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1. Qantas tweets out pics of koalas "flying" first class

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Qantas Airways highlighted its transport of four koala bears from Brisbane to Singapore with Twitter pictures showing the four animals lounging in first class. The koala bears are on loan to the Singapore zoo. TravelPulse (04/13)

2. British Airways helps passengers relax aboard long-haul flights

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

British Airways is offering calming in-flight entertainment and healthy menu options as it rolls out new service connecting London and San Francisco. "Mindfulness has been shown to lower stress and reduce its effects on the brain, improve both mental and physical well-being, help you sleep, think more clearly, reduce inflammation through the body and much more," said British Airways consultant Mark Coleman. Mashable (04/14)

3. New "space bins" on Boeing 737s hold 50% more carry-on luggage

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

Boeing is adding new "space bins" to the 737 which will hold 50% more carry-on luggage. The key, according to Boeing engineers, was to make a bin to hold bags on their sides instead of their backs, allowing more bags to be stored. However, the space bins will reduce passenger headroom by 2 inches. (04/15)

4. Demand for in-flight Wi-Fi pushes Panasonic to double installation pace

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Demand for onboard Wi-Fi is pushing Panasonic Avionics to double its pace of installations, according to the company. "We installed 488 systems on aircraft last year, but the rate needs to double to 1,000 a year to catch up with demand," said Neil James, executive director sales and marketing. The company has installed almost half of aircraft Wi-Fi systems since 2009, making it the industry leader. Reuters (04/15)

5. Review: Latest business class seats from Zodiac offer private cabin feel

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

This review of Zodiac Aerospace's new FUSIO business class seat calls it "an amalgam of everything we've ever liked about luxury seating in the commercial and VIP aircraft sectors, rolled into a high-design glossy rich package." The seat, writes Marisa Garcia, "feels more like a soft lounge chair inside your own private cabin." Skift (04/15)

6. Acro unveils new Premium seat concept

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Acro Aircraft Seating has unveiled its Acro Premium seat that could enable premium seating configuration options for medium-haul flights that typically carry only one class now. "For those airlines which might fear taking a step as bold as JetBlue’s Mint Premium offering, but still want to offer passengers a differentiated option worthy of a higher fare, the Acro Premium seat is an attractive option," writes Marisa Garcia. Skift (04/14)

7. Southwest to offer widest seats aboard Boeing 737 next year

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Southwest says its new seats will be the widest aboard any Boeing 737, adding almost one inch when the aircraft go into operation next year. CNNMoney (04/14)

8. El Al, others draw criticism for asking women to change seats

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model), The (04/14)

9. 5 startups that solve common travel challenges

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Dufl, BubbleGlobe, Itinographer, Frienderly and CleverLayover are startups that answer common problems that arise during travel such as laundering business attire, connecting with locals and travel planning. Skift (04/13)

10. Kymeta antenna promises to speed up in-flight Wi-Fi

apexnews Daily SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015 (04/15)

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