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September 30, 2021



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Aha! Airlines Announces Launch Plans

From October 24, Aha! Airlines, ExpressJet’s leisure carrier brand, will begin introducing flights between Reno-Tahoe International Airport and eight underserved vacation hotspots in California, Oregon and Washington using four 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145s. ExpressJet’s CEO, Subodh Karnik, believes the network could grow to 20 destinations in the coming months. Passengers can purchase three types of ticket: Budget, Standard or Flex. Aha! Airlines is charging $30 for a first checked bag and $50 for a second checked bag.

USA Today | Related New regional airline Aha! unveils first eight routes, launch details – The Points Guy



Boeing Completes 737 MAX Test Flights in China

The Boeing 737 MAX has completed its first test flights in China, a milestone which could lead to the aircraft type being ungrounded by the end of 2021. According to Reuters, Boeing’s China president, Sherry Carbary, said the tests “went off without a hitch.” Elsewhere, Gina Raimondo, US Commerce Secretary, has accused the Chinese government of blocking airlines from purchasing “tens of billions of dollars” of Boeing aircraft, and that it is not adhering to agreements set under a trade deal with the former administration.

Simple Flying | Related Boeing ups 20 year market outlook for commercial planes – Aerotime Hub



The Club Lounge Opens at Cleveland Hopkins Airport

Airport Dimensions has launched “The Club CLE” lounge at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) in partnership with local brand FLŌH Vodka. As such, lounge users will have access to a FLŌH-branded bar serving a drinks menu including FLŌH Vodka cocktails. Designed by Texas-based architects Ibanez Shaw, the lounge uses natural lighting to create a relaxed ambience. It is open to Priority Pass and LoungeKey members, as well as those that purchase a day pass. Airport Dimensions will launch “The Club CLT” lounge at Charlotte Douglas International Airport later this year.

Airport Dimensions | Related JPMorgan Chase to launch new airport lounge brand – Business Traveller



Rosen Aviation Introduces OLED Display Products

12 months after announcing a partnership with Japan-OLED (JOLED), Rosen Aviation’s range of ultra-thin, lightweight OLED displays are available to commercial, business and VIP aviation customers for pre-order. The displays range from 22-inches to 55-inches in size and feature 4K Ultra HD resolution, High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut. The company said it is currently developing applications that leverage OLED technology in new ways for aviation, and plans to announce further developments in early 2022.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related JOLED and Rosen Aviation to co-develop medium-sized OLED solutions for aircraft interiors – OLED Info



New Zealand to Double Air Passenger Levy

From December 1, New Zealand will double the country’s Border Processing Levy for airline passengers from approximately $14 to $30 for a return trip. Introduced in 2016, it is used to fund customs and biosecurity services for arriving and departing passengers. The government said passenger processing will be more complicated post-COVID-19, and predicts that less travelers will generate less revenue. The higher charges are expected to be passed on by airlines in the form of increased ticket costs, a move the Tourism Industry Aotearoa association believes will slow New Zealand’s recovery. 

Executive Traveller | Related Passenger entry fee set to increase 200 per cent in December, industry group says – Stuff.co.nz



Transavia Renews Netherlands Catering Contract with Newrest

Newrest is to provide catering solutions for Transavia out of the Netherlands over the next three years. The “management on behalf” contract covers procurement, inventory management, quality control, financial services, digital solutions, a sustainability program and fresh food loading program. Transavia and Newrest began working together in 2004, when Newrest entered the Dutch market and built an ad-hoc catering unit for the airline. Last May, Newrest inaugurated a new unit to support the growth of Transavia and its business model.

PAX International | Related Transavia touches down in Milan Bergamo – Anna.aero



Flyr Opts for SITA Solutions to Ensure Smooth Operations

Norwegian startup airline Flyr has chosen to implement a range of solutions from SITA to improve efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and ensure a seamless passenger experience. The carrier is using SITA's eWAS Pilot and eWAS Dispatch products to provide real-time access to multi-source weather reports, as well as SITA's AIRCOM Cockpit and AIRCOM FlightMessenger services to manage operational communications between the air and the ground. From October, Flyr will also use SITA’s WorldTracer solution to report and repatriate mishandled bags. 

SITA | Related SITA to provide Iridium Certus service to airlines and ANSPs – Runway Girl Network





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Association News

How APEX/IFSA Are Going Above and Beyond to Ensure Delegates' Health Safety at APEX EXPO

At APEX EXPO this year, all attendees, staff and vendors must be fully vaccinated or provide a ‎negative COVID-19 test result to attend the event. Furthermore, photographic ID will be required ‎when delegates collect their badges. To be considered fully vaccinated, attendees must have received ‎their final dose by 16 November, 2021. Find out more about the health and safety precautions being taken by APEX & IFSA at APEX EXPO.


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“APEX and IFSA are innovative and collaborative communities, and ‎connecting in-person is long overdue.”

Lauren Costello, IFSA/APEX
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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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