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November 16, 2021



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Singapore Airlines Reveals Boeing 737 MAX Business Class

Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX fleet will soon feature fully ten lie-flat beds in business class as part of a $169-million investment. The airline opted for Thompson Aero Seating’s Vantage product, which offers a width of between 19 and 22 inches and reclines to a fully-flat bed measuring 76 inches. Styled by Factorydesign, additional features include 16-inch HD in-flight entertainment screens, a wide folding tray table, a stowage nook under the monitor and mood lighting. The rows alternate between one seat and two seats on each side of the aisle. The single seats benefit from extended shelving and a side cabinet equipped with a mirror and LED light. 

Executive Traveller | Related Singapore Airlines debuts Penhaligon’s amenity kit – Executive Traveller



Emirates Selects Panasonic for Premium Economy IFE

Panasonic Avionics has been selected by Emirates to deliver a suite of in-flight entertainment (IFE) solutions for the premium economy cabin being rolled out across its fleet. The IFE systems will be introduced on 105 Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s next summer. The carrier’s premium economy-class cabin will feature a range of IFE innovations, including 13-inch HD screens at each seat with integrated control buttons, ultra-wide viewing angles, LED backlighting, capacitive touch and over 4,500 channels of entertainment. Additional features include a Bluetooth headphone connection, 3D gaming options and high-powered chargers and AC sockets.  

Panasonic Avionics | Related Emirates announces major retrofit programme for 105 aircraft, to provide best-in-sky customer experiences – Zawya



Jazeera Airways Signs MoU with Airbus for 28 Jets

Jazeera Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus at the Dubai Air Show for 28 A320 family jets, including eight A321neos and 20 A320neos. Jazeera Airways’ chairman, Marwan Boodai, said, “We will effectively double our current fleet size to 35 aircraft by 2026.” Rohit Ramachandran, Jazeera Airways’ CEO, added, “By taking both A320neos and A321neos, we will have great flexibility to extend our network to medium- and long-haul destinations from Kuwait, offering passengers more choice to travel.”

Airbus | Related Indigo Partners spearheads order for 255 Airbus jets – Reuters



Boeing Receives Orders from Air Tanzania, Sky One FZE

Dar es Salaam-based Air Tanzania has announced plans to purchase two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, one 787-8 Dreamliner and one 767-300 Freighter at the Dubai Air Show, which the carrier will use to expand services to new markets across Africa, Asia and Europe. The order is valued at over $726 million at list prices. According to Boeing’s 2021 Commercial Market Outlook, Africa’s airlines will require 1,030 new aircraft, valued at $160 billion, by 2040. UAE-based aircraft leasing firm Sky One FZE has purchased three Boeing 777-300 jets to diversify its air charter offering. 

Gulf News | Related Saudia Signs Deal With Boeing To Optimize 777 & 787 Operations – Simple Flying



El Al Israel Airlines and Global Crossing join TSA PreCheck

On Monday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck expedited screening program, adding two new airlines to its 80+ participating partners. The new additions are Global Crossing, a US charter airline, and El Al Israel Airlines, which operates daily direct flights between the US and Israel. TSA PreCheck enables low-risk travelers departing from US airports to fast-track the security process at more than 200 US airports. Membership costs $85 for five years.

Transport Security Administration | Related Delta, TSA PreCheck to launch biometrics-based bag drops – Techcrunch



Boeing, Etihad Airways Expand Sustainability Alliance

Boeing and Etihad Airways have signed an agreement regarding the expansion of the companies’ joint environmental partnership formed in 2019 and centered on the 787 Dreamliner. It will aim to reduce Etihad’s emissions through efficiency upgrades for navigation and flight operations, sustainable practices and airframe technologies. It also covers the co-development of tools for flight planning, arrival and departure procedures, en-route flight optimization and community noise reduction. The goal is to provide an opportunity to validate concepts that can be scaled to benefit the broader industry.

Boeing | Related Boeing 787 Dreamliner has 'important' role in Qatar Airways fleet – Gulf Times



Kuwait Airways Launches Collins’ ACARS Over IP Solution

Two Kuwait Airways A330neo aircraft are now using Collins Aerospace’s (Collins) Ground Flight Operations and Maintenance Exchanger (Ground FOMAX) to uplink and downlink non-critical and non-Air Traffic Control messages via an Internet Protocol (IP) link. The move reduces reliance on traditional media and brings down communication traffic and costs for the airline. Ground FOMAX was developed in partnership with Airbus and allows messages to be routed in the same format as ACARS messages, which is useful at airports with no very high frequency (VHF) coverage.

Collins Aerospace | Related Rockwell Collins to provide FOMAX solution to Airbus’ A320 – Aerospace Technology





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Association News

Register Now for APEX Tech's Thought Leadership Webinar

On November 17, APEX Tech will host a thought leadership webinar between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM EST. "The Consultants' Corner: Suitability of LEOs for Airline Passengers" will explore whether new mega-constellations, which operate in non-geostationary orbits, are ready to enter service, how they will engage airlines and what challenges they will face. The webinar will be moderated by Peter Lemme, President at Totaport and Blogger at satcom.guru. Panelists include Nathan de Ruiter, Managing Director, Canada Euroconsult; Tim Farrar, President, Telecom, Media and Finance Associates; and Brad Grady, Principal Analyst, NSR. Register now.


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"Established airlines we serve that are looking to upgrade and optimize their IFE experience are enabling us to ... showcase the excellent services we provide."

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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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