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April 8, 2020



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DOT Eases CARES Act Requirements

Yesterday the US Department of Transport made the contingencies of the CARES Act less rigid. Originally, airlines receiving aid were to continue serving domestic destinations they had been serving on March 1. The date has now shifted to the last week of February or the first week of August 2019, after airlines highlighted that seasonal services vary throughout the year. The DOT also made a change that will make it easier for small carriers to qualify for funding. For previously served destinations that meet certain criteria in terms of frequency of operations, American, Delta, Southwest and United will be required to maintain at least five flights per week to each destination, while the remainder of US airlines only need to maintain a minimum of three weekly flights to each destination.

Travel Weekly | Related DOT adjusts, finalizes airline route requirements for CARES Act funding — PAXEX.AERO



Wuhan Airport Reopens, Lufthansa Closes Germanwings

Wuhan Tianhe International Airport opened its doors for the first time since January 23, when authorities put the territory on lockdown in an attempt to fend off COVID-19. Travelers can now freely enter or leave the region provided they demonstrate no symptoms. The virus has lessened its grip over China and is wreaking havoc over other nations, leaving airlines in dire straits. Lufthansa Group will retire or decommission 42 aircraft across its main brand and subsidiaries Lufthansa CityLine and Eurowings. It is also discontinuing Germanwings’ operations. The group has held talks with the German government on providing liquidity, and is reportedly working on a package to raise money from the debt and equity markets.

IFN | Related Lufthansa to permanently retire selected A380, A340 and B747 aircraft — Business Traveller



What We're Made Of: Inflight Dublin to Offer Interim Lower-Cost IFE Solution Amid COVID-19

According to Inflight Dublin’s CCO, Barry Flynn, the company is using its spare time to develop new initiatives for its clients to introduce post-COVID-19, like EASE, its new wellness video content. In the meantime, Flynn said Inflight Dublin will do everything it can to help clients get back on their feet. “Our portable Everhub wireless IFE solution will be made available to clients who need a low-cost IFE system for an interim period while they ramp flight operations back up,” he explained. The What We’re Made Of series looks at how the aviation industry is tackling challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

APEX Media | Related Inflight Dublin Creates EASE Video Using Binaural Beats for Relaxation — APEX Media



ATPCO Launches Reassurance Metric for Flight Shoppers

ATPCO is looking to bring stability to the flight shopping experience during the volatile coronavirus pandemic. The corporation developed a broad set of Reassurance Universal Product Attributes (UPA) that describe specific measures airlines are taking to protect travelers. ATPCO created customized Reassurance UPAs – which cover cabin cleaning, food service hygiene, health screenings underway and flexible booking allowances, among other things – for nearly 90 airlines. ATPCO is inviting airlines to collaborate so Reassurance UPAs can be further tailored according to the protocols they have implemented

Travel Daily News | Related ATPCO Announces Retailing Agreements With Sabre and Amadeus — APEX Media



Wavestream Announces Changes to Business Development Team

Tom Cox has joined in-flight connectivity hardware manufacturer Wavestream as vice-president of Business Development and Sales. He previously worked with and for the US Department of Defense for more than 20 years. “I am very excited to join Wavestream and contribute directly to its tremendous growth and prosperity, which I have come to know well in my previous roles purchasing and fielding thousands of robust Wavestream products,” said Tom Cox, who is also a US Army veteran. Also joining the Wavestream business development team is Greg Johnson, who brings nearly 30 years of experience in satellite communications and systems integration.

Wavestream | Related Gilat’s Wavestream Awarded Contract for Over $6 Million from US Department of Defense — Globe Newswire



John Horsfall Launches Sustainable Scented Airline Pillows

In-flight textile manufacturer John Horsfall is plumping its pillow offering to bring hotel-quality coziness to the skies. The new product line, which would have been on display at the now-cancelled Aircraft Interiors Expo, includes 100% recycled polyester fibers in a variety of deniers and crimp, as well as microencapsulated calming scents. “We are offering a wider choice with more enhanced features, which until now has only really been seen in the retail and hotel markets,” said Ellie Parkes, manager, Business Development at John Horsfall.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] Vanema Springs Into In-Flight Bedding – APEX Media



EASA Pioneers Regulatory Framework for Drones

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency presented its opinions on the use and control of drones to the European Commission as a basis for future legislation. The term “U-space” has been adopted to describe the management of unmanned aircraft traffic to ensure safe interaction with other entities. The document also addresses concerns about noise, privacy and the possibility of low-altitude flights causing accidental injury. “The aim is to ensure safe operations, while also creating the basis for a competitive U-space services market,” said Patrick Ky, executive director of EASA.

EASA | Related Opinion 01/2020: High-level regulatory framework for the U-space — EASA





A Qatar Airways Airbus A350-1000 with striking winglets taxiing out for a flight to Doha. Captured at Sydney Airport by @henza_aviation (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

🍫 We donate more than a tonne of Easter chocolates to healthcare providers which would normally have been given to our guests on board our aircraft: We would like to take this opportunity to thank all healthcare staff for their efforts during the current situation. #swissatheart

Swiss Intl Air Lines @FlySWISS


Association News

US CARES Act Webinar for APEX Members

APEX members are invited to join a free webinar tomorrow, 1-2pm EST, to learn about the funding opportunities available during this global crisis. Leaders from Kellen's advocacy team and internationally renowned law firm Bracewell will walk attendees through an overview of the CARES Act.


> Quote of the Day


"Life has many ways of testing a person's will. Either by having nothing happen at all, or by having everything happen all at once."

Paulo Coelho


Until tomorrow



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