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March 17, 2020



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APEX Calls for $250B in Government Support for Aviation Industry

APEX is advocating that $250 billion be issued in global government support for the aviation industry, with 80% going directly to airlines and 20% allocated to airline suppliers. The call both endorses and builds upon a proposal from Airlines for America (A4A) for $58 billion in financial support for airlines in the United States ($50B for passenger carriers and $8B for cargo carriers). “The economic impact on the global airline industry already surpasses the economic events of 2001 and 2008 combined," explained APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader. "Global governments must react in a coordinated manner to support their airlines in each nation.”

APEX Media | Related Coronavirus News: Regular Updates on COVID-19’s Impact on the Airline Industry — APEX Media



Coronavirus: US Mulls Domestic Travel Ban

With the total number of COVID-19 cases in the US having grown to nearly 3,500, the US department of Homeland Security is considering a ban on domestic flights. The details, including its length and start date, have yet to be ironed out. The ban would not apply to cargo planes, which IATA noted yesterday were “essential” in the efforts to curb the pandemic and deliver medicines, medical equipment and other supplies. American commercial carriers that bolstered their balance sheets after the last important recession may be better prepared for a shutdown, according to Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research. He stresses that government aid will prove crucial to avoid bankruptcy.

CN Traveler | Related Air Cargo Essential to Fight Against COVID-19 — IATA



EU Considers Widespread Border Closures

Yesterday, the president of the European Commission proposed a 30-day ban on nonessential incoming foreign travel for a month. Ursula von der Leyen asked 30 countries, along with Britain and Ireland, to sign off on the proposal, one of the strictest coordinated efforts aimed at containing the virus. The Airport Operators Association fears that some UK airports could shut down within weeks unless the government comes through with rescue funding and cuts taxes, fees and other costs. Qantas and subsidiary Jetstar, Norwegian and LATAM have all drastically reduced their flight schedules. Airbus announced it would halt production at its French and Spanish facilities, including its main Toulouse assembly line, for four days as it implements stricter hygiene measures.




Struggling Alitalia to Be Nationalized

While Lufthansa, Delta and others had temporarily expressed interest in buying Alitalia, the coronavirus situation has dried up any investment interest, forcing the Italian government to take control of the airline. Reuters reports that the government has earmarked $670 million to keep the airline afloat. Italy already owned 51% of Alitalia after the carrier suffered through two bankruptcy proceedings, and recently injected $440 million into the airline. Its total debt stands at over $3.29 billion.

Airways Mag | Related Italy Set to Ramp Taxpayer Bill for Alitalia to $2.3 Billion — Bloomberg



Universal Releases In-Theater Films for Streaming

Yesterday Universal Pictures announced it would no longer give theaters an exclusive period of roughly 90 days to screen new movies, and would begin offering the films on streaming platforms for rent – a move that is expected to have a far-reaching impact, including on the delivery of in-flight entertainment. The decision comes as North American movie ticket sales dropped to an all-time low in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Starting Friday, three Universal movies that have already been released in theaters will become available in homes for $20 for a 48-hour rental period. Theater chains have long fought off efforts to shorten their exclusivity period, but current social distancing measures and limits on public gatherings have proved to be insurmountable business challenges.

New York Times | Related IFE Content Delivery Makes Its Way to the Cloud – APEX Media



Hyderabad International Airport Cuts Plastics

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, India, has prohibited single-use plastics since March 1. The move is in line with the Indian government’s phased nationwide ban on single-use plastics, with total elimination mandated by 2022. During a February transition period, service providers inside the airport switched over to more sustainable alternatives. Some items, including security tamper-evident bags, sealed PET bottles and pre-packaged materials from manufacturers meant for sale, are exempt from the ban.

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



Sekisui Adds Kydex to Brand Name

Starting April 1, Sekisui SPI, the manufacturer of Kydex thermoplastics, will be renamed Sekisui Kydex. Parent company Sekisui Chemical acquired the Kydex brand in 1990 and has since benefitted from the company’s short lead times and a robust culture of “service, speed and superiority.” Kydex is now expanding its products and services, and has opened its appLab and designLab innovation centers to bring the supply chain together for rapid prototyping and to inspire colour, trim and finish designers.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Sekisui And Sumitomo Chemical Form Alliance Focused On Waste-To-Polyolefins Production — Chemical Engineering Online





The tail of a Philippine Airlines Airbus A321 looking particularly radiant! Captured at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by @hendra_desanta (via Instagram).

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Association News

2020 APEX Content Market Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, which has led to the lockdown of certain European cities and countries as well as evolving travel bans, APEX has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 APEX Content Market in Barcelona scheduled from 27-29 April 2020. We look forward to seeing you in spring 2021 at what we expect to be an even more robust event. Click here for more info.


> Quote of the Day


"Technique is what you fall back on when you run out of inspiration."

Rudolf Nureyev


Until tomorrow



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 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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