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March 24, 2020



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Senate Stimulus Bill Expected to Pass Soon

Partisan bickering gave way to progress as representatives on Capitol Hill negotiated a bill that could inject $2 trillion into the US economy. Financial aid for the airline industry was one of the topics of the negotiation, which lasted until midnight last night. Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the Democrats’ version of a stimulus package that would dole out $37 billion in grants and $21 billion in loans to carriers. Airline contractors would receive $3 billion for payroll support grants, while airports would collect $10 billion in grant funding. In exchange, airlines receiving aid would have to start offsetting their carbon emissions in 2025 and reduce their overall emissions by 50% by 2050. Whether these requirements end up in the final version of the bill remains to be seen.

Washington Post | Related Pelosi Stimulus Requires Airlines Receiving Aid to Cut Emissions — Bloomberg



Airlines Continue to Pare Back Schedules

Flydubai, Aegean Airlines, Turkish Airlines and KLM are among the latest carriers to adjust their schedules as a result of a COVID-19 containment policy. As of Thursday, Flydubai will suspend all operations and Aegean Airlines will ground all international flights. Turkish Airlines will pause almost all international flights from March 27 until April 17; flights to New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Moscow and Addis Ababa are exempt. KLM will operate flights to 57 destinations at 10% capacity from March 29 until May 3. Based on the extrapolation of China’s three-month viral containment experience, Ryanair foresees the grounding of all its flights in April and May.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Ryanair will not operate flights in April or May — Reuters



Experts Create Coronavirus Flight Cancellation Tracker

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, members of the aviation community are volunteering their efforts toward disseminating valuable data. What started as a mechanism to track flight cancellations on a route-by-route basis quickly evolved into a comprehensive spreadsheet listing the capacity cuts of the world’s major airlines. “We’ve heard from large and small aviation-related companies as well as individuals that have used the information to help guide their planning,” said Seth Miller, APEX Media contributor and founder of

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



Aerospace Composite Components Company Begins Manufacturing Masks

Composite Resources and sister company CAT Resources, which normally produce tubing used in aircraft seating and components that house IFE monitors, are pivoting their operations to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon hearing about the shortage of facemasks in the US, employees designed a prototype using two layers of cotton-poly fabric that perform similarly to a surgical mask. The washable and reusable cotton-poly masks could also be worn over N-95 masks, thereby extending the life of the hard-to-source protective gear. The companies expect to produce thousands of masks each day.

WBTV | Related Meeting the Need for More Face Masks — Composite Resources



Could Connectivity Installations Deliver Environmental Benefits?

The biggest opportunity in-flight connectivity presents for sustainability comes from optimizing flight parameters en route. These days, aircraft receive forecasts just before departure, but some experts estimate that up-to-the-moment data would reduce fuel burn by up to 5%. “A couple-percent improvement could amount to $3 billion a year in fuel savings, which is substantial. Even better if it’s a near-term gain that isn’t constrained by aircraft order backlogs or the slow ramp-up time of alternative fuels,” says Dan Rutherford, aviation director at the International Council on Clean Transportation.

APEX Media | Related 40 Success Stories: When Inmarsat Launched GX Aviation In-Flight Connectivity – APEX Media



NASA Updates Urban Air Mobility Terminology

To reflect the notion that urban air mobility (UAM) can benefit people living beyond metropolitan areas, NASA is changing the umbrella term to Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). “We’re still talking about helping industry safely develop an air transportation system to move people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation, using revolutionary new aircraft that are only just now becoming possible,” said Davis Hackenberg, NASA’s AAM mission manager. UAM will continue to be used when referencing local flying over densely populated areas.

NASA | Related NASA Signs 17 Space Act Agreements for Urban Air Mobility Grand Challenge — NASA



Gategroup 2019 Financials Reveal Subtle Increase in Revenue

Gategroup published its 2019 financial results, which show that revenue remained relatively stable at $5.09 billion, up 0.5% from 2018. The company experienced positive organic growth that was partially offset by a decrease from divestments in non-core businesses and negative foreign exchange impacts. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization increased 28% year-over-year to $448 million, while cash generated from operations increased 15.6% to $301 million.

Gategroup | Related Gategroup to acquire LSG’s European operations — Gategroup





Lufthansa's crane in flight is the subject of today's #TailTuesday photo! Captured at Munich Airport by @brbraviation (via Instagram).

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From Casablanca to Montreal, our second in a series of special flights has safely reunited 430 more Canadians with their loved ones at home. A special thank you to all employees and our dedicated crew for continuing to #FlyTheFlag for Canadians around the globe.

Air Canada @AirCanada


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COVID-19 Update

The health and safety of our members has always been and will remain APEX’s top priority. APEX leadership and staff are closely monitoring the information and recommendations set by the World Health Organization (WHO), US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other relevant international, national and local health and government authorities. Thank you for all you are doing to fully support air travel during this crisis.


> Quote of the Day


"Money is alright but once you have it you learn it's not the be all and end all."

Alan Sugar


Until tomorrow



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