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January 7, 2013
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  Passenger Experience 
  • European airlines boost first-class offerings
    Although airlines in the U.S. have reduced first-class seating on many flights, European airlines are bolstering premium service to differentiate themselves from low-cost airlines. "Basically, it's bringing back the magic of flying ... what we hope with the new first-class is just to bring back some of the glamour of the golden age of flying to make people feel really special," said British Airways spokesman Michael Johnson. Reuters (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IFE executives talk about developments, challenges
    In-flight entertainment executives discussed trends and developments in the IFE arena at the first APEX conference in South America in November. Panelists included Michael Childers discussing Lufthansa's BoardConnect wireless-IFE-system trial efforts, and David Brown from Bluebox Avionics detailing the challenges of keeping wireless tablets in stock. APEX Editor's Blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • JAL eyes new menu with "restaurant in the sky"
    Japan Airlines will revamp the menu on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that take off from Tokyo for destinations in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. "We will be opening 'a restaurant in the sky' ... offering passengers delicious meals and relaxing moments that will surely surpass conventional in-flight meal services," said the president of the carrier, Yoshiharu Ueki. PAX International (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Qantas keeps an eye on travelers' in-flight entertainment picks
    Qantas Airways uses a system to track what fliers are tuning into while on their flights. "We know on average customers spend about 80% of a long-haul flight using in-flight entertainment. That usually includes listening to music, watching TV shows and keeping an eye on the route map," said Michael Freedman, Qantas in-flight entertainment executive producer. News.com.au (Australia) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airlines & Aircraft 
  • Air France set to debut low-cost model
    Air France is expected to announce a discount pricing model for flights from Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, and Paris Orly Airport. The move comes as a way to compete with low-cost carriers in the region. Aviation Daily (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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 Amazon.com. To register for this event, please visit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Job posting: Technical manager, in-flight technology -- British Airways
    British Airways seeks a technical manager for in-flight technology, responsible for following technical procedures to deliver aircraft safety and cost performance targets for BA's cabin and IFE systems, along with continuous improvement of aircraft technical performance and engineering processes. Project management expertise is key, as is an ability to explain and deliver business change. Information for applicants can be found here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    About APEX
    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 www.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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