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June 25, 2021



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Qatar Showcases Boeing 787-9 Interiors

Qatar Airways’ Boeing 787-9 aircraft features 30 “Business Class Suites” based on Adient Aerospace’s Ascent product. Occupying a herringbone pattern in a 1-2-1 configuration, each suite has direct aisle access and partial window views. As with Qatar’s Qsuite offering on its Airbus A350s and Boeing 777s, the privacy screens between the pair of seats in the center can be removed and, when fully-flat, each bed spans 79-inches in length. There are 281 Recaro seats in economy class, which feature 13-inch Panasonic monitors. Each seat also has a personal electronic device holder and a rotatable armrest that can be stowed away.

The Design Air | Related Qatar Airways Unveils New Plans for Economy Class – APEX Media



Omni Air Introduces “Omni Class” on Boeing 767, 777 Jets

Omni Air International, which specializes in charter flights and ACMI leasing, has introduced a premium “Omni Class” cabin onboard its Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 aircraft. The former is equipped with B/E Aerospace’s Diamond seat and the latter features the Thompson Vantage seat. Both have Safran/Zodiac RAVE ZII in-flight entertainment systems with 15.6-inch HD screens, in-seat power, personal stowage options and an oversized tray table. “Omni Class is the most significant advancement in passenger comfort in our 28-year history,” said Jeff Crippen, president and CEO, Omni Air International. 

Business Wire | Related Omni Air, flying for Air Canada, delivers solid passenger experience – Runway Girl Network



FAA Report Recommends Gender Neutral Terminology

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) advisory committee has recommended that airlines use more gender neutral language. The group suggested replacing words like "airman" with "aviator" and "cockpit" with "flight deck." The report stated, "Research shows that the utilization of general-neutral language can lead to a more inclusive environment that draws more people to the industry and helps keep them there." The report comes in response to the Biden administration pushing for more equality in aviation. According to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 94% of pilots and flight engineers are white men.

Business Insider | Related United Airlines Boosts Inclusivity with new Employee Appearance Standards – Aeronautics Online



Singapore Airlines, Scoot Launch Voluntary Carbon Offset Program

From today, passengers flying with Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Scoot will be able to voluntarily offset the carbon emissions from their flight by contributing to environmental projects in Indonesia, India and Nepal. The offsets are calculated via dedicated microsites in partnership with Australian carbon offset provider Tasman Environmental Markets. SIA and Scoot will match the offsets purchased by passengers for the initial six months of the program. Towards the end of the year, passengers will also be able to use KrisFlyer miles and HighFlyer points to purchase offsets.

Straits Times | Related Carbon offsets for flights: dinkum deal, or pie in the sky? – Cosmos



New Zealand Approves Return of Boeing 737 MAX

Following a comprehensive safety review, New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has cleared the Boeing 737 MAX to return to the skies. Fiji Airways is the only carrier that operates the aircraft to New Zealand, and this new announcement only covers two of its five 737 MAX 8s. The remaining three must undergo further CAA scrutiny. “The date for these aircraft being added to flight schedules between New Zealand and Fiji hasn’t yet been decided given the evolving COVID-19 situation,” said David Harrison, the CAA’s deputy chief executive.

Stuff.co.nz | Related New Zealand's first electric aircraft visits Kāpiti – NZ Herald



Priority Pass, LoungeKey Networks Pilot Contactless Ordering

Collinson and its strategic partner Servy have introduced a pilot program for contactless food and beverage ordering at Riyadh King Khalid International Airport's naSmiles lounge. Ready 2 Order allows lounge users to scan a QR code or tap an NFC-enabled device on the lounge’s tables or seats to order from a lounge-specific menu. The order is then delivered to the table. The solution will soon be rolled out across more lounges in Collinson’s Priority Pass and LoungeKey networks. 

The Moodie Davitt Report | Related Priority Pass Adds Airport Spas – One Mile At A Time



Frontier Gets Rid of COVID-19 Recovery Charge

Following widespread media coverage, Frontier Airlines has abolished its $1.59 per person per one-way flight COVID-19 recovery charge. Frontier Spokesperson Zach Kramer said, "The charge, which was included in the airline’s total promoted fare versus an add-on fee, was meant to provide transparency and delineate what portion of the fare was going toward COVID-related business recovery, including repayment of a CARES Act loan from the US government.'' It was initially added in May to offset costs from increased sanitization efforts, shields at ticket counters and PPE for employees.

USA Today | Related Aircastle Delivers the First of Four A320neo Aircraft to Frontier Airlines – PR Newswire





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Association News

APEX EXPO is Coming to Long Beach, California in October

APEX EXPO, which is taking place from 19-21 October in Long Beach, California, will be the first major in-person industry event of 2021. Attendees will gain access to the most comprehensive industry marketplace, where airline CEOs, executives and decision makers will share unique insights and more than 300 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest innovations focused on the end-to-end passenger experience. Find out more.


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"QLED doesn’t have burn-in characteristics, which is very important in the cabin environment."

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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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