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APEX Asia 2019: Takeaways From Day One



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The hurdles to penetrating the Chinese tourism market in any significant or lasting approach are many, but the reward for establishing a stake on this region is properly well worth the effort. At Day One of APEX Asia, delegates heard how traveler habits and expectations in China are evolving, how local airways need to use connectivity, how content creates connections and how clear communication can engender loyalty and trust.


Xiamen Airways’ chief working officer for Customer Service, Chen Yizhen, and APEX CEO Joe Leader

Xiamen Airlines Spotlights Sustainable Improvement Objectives

Earlier than giving the floor to Xiamen Airways’ chief operating officer for Customer Service, Chen Yizhen, to debate the airways’ sustainability efforts, APEX CEO Joe Chief introduced that the airline can be the recipient of the FTE Management in Innovation Award. “This Award is an acknowledgement of contributions made by Xiamen Airlines. Thank you APEX,” Chen stated, whereas accepting the award on behalf of the airline.

In addition to being one of many rare airways in China to be within the black for over 32 years, Xiamen Airlines can also be a frontrunner within the push for sustainability within the aviation business, Chen shared. Xiamen Airlines was the first airline to signal an settlement with the UN in help of its Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs), ensuing in the implementation of 12 tasks and 51 measures at the airline. To cement its commitment, in June, the airline acquired its first plane baring an SDG-themed livery. The information, Chen notes, generated vital media attention: with over 1.3 billion individuals watching on tv and a reach of 400 million on social media.

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The airline’s commitment to sustainability has additionally discovered its method into the cabin with inexperienced providers comparable to paperless flights, lightweight meals trolleys, and healthy and balanced diets. “We will continue to raise global awareness of sustainable development goals and build a green and clean planet for the long term. We call on all airlines to undertake this shared mission to build a better future for everyone,” Chen stated.


Hua Jiang, director of the News and Media Division, Department of International Communications, United Nations

Extra on Sustainable Improvement From the UN

Following a moment of silence, noticed in remembrance for the lives misplaced on Ethiopian Airways Flight ET302 (including 22 members of the UN and nationals from 30 nations), the second keynote presentation at APEX Asia was delivered by Hua Jiang, director of the News and Media Division, Division of International Communications, United Nations. Her message and call to APEX airways was pressing and simple: Companion with the UN (as Xiamen Airways has carried out) to work towards the 17 “interconnected, practical and achievable” sustainable improvement objectives outlined as part of the UN’s SDG plan.

The aviation business, she stated, is completely essential in the UN’s sustainable improvement objectives, particularly, constructing resilient infrastructure, selling inclusive and sustainable industrialization, fostering innovation and Making certain sustainable consumption and production patterns. “Organizations like APEX – whose name itself signals commitment to the people – have an important role in working to achieve these global goals. APEX can play an important role in achieving STG by 2030,” she stated.

She went on to commend Xiamen Airlines for its management in tackling the SDG objectives head-on, taking full benefit of its international viewers to help the initiative and educate its clients. “[Xiamen Airlines] has been using UN content in IFE systems, lounges, website and social media accounts and also including a monthly informational ad on the SDGs in their inflight magazine, and even painting one of the newest Dreamliner’s with the SDG logo,” she stated.


Jiani Ding, Spring Airlines’ chief product officer

Past Flight Reserving: Spring Airlines and the Business Case for IFEC

During her keynote tackle, Spring Airways’ chief product officer, Jiani Ding, shared the airline’s current efforts in growing ancillary revenue by way of experimentation with in-flight leisure and connectivity, in mild of China’s civil aviation authority’s new coverage now permitting for cellular entry in flight. Not every airline will open entry to in-flight Wi-Fi in China because of the associated costs, Ding says, however the rewards to be reaped are lots. In reality, after testing Wi-Fi on two plane, she stated, “We realized Wi-Fi isn’t costing us so much and it is giving us all this information about passengers behavior to apply after for further conversion.”

