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April 21, 2020



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Trump Bans Immigration, Virgin Australia Enters Administration

Citing the need to protect jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump announced via Twitter that he will sign an executive order to temporarily suspend immigration. It is unclear whether the decree would apply to permanent residents. The US has the world's largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 720,000 infections and 41,000 deaths. Meanwhile, Virgin Australia officially entered voluntary administration and is seeking new buyers and investors. CEO Paul Scurrah expressed hope that the airline would continue flying after the pandemic has passed. Hungary-based Wizz Air confirmed that it is eligible to receive funding from the British government’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility because it operates a UK subsidiary.

Executive Traveller | Related Virgin Australia slumps into administration — BBC



Airbus Continues to Deliver as Oil Prices Drop

Airbus is using a process it calls e-Delivery to deliver aircraft without requiring its customers to travel. Pegasus Airlines is the latest recipient of jets via this process, which comprises three main stages: technical acceptance completion tasks delegated to Airbus or to a local third party, electronic transfer-of-title and the ferry flight. Airbus head of Contracts Delivery Alain Vilanove believes that at least 30% of deliveries will be completed this way in the future because it saves time and money. Airframers will be challenged by the recent oil price crash. Normally, fuel-efficient aircraft are a major selling point, but the low price of jet fuel makes this less intriguing.

Flight Global | Related The plunge in oil prices is the last thing Boeing and Airbus need right now — CNBC



What We’re Made Of: Immfly Readies for Post-COVID-19 Turnaround

Immfly sees the in-flight entertainment and connectivity portal as an opportunity to bring in some revenue once air travel gets going again. “We’re focused on using our technology to help airlines maximize efficiency and boost revenues. Such services can be all the more important to get out of tough financial times,” said executive chairman Jimmy M. von Korff. Immfly was recently selected by IAG to maintain and develop its in-flight platform across more than 570 aircraft spanning the British Airways, Vueling, Iberia and Level brands. 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 What We're Made Of — APEX Media



New Seat Ideas Shield Passengers While Maintaining Cabin Density

Italian aircraft seating company Aviointeriors proposed two ideas that can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the cabin. The first is a concept called Janus, named after the two-faced God of ancient Rome. The layout turns the middle seat around to face aft, maximizing passenger separation. A transparent shield also runs between each seat. The second idea is meant for airlines looking for a quick retrofit solution. The company’s Glassafe product is a protective shell that can be installed on existing seats, providing isolation for each traveler. Both solutions have taken disability access into consideration by adding a foldable or sliding function to the shields.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Space Economy: These Concepts Increase Privacy for Passengers in Coach — APEX Media



Smiths’ KaStream Approved to Access Inmarsat Global Wideband Satcom

Smiths Interconnect announced that its KaStream 5000 MK II antenna system has been approved for use over the Inmarsat Global Xpress network. The fully integrated, 12-inch wide antenna weighs less than 25 pounds and can be used in tail-mount, hatch-mount and roll-on roll-off installations. When paired with a Global Xpress subscription, Smiths says the terminal provides access to high-throughput, reliable, secure connectivity.

Smiths Interconnect | Related Inmarsat and APEX join forces to connect aviation industry during global crisis with online broadcast event — Inmarsat



4K, Fun Facts and Data Dashboard Come to FlightPath3D’s Moving Map

FlightPath3D has introduced three new features to its moving map, which has more than 70 airline customers around the world. The features include an upgrade to native 4K content; Flying Over Places, a catalog of fun facts about more than 50,000 points of interest; and a data dashboard that provides airlines with insights about where and when their customers want to fly next. These features, along with some customer announcements that have been put on hold, were expected to be shared at AIX, which was called off this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

APEX Media | Related Cool, Kid-Friendly IFE Offerings – APEX Media



LAX Brings Airport Experience to Housebound Travel Enthusiasts

With the majority of people avoiding non-essential travel, Los Angeles International Airport is reaching the community digitally. The airport is producing a docu-series exploring the art on display, which features interviews with the artists behind new exhibitions. It also released a variety of airport-themed diversions like coloring pages and word puzzles, a printable LAX-themed board game and a travel-themed Spotify playlist. The Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) canine teams and handlers from the airport are also sharing status updates with people at home.

International Airport Review | Related [PHOTOS] From Alligators to Pigs, Airport Therapy Animals Make Travelers Smile – APEX Media





The China Airlines trademark plum blossom, a harbinger of spring, is in bloom on the tails of an Airbus A350 and a Boeing 747. Captured in Java, Indonesia by @dho.aviation (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

We've been flying more PPE in from China this week for our frontline NHS workers. In total, this month we'll be transporting 100 tonnes and so far we’ve delivered 3.5 million items of protective equipment, and we're so proud to do it.

virginatlantic @VirginAtlantic


Association News

APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader to Co-Host FlightPlan Virtual Event

Join us for FlightPlan, a one-day online broadcast event brought to you by Inmarsat Aviation and APEX. Dr. Joe Leader, APEX/IFSA CEO, will co-host the event, which will focus on industry-priority issues during COVID-19, as well as sustainability, passenger trends and the future of air travel technology. Register now.


Register for FTE APEX Post-COVID-19 Aircraft Webinar

According to an Engine Insights survey, nearly 80% of respondents consider aircraft disinfection a top priority for post-COVID travel. APEX’s Future Travel Experience will host a virtual event on May 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST, about pursuing a more contactless, seamless, automated, sanitized and digitally powered in-cabin experience. Register now!


> Quote of the Day


"Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune."

Jim Rohn


Until tomorrow



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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