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April 22, 2019



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Mitsubishi Aircraft Close to Final MRJ70 Regional Jet Design

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation is close to finalizing a refined design for the 76-seat MRJ70, the shorter variant of its MRJ regional jet program. Two additional MRJ90 prototypes will be ready for flight-testing by June, said Mitsubishi Aircraft president Hisakazu Mizutani. After multiple delays to the project, the company plans to make its first aircraft delivery by mid-2020 and hopes to secure simultaneous airworthiness certification from regulatory agencies in Japan, the US and Europe.

Air Transport World | Related First Japan-Built Airliner in 50 Years Takes on Boeing and Airbus – Bloomberg



Intelsat Confirms Loss of 29e Satellite

Intelsat confirmed the “total loss” of Intelsat 29e, after attempts to save the malfunctioning satellite proved unsuccessful. Intelsat 29e suffered a fuel leak on April 7 after three years in geostationary orbit over the Americas and North Atlantic, resulting in a problem with its communications link. Intelsat said the majority of customers that were using Intelsat 29e have been transferred to other satellites in its fleet or to satellites from other operators.

Space News | Related APEX in Profile: Mark Rasmussen – APEX Media



[PHOTOS] Chicago Selects Winning Design for New O’Hare Global Terminal

The City of Chicago has announced the winner of a competition to design a new O’Hare Global Terminal and Global Concourse. The winner entry is designed by Studio ORD Joint Venture Partners and features a trio of curving facades on a Y-shaped building with a six-pointed skylight topping a tree-lined atrium. The project is estimated to cost $2.2 billion and will be paid for by airport revenues rather than by taxpayers. It will break ground in 2023 and is scheduled for completion by 2028.

Airways Magazine | Related United Airlines Opens Polaris Lounge at LAX – APEX Media



Just One Thing: Can Airlines Wean Off Single-Use Plastics?

Due to strict quarantine regulations that require passenger waste from international flights be incinerated or taken to a landfill to avoid contamination, airlines are among the biggest culprits when it comes to single-use plastics, which is why amenity supplier Linstol began researching alternatives about two years ago. The company quickly realized the issue wasn’t a shortage of options, but rather a lack of relevance for airlines. “We needed to find materials that were realistic for the airline industry – that meet the performance expectations of the product being replaced and are sustainable in terms of cost and production,” Bill Carrejo, Linstol’s director of Sales and Sustainability, said. Linstol’s new range of sustainable products includes sugarcane, wheat, cornstarch, palm leaf and rice husk.

APEX Media | Related Etihad Airways to Operate Single-Use Plastic Free Flight on Earth Day as Part of its Commitment to Sustainability – Etihad Airways



Air Mauritius Becomes First Airbus A330neo Operator in Southern Hemisphere

Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first of two Airbus A330-900s at a ceremony held in Toulouse. The airline is the first A330neo operator based in the southern hemisphere and the only airline in the world to operate both the A330neo and A350 XWB. The new aircraft includes the Airspace cabin with 28 business-class seats and 260 economy-class seats. Air Mauritius will use the aircraft on routes connecting Mauritius to Europe, India, Southeast Asia and to regional destinations, including Johannesburg, Antananarivo and Reunion Island.

Breaking Travel News | Related Airbus Opens Customer Definition Centre for A320 and A330 – APEX Media



Designers Create Airport Security Escalator Concept

Two designers have shared a radical concept that would make the airport security screening process as simple as stepping onto an escalator. Industrial designers Ashish Thulkar and Charles Bombardier shared an idea, dubbed Aerochk, that involves passengers stepping onto a conveyor where they would place their passport on one side and their luggage on the other. Facial recognition technology would be used to match their identity, while the luggage conveyor would scan for prohibited items, photographing and weighing each bag.

Business Traveller | Related From Robots to Augmented Reality: Envisioning YVR of the Future – APEX Media



US Plans to Use Facial Recognition for 97% of Departing Passengers Within Four Years

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to roll out biometric exit technology to cover more than 97% of departing commercial air travelers within the next four years, according to the Department of Homeland Security. So far, CBP has used facial recognition technology on more than two million passengers, departing on more than 15,000 flights, and has confirmed that 7,000 travelers have overstayed their visas.

Phocus Wire | Related Biometrics Take Over Atlanta’s Terminal F, Ease Departures Process – APEX Media  





Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 taking off from LAX. Captured by @bayarea_aviation (via Instagram)

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Nominate for the APEX Awards Today!

 APEX Awards applications are now open! The APEX Awards recognize specific achievements that are successfully implemented over the past year by airlines and vendor companies. This is also the inaugural year that APEX will be combining efforts with the International Flight Services Association, so look for several of the new awards. All applications are due 1 June 2019. Learn more and nominate today!


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“Spring is more than a ritual – it’s a necessary reminder that these hardships we endure are only temporary.”

Jenna Wortham


Until tomorrow



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