Posted on: 15 September 2014 by Mark Howells
The APEX expo opened its doors today with the annual educational sessions and one of the industry’s leading experts, Edward Shapiro, partner and vice president of PAR Capital Management and long-time investor in airlines, services and IFEC, kicking off with a riveting programme.
As chairman of Global Eagle Entertainment, Legend 3D Inc. and Lumexis, Shapiro had a unique point of view on what is necessary in the industry and spoke to the advent of new ground based technologies and how they will shape the passenger experience in the cabin.The APEX/IFSA EXPO is the largest industry-driven tradeshow devoted to the entire passenger experience and is slated to draw 3,500 attendees. Hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and the International Flight Services Association (IFSA).“We are honoured to have Mr. Shapiro kick off our 2014 EXPO. His airline savvy and reputation for knowing what will and won’t move this industry promises invaluable insight into how airlines are leveraging technology, differentiating products and generating new sources of ancillary revenue. I’m sure attendees will gain some new perspective on how the rapidly evolving media and entertainment industries are impacting the airline passenger experience,” said Alfy Veretto, APEX president and manager of IFE and Partnerships at Virgin America.Other sessions included disruptive and immersive internet experiences; the latest developments in satellite technology and how the industry should address closed captioning.