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January 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015  
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Renew Your Membership Today!

Through its annual conferences, government and regulatory news, monthly publications and website, the International Flight Services Association (IFSA) provides an opportunity for professional development and education.

IFSA offers many opportunities for the development of lasting relationships with professional colleagues and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information on new technology and developments in airline and railway onboard services.

Apply for new membership here. To renew for 2015, contact Jamila Taylor at or call 678-303-2969.

IFSA Website Relaunching

We’ll soon be unveiling the new and improved and the beautifully rebranded IFSA logo! The new logo reflects our mission to lead the international onboard services industry in innovation, communication and education. Our new website redesign features a fresh, clean layout and vastly improved user experience. IFSA’s content is more accessible than ever, as the new design is easily viewed on mobile devices.

Members will enjoy our new forums where they can directly interact with each other, the new and improved membership directory, and our new calendar of events. Members can now update their own contact information to make sure they stay connected. We encourage you to visit it often, as we continue to update it with valuable industry information.

IFSA Mentorship Program: Mentees Wanted

Encourage your coworkers to apply by 1 March! The IFSA Mentorship Program is a new global initiative, designed to bring experienced members of the inflight services industry together with junior members who are interested in further career development. Please look within your organization and encourage your highly motivated professionals (5 years or less experience) to submit their enrollment form.

IFSA Foundation: 2015 Scholarship Award Sponsorship Opportunities

In 2015, we are asking that our members help us increase our awards by $40,000 so more scholarships can be awarded. Together we can make 2015 our biggest and best year yet!

The Foundation Scholarships cover tuition, books, living expenses and associated costs with college. Your sponsorship helps relieve the financial obstacles that current and returning students face in pursuit of higher education. More importantly, it supports the future leaders of the onboard services industry. Become a sponsor today!

If you or your company would like to become a 2015 IFSA Scholarship Award Sponsor, please contact Hope Felshaw at or 678-303-3019.

IFSA Regulatory Update: What You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act FDA Menu Labeling

The FDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to establish requirements for nutrition labeling of standard menu items in chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments. The GAEC Food Safety Update shares what you need to know about the regulation.


Onboard Innovation Pavilion Survey

In January, IFSA sent a survey to the airline members of the association asking them “What would your airline like to see in the OnBoard Innovation Pavilion this year?” The responses are being used to provide IFSA with insight and direction for the OnBoard Innovation Pavilion at the IFSA conference in September of 2015 in Portland, Oregon. IFSA’s Ideation Task Force and Planning Committee would like to thank members that participated in the survey.

50th IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO

Members of the onboard services industry are invited to celebrate IFSA’s 50th Annual Conference with us 28 September - 1 October at the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. This year features a new and improved agenda and schedule. Exhibition hours have been scheduled to maximize booth traffic and educational sessions have been shifted to the morning of exhibition days, before the floor opens. Registration will launch in early June, so be sure to check for updates.

For information on sponsorships, contact Hope Felshaw, IFSA Executive Director, at +1678-303-3019 or

Registration for IFSA booth space will open in mid-February.