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November 12, 2020



Today's Top Stories


100 Solutions to Aviation's COVID-19 Problems: Part 2

Traveler expectations are shifting when it comes to entertainment and connectivity. The solutions that made it into our compendium put a special focus on IFE and retail services that can be delivered to personal electronic devices, which minimizes touchpoints in lounges and onboard. Many also give airlines and airports the opportunity to communicate special health and safety messaging to customers. The full list of 100 solutions, sponsored by Diehl, will be featured in the next issue of APEX Experience magazine, which will be released on Tuesday, November 17.

APEX Media | Related APEX Experience Magazine – APEX Media



Albany Partners With GE to Track Airport Cleanliness

Albany International Airport is the first partner to sign on with GE Aviation’s Wellness Trace App. The three-month trial will see the airport track the cleaning of various areas through the platform while passengers can scan a QR code at more than 45 points inside to learn when it was last cleaned. GE hopes to expand the program well beyond airports, allowing travelers to contribute feedback on the cleanliness of everything from roadside rest stops to restaurants during their journey. Passenger health screening data could also be included in the future.

GE Aviation | Related No More Quarantine List: What you need to know about New York's new travel rule – CBS6



Carlisle Interconnect Technologies Launches Online Store

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies customers in the United Kingdom and Europe can now purchase RF microwave cable assemblies online directly from its Blackburn, UK facility. High-frequency RF / microwave assemblies are used in satellite communications, radars, jammers, ground antenna communication links and interior communication links and are able to deliver high speeds and bandwidth. The new eCommerce offering simplifies the purchasing process and helps speed-up turnaround times.  

Satellite Evolution | Related Cool Running: Carlisle IT’s Overheating Solution for Electronically Steered Antennas – APEX Media



Star Air Selects PaxLink for Passenger Management

India’s Star Air selected Collins Aerospace’s PaxLink passenger service system for all of its reservations, inventory, distribution and departure control services. The hosted platform allows Star Air to easily scale up operations, a critical consideration as it pursues smaller regional markets under India’s UDAN program that encourages (and subsidizes) air connectivity on some domestic routes. “We were looking beyond a passenger service system vendor – we found Collins Aerospace to be the reliable business partner who could support Star Air in our journey towards operational excellence,” said Ajay Bhatkal, chief information officer at Star Air.

Collins Aerospace | Related Collins Aerospace eliminates the need for touching airport kiosks with new mobile phone check-in and baggage drop offering – Collins



Panasonic Avionics Names Hernan Abbes as VP Global Sales

A year after promotion to regional VP for the Americas and Oceania, Hernan Abbes has been promoted to VP of Global Sales for Panasonic Avionics Corporation. In his new role, Hernan will play a pivotal leadership role in driving business growth and nurturing strong relationships with new and existing airline customers. He will report directly to CEO Ken Sain and have worldwide responsibility for developing and implementing strategic sales initiatives across Panasonic Avionics’ range of products, services and solutions.

Panasonic Avionics | Related ZIPAIR Selects Panasonic Avionics For Inflight Connectivity – Panasonic



eVTOL Startup Lilium Plans Florida Vertiport Hub

When Lilium’s new flying taxi service launches operations, regional trips within central Florida are part of the plan. The company announced it will develop a $25-million “vertiport” hub in Lake Nona, a planned community in Orlando. The goal is to build out a commuter service, which will launch around 2025 and deliver locals to nearby cities faster than driving. Its success depends on many factors, including evolution of battery technology, along with clearing regulatory hurdles.

The Verge | Related Eve, the first spin-off from EmbraerX, is launched to shape the future of Urban Air Mobility – Embraer



FTE APEX Virtual Expo E-Preview Now Live

Future Travel Experience released a digital magazine today, in advance of FTE APEX Virtual Expo, which will take place December 8 and 9. The magazine includes a video message detailing the latest plans for the event, exclusive interviews with speakers who tease what they plan to share, a reveal of the virtual environment including finalized booth designs, and more. APEX Media will be producing the official show dailies – send news to editor@apex.aero for the chance to be featured (more info on page 17, click below for direct link).

Future Travel Experience | Related Don’t Miss EXPO Daily Experience Brought to You By APEX Media – FTE





This week, we're looking back at past covers of #APEXExperienceMag. Here's what they looked like in 2017!

The next issue of APEX Experience magazine will be released on November 17!

> Tweet of the Day

An aerial view shows a structure made of flowers of an Emirates Airlines Airbus A380 that made it to the Guinness Book of World Records, at the Dubai Miracle Garden, the world's largest flower garden, in the United Arab Emirates

Vincenzo Borgomeo @VikyBorgomeo


Association News

Have An Opinion on a Hot-Button Aviation Topic? Submit an Op-Ed!

APEX Media is accepting op-eds as part of a new series called Expert Opinions aimed at spotlighting informed views on current industry trends. If you would like to participate, email editor@apex.aero with your idea.


> Quote of the Day

"It’s more about inclusiveness, being in the customers’ shoes and thinking what solutions work best for each customer.”

Akira Mitsumasu, Japan Airlines
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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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