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October 24, 2022



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US airlines pledge to improve disabled accessibility

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced a new pledge to improve safe, accessible air travel to all passengers with disabilities including those with mobility, cognitive and social disabilities.  ‘A4A’s passenger airlines jointly commit to taking steps to improve accessibility and services for passengers with disabilities’ reads a letter signed by the seven airline CEOs (Alaska Air Group’s Ben Minicucci, Robert Isom of American Airlines, Delta’s Ed Bastion, Hawaiian’s Peter Ingram, JetBlue’s Robin Hayes, Gary Kelly of Southwest, and United’s Scott Kirby). ‘We recognise the need for a specific commitment to remove barriers to safe, accessible air travel.’

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The Department of Transportation Just Made Air Travel More Accessible for Disabled Passengers — Here's How - Travel and Leisure



Michael Childers to receive lifetime achievement award

At this year's APEX / IFSA EXPO, a lifetime achievement award will be given to Michael Childers, an industry veteran who has been responsible for everything from bringing some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters onto passengers’ IFE screens, to helping make IFE content more accessible. Michael Childers has a track record of innovation and leadership that stretches back for over four decades.  With the formal nomination having been made by Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh, this is in fact the second time Michael Childers has been recognised by APEX.  In 2013, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award, for leadership in the digital transformation of IFEC.

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Air China Takes Delivery Of 20th Airbus A350-900

Air China has taken delivery of its 20th Airbus A350-900. According to ADSBExchange, the aircraft avoided Russian airspace on the delivery flight from Toulouse to China.  However, Chinese airlines can and do overfly Russia on routes from China to and from Europe.  Additional test flights subsequently took place in Tianjin, before the aircraft was finally delivered to Air China on October 20th. Airbus itself has a major facility in Tianjin, the A320 family Final Assembly Line (FAL). Airbus states that this center "covers the aircraft completion activities, including cabin installation, aircraft painting and production flight test, as well as customer flight acceptance and aircraft delivery."

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Air China confirms order for 20 A350-900s - Business Traveller



OneWeb successfully orbits 36 more satellites

OneWeb added 36 more satellites to its constellation over the weekend, bringing the total to 462 Gen 1 satellites in orbit. Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SDSC-SHAR in Sriharikota, India this marks the first dedicated commercial launch for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) using the LVM3 rocket. It also marks the renewal of launches for the LEO satellite operator, suspended earlier this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is OneWeb’s 14th launch, bringing the constellation to 462 satellites. This launch represents more than 70% of its planned 648 low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite fleet that will deliver high-speed, low-latency connectivity worldwide.  

PAXEX.AERO | Related

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Fraport and Lufthansa form JV to improve services at Frankfurt Airport

German airport management company Fraport and flag carrier Lufthansa have established a new joint venture known as FraAlliance, which will be equally owned by the two entities.  The new JV will enable both firms to boost their existing partnership on strategic and operational issues at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and enhance services at the airport’s Terminal One. One initial outcome of the enhanced partnership is the availability of real-time updates for aviation security checkpoints in the Lufthansa App. This allows Lufthansa passengers to see checkpoint waiting times in Frankfurt via the app, enabling them to take these times into account when planning their schedule and travel arrangements.

Airport Technology | Related Fraport and Lufthansa Establish “FraAlliance” Joint Venture - Fraport



Iberia launches carbon offset programme

Iberia has launched a customer carbon offset programme. The previous programme had been suspended because of the low take-up during the Covid-19 pandemic and the IT costs, although the ability for businesses to offset the emissions of their employees had continued.  The new programme is through the “CO2labora” programme and enables customers to support two certified climate projects: one in Guatemala and one in Peru. The platform has been developed in collaboration with Chooose.  

Business Traveller | Related

Air Canada Picks CHOOOSE For Carbon Offsetting - Simple Flying



Cyprus Airways unveils new livery

Larnaca-based Cyprus Airways has unveiled an updated livery for its two new Airbus A320 aircraft as part of its re-positioning and new business plan launched this year.  The two additional new Airbus A320 aircraft are expected to join the fleet early next year and will also carry the newly designed livery.  The new branding develops the iconic green olive branch, part of the Cypriot flag, on the airline’s tail fin with the text ‘Cyprus Airways’ emblazoned across the side of the aircraft.

Financial Mirror | Related Cyprus Airways unveils new livery - Cyprus Mail




With thousands of visitors arriving for APEX/IFSA EXPO today, we've included this image of Long Beach Airport from @lgbairport Use #APEXPOTD for the chance to be featured in the APEX Daily Experience newsletter!

> Tweet of the Day

Flying courtesy of @SpiritAirlines to @theAPEXassoc @IFSAOnBoard EXPO on a 6:55 am flight ATL-LAX. After having a team member take this photo of how I sleep “cocooned”in flight upright, I just woke up several hours later! #PaxEx

Dr Joe Leader @joepleader


Association News

APEX EXPO starts tomorrow!

Join over 1,000 industry professionals, including nearly 200 airline representatives and 100+ exhibitors, at APEX/IFSA EXPO to see the latest innovations designed to enhance the passenger experience. Register now, if you haven't already done so, it opens tomorrow!


> Quote of the Day

“Industry professionals starting off now can learn from Michael Childers the genius beauty of genuinely following your passion to drive solutions that better the world."

Dr Joe Leader, APEX CEO
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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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