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May 20, 2022



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SGP to Build Worlds Largest Biorefinery in Panama

A consortium led by SGP BioEnergy is set to construct the world’s largest biorefinery in collaboration with the government of Panama, private landowners, and Panama Oil Terminals. The Golden City Biorefinery will include the production of sustainable aviation fuel and is currently being built in Panama's Colon and Balboa regions, slated for completion within five years. Once operational, the facility will produce 180,000 barrels of biofuel per day and 2.6 billion gallons per year. The project will help repurpose existing facilities, which presently process and store 70% of the country’s bunker fuel oil.

Airport Technology | Related United signs SAF agreement with Neste – Biomass Magazine



United Opens its Largest Club in the US at Newark Airport

United Airlines has announced the opening of its new, 30,000 square-foot United Club location at Newark Liberty International Airport, the largest club in United’s network. The club offers views of the Manhattan skyline and features a modern design with more than 480 seats across lounging, working, private dining and socializing spaces. Enhanced amenities include spa-like showers, and culinary offerings include a full-service coffee bar, complimentary beverages and snacks. Locally-sourced art and furniture pieces are used throughout, and the Club is designed using sustainable materials. The lounge includes modern amenities, self-scan entry, and free, high-speed Wi-Fi.

Runway Girl Network | Related Plaza Premium, Edinburgh Gin launch airport lounge – The Herald



ATR Unveils Next-Generation “EVO” Aircraft Plans

Aircraft manufacturer ATR has unveiled plans for a next-generation version of its “EVO” aircraft. The new aircraft is scheduled to enter into service by 2030 and will feature a new powerplant with hybrid capabilities, operable using 100% sustainable aviation fuel, and additional improvements that will improve passenger comfort and lower operating costs. The ATR “EVO” will offer airlines cost savings through a 20% reduction in fuel burn and 20% overall maintenance cost reduction. ATR has issued a Request for Information from the main engine manufacturers developing the new engine design.

Airways Magazine | Related ZeroAvia begins U.S. 19-seat hydrogen-electric aircraft testing, demonstration program – Composites World



QTM and Kokoro Kids Partner on IFE Educational Games

End-to-end content service provider Quivertree Media (QTM) and adaptive learning experts Kokoro Kids have partnered to bring a host of educational games to IFE users of all ages. The content will include fun, educational games that teach and entertain. The partnership aims to provide digital games centered around vocabulary, geometry, simple math, and colorful memory and creativity games. The new IFE offerings will be available on Iberia Express, Viva Aerobus, Volotea, Air Nostrum, Iberojet, Sun Express, Pegasus, Binter, and W2Fly flights.

APEX Media | Related LEVEL and Quivertree Media Partner to offer New In-Flight Entertainment – APEX Media



EasyJet Targets 35% Emissions Reduction by 2035

EasyJet has announced it has set a science-based goal of reducing emissions by 35% by 2035. The four-pillar plan includes fleet renewal, operational improvements and efficiencies, airspace modernization, and the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The carrier has also submitted its plan for validation from the Science-Based Targets initiative. Since airspace modernization is not in the airline’s immediate control, easyJet says it is engaged with various stakeholders and public authorities to make this happen, including implementing the Single European Sky. Additionally, easyJet confirms it will use SAF, but has yet to place any significant orders.

Simple Flying | Related Air France launches CO2 emissions reduction strategy, ‘Air France ACT’ – Business Traveller



SEA International Arrivals Facility Fully Operational

The new International Arrivals Facility at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is fully operational. The phased opening began on April 19 with a select number of international flights providing a “trial run” for the facility and expanded in early May to include flights arriving from the S Concourse. The facility replaces the 50-year-old customs processing facility and offers more international-capable gates, a larger passenger capacity, and enhanced technologies, including baggage and passport check processes.

Airways Magazine | Related Woods Bagot unveils designs for the new C Concourse Expansion at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport – Archinet



KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Now Open at Changi Airport

As of today, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3 is now open. Economy and premium economy passengers with any form of airline status will be able to access the lounge. After acting as the only lounge in T3 until the Business Class SilverKris Lounge opened in November, the KrisFlyer underwent a renovation updating the space to enlarge it and add new furnishings and fittings. The lounge features a new restroom, three shower suites, separated working, dining and relaxing spaces, AC/USB outlets, and desktop wireless charging.  

Executive Traveller | Related Skyteam opens first branded lounge in South America – Business Traveller





A Delta A220-300 coming into Salt Lake City International Airport after a short hop from Denver International Airport. Captured by @flyingboeing787

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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.


> Quote of the Day

"We only get one opportunity to create a first impression, and we want it to say what this country and this region is all about."

Lance Lyttle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
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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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