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March 26, 2020



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Senate Earmarks $58B in Relief Funds for Aviation Industry

Last night, every member of the US Senate voted in favor of enacting a $2-trillion coronavirus relief package. A total of $58 billion has been earmarked for the aviation industry, with $25 billion in loans and loan guarantees going to passenger airlines and an additional $25 billion going to grants to pay workers through September. Cargo air carriers have been allotted $8 billion in relief funds. Furthermore, a list of companies critical to maintaining national security will receive $17 billion in loans; Boeing is reportedly on that list. The aid package prohibits stock buybacks and share dividends for at least a year after the loans have been repaid and restricts executive compensation.

Business Insider | Related APEX Calls for $250 Billion in Government Support for Aviation Industry During COVID-19 — APEX Media



Several Airlines Trade Passenger Capacity for Cargo

Shuttered borders and strict health ordinances in the face of the COVID-19 crisis have led to a stark reduction in business and leisure travel for airlines. But they are also facing an upswing in demand on the cargo side of their operations. With their freighters full, many airlines are deploying more passenger aircraft than usual to make up the difference and deliver essential goods. American Airlines recently flew its first cargo-only flight since 1984, while United Airlines is using its Boeing 777 and 787 fleet to run 40 charter flights each week. Etihad Airways, Air Canada and Aeroméxico have announced similar moves, while Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and LATAM have even been loading up passenger seats with cargo.

Japan Times | Related American Airlines Announces Cargo-Only Flights to Help Keep Business Moving — American Airlines



Qatar Airways Presses A380 Back Into Service to Meet Repatriation Demand

With the grounding of Emirates and Etihad Airways, as well as widespread travel bans in cities around the world, Qatar Airways finds itself in the unique situation of increasing its service. Qatar is now focused on getting travelers home from over 70 destinations linked via its hub at Doha's Hamad International Airport, which remains open to passengers in transit. With a steady increase in bookings this week, Qatar has ungrounded its fleet of A380s. The jumbo jets are being deployed on key routes including London, Frankfurt and Paris. “I don’t think any of us imagined a week ago that we’d be putting the A380s back in the air,” said CCO Simon Talling-Smith.

Executive Traveller | Related SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CANCELS 1500 FLIGHTS — Airways Mag



Latitude Aero’s Deep Cleaning Approach to Aircraft Cabin Sanitization During COVID-19

Kelvin Boyette, president and CEO of Latitude Aero, predicts that airlines will prioritize cleaning and decontaminating the interiors of aircraft during the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s approach involves toothbrushes, sponges and cotton swabs. “We go through 5,000 to 10,000 cotton swabs per week,” he noted. “We clean the metal components, we clean the cushions and covers and behind the traytable latch … the arm caps, the recline buttons, any audio controls.”

APEX Media | Related What airlines are doing to sanitize planes — CNN



Sardinian Airport First in Europe to Use UVC Disinfection System

Cagliari Airport on the island of Sardinia introduced a new ultraviolet surface disinfection system yesterday that uses invisible Ultraviolet C (UVC) rays to sanitize the storage and hand luggage trays used at the airport’s passenger security checkpoints. The airport is the first in Europe to implement this technology, which it claims is environmentally friendly since it does not use chemicals to eliminate pathogens. Next week, a second UVC system will be implemented that will also sanitize wheelchairs. Italy is one of the nations hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with over 6,800 deaths and over 69,000 cases.

Airports International | Related Lufthansa and Eurowings introduce further physical distancing measures — Lufthansa



YouTube Lowers Default Resolution Quality to Prevent Online Congestion

In a bid to reduce the strain on internet infrastructure during the coronavirus pandemic, YouTube, Facebook, Apple TV+ and others have announced their content will default to standard definition (480p) over the next 30 days. However, developers have spotted some code in the latest version of YouTube’s Android app that will soon allow users to set their own default video quality to “high,” “low” or “auto.” This would mark a departure from the current set-up, which requires users to manually choose the definition for each individual video they watch, and could have a knock-on effect for those using YouTube in flight, where bandwidth is typically more scarce.

The Next Web | Related Cadami and aeroFi Combine Coded Caching and Li-Fi for Streaming – APEX Media



SKYPRO Releases Uniform Management System

SKYPRO recently launched a portal to help make cabin crew uniform forecasting and management more efficient. On the front end, crew can schedule fittings and order uniforms in three clicks. The system uses AI to predict the correct sizing breakdown needed and notifies managers of the optimal time to place orders. “Our platform offers something unique to the industry and is proprietary to SKYPRO – an artificial intelligence algorithm for uniform forecasting and management,” said chairman and CEO Jorge Pinto. GroundForce will start using the portal in April, with other customer contracts being finalized. | Related American Airlines Debuts New Uniforms for More Than 50,000 Team Members — American Airlines





An Aeroflot Boeing 737 lands while the sun sets! Captured at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow by @serg_tsutsura (via Instagram).

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