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1. AirAsia X looks to extend Empty Seat option with Skycouch in coach

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

AirAsia X is looking at how to expand its Empty Seat option for economy passengers to create a Skycouch-style seat. AirAsia X was a pioneer in selling otherwise unsold seats to economy passengers for extra room and comfort aboard long-haul flights. FutureTravelExperience.com (U.K.) (01/21)


2. Boeing now offers option for Global Eagle Wi-Fi on 737s

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

Airlines purchasing Boeing 737 aircraft will now have the option of having Global Eagle Entertainment satellite systems installed when the planes are built. Los Angeles Business Journal (free registration) (01/20)


3. Qatar Airways selects connection systems from Inmarsat, Panasonic

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Qatar Airways has confirmed it will install the Global Xpress Ka-band connectivity systems by Inmarsat on its fleet of Boeing 787s and Airbus A350 XWBs, while the airline will retrofit older Airbus A330-200s with eXConnect by Panasonic Avionics. Runway Girl Network (01/21)


4. Column: In-flight Wi-Fi slow, expensive

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/21)


5. Qantas says domestic flyers get Wi-Fi first

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Australia-based Qantas says it will introduce in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights before the service is available for international passengers. "Connectivity has been part of our strategic pipeline for a very long time, but there is more demand on domestic flights than international," said Kylie Morris, Qantas' head of creative development and customer experience. Australian Business Traveller (01/22)


6. Asiana, Singapore and Malaysia top-rated boutique airlines

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Asiana Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and Singapore Airlines have been named the highest-rated boutique airlines by Skift in a three-way tie for the top spot. Korean Air, Finnair and TAP Air Portugal also received high ratings. Skift (01/23)


7. Emirates invests $20M in free in-flight Wi-Fi initiative

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

New Zealand Herald, The (01/21)


8. British Airways' in-flight entertainment caters to passengers' intellect

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

The documentary "Is Your Brain Male or Female?," an audio recording of "David Copperfield," and Financial Times podcasts are among the intellectual in-flight entertainment options offered by British Airways. Jaunted.com (01/19)


9. Review: Doha's Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge a must-see for travelers

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The Al Mourjan Business Class Lounge by Qatar Airways "is the newest addition to the list of must-visit lounges," according to this review. The lounge, located at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, is more than 30,000 square feet and includes semi-private rooms for families in addition to a restaurant. Jaunted.com (01/20)


10. Panasonic unveils new IFE system, economy seats

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Panasonic has unveiled its new X Series in-flight entertainment system and high-tech economy class seats developed in partnership with B/E Aerospace. The new systems were featured at the International CES technology show. Digital Trends (01/16)




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