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December 4, 2012
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  Passenger Experience 
  • Era of assigned seats begins for easyJet
    EasyJet has changed the way it doles out seats, going from an open plan to assigned seating. The carrier charges extra for fliers who want a specific seat. The move "offering allocated seating on all of our flights is the single, biggest change the airline has undertaken in its history," said Paul Simmons, easyJet U.K. director. Air Transport World (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Airlines launch fare increases in Fla.
    Air-travel prices have gone up in several Florida markets. United Airlines announced Thursday that prices for one-way tickets to Florida would increase by $10, except for flights that are on sale. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines imposed fare increases on several of their Florida routes soon after. US Airways attempted a $10 increase of one-way airfares on a wider portion of its domestic market, but reversed the increases Monday on all fares except those for Florida. USA Today (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Connectivity & Technology 
  • Virgin Atlantic uses Passbook for boarding pass scanning
    Virgin Atlantic is using the Passbook application to deliver boarding passes electronically. Under this option, passengers receive their boarding passes electronically and then show their iPhone at boarding time, when an airline representative scans the phone. TravelMole (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airlines & Aircraft 
  • Hawaiian Airlines will add Taipei-to-Honolulu route
    Hawaiian Airlines will begin nonstop service from Taipei to Honolulu in July. The flights will operate three times a week on an A330-200 jet. "Now that Taiwan is part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, we are delighted to be adding Taipei as the latest city in Hawaiian's growing Asia network," said Mark Dunkerley, the carrier's president and CEO. Travel Agent Central (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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
  • Plan to attend the APEX 2013 EXPO
    Mark your calendar for the industry's leading event devoted to the airline passenger experience. The APEX 2013 EXPO will be 9 through 12 Sept., 2013, in Anaheim, Calif., USA. As the 2012 event demonstrated, the APEX EXPO is the best opportunity for airlines, vendors and buyers to meet and do business, and in-depth Educational Sessions keep members abreast of a constantly evolving market. APEX will provide additional registration information as it becomes available. For information on exhibit space and sponsorship, please contact Mimi Ruffing, APEX Exhibit & Sponsorship Sales Manager at +1.321.868.4586 or 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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