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December 13, 2021



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Dreamliner Delays Causes AA to Trim 2022 International Flights

Next summer, American Airlines (AA) will scale back its international operations from 89% of pre-COVID-19 levels to around 80% due to delays of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners. Boeing will compensate the carrier for delays to as many as 13 aircraft deliveries while it works with federal regulators to review a series of production flaws. AA confirmed it won’t bring back flights serving Edinburgh, Scotland; Prague; Shannon, Ireland; and Dubrovnik, Croatia as it believes trans-Pacific travel demand is expected to be slowest to return after the pandemic.  

CNBC | Related Emirates President Unsure If His 787s Will Be Delivered On Time – Simple Flying



APEX Announces 2021-22 Board of Directors

During its second digital Annual General Meeting (AGM), APEX announced its Board of Directors for 2021-2022. Newly elected members include MileagePlus president and VP Marketing & Loyalty, United Airlines, Luc Bondar; Star Alliance’s CEO, Jeffrey Goh; and Job Heimerikx, CEO and founding partner, AirFi. “It is a great honor to be selected by the APEX membership to lead and inspire the association and industry as we navigate through challenges and unprecedented times,” said Lauren Costello, APEX’s executive director. 

APEX | Related APEX/IFSA Board of Governors Unanimously Votes to Introduce Four New Initiatives – APEX Media



Canada Jetlines Selects Moment for IFE

Startup low-cost carrier Canada Jetlines, which is set to begin operations in early 2022 using Airbus A320 aircraft, has chosen to deploy Moment’s digitalization suite and Flymingo Box wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) portal. The Canadian airline will operate flights across the US, Caribbean and Mexico and plans to acquire a fleet of 15 A320s by 2025. Canada Jetlines' CCO, Duncan Bureau, stated, “This partnership and the technology provided by Moment strengthens our capacity to offer innovative services for crew and passengers alike.”

Inflight Online | Related Malaysia Airlines Tests Moment’s Flymingo Connect IFE on its Boeing 737-800s – APEX Media



SkyFive, Pivotel to Trial ATG Connectivity in Australia

SkyFive and Pivotel are undertaking a technical evaluation and proof-of-concept trial of SkyFive's direct-air-to-ground (DA2G) solution across 50,000 square kilometres between Dabbo and Sydney, Australia. The companies will provide the service, powered by Nokia’s eNodeB and NEC’s iPasolink Microwave technology, for commercial and government agencies, with the Royal Flying Doctors Service expected to participate as an early tester. Peter Bolger, Pivotel's CEO, stated, “We are delighted to ... explore the opportunity to build a DA2G network in Australia.”

PaxEx.aero | Related SkyFive creates an independent sister company to connect the skies of China with 5G Air-to-Ground – SkyFive



Construction Begins on Mirus Seat Testing Facility

Mirus Aircraft Seating (Mirus) has broken ground on its 402m² dynamic aircraft seat testing facility, which is set to be completed in July 2022. The company received a grant of approximately $331,230 toward the cost of the facility located at its Norfolk, UK headquarters. A 30-meter-long test sled will be installed onsite for destructive and non-destructive crash tests serving the aerospace, automotive, motorsport and rail sectors. Mirus' CEO, Ben McGuire, stated, “As we start constructing the largest commercially available testing facility in the UK, we’re creating a hub for pioneering innovation in the seating industry.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Hydrogen Aviation Test Center to be built in Washington State – Electrive



Air Dolomiti Relaunches In-Flight Service

Italian airline Air Dolomiti is relaunching its in-flight service this month with a focus on Italian flavors and good nutrition. The menu will feature fresh dishes created by Italian chefs in collaboration with JRE, Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe and Pasticceria Biiasetto. Additional items will include snacks, Illy coffee and a range of hot and cold drinks and wine. The selection will also focus on sustainability, making use of environmentally friendly packaging. The airline said it “will alternate over the months and satisfy different food preferences.”

Onboard Hospitality | Related Start the holiday season with Eurowings Discover’s freshly made meals – Retail inMotion  



“Eco-Responsible” Airline, Flying Green, Plans 2023 Paris Orly Launch

Flying Green, a new “eco-responsible” airline, plans to launch medium-haul flights from Paris Orly in 2023. From the beginning of its operations, the airline said it will use at least 5% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with an initial fleet of A320neo aircraft. Additional planned initiatives include 100% recyclable waste policies, green in-flight and ground operations procedures and a focus on “eco-responsible partners.” The carrier is aiming to be the first airline with net-zero emissions.  

Business Traveller | Related Etihad Airways Expands Sustainability Partnerships – Business Travel News





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Association News

[VIDEO] Watch the Latest FlightPlan Interviews On Demand

Inmarsat hosted the fourth edition of its FlightPlan virtual broadcast series at APEX EXPO in Long Beach, California. The company filmed interviews with airline CEOs including United’s Scott Kirby and SAUDIA’s Ibrahim S. Koshy from a glass-panelled studio located at its booth on the exhibition floor. Recordings of all the interviews can be accessed on demand via the FlightPlan website.


> Quote of the Day

“If we don’t do anything, governments will step in, then if airlines aren’t doing certain things they won’t be allowed into certain territories.”

Jeffrey Goh, Star Alliance
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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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