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March 25, 2020

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US Senators Iron Out $2T Stimulus Deal, UK Holds Back Funding for Airlines

The White House and Senate have agreed on a $2-trillion stimulus plan aimed at easing the economic burden posed by the coronavirus in the US. Details of the bill, the largest relief package in American history, are expected to be revealed once it passes. In a statement released yesterday, IATA reaffirmed the urgent need for governments to provide financial support, loans and tax relief to airlines as it estimated annual passenger revenue will fall by $252 billion – more than double its initial prediction – if travel restrictions remain in place for three months. UK chancellor Rishi Sunak took a contradictory stance yesterday, telling airlines to find funding elsewhere and only turn to the government as “a last resort.”

NBC News | Related IATA Thanks Governments for Support but More Need to Step Up — IATA

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Coronavirus: Latest Airline Cuts

WestJet, Canada’s second largest airline, announced that 6,900 of its 14,000 employees are being laid off, with 90% leaving voluntarily to support the company’s survival. Air Transat also announced temporary layoffs in effect for 70% of its staff. Alaska Airlines will cut 200 flights per day through March and park 30 jets, out of its mainline fleet of about 230 aircraft, until further notice. GoAir will cut salary for all of its employees for the month of March, mirroring similar moves made by Air India and IndiGo after India grounded all domestic flights. In a new round of debt funding, Qantas obtained a 10-year, $625-million loan secured against seven Boeing 787-9s.

ABC News | Related Alaska Airlines to cut 200 flights a day and park 30 jets — Anchorage Daily News

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Real ID Deadline Extended

With flight schedules in the US significantly reduced and social distancing protocols in effect, the US government has decided to push back the date when only passports and Real ID will be accepted during domestic air travel. Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association, praised the decision, commenting that the previous deadline of October 1 would have hindered the industry’s recovery. Real ID sets new minimum security standards for drivers’ licenses and other identification used to board domestic flights without a passport. In late February, when as many as 57% of Americans were unaware of the deadline, the government granted permission to US states to allow Real ID applicants to submit their required documents electronically to speed up the process.

CN Traveler | Related Airports warn of chaos with looming Real ID license deadline — NBC News

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FlyWell’s Self-Care in the Air Program Aims to Reduce COVID-19 Stress

FlyWell’s Self-Care in the Air videos provide techniques that can lower stress hormones, which compromise travelers' immune systems and make them more susceptible to contracting illnesses, such as COVID-19. Currently available as an app, this recently launched “sister program” to the award-winning FlyWell in-flight entertainment platform is also on offer for licensing.“Self-Care’s powerful holistic tips and tools can be effective wherever you find yourself, whether traveling in the air or at home in self-isolation,” said Charlotte Dodson, Self-Care in the Air’s health ambassador and instructor.

APEX Media | Related Upward Yoga, Downward Dog: Envee’s Onboard Flywell App — APEX Media

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Electric AAM Maker Receives $240M in Funding

Lilium, a German aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft for regional air mobility, recently completed an internal funding round worth more than $240 million. The money will go towards designing and manufacturing the Lilium Jet and bolster plans to operate a regional air mobility service by as early as 2025 in several regions around the world. Recent test flights brought the five-seat aircraft to speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related One Word Change Expands NASA’s Vision for Future Airspace Mobility – NASA

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QuietOn Looking to Make Noise Online

QuietOn’s onboard sales strategy has taken a hit lately as a result of the massive drop in passenger air travel, prompting the company to find new revenue streams. The maker of Sleep noise-canceling earbuds made the product available via Qantas, Singapore Airlines and other airlines’ online shops. Jere Tala, QuietOn’s commercial director, said online sales could help airlines recoup some revenue “when they can’t operate passenger flights.”

TR Business | Related U.S. Airlines Pondering Complete Shutdown of Commercial Flights — The Street

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[PHOTOS] Haneda Airport Revamps Terminal 2

Terminal 2 at Haneda Airport is set to launch a variety of new services next week, including three new All Nippon Airways lounges, self-service baggage drop kiosks and enhanced security check procedures. The lounges feature a total of 1,300 seats. They are inspired by traditional Japanese architecture and feature bar areas, rest areas and kitchens with live cooking demonstrations. One of the entrances boasts a Japanese garden and bamboo forest. ANA is also introducing different types of check-in counters for premium customers and travelers with reduced mobility.

FTN News | Related Daifuku self bag drops unveiled at Haneda — Passenger Terminal Today

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

This pink morning sunrise could be seen aboard Philippine Airlines flight 536 to Manila! Captured by @vcswings (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

What does #aviation mean to the world & why is it important for economic recovery? ✈️🌏 Here are 3 key figures. @icao @WTTC

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Association News

Immerse Yourself in the World of Inflight VR

Check out Immersiveness, a mini-magazine by Inflight VR (with foreword notes by APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader and IATA experts). It’s a comprehensive read on the history of VR, how it works, where it’s going and how airlines can make the technology a business reality. Read experts’ takes on VR’s influence on media and entertainment, get the nitty gritty on adapting content for viewing in headsets and learn how trials have played out successfully in case studies from the travel sector. Find a hard copy of the magazine in your April/May issue of APEX Experience or view it online.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"We need to remember across generations that there is as much to learn as there is to teach.‬"

Gloria Steinem

 
 

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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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