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February 10, 2017



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US President’s Message to Airline CEOs: “You’re Going to Be So Happy With Trump”

Donald Trump told airline executives that he would repeal “burdensome” aviation industry regulations and lower corporate taxes. During an hour-long meeting at the White House, the US president told the executives from carriers, including United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines, Alaska Air, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, that he plans to modernize the country’s aviation and infrastructure. “We have an obsolete plane system, we have obsolete airports … Our airports used to be the best. Now they’re at the bottom of the rung,” he said. “You’re going to be so happy with Trump … I want to be able to do things for you.” Trump also criticized NextGen, the FAA’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) modernization program, saying it was over budget and would not produce a good ATC system.

Air Transport World | Related Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss – The New York Times



[PHOTOS] Air Canada Gets a Brand-New Look With Redesigned Livery and Uniforms

Air Canada unveiled its new livery and uniforms for customer-facing employees at three simultaneous events in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver yesterday. Designed in collaboration with branding agency Winkreative, the new livery coincides with the Canadian flag carrier’s 80th anniversary year and features a white upper fuselage and black tail, underbody and engine nacelles. Air Canada’s red maple leaf rondelle adorns the tail, the belly and the inner part of the nacelles. It will take the airline between three to four years to repaint its fleet of more than 300 aircraft. “All of our 787s and 777s will be done over the next 18 months,” said Ben Smith, president of Passenger Airlines for Air Canada.

Airways Magazine | Related Air Canada's route map now includes Iceland – USA Today



Eutelsat Close to Agreeing on Joint Venture With ViaSat

Eutelsat says it’s on the verge of announcing a joint venture with ViaSat, aimed at improving Ka-band capacity for in-flight connectivity. The proposed arrangement involves the creation of an entity that would be 51-percent owned by Eutelsat, using its KA-SAT satellite, with ViaSat purchasing a 49-percent interest for approximately $142 million. A second entity, which would be 51-percent owned by ViaSat and 49-percent owned by Eutelsat, would purchase KA-SAT satellite capacity to offer retail broadband Internet service across Europe. “We are about to close a joint venture that paves the way for a step up in broadband and mobile connectivity from the early 2020s,” said Rodolphe Belmer, CEO of Eutelsat.

Get Connected | Related Taqnia Space selects Eutelsat for inflight connectivity – Get Connected



Passport and Fingers, Please: China Starts Fingerprinting Foreign Visitors

Foreigners traveling to China will now be required to have their fingerprints scanned when entering the country, the Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday. Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport began fingerprinting visitors today, and other entry points around the country will gradually introduce the procedure. All non-Chinese passport holders aged 14 to 70 will have to scan their fingerprints to enter the country, but the ministry hasn’t specified if other biometric data will be collected. “Storing biological identification information of people entering and leaving borders is an important border control measure, and many countries have started to implement the regulation,” said the ministry in a statement.

Business Traveller | Related Biometric recognition at airport border raises privacy concerns, says expert – The Guardian



Nigeria’s Government Assumes Control of Country’s Largest Airline Amid Ongoing Recession

Nigeria’s government has taken over Arik Air, the country’s largest airline. The Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) will now manage the carrier to prevent what the federal government said would be “a major catastrophe” for the aviation sector of Africa’s most populous country. Arik Air’s recent struggles mirror those of the Nigerian economy, which is experiencing its worst slump in 25 years due to the continuing low global price of oil. United Airlines pulled out of Nigeria last May, citing difficulties recovering profits due to the government’s restrictive currency controls, while Emirates scaled down local operations in October.

Quartz | Related Emirates set to suspend Nigeria flights as currency crisis deepens – Arabian Business



EU Drafts Legislation to Curb Anti-Competitive Practices by Non-European Airlines

The European Commission is set to introduce new legislation enabling it to impose tariffs on non-EU airlines or suspend their flying rights if it believes they have benefited from anti-competitive practices. The draft proposal by the EU’s executive body aims to guarantee fair competition by tackling issues that cannot be addressed through open skies agreements. These include illegal government subsidies, favorable treatment for slot allocation, ground handling services, airport charges and refueling. The measure could reignite tensions between European legacy carriers – which are facing increased competition on long haul routes – and Gulf carriers.

Reuters | Related JetBlue urges new administration not to crack down on Gulf airlines – Travel Weekly



Flight Gift Cards May Be the Ticket to Valentine’s Day Romance

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Austrian Airlines’ #FlyMeTo e-gift cards provide romantics with a way to spring on a surprise getaway, but fill in the blanks on destination and date details later. A 2015 survey by InComm found that preference toward digital and mobile-friendly gift cards is on the rise, especially among young millennials, which as it happens, is also the same demographic that’s most likely to spend to impress on Valentine’s Day. Austrian Airlines’ vouchers come in nine predefined values, are integrated socially, include a crowdfunding option, and, with the popularity of digital vouchers on the rise, could be rolled out on Lufthansa Group airlines in the future.

APEX Media | Related #GoingTheDistance: Air New Zealand launches Valentine's Day campaign – Stuff




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> Tweet of the Day

Cast your gaze upwards tonight and see the #SnowMoon, #LunarEclipse and #NewYearComet bring a trifecta of celestial events to our skies.

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Association News

APEX TECH: Save the Date

APEX TECH delivers information, guidance, analysis and trend reporting on technology issues critical to the aviation industry. This year’s APEX TECH will take place on June 13–15 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel. The three-day event will provide a forum for the industry’s technical experts to review and discuss the APEX Technology Committee’s ongoing projects that set the specifications and standards for new passenger experience technologies. Click here for more information.


APEX Member Deal: 15% Off Skift Forum Registration!

For a limited time only, Skift is offering APEX members 15 percent off registration to Skift Forum Europe in London on April 4. Attendees will glean insights from industry thought leaders like Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian Air. Register now to take advantage of the discount, using the following promo code: APEX.



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> Quote of the Day

"Aviation enthusiasts are pilots, people who wish they were pilots, model aircraft builders and others who think there is romance in the air."

James Fallows


Until next week



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