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July 5, 2012
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  • SkyWork looks to flight destinations for culinary inspiration
    SkyWork Airlines is finding inspiration for its menus in its flight destinations, writes blogger Nikos Loukas. Based in Bern, Switzerland, the carrier flies to 23 locations and offers 17 destination-inspired options, including children's meals and choices for vegetarian and lactose-intolerant travelers. The food is also offered free of charge to all passengers -- even those flying in coach. APEX Editor's Blog (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Blogger reviews results of NASA design concept challenge
    Four years ago, NASA awarded "contracts to teams led by Boeing, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology" to develop design concepts for subsonic commercial aircraft, this feature says. Lockheed Martin and Boeing received contracts to develop supersonic aircraft for the same time period. "The resulting designs," says blogger Stephanie Gehman, are "streamlined, bird-like and in some cases 'space-age' in appearance." APEX Editor's Blog (7/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UK fliers oppose creation of wider airplane seats, survey says
    A survey by British website Skyscanner reports that 84% of fliers deem the creation of wider seats at the expense of standard-width seats "unfair." The survey comes after Airbus announced it was considering making coach aisle seats on its A320s 20 inches wide by narrowing other seats by one inch to accommodate larger passengers. "The issue of charging more for bigger seats is a contentious one as it gives airlines a financial incentive to reduce standard seat sizes," says Skyscanner spokesman Sam Poullain. The Telegraph (London) (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Some passengers are willing to pay for early deplaning
    A new survey by reports that one in six passengers would be willing to pay a fee to be among the first to exit the plane at the end of a flight. Of the 1,000-plus passengers surveyed, 10% said they would pay $10 for the perk, 3% said they would pay $20, and 3% are open to paying an undetermined amount. "Early deplaning has a lot of advantages for passengers," said George Hobica, CEO of the website. New York Post (7/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cambodia Airports sees rise in passenger traffic, plans expansion
    From May 2011 to May 2012, passenger traffic at Cambodia's international airports rose 18.9%. "This brings the year-to-date passenger arrivals and departures to 1.89 million," Cambodia Airports said in a statement. Passenger traffic at Cambodia's airports is expected to surpass 2 million this year. As a result, the airports plan to expand to accommodate 2 million to 4 million passengers. Air Transport World (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EU releases Your Passenger Rights smartphone app
    The European Union has released the Your Passenger Rights smartphone application, which helps passengers learn about their rights to rebates and compensation for canceled and delayed flights. The app is compatible with iPhone and iPad, Google Android, RIM BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows Phone 7. The app also covers rail-travel cancellations and delays. The Business Times (Singapore) (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airlines & Aircraft 
  • US Airways CEO says firm is in no rush to merge with American
    Doug Parker, CEO of US Airways Group, says in a note to employees that the company is in no hurry to merge with American Airlines, which recently requested additional time to complete its strategy for exiting bankruptcy. "That delay is fine by us," Parker said. There's "no urgency to merge. American is in bankruptcy and we need to respect the bankruptcy process, so we are doing just that." Reuters (7/4), The Charlotte Observer (N.C.) (7/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Austrian Airlines transfers flight operations to Tyrolean
    Austrian Airlines Group has transferred all flight operations to its subsidiary, Tyrolean Airways, as part of a $278.5 million cost-cutting plan. Austrian Airlines will retain "key responsibilities" including station management, network planning, sales, finances and marketing. The Austrian brand will also remain on all aircraft. Air Transport World (7/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Job Listing: Operations Manager - Spafax
    The Operations Manager plays a critical role in ensuring clients' content is delivered on-time and accurately. Experience in IFE industry strongly preferred. We'll consider applications from other production areas including television, film and post facilities; people management experience; advanced working knowledge of Excel; and flexibility in work hours. For more information, please contact Randee Walker at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register now for the APEX 2012 EXPO!
    Register online now for the APEX 2012 EXPO, which will be held 17 to 20 September in Long Beach, Calif., USA. It is the industry's four-day premier event featuring top-notch education and the latest and most comprehensive display of airline-related technologies, products and services. Last year's event attracted more than 2,300 aviation professionals who all have one thing in common: commitment to improving the airline passenger experience. Make sure you don't miss APEX 2012 EXPO! For more information, please visit LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of 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 inflight dining. Visit 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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