The notion of LCCs, like Spring Airways, is that service is compromised for the sake of ticket worth, however with competitors at the flight reserving stage turning into increasingly fierce, a renewed concentrate on revenue at totally different levels in the journey is evermore essential for all airlines – and IFEC may be the facilitator: “We could start with IFE as a bridge, a connector that can optimize airline service. Not just during the flight but also before and after, by giving us data that can then be used during a passengers trip and also in their booking of the next one,” Ding stated.


APEX CEO Joe Chief

APEX Social Listening Survey Exhibits Constructive Correlation Between NPS and Satisfaction With IFE

For the primary time ever, APEX CEO Joe Leader shared the outcomes of a social listening train analyzing the correlation between IFE satisfaction and airline internet promoter rating (NPS), carried out by APEX in partnership with Black Swan. Insights have been culled from 26 million social media conversations, across a number of languages. Key takeaways from the survey embrace learnings on passenger needs for uplifting content material, confidence within the reliability of an IFE system, in addition to for an easy consumer expertise. Finally, Chief revealed that, “the desire for personalized content is pushing passengers to PEDs, even though their preference would be to watch content on seatback.”

RELATED: APEX Addresses Considerations Relating to Cameras in IFE Methods

Chief ended his speak with more proof of the affiliation’s thought management, this time relating to considerations surrounding the cameras in IFE methods. After stating that airways ought to all the time explicitly ask passengers to choose in before these cameras are activated, he highlighted a number of the cameras’ potential benefits, akin to biometric identification, automated leisure pausing and video calling crewmemebers. “As APEX, we needed to make a very clear statement of why these cameras had to be here – and that is for airlines to future-proof their aircraft.”

Jovita Toh, Encore Inflight Restricted CEO; Amanda Walsh, director of Partnerships, Stellar Leisure; Jason Hau, regional director, Asia Pacific, Spafax; and Ong Yong Beng, Pictures in Motion CEO

In-Flight Content in a Related World

With the prevalence of connectivity comes an evolution of content material developments and methods. On this session, Jovita Toh, Encore Inflight Limited CEO discussed at this time’s passenger consumption behaviour and airline content material necessities with a panel of specialists from main content service providers: Amanda Walsh, Director of Partnerships Stellar Leisure; Jason Hau, Spafax Regional Director, Asia Pacific; and Ong Yong Beng, Photographs in Motion CEO.

Overarching themes included personalization, curation of content and the place the CSP can add worth as wider broadband pipes allow passengers to stream any content they wish to their very own personal units on board.

The panel agreed that while airline passengers usually anticipate the identical quality of expertise in flight as they’ve on the ground, they don’t necessarily want the very same expertise. Individuals do naturally gravitate to content they are conversant in, however globalization is making the world a smaller place, and is making a growing curiosity amongst passengers. On this respect, CSPs proceed to add super value by buying content that can’t be found on Netflix or Amazon and dealing with airways to place these “hidden gems” to allow them to be found and loved by as many passengers as potential.

The panel expressed vital curiosity in knowledge and personalization. Actually, they regard it as their job to make this work for airways. “How can we use data, along with the content available, to push more ancillary revenue, more personalization and how do we better target the passenger with more relevant content,” Hau queried. “And how do we get more relevant ads to the right passenger? It is [the CSP’s] role in the new world to bring this all together.”

Vanessa Chang, BMW Designworks’ director of Artistic Consulting

Future-Proofing Plane Cabin Design

The day’s afternoon periods began with a dose of inspiration for the future of plane inside design with shows by Daniel Baron, CEO of LIFT Strategic Design, and Vanessa Chang, BMW Designworks’ director of Artistic Consulting. Baron referred to as for the appliance of design considering on the highest degree and a tradition of continuous innovation as a way to deliver “the wow” into the aircraft cabin. Upstart airlines cultivating this strategy are already considering unprecedented cabin configurations, and products like extremely firstclass or luxurious financial system. The top objective ought to be to convey the expertise to the forefront in such a method that encourages individuals to maintain touring and assembly nose to nose. “We need to continually improve the cabin experience,” he added.

