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March 18, 2020



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Boeing Calls for $60B for US Aerospace Manufacturing Sector

Boeing is seeking at least $60 billion in government aid for the aerospace manufacturing industry, which it says will be one of the most significant ways to help airlines, airports, suppliers and manufacturers remain in good financial standing as the coronavirus further strains their businesses and puts 2.5 million jobs at risk. Boeing’s request comes the same day President Donald Trump pledged to assist Boeing and travel-related industries. Some countries have already mobilized aviation industry relief funding. Today, Australia pledged $430 million in a package that involves fee waivers on aviation fuel excise, domestic airline operations charges and regional aviation security charges. Meanwhile, Taiwan will make nearly $1 billion in subsidies and loans available to carriers. Singapore and China have already rolled out similar measures.

Boeing | Related Australia rolls out aid package for aviation industry — Flight Global



Coronavirus: Trans States Airlines Folds Earlier Than Anticipated

Regional carrier Trans States Airlines is the first US airline to fold due to the impact of COVID-19. While the company had said at the end of February that it would be entering its last year of operations, current circumstances have forced it to announce that it will halt operations on April 1. The US and Canada have finalized a deal to close their shared border to non-essential travel. Canadian airline WestJet announced it would suspend all international flights as of March 22, while Sunwing Airlines and Air Transat plan to suspend all operations. Overseas, Brussels Airlines revealed it will suspend all operations from March 24 to April 19, and Virgin Australia will only fly domestic between March 30 and June 14.

Paxex.Aero | Related Canada-U.S. border closing, $82B in direct aid and stimulus coming: Trudeau — CTV News



OneWeb’s Next Satellite Launch Scheduled for Saturday

OneWeb is ready to complete its second launch of 2020 on Saturday when it will send 34 satellites 745 miles into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. OneWeb and Airbus joined forces to manufacture the satellites at an output rate of two per day. Customer demos are scheduled for the end of 2020, and the aviation sector can expect service to launch by the end of 2021. OneWeb is dedicating Saturday’s mission to late Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who made history 55 years ago when he became the first person to perform a spacewalk.

OneWeb | Related OneWeb successfully launches 34 more satellites into orbit – OneWeb



[VIDEO] Molon Labe’s New Seating System for Wheelchair Users

Colorado-based Molon Labe Seating has invented a system that would allow travelers to fly seated in their wheelchairs. First, an existing economy-class seat slides toward the window, revealing an empty space with a Qstraint wheelchair docking system below. Wheelchair-bound passengers may then simply pass over to lock themselves into place. With this system, a wheelchair would not have to be loaded into the cargo area and risk damage, and aircraft can maintain existing seating capacities. Company founder Hank Scott is launching a crowdfunding campaign hoping to inspire airlines to implement the invention. The seats are still in the development phase.

CBS News | Related New Aircraft Lavatory Concept Is Accessible to Passengers in Wheelchairs — APEX Media



Mitsubishi M90 Enters Final Phase of Certification Flight Testing

A Mitsubishi SpaceJet M90 in a final certifiable configuration flew for the first time Wednesday in Japan. Mitsubishi Aircraft’s chief development officer, Alex Bellamy, noted that the flight represents the culmination of “all of the engineering changes made since 2016.” The M90 program was beset by six major delays due to revisions to certain systems and electrical configurations. In June 2019, Mitsubishi renamed the 88-seat MRJ90 as the M90 and adopted the SpaceJet brand name. All Nippon Airways is the program’s launch customer.

AIN Online | Related Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Aero Engines Celebrate First Flight of First GTF Engine Produced in Japan – Aviation Pros



Lantal’s Biodegradable Climatex Fabric Garners Attention From Airlines

With airlines now more aware of the importance of sustainability, Lantal’s Climatex Lifeguard FR fabric – first developed in the early 2000s – is receiving renewed attention. The fabric meets cradle-to-cradle sustainability standards, which require products and resulting waste to represent safe nutrients for biological or technical metabolisms. With a high wool content of up to 50%, the fabric meets the Federal Aviation Regulations’ flammability requirements. It also offers improved comfort features such as a soft surface feel and improved temperature regulation.

APEX Media | Related Lantal Delivers Temperature-Control System for Aircraft Seats — APEX Media



ICAO Makes Progress With CORSIA Amid Crisis

ICAO has released an update on its emission mitigation approach for the airline industry, CORSIA. The organization’s council decided on the types of carbon offset units eligible for compliance, which will prompt eligible programs to start generating new emission reduction projects. Worldwide, 82 countries will take part in the first, voluntary, phase of CORSIA, and it is anticipated that about 80% of the growth in CO2 emitted by the aviation industry will be covered by the scheme from the end of this year. 2020 was earmarked as a baseline for CORSIA, but dealing with the coronavirus crisis has become a much greater priority.

ATAG | Related How the Rise in Carbon Consciousness Is Transforming the Air Travel Industry — APEX Media





A close-up of the Airbus A350 Sharklet as seen at the last Paris Airshow. Captured at Paris–Le Bourget Airport by @runway32r (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

“Aviation gives us the ability to see the world and how other people live their lives,” said Ostrower. “Without it, the world would be a sadder, less interesting place.”

Jon Ostrower @jonostrower


Association News

In Plane View: Releasing a Magazine During a Pandemic

The April/May issue of APEX Experience, conceived before the current pandemic affected our personal and professional lives, is a reminder of what keeps the airline industry moving. The topics covered – curating a diverse in-flight entertainment catalog, investing in more sustainable catering practices, breathing fresh air into cabin design and more – continue to be important to the airline passenger experience, even if they have taken a backseat while we eagerly wait for air travel to rebound.


> Quote of the Day


"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better."

John Updike


Until tomorrow



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