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October 27, 2022



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APEX/IFSA Award winners announced at ceremony in Long Beach

The winners of the APEX / IFSA Awards were unveiled last night at the Long Beach Convention Center. They were given their accolades at a packed ceremony of aviation insiders who were there to celebrate innovation and airline excellence in person again after the end of the COVID travel shutdowns. At an event that featured guest hosts including BBC presenter Aaron Heslehurst, TV personality and owner of Smize Ice Cream Tyra Banks, as well as respected aviation journalist Mary Kirby, awards were given both to airlines as well as companies that have shown innovation in the aviation industry.

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Tyra Banks gives the APEX/IFSA Awards something to smize about - APEX Media



APEX/IFSA Board green-lights sustainable supplier programme

APEX/IFSA's Board of Governors voted today to implement the first ever APEX sustainable supplier programme. According to the motion: "APEX shall implement an APEX green programme open to all APEX/IFSA supplier members seeking to validate the sustainability lifecycle of their products for the benefit of airlines. To maximize sustainability efficiency across our industry and to minimize cost, member airlines will share sustainable supplier products that are approved through their procurement process.  APEX shall update this green supplier information regularly to all member airlines."

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John Horsfall and the importance of in-cabin sustainability - APEX Media



Spirit unveils new HACEO Vector Light and Vector Premium seats

APEX Media sat down with Spirit’s Lania Rittenhouse for a guided tour of the carrier's new HACEO Vector Light and Vector Premium seats. “Our mission is to deliver the best value in the sky. So we continuously want to do better than we’ve done before,” Spirit Airlines’ VP Guest Experience Brand and Communications Lania Rittenhouse told APEX Media on Wednesday. Rittenhouse demo-ed the roomier version first, the aptly named Big Front Seat, and the first noticeable changes were the wider setbacks and easier to access tray tables — which are housed on the outer armrests rather than in the middle. The new and improved Big Front Seat also has extra cushion and a larger headrest as well.

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Spirit Airlines Announces Cabin Enhancements - Simple Flying



In conversation: Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran

As part of the APEX/IFSA EXPO thought leadership sessions, Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran sat down for an interview with BBC Worldwide presenter Aaron Heslehurst.  In it, he talked about the need to show "swagger" as part of the airline's new Auckland-New York route and the new Skynest concept that will be rolled out in 2024.  Greg Foran also discussed sustainability challenges and opportunities, holding out the possibility that you could one day take an electric aircraft much as you do an Uber.  

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I tried Air New Zealand's new business class seat coming to its Boeing 787 aircraft on order and I think it's a major upgrade - Business Insider



Spafax takes workflow transparency to the next level with launch of Lens

Offering customers a new, client-facing, global view portal of their curated IFE selections, Spafax is showcasing Lens in Long Beach as it gears up to launch the platform with two of their airlines clients. “Lens is a new kind of client portal that we’re going to be rolling out to a couple of our clients shortly,” says Spafax Head of Studio, Jonathan Gilbert. “And it’s basically a comprehensive, client-facing preview of what’s available. A lot of times, in the past, information like distributor, upcoming releases and all that have been presented to airlines in like, Excel grids, which is super uninteresting, but with Lens you get a deeper view of what’s happening.”

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The Increasing Role Of Video Games As Inflight Entertainment - Simple Flying



Encore showcases bold new slate of Oscar hopefuls at APEX/IFSA EXPO

"The pandemic may have changed the way passengers engage with content, but the demand for fresh, unique and artfully-curated IFE has never been stronger" says Encore Sales and Client Service Director, Edwin Cheung, talking to APEX Media during APEX/IFSA EXPO. “What was good in the past is not good enough now,” says Cheung. “Because there has already been so much content on all of the different streaming platforms, passengers board the plane having already seen much of it. So, how can you excite them further?“

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



APEX EXPO: Panasonic Avionics unveils Arc Maps 2.0

Panasonic Avionics Corporation has announced new features for its in-flight map platform, Arc. Passengers using the newest release of Arc will benefit from a range of new, advanced functions, including Arc Weather, Arc Studio, Information for Islamic passengers and enhanced city guides, which incorporate new design elements into points of interest and create custom articles to drive destination engagement and bolster partnerships.

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Thanks to the team from Buzz Products for taking this picture in the APEX/IFSA EXPO hall in Long Beach! Use #APEXPOTD for the chance to be featured in the APEX Daily Experience newsletter!

> Tweet of the Day

With a track record of innovation & leadership that stretches back for over four decades, Michael Childers is the recipient of the APEX Lifetime Achievement Award. To learn about Michael & for more information on his honor, go here: http://bit.ly/3zeKkAv

APEX @theAPEXassoc


> Quote of the Day

Air New Zealand CEO Greg Foran

"Everyone needs a bit of ambition, all organizations need it. In the moment we knew we could do it, we said give it a go, and that’s the swagger.”

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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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