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April 3, 2012
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  Passenger Experience 
  • B/E Aerospace brings taste of the home kitchen to new galley inserts
    There's an "essence" of the home kitchen in the new galley inserts being promoted by B/E Aerospace. Although the Essence Inserts Collection line is based on a "solid industrial design" and includes lighter-weight elements, the line that recently captured a Crystal Cabin Award will also feature a taste of home furnishings. APEX Editor's Blog (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LED lighting reduces difference between new, older 737s
    Lighting specialist EMTEQ has come up with a solution for making older Boeing 737s more closely resemble the newer models equipped with Sky Interiors. The LED lighting won't exactly mirror the Sky Interior lighting, but it will close the gap, this feature says. "The new equipment does not require additional wiring or control-panel modifications," this feature says. (U.K.) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Swiss airport becomes an in-demand party spot
    Switzerland's Zurich Airport has become a trendy place to host parties -- even though participants must first work their way through security screening. There's a waiting list for parents wanting to host their child's birthday party at the facility. The trend of transforming airports into welcoming destinations is spreading across Europe, this feature notes. The Wall Street Journal (3/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Connectivity & Technology 
  • Joan Barker joins Spafax as group business development director
    In-flight entertainment leader Spafax has upgraded its management team with the hiring of Joan Barker as new group business development director. Barker comes from Inflight Productions, where she served as head of sales and marketing. "Joan's experience, insights and energy will be a great asset in supporting our IFE team in their current efforts," said Spafax CEO Niall McBain. Read Spafax news release. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diehl Aerosystems is automating passenger-counting process
    Diehl Aerosystems is working on an automated process that will not only count the number of passengers boarding a plane, but will eventually monitor their movements during flight. "The system would be able to ascertain which passengers have embarked the aircraft and whether the allocated seats are occupied and seat belts fastened," Michael Gubisch writes. (U.K.) (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insider offers insight into the state of the IFEC industry
    The in-flight entertainment and connectivity industry is undergoing a tremendous revolution, with many companies and researchers raising the bar on IFEC systems and services. "Going forward though, Google, Apple and telecoms will set the pace, no matter what type of system you offer, through consumer devices," said Adam Williams, who is leaving his post as marketing director of digEcor to pursue a master's degree in brand and product management. APEX Editor's Blog (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airlines & Aircraft 
  • Pinnacle Airlines files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Pinnacle Airlines filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday. The regional carrier, based in Memphis, Tenn., plans to restructure its agreement with Delta Air Lines through bankruptcy. Pinnacle also plans to halt flying for United by Aug. 1. Pinnacle listed $1.5 billion in assets and $1.4 billion in liabilities in the filing. Reuters (4/2), Bloomberg (4/2), (U.K.) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emirates aims to morph into "a global lifestyle brand"
    Emirates airline has a new theme and a new mission -- to morph from "a travel brand to a global lifestyle brand." The carrier is hoping its new "Hello Tomorrow" theme helps the public embrace the new branding. "Emirates is not just offering a way to connect people from point A to point B but is the catalyst to connect people's hopes, dreams and aspirations," said Executive Vice Chairman Maurice Flanagan. The Moodie Report (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • APEX offers top-notch education at the TV Market Conference
    This year's APEX TV Market Conference has a new schedule and will now include education intermixed within the three-day agenda. Education for this event features top industry experts imparting their views on the most pressing issues affecting those in the international TV industry. During the conference, attendees will enjoy an evening in Brighton at the Palm Court with breathtaking ocean views. Also, back by popular demand -- but now taking place during the networking event -- is the TV Quiz hosted by TV Quiz Master Andy Grant. Test your international-TV knowledge along with other pros in the industry. The TV Market Conference is being held in Brighton, England, 16 to 18 April. For more information, visit www.apexaero. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Save the date for the APEX 2012 EXPO!
    Mark your calendars today for the APEX 2012 EXPO, which will be held 17-20 September in Long Beach, Calif., USA. Registration will open late spring 2012. 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! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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