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LATAM Seeks Bankruptcy Protection, Lufthansa Gets $10B in Government Aid

LATAM filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, a move that provides the carrier with time to restructure and formulate a plan to pay creditors. Existing shareholders have committed $900 million in additional financing; the company never received emergency funds from governments of South American countries in which it operates, but talks are ongoing. Meanwhile, Lufthansa has accepted nearly $10 billion in bailout cash from the German government, which will save as many as 10,000 jobs. The government will receive a 20% stake in the company, which it intends to sell by the end of 2023. Germany is also injecting over $6 billion in non-voting capital. Ryanair condemned the state aid, likening it to special treatment that makes competition difficult.

Executive Traveller | Related Ryanair Condemns €9 Billion State Aid To Lufthansa – Ryanair

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US Travel Down 94% From Last Year, Government Allows Airlines to Halt Service

While the TSA screened the most travelers last week since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uptick represents 6% of last year’s figures and US airlines are collectively burning through $10 billion per month. The US government has allowed 15 airlines to temporarily halt service to 75 airports experiencing low demand, provided at least one carrier was serving each of them. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Aircraft announced it will cut hundreds of jobs in Washington state and shut down its US SpaceJet operations amid reported corporate losses for the last fiscal year.

Travel Pulse | Related Feds Grant Approval for 15 Airlines to Halt Service to 75 Airports Because of Low Demand – Skift

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What We’re Made Of: Linstol Brings Community Mindset to Work Amid Crisis

The usual production of amenity kits and blankets for airlines may have slowed down for Linstol, but the company has been busy finding ways to donate PPE to people working on the frontlines against the coronavirus. On Easter weekend, CEO Mark Russell even visited a few employees’ children as the Easter bunny. For the return to the office, he has adapted the work environment to include some of those kids: “We will convert one of our boardrooms … to a ‘classroom’ to enable those without childcare to still be able to work.” 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

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European Commission Investigating Air Canada Takeover of Air Transat

In response to a prolonged probe by the European Commission, Transat AT has pushed the timing of its acquisition by Air Canada by one month, meaning the deal may transpire on July 27. European officials are concerned that the deal will reduce competition on 33 origin and destination city pairs between Europe and Canada. Both carriers claim that the review is a normal part of the process. Air Canada is also betting on the success of a business jet service to connect travelers between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Its new Jetz service repurposes 58-seat Airbus A319 aircraft normally used to charter sports teams.

The Star | Related Air Canada launches all-premium service on key routes – Paxex.Aero

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Virgin Orbit Looking to Next Test After Rocket Explodes

Virgin Orbit’s attempt to launch a rocket from under the wing of a modified Boeing 747 proved unsuccessful as the booster exploded shortly after release. The company gave no specifics on the malfunction, calling it an anomaly. It alluded to the “treasure trove” of data it obtained from the test, which will be used to prepare for the next attempt. The rest of the test parameters, from pre-launch to landing, went off without a hitch. Virgin Orbit is seeking to capture a share of the emerging market for the launch of small satellites. Its LauncherOne rocket can carry 880-pound payloads into low Earth orbit.

Breaking Travel News | Related ‘Anomaly’ scuppers Virgin Orbit maiden rocket launch – Flight Global

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Plant Life in Airports Has Positive Effect on Travelers, Research Says

Bringing the outdoors in may have been the thinking behind the indoor gardens outlined in Doha's Hamad International and Bengaluru's Kempegowda International airports' expansion plans, but they could also have another effect: Research has shown that plant life has a significant positive impact on people, especially in an airport setting, where many experience elevated stress levels. “Breathing air that has been filtered and oxygenated naturally has been proven to improve moods and reduce stress,” says Dr. Don Mordecai, Kaiser Permanente. "In addition, just looking at the wall itself can bring a sense of calm and peace.”

APEX Media | Related ANA Adds New Services at Terminal 2 at Haneda Airport – FTN News

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Reinhold Releases Concept for Headrest With Shields

Reinhold Industries released a headrest concept with large flaps that can be extended from either side, providing a shield between passengers’ heads. The company believes the product can inhibit the spread of airborne germs because it covers the mouth and nose while also providing additional privacy. The headrest could be installed in under a minute. The company is unsure if retrofitted seats would need to be recertified. Reinhold has produced around one million headrests over the last 20 years and supplies most interface hardware, making retrofits more feasible.

Runway Girl Network | Related Is Janus the solution to social distancing in economy class? – Aircraft Interiors International

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Air Baltic says it has seen a 500% growth in passenger bookings over the last two weeks, with over 13,000 new reservations. Captured by @aviationvlad (via Instagram).

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> Tweet of the Day

We're launching up to £1 million funding for innovative new solutions to the problem of space debris. 🛰️ The UK is the largest investor in space safety in @esa, and this investment will ensure all space companies can operate safely in future.

UK Space Agency @spacegovuk

 
 
 

Association News

Don't Forget to Register for the FTE APEX Ancillary Virtual Event

Airline execs from around the world who were planning to attend the now-postponed Future Travel Experience Ancillary event in Dublin next month can join in on the new Ancillary Virtual Event, open to all industry stakeholders. Airlines will discuss how they are evolving their commercial approaches and some of the most exciting ancillary revenue vendors will pitch their solutions. It all takes place Thursday 4 June, 3 p.m. BST.

 
 
 

Reigning APEX Content Market Quiz Champion Wins Again!

Consider Benedict Montgomery, British Airways sales and promotions executive, an expert in Zombie films and Rom-Coms! Today’s quiz was accompanied by a playlist curated by cohosts Brian Richardson, Viasat managing director of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships and APEX board member; and Katie Geraghty, APEX executive director.

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"If you are gracious, you have won the game."

Stevie Nicks

 
 

Until tomorrow

 
 

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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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