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October 26, 2022



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APEX/IFSA Award winners to be announced tonight

With APEX/IFSA EXPO now in its second day, tonight sees the winners of the APEX/IFSA Awards being announced.  The APEX/IFSA Awards recognize specific, innovative and brand new achievements successfully implemented in the past year. A total of 22 finalists have been short-listed across eight categories, including Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation, Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation, Best Cabin Innovation, Best Product or Service, Best Onboard Amenity and Best Inflight Food or Beverage. Four and Five Star Official Airline Ratings™ and more will additionally be announced at the ceremony in Long Beach.

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Lifetime achievement award – Michael Childers - APEX Media



FORMIA showcases a range of sustainable amenity kit products

APEX Media talked to FORMIA marketing director Natalie Solebo and chief customer experience officer Marisa Pitsch, about the airline amenity kit landscape.  The big trend in amenity kits is of course sustainability. One element of that is reusability, so that the kits don’t contribute to landfill waste. As well as reusability, the other key element is how the kits are made.  At EXPO, FORMIA is showcasing a series of amenity kit concepts. These range from ones made from E-Leather, to amenity kits made from more experimental materials including “bananatex” (a fabric made from banana plants) and ‘pinatex’, made from pineapple leaves.

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Qatar Airways unveils new exclusive amenity kits - Zawya



John Horsfall and the importance of in-cabin sustainability

UK textiles company John Horsfall has been a family owned business for six generations. In the 1970s it moved into the airline business, which is now where the company is exclusively focused, making textile based products ranging from blankets to pillows to mattress pads. In addition to being a finalist in the APEX/IFSA awards, John Horsfall is exhibiting at EXPO this year, showcasing a number of products including the sustainable ‘Re-Thread’ range.  APEX Media talked to the John Horsfall team to find out more.

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Viasat sees airlines solving the price and speed connectivity pain points

Viasat is at APEX/IFSA EXPO this year looking ahead to the launch of Viasat-3,  a global satellite constellation consisting of three high-capacity Ka-band satellites designed to increase the coverage and capacity of our network to bring high-quality, low-cost connectivity to customers.  We sat down with Don Buchman, VP and GM of Commercial Aviation to find out more about how the company sees in-flight connectivity changing, where he talked about the pain points of speed and cost being overcome.  

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First ViaSat-3 enters environmental testing - Space News



Connectivity Redefined: Anuvu and QEST Introduce new dual-panel Ka Antenna

Aside from showcasing its new Dual-Panel Ka-Band Inflight Connectivity Antenna System (DPSAA) to airlines attending the APEX IFSA Expo, Anuvu execs are celebrating connectivity of a different kind this week as well. “APEX is an important event on our annual calendar as we’re in the business of improving the passenger experience with our customer airlines through both entertainment content and aircraft connectivity,” Kim Ruvolo, Anuvu VP Marketing told APEX Media. “Seeing the event return to more normal attendance levels allows us the opportunity to connect in person with our partners, clients and future clients.”

APEX Media | Related Anuvu Unveils Latest Antenna System, Completes WMS Sale - Via Satellite



Made with cleaner, simpler, all natural ingredients, Undercover Chocolate quinoa crisps take flight

When two of her three chocolate-obsessed daughters were diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2000 and 2016, Undercover Snacks Owner/CEO, Diana Levy, decided to make an indulgent gluten-free, allergy-friendly snack that even non-vegans could enjoy. Currently flying two flavors of the crisps on United Airlines in their popular snack boxes, Levy says she’d love to expand to other airlines and even possibly tailor the flavors to different regions carriers fly as well.   Undercover Chocolate is exhibiting at APEX/IFSA EXPO, and we talked to her to find out about her story.

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Delta Air Lines Adds New Beverage And Snack Selections Inflight - Simple Flying



Submissions now open for Crystal Cabin Awards 2023

Until January 25th, 2023, aviation companies, design studios, airlines and students can enter the Crystal Cabin Awards 2023, which is awarded in eight categories.  The award comprises a multi-stage process beginning with a selection of three finalists per category by the international jury of almost 30 aviation experts. During Aircraft Interiors Expo, the jury chooses the winners to be announced on 6 June 2023 in Hamburg. This year’s opening of submissions coincides with the APEX EXPO in Long Beach, California, which hosts numerous players in this segment. Submissions are open now via www.crystal-cabin-award.com.

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With APEX/IFSA EXPO in full swing, we've today featured this image from Seth Miller taken from the roof of the Long Beach Aquarium at the Viasat event. Use #APEXPOTD for the chance to be featured in the APEX Daily Experience newsletter!

> Tweet of the Day

It’s inspiring to see so many industry leaders coming together to showcase their innovations and learn from one another.

APEX @PanasonicAero


> Quote of the Day

FORMIA chief customer experience officer Marisa Pitsch

"There is no conversation that’s being had where that’s (sustainability) not a focus now."

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We'll be back tomorrow with the third of our APEX / IFSA dailies



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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