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May 5, 2022



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Qantas to Purchase Remaining Stake in Alliance Aviation

Qantas has signed an agreement to acquire the remaining 80% stake that it does not already own in Alliance Aviation Services in an all-scrip deal. The deal will issue nearly $444m of new shares to purchase the remaining stake, making Alliance Aviation wholly-owned by Qantas. Currently, the Australian-based Alliance constitutes 2% of the domestic airline market with a fleet of 70 aircraft, each with a 100 seat capacity. According to the agreed terms, Alliance shareholders will receive each Qantas share at $3.44 apiece. The deal is still awaiting competition clearance and approval from Alliance shareholders.

Airport Technology | Related Qantas signs Airbus order for world’s longest direct flights from Australia – Financial Times



Flair and Super Channel Partner to Offer Extensive In-Flight Content

Flair Airlines and Super Channel have partnered to offer over 200 hours of Super Channel content via Flair's inflight app. The extensive collection of Super Channel programming is now available on select routes. It will feature a selection of Canadian content, including the Canadian Screen Award-nominated series, The North Water, and the 2022 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program winner, Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur. "We are thrilled to choose Flair Airlines, another Edmonton-based company, as our first partner to offer Super Channel content as part of its inflight entertainment experience," said Don McDonald, Super Channel president and CEO.  

Newswire | Related Press Release: Canadian start-up Aeroflyer to offer Bluebox W-IFE – Runway Girl Network



OMV and AEG Partner to Distribute SAF at Vienna Airport

OMV and Associated Energy Group (AEG) are working together to distribute an on-demand supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by OMV in Austria at Vienna Airport (VIE). Starting this year, the SAF, which is produced at OMV’s Schwechat Refinery and supplied to VIE via a direct pipeline, will be available at the airport as an alternative to conventional jet fuel. “Our closely coordinated collaboration delivers an immediate and straightforward solution for operators to cut their carbon emissions. By improving SAF availability, we are simplifying our customers’ pathways to achieving their sustainability goals,” said Daria Napolskikh, director of supply, Europe for AEG Fuels.

Biofuels News | Related Atlantic Aviation to offer SAF at LAX FBO – Business Airport International



Delta to Expand Sky Club Lounge Network and Limit Access

Starting June 1, Delta Air Lines will limit Sky Club entry to three hours before a scheduled flight and make the clubs off-limits to flyers who have arrived at their final destination. However, an exception will be made for Delta One business-class travelers. Connecting flyers will still be able to enter Sky Clubs when their incoming flight arrives and when their itineraries are delayed. The new entry restrictions are part of an effort by the airline to limit crowding. On Wednesday, the carrier also announced that it will begin expanding its Delta One Club network beginning in 2023.

Travel Weekly | Related Virgin Australia opens secret airport lounges – Virgin



Crystal Cabin Awards 2022 Finalists Selected

A jury of 27 aviation industry experts has selected 24 finalists for The Crystal Cabin Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 14 June 2022 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo. In the Cabin Concepts category, finalists include Collins Aerospace AirLounge, Teague and NORDAM’s Elevate concept, and i4A’s Smart Space 4 Passengers. In the Cabin Systems category, entries included Air 4 All designed by Flying Disabled, PriestmanGoode, SWS Certification and Sunrise Medical. The passenger comfort category included ZIM Aircraft Seating’s ZIMprivacy seat, and Jamco Corporation and NTT sonority’s Personalized Sound Zone.

Runway Girl Network | Related Crystal Cabin Awards 2022 shortlist unveiled with innovations focusing on sustainability, digitalisation and flexibility – Future Travel Experience



Updated Ticketing Lobby and Baggage Inspection Open at LGB

Long Beach Airport (LGB) has announced the completion of its new ticketing lobby and checked baggage inspection system (CBIS) facility. The two projects are part of phase 2 of a $110 million Terminal Area Improvement Program to enhance pre-security facilities at the airport. The 16,700 square-foot, $26M ticketing lobby is anticipated to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Features include ticket counters and kiosks with anti-microbial surfaces, improved baggage checking, optimized energy performance, and reduced indoor and outdoor water usage. The $25.5M CBIS facility is 6,545 square feet and is connected to the ticketing lobby.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Tokyo International Airport to deploy Smiths Detection’s technologies – Airport Technology



AUS Receives $400M for Expansion Program

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has received $400M in financing to facilitate its near-term Airport Expansion and Development Program projects. The projects are expected to require $3.5 to $4B in investments and will drive airport upgrades to allow more flights and increase passenger volume. The infusion of $400M follows an Airport System Revenue Bond sale to investors, with investor interest enabling the airport to cut down its borrowing yields by up to nine basis points. The bond financing will support construction work at the Barbara Jordan Terminal and support the new baggage handling system, additional airfield infrastructure and security upgrades.  

Airport Technology | Related Auckland's Ardmore Airport redesigns expansion to save native tree grove – Stuff.Co





A Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner climbing out of Doncaster Sheffield Airport bound for Queen Alia International Airport. Captured by @nclairpics

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Association News

Submit Your Nominations for the APEX/IFSA Awards!

The APEX/IFSA Awards program returns this year and is now accepting submissions. As the PaxEx industry’s most influential organization, our awards program is more relevant than ever. This years awards consist of eight categories including, APEX Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation; APEX Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation; APEX Best Airport Innovation; APEX Best Marketing Innovation; APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation; APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service; IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage; and IFSA Best Onboard Amenity. Submit your application before the 21 June 2022 deadline.


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"I am convinced that the replacement of fossil kerosene with fuels made from renewable raw materials is an indispensable strong lever to promote CO2-neutral flying."

Josef Rath, OMV
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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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