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April 1, 2020

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APEX Supports Members Applying for CARES Stimulus Funds

APEX has reached out to all of its member companies, highlighting important financial assistance information and deadlines released by the US Treasury Department yesterday. As part of the CARES Act, up to $53 billion in funds and loans are available to commercial airlines and their suppliers. “APEX/IFSA members reaching out personally to Congress deserve our deepest thanks,” said APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader. “The US CARES Act provides a vital lifeline to airlines, suppliers and businesses that we hope other governments around the world follow.”

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

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SmartSky Defends Patent Challenged by Gogo

In response to a petition initiated by Gogo that challenges one of SmartSky Networks' patents, SmartSky president Ryan Stone said he believes that the US Patent and Trademark Office will not reverse its decision. The patent in question covers the use of software defined radios for beamforming to deliver continuous and uninterrupted high-speed data communication to aircraft. In a press release, Gogo president Sergio Aguirre said, "We have submitted evidence of published materials clearly showing that well before SmartSky asserts to have invented the concepts in the '947 patent, others had conceived of the claimed subject matter."

Runway Girl Network | Related Gogo Files Petition to Challenge Validity of SmartSky Patent — Gogo

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Relations Between US Airline Stakeholders Turbulent

IATA’s latest analysis reveals that “airlines cannot cut costs fast enough to stay ahead of the impact” of COVID-19, and predicts tens of billions of dollars in losses during the second quarter. IATA’s director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac praised the countries that have allowed airlines to issue travel vouchers instead of refunds, while several US senators have lambasted domestic airlines for doing just that. One stipulation of the CARES Act is that airlines accepting aid cannot reduce workforces before September 30, but some workers at Delta, United and American who are having their hours and pay reduced are describing the cuts as effectively the same as furloughs.

IATA | Related Plans to cut worker hours and pay, despite protections in the coronavirus stimulus package — Business Insider

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European Companies Unite to Fight Coronavirus

The VentilatorChallengeUK consortium, consisting of aerospace, automotive and medical businesses across the UK, has been formed to expedite ventilator production for the National Health Service, which has ordered 10,000 units. The participating aerospace companies include Airbus, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, Meggitt, Renishaw and Thales. Airbus’ facilities in Spain have pivoted to producing 3-D-printed visor frames for healthcare professionals. The EU announced that airport slot requirements, which oblige airlines to use at least 80% of their takeoff and landing slots in order to keep them the following year, will be suspended until October 24.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Airbus to produce 3D-printed hospital visors in fight against Covid-19 — Airbus

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Royal Air Maroc Joins Oneworld

Royal Air Maroc is the first full oneworld member based in Africa, as of today. While the announcement was made in January, it was initially unclear if the coronavirus pandemic would delay the April 1 inauguration. With the addition, the airline alliance expands its reach throughout Morocco, North Africa and the Middle East. “The quality service and global network offered by Royal Air Maroc will position oneworld as the preferred alliance in Africa, where Casablanca is a leading global financial center," said oneworld CEO Rob Gurney. The airline’s Safar Flyer loyalty program includes over one million members who can now earn and redeem points across member airlines.

Executive Traveller | Related Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld on 1 April — oneworld

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Schiphol Airport Bans Smoking

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has closed its designated smoking areas, all of which were located in secured areas of the terminal. Schiphol already removed pre-security smoking areas after a September 2019 ruling by the Supreme Court of the Netherlands stating that all smoking areas in Dutch catering outlets must be closed. The airport decided to take the decree one step further and foster a smoke-free environment across the facility.

Schiphol Airport | Related Hartsfield-Jackson closes smoking rooms, goes smoke-free inside airport – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Acro Appoints Seating Veteran as CEO

Neil Cairns replaced Chris Leese-Wood as CEO of Acro Aircraft Seating on March 9. Cairns previously served as vice-president and general manager at Collins Aerospace, and ran the B/E Aerospace seating facility in Ireland. Acro chairperson Paul Strothers noted that Cairns’ “unique skills, proven track record and leadership qualities” position him for success. Cairns said he looks forward to building on the company’s recent success while maintaining high standards in quality and service. He is also focusing on delivering “differentiated and best-in-class aircraft seating products.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Spirit Airlines unveils its new Series 6LC Economy Class seat — Acro

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

A peek out the window during a quick hop between Majalengka and Jakarta, Indonesia on a Citilink Airbus A320! Captured by @ardiansyahspotter (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

🐸 Today marks the first day of #EarthMonth! Since 2010, by choosing to power 100% of our operations with renewable energy from @bullfrogpower, @BBishopAirport has displaced 14,751 tonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to taking 3,112 cars off the road for one year. 🙌

Billy Bishop Airport @BBishopAirport

 
 
 

Association News

Safe Media Joins APEX

Safe Media is an independent distributor of television programs to a variety of broadcast outlets worldwide. The company offers its clients an à la carte approach to selecting television content and adapts its sales strategies to align with the ever-changing market. Learn about the different categories of APEX membership and apply now.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

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"The first revolution is when you change your mind."

Gil Scott-Heron

 
 

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ABOUT APEX

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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