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April 6, 2012
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  • Airbus Upgrade Services is keeping busy with A380s
    Airbus says its Upgrade Services department has been slammed with requests for A380 cabin reconfigurations. Some of the reasons for the requested changes include cabin innovations and breakthroughs with in-flight entertainment systems. "The A380 has come on extremely fast for us in terms of cabin reconfigurations, more than anyone expected," said Valerie Manning, vice president of Upgrade Services. Air Transport World (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Connectivity & Technology 
  • Swissport launches website dedicated to lost baggage
    Lost-luggage lines may become a thing of the past now that Swissport International has launched a website dedicated to missing bags. "We are very much looking forward to further improving the passenger experience with additional developments in this direction," said Roland Kuhnelt, head of performance management and innovation for Swissport. (U.K.) (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • UltraViolet system lets movie fans share downloads on 12 devices
    Embedded in-flight entertainment systems, airline tablet devices and passengers' personal electronic devices will be able to comfortably coexist for a while, this blogger notes. However, the new UltraViolet program seems poised to conquer the world of downloading and sharing media. With UltraViolet, "purchased content can be used on tablets, computers, televisions, HDTVs, Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, smartphones and games controllers," Michael Childers writes. APEX Editor's Blog (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hipmunk apps integrate with Microsoft, Google and Apple calendars
    Travel search engine Hipmunk has updated its mobile applications so users can integrate them with Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook and Apple iCal programs. "It's even easier to see which flight options fit your schedule, thanks to the vertical strips overlaid on your search results," Jaymar Cabebe writes. CNET (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Airlines & Aircraft 
  • JetBlue remains profitable during tough times
    JetBlue Airways' shares may be 80% down from their high, but the carrier is still profitable, this analysis notes. The airline finished 2011 with net income of $86 million and close to $1.2 billion in cash and short-term investments. However, there is cause for some concern. "JetBlue started as the airline for the New York leisure traveler. They don't have the route structure or the miles to compete with the majors for business dollars," said analyst Helane Becker. Bloomberg Businessweek (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EgyptAir looks to the future to add new planes
    EgyptAir is looking ahead to a stretch between 2020 and 2025 when it will replace a significant number of its Airbus and Boeing aircraft. "At a first stage we would need three to five aircraft; for stage number two, up to 10 [aircraft]," said CEO Hossam Kamal. Air Transport World (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2012 APEX advertising and sponsorship opportunities now available
    Interested in advertising in an APEX publication or sponsoring an APEX event in 2012? Now you can! Increase your company's visibility and showcase your products and services in front of the international community of key airline passenger experience buyers and vendors. Download the 2012 APEX Ad-Sponsorship Kit today. For more information please visit here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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