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December 6, 2012
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  • "Tastes on the Fly" in San Francisco is named top airport concession
    The winners are in for the annual airport concessions contest held by the Airports Council International-North America, and San Francisco International Airport's "Tastes on the Fly" won the best new self-serve food and beverage concept. HMSHost's B4 YOU BOARD application, which offers airport menus, was recognized for an innovative consumer experience concept. APEX Editor's Blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qantas is expanding sleep service on long-haul flights
    Qantas Airways is aiming to give fliers on its international business-class flights a better sleep experience. Over the next six weeks, the carrier will roll out its sleep service on more long-haul flights to the U.S., Europe and Asia. The service includes herbal tea as well as an extra mattress for the Skybed seat. Australian Business Traveller (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Connectivity & Technology 
  • Some airlines plan to use Passbook, others will pass
    British Airways and Singapore Airlines are planning to launch boarding passes via Apple's Passbook application, which is already in use by Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia. Virgin Atlantic and Malaysia Airlines use it only domestically, and Air New Zealand says it has no plans at the time to use the tool. Australian Business Traveller (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Airlines & Aircraft 
  • Fastjet, Emirates are in partnership talks
    Fastjet is in talks to partner with Emirates airline. "Talks are at an early stage but this represents a great opportunity for both parties," said Fastjet CEO Ed Winter. On Tuesday, Fastjet said it was talking to liquidators about the acquisition of the South African airline 1time. Reuters (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Job posting: General manager for marketing product management at Middle Eastern Airline
    A major Middle East-based airline with an international network operation seeks a general manager for marketing product management. The position will be based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The candidate will be responsible for the following: designing and developing policies, processes and procedures; establishing a strategy for marketing and product management; managing day-to-day operations for ground products, on-board products and preparations, and customer experience surveys; and preparing budget proposals and relevant reports for implementation. The ideal candidate will have earned no less than a bachelor's degree in marketing or business administration and will have at least 12 years of related experience, of which at least six must be airline-related. To apply, please e-mail personal credentials. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • APEX to host panel session at 2013 International CES
    As the U.S. government grapples with possible policy changes regarding personal electronic device use in-flight, the upcoming 2013 International CES will break down the issues related to airlines, convenience and the passenger experience with a series of informational sessions 7 through 10 January in Las Vegas, Nev., USA. APEX will host a panel session 10 January to discuss the restrictions of the current policy compared with regulations elsewhere. The panel will be moderated by Jonathan Norris, executive director for APEX Media Platform, and panelists will include Pal Bjordal of AeroMobile; Patrick Brannelly of Emirates airline; and Paul Misener of To register for this event, please visit here. 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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