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April 9, 2020



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JetBlue and Spirit Raise Concerns Over CARES Requirements

JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines are the first two carriers to apply for exemptions under the CARES Act minimum daily service requirements aimed at securing domestic networks. JetBlue argues that its fragile liquidity will be further threatened by the requirements “with no commensurate public interest benefit.” The airline wants to continue previously planned service reductions to 11 more cities, and also announced plans to consolidate services in Boston, LA, New York, San Francisco and Washington. Spirit mentioned it too is in “survival mode” and has requested temporarily dropping 26 cities from its network that it deems “well-served by numerous other airlines.”

Flight Global | Related Jetblue consolidates services at Boston, LA, New York, San Francisco and Washington — Business Traveller



Global Airlines Adjusting Course Amid Sustained Drop in Demand

With Hong Kong Airport largely deserted due to travel restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the government is stepping in with a $18-billion support package. It will subsidize monthly pay and buy 500,000 tickets from four Hong Kong-based airlines with a view to giving them away during a future recovery campaign, in addition to other rescue measures. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia will only fly once daily starting tomorrow, citing dried-up demand for its already pared-back schedule. Norwegian has called a shareholders’ meeting for May 4 to vote on plans to convert debt to equity in order to meet the requirements of a Norwegian state guarantee program worth $265 million. Thanks to a government emergency wage subsidy, Air Canada plans to rehire 16,500 laid-off workers.

South China Morning Post | Related Virgin Australia axes all flights except one daily Sydney-Melbourne — Executive Traveller



What We’re Made Of: Latitude Aero Offers Deferred Payments on Aircraft Sanitization

Latitude Aero was looking forward to furthering business growth, introducing new services at AIX and opening a new international facility this year, but those plans have been set back due to the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, the company has been focusing on sanitizing grounded aircraft, even offering deferred payments for its services. “Prior to the coronavirus, cleaning and sanitization of aircraft was not highly regarded by the airlines,” said president and CEO Kelvin Boyette. “Now it is a leading item on everyone’s agenda.” 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 Latitude Aero’s Deep-Cleaning Approach to Aircraft Cabin Sanitization During COVID-19 — APEX Media



Viva Air Labs Issues Flight Incentivization Challenge

Viva Air Labs is seeking solutions that both mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and incentivize people to return to the skies, and will award $10,000 for the winning proposal. Clyde Hutchinson, the founder of Viva Air Labs, cited improvements to boarding procedures, client-facing airport procedures and health screening as inspiration for potential entries. The contest is open until April 16, and proposals may be sent by video or in writing to info [at]

Future Travel Experience | Related VIDEO: Viva Air Labs on Innovating in Latin America — APEX Media



Airbus Reduces Production, Shifts Focus to Supporting Fight Against COVID-19

After Boeing shut its South Carolina site, thereby halting production of its 787 aircraft, Airbus has announced that it is reducing its production rates by roughly a third in line with the knock-on effects of COVID-19. In a press release, the OEM said the aim is to “meet customer demand while protecting its ability to further adapt as the global market evolves.” Airbus has also been dedicating resources to creating and delivering equipment to protect healthcare workers from the virus.

APEX Media | Related Airbus to produce 3D-printed hospital visors in fight against Covid-19 — Airbus



ThinKom Phased-Array Antennas Comply With Non-Interference Rule

ThinKom Solutions announced that its phased-array satellite antennas are in full compliance with standards preventing interference between satellites in geostationary and non-geostationary orbits, and between aeronautical and 5G terrestrial services using shared frequencies. “We are entering a new era in telecommunications in which the skies become more crowded with hundreds, or even thousands, of GSO and NGSO satellites and a proliferation of 5G terrestrial networks – all sharing portions of the same Ka-band spectrum,” said CTO Bill Milroy, adding that the company’s antennas are future-proof.

ThinKom | Related Wide Receiver: Are Electronically Steered Antennae The Future of Satellite Connectivity? – APEX Media



Sabre Closer to Buying Farelogix as US Loses Court Case

A nine-month lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice ended with a victory for Sabre and put the company one step closer to acquiring Farelogix for $360 million. A ruling from the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority, due on April 9, is the final obstacle in the deal. The DoJ previously claimed that Farelogix offered innovative airline commerce and distribution solutions while Sabre operated outdated technology, and the acquisition would "likely result in higher prices, reduced quality and less innovation for airlines." Sabre maintained that the move provided an opportunity to “deliver retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions regardless of PSS or GDS.”

Phocuswire | Related Sabre hires Otto Gergye to steer its airline operations in North Asia — TTG Asia





The Colors of Indonesia livery adorns this AirAsia Airbus A320 on its way to Bali! Captured at Husein Sastranegara International Airport by @behold_itsaplane (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

This #Easter, we're getting creative as we practice #socialdistancing. Join us on a virtual #EasterEggHunt and tell us how many #EasterEggs you can find in this creative edition of #HongKong's H.A.N.D.S basketball court!

Cathay Pacific @cathaypacific


Association News

Save the Date! Inmarsat and APEX to Host Online Event

Inmarsat Aviation, in collaboration with APEX will host Flight Plan: Charting a Course into the Future. The one-day online broadcast event on April 29 will provide information, insight and direction at a pivotal time for our industry. Flight Plan will bring together aviation leaders, industry bodies, global airlines, ecosystem partners, analysts and commentators through a combination of streamed interviews, virtual panels, live discussion and interactive Q&As. Register in advance:


APEX/IFSA CEO Talks Cabin Design in Podcast

In a Simple Flying podcast published yesterday, APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader discusses current and upcoming aircraft interior trends, including ultra-lightweight screens, wider middle seats in economy class and increased privacy in business class. He also highlights some of the most innovative Crystal Cabin Award concepts.


> Quote of the Day


“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie Ten Boom


Until next week



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 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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