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November 17, 2023



Today's Top Stories


United, Houston invest $2.5bn+ in George Bush Airport expansion

United Airlines and Houston Airport System are investing over $2.5 billion in the Transformation Program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. United's $1.9 billion expansion includes constructing a new Terminal B North and upgrading Terminal B South, adding 40 gates to accommodate an expected 36 million passengers. The Terminal B North expansion will house 22 gates, a United Club lounge, and upgraded facilities, while Terminal B South will convert existing gates for larger regional jets. The project aims to enhance customer service and boost economic development. The investment reflects United's commitment to expanding its presence at the airport.

Airport Technology | Related United, Houston Airport System Invest more than $2B in Terminal B Transformation - Cision



Flight Times Increase As Airlines Reroute Around War Zones

The ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine are causing disruptions for airlines, leading to increased costs and longer flight times. Due to rerouting around war zones, some airlines have ceased operations to certain destinations, impacting international flight demand. For example, Israel's El Al has adjusted flight routes away from the Arabian peninsula, resulting in extended flight times. The conflicts have also affected European airspace, with one-fifth of it out of bounds over the summer due to the Ukraine war and other factors. These challenges compound the existing strain on airlines caused by reduced corporate travel post-pandemic, impacting routes and profitability.

Forbes | Related

Airlines are feeling the impact of the Israel-Hamas war, with bookings already hit - CNBC



Electric Air Taxis make an impact at the Dubai Air Show

Electric air taxis, or eVTOLs, took centre stage at the Dubai Air Show, with companies like Archer Aviation showcasing their models. Archer's 'Midnight' Aircraft, which was on display in Dubai, is designed for near-silent operation, can fly at 150 mph for up to 100 miles, accommodating four passengers. Archer CEO Adam Goldstein talked about his aircraft as a solution for crowded cities, addressing congestion. Meawhile eVTOL maker Lilium said that air taxi networks could be a quick and cost-effective alternative to building rail lines for urban air mobility. Archer intends to start services in the UAE with a route between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in 2026.

APEX | Related

Dubai firm to buy 100 air taxis worth $500m from Archer Aviation to expand in Middle East - The National



Ethiopian Airlines Chooses Thales’ AVANT Up IFE System For New Airbus A350-1000s

Ethiopian Airlines has chosen Thales' AVANT Up inflight entertainment system for its upcoming Airbus A350-1000 fleet. The system includes 4k QLED high-definition displays, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and built-in WiFi for interactive maps, shopping, and more. The announcement aligns with Ethiopian Airlines' order for up to 17 additional Airbus A350s, solidifying its position as Africa's largest A350 operator. The AVANT Up system, known for its OPTIQ 4k displays and high-speed charging capabilities, will be featured on the four A350-1000s set for delivery starting in the third quarter of 2024.

Simple Flying | Related Thales reconfirms in-flight entertainment provision for Emirates 777Xs - Flight Global



Brussels Airlines faces potential disruptions during Christmas period due to cabin crew strike threat

Brussels Airlines faces potential disruptions during the Christmas holidays as the cabin crew union filed an indefinite strike notice, effective from November 23. The union cited the airline's failure to adhere to collective labor agreements, including the unilateral adjustment of entry requirements for cabin chief positions. Dissatisfaction within the workforce is deep-rooted, with complaints about non-compliance with wage agreements stemming from the 2020 restructuring, despite the airline reporting improved financial results.  The airline's management expresseed surprise at the union's communication, pledging a commitment to seek long-term solutions.

Aviation 24 BE | Related “Disruption expected during the Christmas holidays” - Brussels Airlines cabin crew file indefinite strike notice - FL360aero



Munich Airport brings forward net zero target to 2035

Munich Airport in Germany has advanced its net-zero emissions target from 2050 to 2035, aiming to reduce over 90,000 tonnes of CO₂ compared to 2016 levels. The airport plans to focus on energy supply, buildings, the vehicle fleet, and airport facilities and infrastructure. Key initiatives include using renewable natural gas for its cogeneration plant, expanding solar panel usage, establishing an additional power grid for green electricity, optimizing energy performance in buildings, and transitioning its vehicle fleet to electric or sustainably fueled options. The move reflects a growing awareness within the aviation industry to address environmental concerns and meet consumer expectations.

Airport Technology | Related



Icelandair hires "polite tourist bouncer"

Icelandair has introduced a unique solution to the problem of passengers extending their stopovers in Iceland due to the airline's popular offer allowing transatlantic travelers to stop in Iceland for 1 to 7 days at no extra cost. The airline hired Hugi, a "Tourist Bouncer," along with his Icelandic sheepdog Freyja, to guide tourists back to the airport when their stopovers end. Hugi, who shares updates on Icelandair's Instagram, has been tracking down and ensuring tourists return to the airport on time. The stopover is promoted as a "trip within a trip," offering additional exploration at no extra travel cost.

Travel tomorrow | Related Iceland Stopover Regains Popularity As Icelandair's Connecting Passengers Surge By Almost 20% - Simple Flying




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Association News

NEW Online APEX Merchandise Store

We are thrilled to announce the launch of an online APEX Store. ‘Tis the season of giving, and what better way to spread holiday cheer than treating your colleagues and team to a gift from the APEX Store. You can find the perfect holiday gift and show your support for your APEX community. Start Shopping.


APEX TECH | 28-29 February 2024 | Los Angeles, CA, USA

Come embark on a journey to explore the latest advancements and innovations in the world of Inflight Connectivity, Media Content and Supply Chain, Data Capture and Intelligence, and Ancillary and Passenger Experience Use. Join us at 2024 APEX TECH, 28-29 February, in Los Angeles, CA, and learn from and network with airlines and service providers. Registration is now open!


> Quote of the Day

“We live and work in three dimensions, but the transportation grid is still stuck in two dimensions.”

Archer CEO Adam Goldstein
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