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October 19 2022



Today's Top Stories


Etihad Airways And Armani/Casa Launching World's First Luxury Partnership

Etihad Airways and Armani/Casa have partnered on a collection designed by Giorgio Armani. The Etihad and Armani/Casa collaboration ‘The Constellation Collection’ will be launching onboard select aircraft in December 2022. Offering a ‘beyond Business’ experience for Etihad’s guests, the range is embellished with a unique geometric pattern that subtly adorns the collection. The collection includes a new dining service which features ceramics, glassware, cutlery and serving ware, as well as premium textiles for a revamped experience in its business class.

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TPN’s New Membership Model And Content Security Platform At APEX EXPO

The Trusted Partner Network (TPN), the content security program that provides best practices guidelines on behalf of the major Hollywood studios for inflight entertainment, has announced a new multi-tiered membership model impacting IFE content integration and post-production facilities. The new structure hopes to provide greater flexibility, efficiency and transparency to global Content owners and Service Providers in the industry. Details of the model will be described by Terri Davies, TPN President, during a session at APEX EXPO on 27 October.

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Panasonic Avionics To Bring OneWeb LEO Broadband To Planes

OneWeb and Panasonic Avionics have reached a deal that enables Panasonic Avionics to market, sell, and support OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency, low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband services to commercial airlines worldwide. Panasonic Avionics will offer OneWeb’s global service standalone or paired with their GEO service, which covers 99.6% of the world’s flight routes. Adding LEO capabilities from OneWeb would enable pole-to-pole coverage with forward link speeds approaching 200 Mbps and return link speeds up to 32 Mbps everywhere, including polar routes.

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Southwest Partners With 4AIR To Document SAF Use And Emissions

4AIR, the first and only rating system focused on comprehensive sustainability in aviation, announced that it will provide sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) inventory accounting and documentation services for Southwest Airlines. Under the agreement, 4AIR will support Southwest with allocating and documenting certain Scope 3 emission reduction rights arising from Southwest’s use of SAF for corporate clients participating in its SAF Beta Program. These clients purchase Scope 3 emission reduction rights arising from Southwest’s use of SAF, which contributes to reducing the premium of SAF over conventional jet fuel and helps send demand signals to the market.

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Welcoming The Diwali Light Onboard Emirates Flights

Evoking the joyful and prosperous spirit of Diwali, Emirates will celebrate the festival of light onboard flights to and from India, from 23 to 28 October. Diwali delicacies will be served in all classes and select lounges. Customers traveling to and from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Cochin, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kolkata, and Mumbai will be treated to a selection of sumptuous Diwali sweets and desserts.   

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Jamco America Unveils New Decorative Branding Panels

Jamco America has unveiled its new durable, aesthetically pleasing decorative branding panels. These panels offered to the aircraft interiors market represent a cost-effective solution to update aircraft’s forward and mid cabin areas and their branding opportunities include the use of color, embossed logos and other decorative features. Jamco America’s decorative branding panels are thermoformed and are currently being provided at the door one area and mid cabin for narrow-body single aisle aircraft.

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American Airlines Restarts Sydney Flights

American Airlines will be back in Australian skies from 29 October after a five-month suspension of its daily Los Angeles to Sydney service due to a shortage of long-range aircraft. The Oneworld member pulled the pin on its daily trans-Pacific service back in May, but its return not only increases flight options between Sydney and LAX to complement Qantas’ schedule, it also doubles the opportunities for Qantas Frequent flyer members to earn and redeem points on seats to the States. The route will coincide with the start of the winter flying season.

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Today's picture comes from @jnichols.aviation, showing a Delta Air Lines A321 aircraft at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

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Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 2,000 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.


Director of Business Development, Technical Products and Services - Spafax

Spafax operates as a supplier and partner in the airline industry of inflight entertainment, media and content. Clients include large airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, Jet Blue, Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and many more, where it delivers a wide variety of content solutions, media sales and digital services to them Spafax is now recruiting for a Director of Business Development, based in London.  For more details on this role, click here.


> Quote of the Day

“Today we unveil a completely new and elevated way to fly with Etihad Airways – an experience defined by our Emirati heritage yet shaped by a clear vision for our future. Known globally for its Italian luxury and elegance, Armani/Casa is the ideal brand partner to create an unparalleled level of bespoke service and refinement for our guests,”

Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer at Etihad
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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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