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June 08, 2022



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Registration is now Open for APEX/IFSA EXPO

Registration is now open for the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! Return to Long Beach, California, for the biggest EXPO to date. Business is done at EXPO! Join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, as they walk this year's show floor and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming.

APEX | Related IFSA Members Click Here to Register  APEX Members Click Here to Register



Japan Airlines Purchases 5.3 Million Gallons of SAF

Japan Airlines (JAL) has inked a deal with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Gevo to purchase 5.3 million gallons of SAF annually over a five-year period, with deliveries expected to start in 2027. The deal is a part of a commitment made in March 2022 by Oneworld Alliance, of which JAL is a member. The agreement is contingent on Gevo developing, financing and constructing one or more production facilities to produce the SAF.

Business Travel News Europe | Related oneworld members to buy up to 200M gallons/year of SAF from Gevo from 2027 – Biofuels Digest



Cathay Receives $993 Million in Funding

Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific has been given access to another $993 million in Hong Kong Government loans, to take the carrier through to June 8, 2023.  Chief Executive Officer Augustus Tang said that this will provide greater flexibility for the airline to manage liquidity as it emerges from the pandemic.  Tang said that the airline has already recommenced hiring in anticipation of a recovery in Hong Kong and global aviation.

Asian Aviation | Related Cathay Pacific takes steps to achieve ‘green’ target – Asian Aviation



OneWeb Confirms Launch Schedule into 2023

Following on from CTO Massimiliano Ladovaz’s confirmation that 2022 will see two more launches, OneWeb has outlined its 2023 launch schedule.  Ladovaz said that three more launches early next year will be required to reach the planned global footprint. VP Mobility Ben Griffin estimates that full coverage can be reached in early 2024, bearing in mind this launch timing.

Paxex | Related Satcom Direct, OneWeb, and QEST ratify development of Electronic Phased Array antenna together – Oneweb



Air New Zealand Upgrades its Culinary Offering

Air New Zealand is launching a new international menu, which will be rolled out from October on all long-haul flights, including the upcoming non-stop Auckland - New York and Auckland - Chicago routes. Passengers flying to and from Rarotonga (Cook Islands) were given a preview of the new ‘Business Premier’ menu. The new offering will include a ‘Koha [gift] from the Kitchen’ to be served after take-off. Shared as a token of gratitude, the bite-size morsel is made of local ingredients such as Paua mollusk and seaweed from Akaroa.

Executive Traveller | Related Finnair launches new long-haul premium economy and business class dining concepts – Business Traveller



Southwest Picks Astronics In-Seat Power for MAX Twinjets

Astronics Corporation and Southwest have signed an agreement for Astronics to provide its EMPOWER® Passenger In-Seat Power System for installation on 475 Boeing 737 MAX-7 and MAX-8 aircraft. This award is part of Southwest’s recently announced significant cabin upgrade initiative to enhance customer experience. Astronics will begin delivering in the fourth quarter of 2022 for retrofit installations on Southwest Airlines’ existing MAX-8 fleet which will begin in early 2023.  Aircraft on the production line will begin in 2023.

Runway Girl Network | Related Southwest is upgrading its planes with faster Wi-Fi, bigger overhead bins and new drinks to woo travelers – CNBC



Aeroflot Receives a $3 Million Cash Injection

Russian airline Aeroflot, which has been hit by Western sanctions and flight bans, has received a $3 million cash injection, with a large part of the funds coming from Russia’s National Wealth Fund. The Russian Government has additionally promised to invest $1.74 billion in the airline. The EU, USA, Canada and UK have all shut off their airspace to Russian aircraft, while Airbus and Boeing have stopped deliveries.  

Channel News Asia | Related Free To Leave: Sri Lanka Releases Aeroflot Airbus A330 From Colombo – Simple Flying





Bamboo Airway's 787 Dreamliner landing at Heathrow from Hanoi. Captured by @tjr_aviation

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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

"[Our model] can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to net-zero over the entire lifecycle of each gallon of advanced renewable fuel, like SAF, and that includes the emissions resulting from burning the fuel in engines to power transportation."

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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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