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May 18, 2021



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Finnair to Equip ATR Fleet with HEPA Filters

Finnair is to equip its fleet of 12 ATR aircraft, which are operated by partner company Norra on short-haul domestic and regional routes, with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. Installations will begin next month and be completed by early 2022. Juha Ojala, VP Finnair Technical Operations, said, “By introducing HEPA filters to our ATR fleet, we’ll be further raising the hygiene level in our ATR aircraft from an already high standard.” Finnair’s Airbus and Embraer aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters.

Finnair | Related Collins Aerospace offers HEPA filter option for DASH 8 fleet – PaxEx.aero



Flydubai Introduces Wireless IFE in Economy Class

Earlier this month, flydubai introduced complimentary wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) provided by its connectivity provider, AIRTIME. The solution is available across 36 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft and replaces seatback IFE in economy class. “We will add more content in additional languages in the coming few months,” said Daniel Kerrison, flydubai's VP Inflight Product. Kerrison added that the carrier is also planning on introducing Bluetooth headphone pairing on its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.  

Flydubai | Related Flydubai Records Major Loss Due to Pandemic – Airline Geeks



Abu Dhabi to Eliminate Quarantine, Ethiopian Begins Staff Vaccinations

From July 1, Abu Dhabi will cease quarantine requirements for all international visitors. It currently requires incoming passengers to quarantine for 10 days unless they’re from a "green list" country. "It will be similar to the Dubai system – the PCR protocol will be different from high-risk to low- risk destinations," said Ali Al Shaiba, executive director of Tourism and Marketing, DCT Abu Dhabi. Elsewhere, Ethiopian Airlines has begun vaccinating employees at the Ethiopian Aviation Academy. They are set to receive their second dose four weeks after the first. 

Gulf News | Related Ethiopian Airlines Medical Center Starts Vaccinating Employees Against COVID-19 – Ethiopian Airlines



FTE APEX Virtual Expo: How AirAsia is “Bringing it Back Better”

AirAsia is hosting its own dedicated guest sessions at FTE APEX Virtual Expo, which will see senior executives from across the company explore how AirAsia is reimagining the traditional airline business model. Javed Malik, AirAsia Group’s COO and member of the FTE Executive Advisory Board, will give a presentation on current happenings across the organization, and delegates can visit the OnDemand Speaker Zone to find out more from his colleagues, including AirAsia.com CEO Amanda Woo, about its journey to becoming “more than just an airline.”

Future Travel Experience | Related Register for FTE APEX Virtual Expo



HOU to Introduce LiveReach Media’s Motion Tracking Solution

Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is integrating LiveReach Media’s motion analytics platform into its technology infrastructure to provide social distance monitoring and to show passengers estimated wait times at TSA and immigration checkpoints via monitors at retail and restaurant locations. Diego Parra, HOU’s director, IT Program Management, explained, “Houston Airports is looking to expand LiveReach Media’s comprehensive analytics and advanced artificial intelligence to become the airport system of the future.” LiveReach Media’s solution is also in use at Philadelphia and El Paso airports.

Business Wire | Related LiveReach Media Introduces Social Distancing Technology for Small Businesses, Retailers, Transportation Hubs, and Venues – Business Wire



Volocopter Reveals Plans for Fixed-Wing eVTOL Aircraft

Volocopter is hoping to certify a fixed-wing version of its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, VoloConnect, in the next five years. VoloConnect has four seats and is designed to link suburbs to cities with a range of 100 kilometers (62 miles) on each charge of its batteries. The company has been developing the aircraft for two years and has already tested full-scale prototypes. VoloConnect will join Volocopter's existing portfolio of urban air mobility solutions: VoloDrone, VoloCity, VoloPort and digital platform, VoloIQ.

New Atlas | Related BLADE TO ADD 20 BETA EVTOLS TO URBAN AIR MOBILITY FLEET – Business Jet Traveler



WBA’s Wi-Fi 6 Network Using OpenRoaming Live at GRU

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has launched the first at-airport Wi-Fi 6 network using OpenRoaming at Brazil’s São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport (GRU) Terminal 3. The network is powered by Cisco and managed by Boingo. “WBA OpenRoaming completely transforms the user experience ... by eliminating the registrations, log-ins and other traditional authentication processes and replacing them all with a secure and seamless onboarding framework,” explained Cisco Wireless’ CTO, Matt MacPherson. Airport visitors are entitled to up to four hours of free Wi-Fi.   

Real Wire | Related Boingo Launches First Airport-Wide Wi-Fi 6 Network at São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport – Boingo





Aircraft interiors enthusiast Vern Alg loves exploring the world both on the ground and up in the air.  

This week, we're looking back at illustrations by Felipe Vargas for the Travelogue feature in #APEXExperienceMag!

> Tweet of the Day

Today #SFO welcomed @AirFrance #LGBTQ friendly flight! We are proud to support this flight celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia with an LGTBQIA+ crew organized by @PersonnAilesAF from Paris to SFO!

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) @flySFO


Association News

Job Alert: Account Manager, West Entertainment

West Entertainment is looking for a positive and passionate Account Manager for the world of in-flight entertainment. You will support the Account Director in servicing one of the world’s leading airlines with their entertainment needs and ensuring their long-term success. Fluent Japanese language is preferred, but not essential. The position’s location is flexible, but service hours are JST (Japan Standard Time). To find out more, please email talent@westent.com.


> Quote of the Day

"Flight path optimization presents a major opportunity for carriers to lower their environmental footprint and increase operational efficiency."

Tim Wakeford, Caeli Nova
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Until tomorrow



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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