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February 13, 2020

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APEX Releases Official Statement on Coronavirus

Unless traveling in high-risk areas affected by the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, APEX encourages normal air travel with heightened vigilance, in line with guidance from the World Health Organization. In an official statement, APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader said that “flights worldwide remain safe overall,” as the response from airlines and governments has been strong, and 99% of cases are concentrated in mainland China. In addition to the efforts being made by the industry to thwart the spread of COVID-19, it remains imperative that travelers do their part to reduce the risk of spreading illness. Frequent hand-washing and sanitizing, coughing into one’s elbow, and self-reporting after being in a high-risk area should ensure flying remains safe.

APEX Media | Related Coronavirus: Sharp increase in deaths and cases in Hubei — BBC

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Bombardier Sheds A220 Program, Exits Commercial Aircraft Business

Burdened by high debt, Bombardier made a strategic decision to sell its remaining stake in its last remaining commercial aircraft program. Airbus paid $591 million to increase its stake in the A220 program from 50.1% to 75%, and the government of Quebec holds a 25% stake in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership. Airbus is now at liberty to invest further in the A220, including increasing its range and enlarging it to compete with upmarket aircraft while benefiting from advantageous unit costs. The company has collected 658 orders for the A220-100 and -300 variants and is in the process of ramping up production.

Aviation Week | Related Bombardier reports $1.6B US loss for 2019, sells remaining stakes in A220 program — CBC

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Government Audit Questions Southwest Airlines, FAA Safety Standards

Following an 18-month audit, the US Department of Transportation found evidence of unconfirmed maintenance histories on jets obtained by Southwest Airlines from the used aircraft market, which it says put over 17 million passengers at risk. The federal report also laid blame on the FAA for not giving its inspectors enough guidance on reviewing risk assessments and evaluating an airline's safety culture. Southwest disagreed with the report’s critique of its safety culture, saying it recognizes the safety of its operations as its most important priority. This news comes two weeks after the Wall Street Journal published an article after allegedly gaining access to the government report.

Travel Weekly | Related Southwest disputes U.S. government audit on safety lapses, shares slide — Reuters

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Aegean Airlines Unveils New Brand Identity Designed by PriestmanGoode

Aegean Airlines revealed its new brand identity in Athens yesterday. London-based design studio PriestmanGoode worked closely with the carrier to develop a forward-thinking vision for the new brand that includes logo design, livery, cabin interiors, amenity kits and digital products. “The world has changed immeasurably since the last iteration of the airline’s brand identity, and airlines now need to have a strong online presence,” said Anthony Morgan, head of Brand, PriestmanGoode.

APEX Media | Related Moving Past Plastic: PriestmanGoode Believes a Sustainable Future is a Varied One — APEX Media

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[PHOTOS] Nintendo Lounges Set to Entertain Travelers at US Airports

Starting today, Nintendo Switch On The Go lounges will open beyond security at Dulles International, Seattle-Tacoma, Chicago O’Hare and Dallas Love Field airports. Each lounge will feature comfortable seating, charging ports and Nintendo Switch consoles with preloaded demos of popular games. Travelers who order a gaming system from the lounge will receive a free case. Last June, Nintendo opened a similar pop-up lounge at Narita International Airport.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Southwest Switches it Up With Surprise Nintendo-Themed Flight — APEX Media

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Korean Air Expands In-Flight Content Offering

South Korea’s flag carrier is riding “Hallyu,” or the Korean wave, satisfying increased demand for the nation’s distinct cultural exports with the latest update to its in-flight entertainment offering. From September 2020, the number of domestic miniseries on offer will expand from 80 to around 260. The carrier is also adding classic Korean films to its library and its K-pop music playlist will be updated monthly instead of bi-monthly to more closely reflect music trends.

Korea Herald | Related Pratt & Whitney GTF engine to power Korean Air’s A321neo aircraft — Aerospace Technology

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Upstart Nigerian Airline Could Order 50 A220 Aircraft

Green Africa Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding for 50 Airbus A220-300 aircraft at the Singapore Airshow, marking the largest-ever order originating from Africa. Airbus chief commercial officer Christian Scherer said the A220 will allow Green Africa to “unlock destinations and route pairs that previously would have been considered non-viable.” The A220 is the only aircraft purpose-built for the 100-150 seat market. At the end of January 2020, the aircraft had accumulated 658 orders.

Airbus | Related [PHOTOS] Air Canada Unveils First Airbus A220 — APEX Media

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Five birds in the sky, four of the avian variety! Captured at LAX by @zipping12 (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

Got to check out the West London HQ of @OneWeb ⁩this morning. Slick digs! Full scale model of a satellite + “mission control” as you enter the office makes for a stellar first impression!! #punintended #satellite #PaxEx ⁦@theAPEXassoc

Maryann Simson @JetwayMJ

 
 
 

Association News

Meet With APEX Media at AIX

Are you attending Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg? APEX Media will be publishing coverage of the event on our digital platforms, including the apex.aero news website and the APEX Daily Experience e-newsletter. Send press releases to [email protected] or contact us to arrange a meeting.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

Abraham Lincoln

 
 

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ABOUT APEX

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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