on time at the Kansai airport at about 1pm Hong Kong time. The market newcomer has plans to entice Hongkongers with promotions to compete with rival budget carriers HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines.  


South China Morning Post | Related HK's Greater Bay Airlines orders 15 B737 MAX, mulls B787s - CH Aviation



From trash to fuel: Jet2 invests in new sustainable aviation fuel plant

Leading UK leisure travel group and airline Jet2 announced a major investment into a new Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production plant to be constructed in the North West of England – one of the first such deals in UK aviation. The Fulcrum NorthPoint facility, being developed by Fulcrum BioEnergy Ltd, is a Waste-to-Fuels plant which will be located at the Essar Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Production of SAF is expected to commence at the plant in 2027, and when at full capacity 600,000 tonnes of non-recyclable household waste, which would otherwise have been destined for incineration or landfill, will be converted into around 100 million litres of SAF annually.

Innovation Origins | Related Jet2 plc announces major investment into UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel production  



American to install Collins AID on more than 500 aircraft

Raytheon Technologies’ Collins Aerospace business is partnering with American Airlines to bring the latest in aircraft data management technology to improve the airline’s safety, reliability and analytics.  American is installing the Collins InteliSight™ Aircraft Interface Device (AID) on more than 500 aircraft.  “Key to running a dependable airline is having a reliable and healthy fleet. And at American, data drives the operational decisions we make. Having the right intel in the hands of our Technical Operations team quickly means we can provide the predictable and solid operation our customers are counting on,” said Stacy Morrissey, American’s vice president of Technical Operations – Engineering and Quality.

Runway Girl Network | Related American Airlines installing Collins' InteliSight AID on 500 aircraft - CAPA



Six Philippine Tycoons Revive Proposal To Upgrade Manila’s Congested Airport

A consortium backed by six Philippine tycoons has revived a proposal to upgrade the country’s main international airport in Manila at a total investment cost of over 100 billion pesos ($1.8 billion) amid a post-pandemic travel rebound. The Manila International Airport Consortium—backed by the country’s biggest conglomerates, partnered with U.S.-based Global Infrastructure Partners, which has interests in airports across London and Sydney, to modernize the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and double its capacity to 62.5 million passengers a year by 2028.

Forbes | Related Marcos orders creation of team to improve Manila airport terminals - Manila Times



Aéroports de Montréal to eliminate single-use plastics

Canadian airport operator Aéroports de Montréal (ADM) has adopted a new policy to phase out certain single-use plastics, such as utensils, food containers, cups and bags, in concessions and VIP lounges at Montréal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL). The policy, which applies to food and beverages packaged in concessions-owned kitchens, is part of ADM’s sustainability goal to achieve a 70% recovery rate by 2025 and zero waste by 2030. The policy also dovetails with the City of Montréal’s March 28 ban on certain single-use plastic items in restaurants and food stores in the metropolitan area.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related ADM to reduce single-use plastic at YUL - Airports International 




Today’s picture comes from @fly_r, showing a SAUDIA Dreamliner at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Use #APEXPOTD for the chance to be featured in the APEX Daily Experience newsletter!

> Tweet of the Day

Please join us in giving another big round of applause for all of our Passenger Choice Award (PCA) winners that were announced last night at #APEXContentMarket. Read the full recap & view all winners here: http://bit.ly/3AylY4L

APEX @heAPEXassoc


Association News


Future Travel Experience EMEA returns to the “Silicon Valley of Europe”, Dublin from 23-25 May, to become established as the region’s definitive end-to-end air transport innovation show with an atmosphere, energy and audience like no other. This high-level three-day event, focused on the art of scaling innovative ideas, is dedicated to new thinking and concepts, and combines an exhibition, extensive social activities, conference sessions, interactive workshops, pitch sessions and awards with turbo-charged networking. For more information, click here.


> Quote of the Day

“An event such as this one is so crucial to all players involved as it places the latest in in-flight content to the forefront creating an opportunity for airline buyers to get a close and personal look at what’s in store."

Dr Joe Leader, CEO, APEX
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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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