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March 2014

Saturday, March 1, 2014  
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IFSA Foundation Scholarship Applications Now Available
The International Flight Services Association Foundation is again proud to offer multiple scholarships to help exceptional students and current onboard services professionals further their education. In 2014, the IFSA Foundation will administer over $60,000 USD in scholarship awards. 
The Foundation Scholarships cover tuition, books, living expenses and associated costs with college. The scholarships are available to students across the globe.  

Scholarship applications are now posted on the IFSA website for download. The deadline to apply is 20 June. Apply today! 
GAEC Hard at Work on Regulatory Initiatives in First Half of 2014
February’s Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) meeting focused on a comprehensive review of the IFSA World Food Safety Guidelines to determine necessary updates, based on newer guidelines from the FDA, USDA and EU. This meticulous process will span much of 2014 and will result in a more streamlined guidelines document for the benefit of IFSA members. Additionally, GAEC is seeking input from European airlines which will help the WFSG provide  a broader global reach by including reference to EU food safety issues. There will be a meeting in Frankfurt, Germany to discuss this opportunity. 


Additionally, GAEC has several upcoming events and projects:
Meeting on 24 March, with USDA representatives to explore and discuss solutions to the refuse issues from foreign flights into the U.S.
Meeting on 25 March, with FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) to address the labeling challenges arising from the first overhaul for nutrition labels since the FDA began requiring them more than 20 years ago.
Review of FDA Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rule on sanitary transportation of human and animal food.

Conference for Food Protection (CFP), 3-7 May, Dean Davidson will represent IFSA and GAEC in Orlando. CFP provides a representative and equitable partnership among regulators, industry, academia, professional organizations and consumers to identify problems, formulate recommendations, and develop and implement practices that ensure food safety.

Updates on these initiatives will appear in upcoming issues of IFSA OnBoard.


IFSA Annual Conference and EXPO News

Mark Your Calendars: IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO 15-18 September 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center
After resounding success in 2013, IFSA will once again join forces with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX). This industry Super Show provides a "one stop shop" at which to meet with customers and attract valuable prospects for future opportunities, while learning about current industry trends. More details here.

Stay & Save at Official Conference Hotel
Make your reservations now at the official IFSA Annual Conference Hotel, Hilton Anaheim.  By booking inside the IFSA room block, you’ll be at the center of conference activities -while saving money with a discounted room rate. It's a quick trip to get to the EXPO and educational sessions, it provides opportunities for networking with conference attendees and it makes it easy to return to your room. Book your room today!
EXPO Booths and Sponsorships Selling Fast
With 166 booths already sold, space is already becoming limited. Don’t miss out on your chance to be an exhibitor, sponsor or both! As a sponsor, you receive increased exposure and visibility for your company and are promoted to our significant list of onboard services industry members and conference attendees.

• Reinforce your message to key buyers
• Multiply your marketing opportunities
• Increase visibility
• Cultivate key relationships
Reserve Booth Space
Sponsorship Opportunities




APEX Australasia Recap
On 17-18 March, in Sydney, APEX hosted a cutting-edge conference on the entire passenger experience incorporating connectivity, content, services and more. It was APEX’s first event in the region in over 10 years and was well attended by key companies and individuals from the Australasia region.

Voting is Currently Open for the 2014 Passenger Choice Awards
Do you want your airline or airline customers to be recognized as one of the best by passengers from all over the world? The Passenger Choice Awards were created by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) to give voice to airline passengers. Winners are chosen based on passenger feedback, and are announced at the Passenger Choice Awards Gala, during the co-located Annual Conference & Exhibition. You can help get your airline in the running by ensuring your customers participate in the survey. Click here to take the survey today. 


Additional Industry News:
Air travel this spring will take off, airline industry predicts
Airlines fill planes to record capacity as demand continues to grow
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) forecasts year-over-year business travel growth in Europe in 2014, 2015



United Airlines Replaces Styrofoam Cups With New, Fully Recyclable Hot Beverage Cups

4inflight Now Listed on China Capital Market

The Strategy Behind Virgin America's Business Travel Push in Texas

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