New York, October 4, 2010 – The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) formerly known as the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA), officially announced their philanthropic partnership with ORBIS International at the 31st Annual Conference & Exhibition. The expo took place September 12 – 16 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA.
APEX President Patrick Brannelly welcomed over 2,300 delegates to this year’s annual conference. The annual event is a meeting place for the world’s leading airlines and vendors to network with colleagues and peers, learn about new products, industry trends and visit the world’s largest display of Inflight entertainment, communications and other airline passenger experience related products under one roof.
During the opening session, Brannelly introduced Jack McHale, CEO and President of ORBIS International to the APEX members and member companies. In addition, McHale spoke at the APEX Annual General Meeting, to its board of directors, members and officers. This unique partnership is the first of its kind for either organization. This is an opportunity for the member companies of the airline industry to help support the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital in its mission to prevent and treat blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives.
“We are extremely grateful to the APEX Board of Directors and to all of the member companies that have welcomed ORBIS into the association,” said McHale “We are also appreciative for the incredible support that ORBIS has already received during this year’s conference and we look forward to an exciting year ahead.”
For more information about APEX, please visit www.apex.aero. For more information about ORBIS, please visit www.orbis.org.
APEX members provide excellence in the passenger experience. From designing, building and installing multi-million dollar network TV and data systems on commercial aircraft to the delivery of the inflight movies, TV and games; from the inflight magazines you read to the moving map display showing the flight’s progress, APEX is committed to providing the best possible airline experience for passengers around the world.
ABOUT ORBIS International
ORBIS is a non-profit global organization dedicated to saving sight and eliminating avoidable blindness. ORBIS provides the tools, training, and technology necessary for local partners to assess their needs and develop workable and lasting solutions to the tragedy of unnecessary blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS enables its partner institutions to develop their own capacity to provide quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible and sustainable. Since its first program in 1982, ORBIS has worked in 87 countries, enhanced the skills of over 234,000 health care personnel and helped establish services that have provided quality eye care treatment to more than 12.5 million people. www.orbis.org.