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January 28, 2020



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Coronavirus Screening Expands to 20 US Airports

As the Wuhan coronavirus spreads, and the State Department prepares to evacuate US government personnel and private American citizens from the epicenter of the outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced a move to monitor additional US airports, bringing the total number of facilities performing enhanced screening to 20. About 240 Americans are expected to fly to Ontario, California, from Wuhan tomorrow on a US government-chartered evacuation flight. More than 100 people have died from the disease, and five cases have been confirmed in the US. The State Department and the CDC have both cautioned against nonessential travel to China.

CNN | Related Coronavirus safety measures at major international airports — Airport Technology



Brazil Approves Boeing-Embraer Partnership

Brazil’s Council for Economic Defense has approved the proposed partnership between Boeing and Embraer, joining seven other nations that have also granted clearance. The companies have outlined two joint ventures that would give Boeing a strong foothold in the regional jets market. One will comprise commercial aviation and services, with Boeing holding 80% and Embraer owning the remaining 20%. The other joint venture will promote and develop markets for the C-390 Millennium military aircraft. The European Commission is expected to reach an approval decision on February 20.

Airways Magazine | Related Boeing expects Embraer deal to close in early 2020 — Breaking Travel News



[PHOTOS] Delta Reveals A321neo First-Class Seat

When Delta Air Lines receives its first Airbus A321neo in the coming months, the first five rows will feature all-new seats in a 2-2 arrangement. Developed by Recaro and Factorydesign, the seats feature increased privacy via wrap-around seat wings and dividers, tray tables offering 25% more workspace, larger storage pockets and HD seatback in-flight entertainment screens. The new cabin was shortlisted for a Crystal Cabin Award.

Executive Traveller | Related Delta’s New A321neo First Class Seat: Everything You Need To Know — Simple Flying



Airbus Settles 2016 Corruption Charges

After four years of investigation, Airbus has agreed to a settlement with French, British and US authorities over alleged corruption in its activities. Concerns of fraud, bribery, and corruption stemmed from the manufacturer’s use of middlemen in aircraft sales in the UK and France. A separate US probe into defence contracts revealed further inaccuracies and shortcomings. To reinforce compliance oversight, Airbus established an independent review panel with representatives from the three countries.

Breaking Travel News | Related Airbus poised to settle fraud and corruption investigations — Flight Global



These Innovations Fight Germs in Flight

The 2020 Crystal Cabin Awards submissions that are trying to solve the problem of germs spreading in flight are timely in light of the recent coronavirus outbreak. SaniTene’s solution consists of a hand sanitizer dispenser that can be installed in overhead monuments, armrests or tray tables. Boeing has created a next-generation polymer coating that can be applied to armrests, tray tables and other surfaces to help prevent the spread of viruses within the cabin.

APEX Media | Related 2020 Crystal Cabin Shortlisted Entries Showcase Comfy Economy-Class Concepts — APEX Media



Gogo’s New Browser-Compatible File Encryption Frees Up Library Space

Gogo and castLabs have partnered to launch a digital rights management service that enables playback of video-on-demand content directly through a browser, eliminating the need for special plugins or apps. The technology, scheduled to be rolled out in the first half of 2020, also allows airlines to store 50% more content in their digital libraries. CastLabs first announced in 2018 that it was working with Lufthansa Systems on new technology that allows movies to be played in a browser on iOS devices.

Gogo Air | Related CastLabs Announces Latest Version of App-Less Playback Feature — APEX Media



[VIDEO] Car-Parking Robots Get Green Light at Lyon Airport

After a successful two-year trial, autonomous robot valets will now be unleashed across the entirety of the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport parking lot. After travelers book a space online, they may leave their vehicle in one of 28 cabins, where a robot will slide a platform underneath the body of a vehicle and carry it to a private car park. Vehicles are automatically returned ahead of a traveler’s arrival. According to airport operator Vinci and the system’s creator, Stanley Robotics, the robots add 50% more parking spaces within the same area, since vehicles can be parked more closely together.

Business Traveller | Related Robot valets may soon park your car at this London airport — CNN





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Get Ahead on Content Planning for the Upcoming Year!

Airline passengers want the best selection of in-flight entertainment options. At APEX Content Market, airlines and content service providers meet to help satisfy the needs of the passenger. Attend the event in Barcelona, 27-29 April to experience the industry’s most comprehensive in-flight content conference for connecting buyers and sellers.


Fresh Takes on Catering, Climate Action & More in the Latest Issue of APEX Experience Magazine

Read about how airlines and their vendors are improving the passenger experience by growing fresh tomatoes, introducing self-driving wheelchairs at airports and taking climate action. Also in this issue: China Eastern Airlines draws valuable intel from its data ecosystem, Royal Brunei Airlines provides tips for seeing Bandar Seri Begawan, Panasonic Avionics is game for esports and Stellar Entertainment’s audio productions still sound sweet after four and a half decades.


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