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October 26, 2020



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Immfly Spin-Off QuiverTree Media Launches Content and Ad Services

QuiverTree Media, a spin-off of Immfly’s content and advertising divisions, launched its content integration, advertising and over the top (OTT) services last week. QuiverTree is supporting advertising for almost all of Immfly’s clients, including Pegasus, Ethiopian Airlines, Iberia Express and Air Nostrum, in addition to its own clients. The company expects to announce a contract with one of the largest low-cost carriers in Europe in the coming weeks. “The smart solutions QuiverTree Media provides enable airlines to benefit from an enhanced user experience, reducing overall costs and increasing revenue,” Vincent Tomasoni, QuiverTree’s VP Operations, told APEX Media.

APEX Media | Related Immfly and GetYourGuide Partner on In-Flight Booking Tool for Destination Experiences — APEX Media



Delta, WestJet Receive Tentative Approval for Joint Venture

It took more than two years, but Delta and WestJet finally received initial approval from the US DOT for their proposed trans-border joint venture operations. The pair anticipate presenting a stronger competitive front to Air Canada’s dominance in the market. The approval is not without restrictions, however. The carriers will be required to cede eight slot pairs at New York’s LaGuardia Airport as well as to adjust the way that WestJet’s ultra low-cost carrier arm, Swoop, fits into the relationship. The DOT’s ruling aims to support competition at levels still beneficial to customers, even as the partnership necessarily eliminates options in some markets.

Paxex | Related WestJet and Air Canada Will Trial Airport COVID-19 Tests — Travel Pulse



Lufthansa Makes Further Cuts as Winter Looms

More planes – and employees – will be grounded as Lufthansa updates its planned operations for the coming winter. The company now expects to fly just 25% of its prior year capacity in the low season, acknowledging that a strong recovery is not to be had this year. The Eurowings arm will fly only 30 planes and will shutter its Dusseldorf offices as part of the cuts. The company expects to survive the downturn with its current liquidity position but continues to push labor to further reduce expenses. Turkish Airlines is similarly trimming its outlook, with foreign pilots facing a six-month furlough from November 1.

BNN Bloomberg | Related Turkish Airlines to Put Foreign Pilots on Unpaid Leave — Bloomberg



Emirates Inaugurates Integrated Biometric Path at DXB

Emirates passengers passing through Dubai International Airport (DXB) can now experience a seamless, contactless journey thanks to biometric technologies. From check-in to immigration, lounge access and boarding, the process relies on facial and iris recognition systems to reduce human interaction and provide a smoother travel experience. The services are open to all classes of travel at dedicated check-in desks in Terminal 3, as well as in the lounge in Concourse B and certain boarding gates. Additional installations are expected in the future.

Arabian Aerospace | Related SITA launches smart border solutions to support new EU Schengen Zone regulations — Passenger Terminal Today



Australian Women Subjected to Intimate Search at Doha Airport

Thirteen women aboard a Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Sydney were forced to undergo “inappropriate” searches at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, reportedly after a newborn baby was found abandoned in a bathroom in the terminal. The incident spurred an investigation by the Australian Federal Police and has been escalated by authorities to a formal diplomatic dispute.

The National News | Related Australia refers invasive search of women at Qatar airport to federal police — Financial Post



New Premium Lounge Launches in Sharjah

Sharjah Airport relaunched its Premium Lounge, hoping that a recovery in the region’s travel demand will help boost its local operations. The project, performed in partnership with JPA Design, took inspiration from the character of Sharjah architecture to create modern representations of traditional mashrabiya patterns, which are highlighted in specific zones using delicate laser cut screens and backlit GRG ceilings. The facility offers a media lounge, a relaxation area, a business zone, a dining area, prayer facilities and a kids’ play section.

The Design Air | Related Minimal Assembly Required: Less Is More for Low-Part-Count-Seat Makers — APEX Media



LSG Launches Eco-Friendly Packaging

With more airlines shifting to pre-packaged meals served in a single interaction, the new normal of in-flight catering creates a risk of increased waste. LSG Group’s new Project Refresh line of boxes and other equipment hopes to offset those challenges. The Refresh line aims for a more premium feel while ensuring a sustainable production approach. The portfolio currently consists of 10 different products, including tray mats, meal boxes with a lid and see-through panel, a cardboard box for wraps, lunch boxes, a plate made from sugarcane, a cutlery set, stickers for sealing the boxes and a hygiene kit.

LSG Group | Related Foodcase International introduces boxed full-course meal — PAX-INTL





Can you guess why this de Havilland aircraft was named Vampire? Captured at St Thomas Municipal Airport by @corvidaephotos (via Instagram).

The countdown to Halloween is on! This week we’re featuring photos that showcase aviation during the spooky season.

> Tweet of the Day

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Neste @NesteGlobal


Association News

Next-Generation Networking at Virtual Expo Will Mimic Real-Life Encounters

FTE APEX Virtual Expo Premium Pass holders can recreate the spontaneous meeting opportunities that are a hallmark of live events thanks to the Virtual Expo Networking Sessions and Premium Networking Lounge. The Lounge is open 24 hours per day, allowing visitors to meet and build partnerships with the most relevant contacts also in attendance. During Virtual Networking Sessions, attendees can navigate their way around a networking arena and join tables where interaction is focused around specific industry topics. Register now to start your networking journey!


> Quote of the Day

“We want every airline to be able to inform their customer [regarding] what they can see out the window, with each point displaying its distance and direction.”

Duncan Jackson, FlightPath3D
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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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