Similarly future-focused Chang emphasized the significance of maintaining pace with the life-style and conduct of youthful generations, which she says ought to inform cabin design: “As an example, we need to think about airline logo placement in the cabin, so that it is in the frame when a passenger chooses to take a selfie.” Selfie culture is simply one of the many technology-driven tendencies Chang urged airways to answer – but in all instances protecting the passenger expertise prime of thoughts: “It needs to be a human package, and not about showing technology for technology’s sake,” she stated.

Akira Fukabori and Kevin Kajitani of ANA’s Digital Design Lab, and co-directors of ANA AVATAR

ANA AVATAR: Connecting All 7.5 Billion Individuals on Earth

Avatar know-how might sound far out there, however it isn’t – and it isn’t going to place airways out of business either, say Akira Fukabori and Kevin Kajitani of ANA’s Digital Design Lab, and co-directors of the ANA AVATAR challenge. “Technology that authentically attempts to connect people will not disrupt air travel. It will ultimately drive it,” Kajitani stated. This emphasis on connection was the crux of their presentation, of their undertaking more usually, and of ANA’s investment within the initiative.

Avatar know-how, which blends robotics, haptics, digital actuality, tactile sensors and rather more, is a transparent extension of what the Japanese airline is already doing: bringing individuals together, the pair insist. “We initially thought avatar technology would be secondary to teleportation, but now we realize that it is actually better because it can allow you to look, feel and touch like you are really there. It’s the ultimate form of technology.” In addition to growing access to distant and rural areas, ANA AVATAR may also help airlines faucet into nearly all of the worldwide population that isn’t already touring. “We aren’t as well connected, in a physical sense, as we are digitally,” Kajitani stated, including that with the launch of the $10-million ANA Avatar XPRIZE – a four-year international competition to develop real-life avatars – that would change.

Paul Chen, founder of V.X Consulting

Lost in Translation No More

There are vast and typically daunting variations between Western and Chinese cultures, languages and traditions. But considering the dimensions of the Chinese language outbound tourism market (estimated at USD $258 billion in 2017), airlines should not have any drawback justifying critical funding in good communications with Chinese language passengers.

This was the message that Paul Chen, founding father of V.X Consulting, shared at APEX Asia. Chen shared quite a few examples of situations when airways or airframes translated English text, verbatim to Chinese language, and utterly lost the impression of the unique message. And it isn’t simply words that may get combined up with translation – certain numbers don’t fly in Chinese language both.

For example, the Russian plane sort Tupolev Tu-154 didn’t sell in China, as a result of the quantity four is unfortunate, and homophonous to the word “death.” Gulfstream likewise struggled to secure orders for the Gulfstream 250 personal jet, because when pronounced in Chinese language it sounds the identical as ‘you are an imbecile.’

“Most translation agencies charge by the word, so there isn’t much incentive for them to try and make it the best translation,” Chen stated. “My recommendation is, don’t translate your copy into Chinese. Hire a copy writer instead and give them a brief, or themes and desired outcomes, then create from scratch. This way, you establish an emotional connection and show your audience that you have an intention to embrace the culture and be around for the long term.”


Zhang Xia, Amazon Net Providers, Higher China, Enterprise Strategist and Evangelist

AWS’s Cloud-Based mostly Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning Tools: A Primer

“In the past, data was a burden … but now it is our biggest asset,” stated Zhang Xia of Amazon Net Providers (AWS), an entirely owned subsidiary of the e-commerce big. AWS is now serving to airlines make sense of all the knowledge that comes with cloud-based knowledge analytics providers, akin to real-time streaming knowledge, predictive analytics, knowledge lake analytics and machine studying tools, together with image and video recognition, and voice and language.

Among the many potential paybacks for airlines are next-generation loyalty packages, automated re-accommodation, predictive upkeep and product suggestion engines – the final of which might be powered by the same real-time personalization and proposals know-how that made Amazon what it is at this time. “We wanted to help by providing machine learning tools that are easy to use and can enable the airline industry to improve the passenger experience,” Xia stated.

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