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December 11, 2020

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Recap of CEO Fireside Chats Reveals 2021 Corporate Roadmaps

During FTE APEX Virtual Expo, various CEOs each sat down for a “fireside chat” to share their thoughts on the event’s theme: Transforming air transport post-COVID-19. Revisit some of the key statements made by the CEOs of Qatar Airways, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Air France–KLM and others. This article originally appeared in Expo Daily Experience. Read the full issues and register for FTE APEX Virtual Expo — the platform will remain open as a resource until January 8.

APEX Media | Related The Highlight Reel: Products to Know at FTE APEX Virtual Expo – APEX Media

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News From FTE APEX Virtual Expo

The live portion of FTE APEX Virtual Expo concluded this week. Tons of news was announced during the event, including a disinfection solution, a content service providers' new website and a modem that enables roaming between multiple global networks. This article originally appeared in Expo Daily Experience. Read the full issues and register for FTE APEX Virtual Expo — the platform will remain open as a resource until January 8.

APEX Media | Related The Highlight Reel: Products to Know at FTE APEX Virtual Expo – APEX Media

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GX5 Comes Online, Tripling Inmarsat's GX Capacity

What can airlines do with a massive boost in satellite capacity? We’re about to find out as Inmarsat’s GX5 satellite comes online, more than doubling the total bandwidth available to GX Aviation subscribers. The new satellite focuses capacity on Europe and the Middle East, giving a boost in a highly traveled region. It also kicks off a multi-year campaign to dramatically increase services and coverage available on the GX network. Another seven Ka-band payloads, all fully funded, are slated for launch by 2024.

Paxex.aero | Related Inmarsat Survey Gives Insight Into Air Passenger Confidence During Pandemic – APEX Media

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A Peek Inside the New Cathay Pacific A321neo

Passengers scored a sneak-peek inside the Cathay Pacific Airbus A321neo this week as images from the initial deliveries were leaked. The photos show a business-class cabin featuring the Collins Aerospace Air Rest recliner seats and the HAECO Vector seat in economy class. These aircraft were originally destined for the now-shuttered Cathay Dragon operation. The aircraft is also expected to have the 2Ku in-flight connectivity solution installed.

Executive Traveller | Related Cathay Pacific to add Airbus A321neo jets to its fleet – Executive Traveller

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Airlines Partner With Oxford in COVID Testing Study

British Airways and American Airlines will partner with researchers at the University of Oxford to review data from their recently launched COVID-19 testing trial. The oneworld alliance members offer passengers the option to participate in pre- and post-flight testing on five flights between the US and London. The groups will analyze aggregated, non-personal survey data from air travelers on their behavior and sentiment towards the trial testing regime.

British Airways | Related American expands preflight testing to all U.S. destinations with travel restrictions – Reuters

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United Airlines Pledges Carbon-Neutrality by 2050

United Airlines is the latest carrier to commit to a carbon-neutral operation by 2050, upping its commitment from 2018 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in the same timeframe. And the carrier plans to get there not just through buying indirect carbon offsets. United made a multi-million dollar investment in direct air capture technology, which physically removes carbon dioxide from the air. The carrier also recommitted itself to increased use of sustainable aviation fuels to continue reducing its emissions footprint.

Travel Pulse | Related IATA Launches New Exchange for Offsets Trading​ – IATA

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Emirates Launches Christmas Menu

Whether in the lounge or in the sky, Emirates passengers will enjoy a range of Christmas treats through the rest of December. Turkey features strongly in the new menus across all cabins, with side dishes varying depending on the class of service. The carrier will also offer mulled wine in premium cabins from December 23 to 25. Santa’s helpers (aka flight attendants) will deliver special desserts for all passengers on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Pax International | Related Emirates to take delivery of first A380 with premium economy this month – Businesswire

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

APEX EXPO 2019 attendees toasted the conference's 40th anniversary at the official networking party.

As #FTEAPEXVirtualExpo kicks off this week, we’re highlighting some of the most memorable moments from last year’s APEX EXPO in Los Angeles.
 
 

> Tweet of the Day

It was wonderful to meet and connect with everyone at #FTEAPEXVirtualExpo! A big thank you to @theAPEXassoc and @FutureTravelX for a great event and to our panelists from @PointrLabs @igairport @AERQ_ @AirFranceKLM and Heinemann who participated in our tech-enhanced workshop!

Neutral Digital @neutraldigital

 
 
 

Association News

Continue Exploring the Virtual Expo Environment

FTE APEX Virtual Expo may be over, but remember: there’s still plenty of time to roam the site, as it remains open as a resource until 23:59 GMT on January 8. That means that over 70 exhibitor booths will remain yours to explore, along with 40+ hours of educational conference content from over 180 speakers. If you haven't registered yet, you still have the opportunity to do so.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"We’re looking at developing content solutions that are not only in tune with what the passenger wants or the brand but also how the airline positions itself in the marketplace.”

Joe Carreira, Touch Inflight Solutions
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