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Tuesday, November 8, 2016  
Largest Industry Event in Asia Draws Record Attendance

NEW YORK (8 November, 2016) – For three days, Singapore was transformed into a launch pad for inflight innovation and the future of the passenger experience. APEX EXPO attracted more than 434 airline delegates from 77 airline companies, and overall 2,476 attendees. The number of airline companies alone represents the highest number since 2008. Along with APEX, FTE and AIX collocated to create the passenger experience event in Asia.

EXPO is hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), the single largest group of its kind – an industry-driven non-profit committed to improving the end-to-end flight experience. Held for the first time outside of North America in more than a decade, it is the largest tradeshow and the most highly anticipated industry gathering each year.

“The EXPO is a good opportunity for us – we don’t see each other as competitors, but we see each other as colleagues, and we can exchange ideas and create opportunities for all of us,” said Rossen Dimitrov, Senior Vice President of Customer Experience for Qatar Airways.

This year’s hugely successful APEX event included:

- Access to 434 airline representatives from 77 airlines
- Exhibits from 123 companies showcasing the future of the inflight experience
- Firsthand testimonials and insight from key airline executives, including Pekka Vauramo, CEO of Finnair, and Goh Choon Phong, CEO of Singapore Airlines
- World-class presentations and panel discussions executives from world airlines, Google, IBM and more
- An awards ceremony recognizing companies and individuals who are transforming how we travel
- Announcement of APEX partnership with TripIt to help launch The Official Airline Ratings™

EXPO is APEX’s flagship event, as well as the largest industry-driven event of its kind in the world. The excitement generated by this year’s event has all but ensured a sold-out event in 2017, with almost all booth space booked before the conclusion of the Singapore event.

“The numbers speak for themselves. APEX EXPO once again proved itself to be a dominating factor for the entire passenger experience industry, and airlines and vendors are already lining up for 2017, with more than 95 percent of booth space reserved a full year in advance,” said Joe Leader, APEX CEO. “With this tremendously successful event, APEX dramatically expanded its presence in this crucial and growing region of the world.”

In addition to its yearly EXPO, APEX hosts multiple industry gatherings around the world. The 2017 event will include AIX and IFSA. To learn more about the Airline Passenger Experience Association or its global industry events, visit apex.aero.

About The Airline Passenger Experience (APEX)
APEX encompasses a network of businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe.  As a non-profit, APEX reinvests all of its resources to better serve its members.  Every day, APEX members evaluate the passenger experience through an influential community and 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.  APEX works to strengthen the industry and enable business opportunities through education, innovation, networking and recognition.  For more information, please visit APEX.aero.

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