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May 27, 2020



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Viasat Reports Record Revenue, Expansion of Aeroméxico Contract

During yesterday’s earnings call, Viasat announced that quarterly total revenues increased 6.2% year over year to $591.7 million, led primarily by its satellites division posting record numbers. The company revealed plans for a new LEO constellation of satellites that may eventually be subsidized by the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund should its technology criteria change allow it. Viasat would also need to win the auction for the service to receive subsidies. Another announcement involved Aeroméxico selecting Viasat to provide IFC for its Boeing 787 fleet. In February, the airline noted it would extend its deployments of Viasat’s Ka-band in-flight connectivity solution on its 737 MAX fleet.

Paxex.Aero | Related Viasat Q4 Earnings Beat Estimates on Record Revenues – Zacks



Boeing Laying Off Thousands of Workers, Airlines Continue to Face Obstacles to Recovery

Boeing will cut 6,770 US jobs this week, with around 4,000 more layoffs expected over the next few months due to low demand resulting from COVID-19. Around 5,000 employees have already accepted voluntary leave. Meanwhile, Virgin Atlantic will continue to ground flights until at least August as a result of the UK’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for all incoming travelers, which goes into effect June 8. Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith announced the airline will be cutting 40% of French domestic flights by next year in accordance with the environmental conditions included in a $7.7-billion bailout provided by the French government.

CNBC | Related Air France to cut 40% of domestic flights after bailout – Gulf News



What We’re Made Of: Kaelis Provides Platform to Order PPE

In response to the difficulty of securing PPE, airline amenities supplier Kaelis has partnered with Neurored, S4G Consulting and other logistics companies to offer an online platform where corporations, NGOs, healthcare and government institutions can place, pay for and track PPE orders. The company, which has also issued its own PPE kit for airlines to offer customers, has procured masks, goggles, gloves, sanitizing gels and wipes and other protective gear. “We are currently dedicating our full resources built in the last 23 years of managing supply chains globally to the fight against COVID-19,” said CEO Federico Heitz. 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



Spirit, Finnair and JAL Execs on Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis

Akira Mitsumasu, VP Global Marketing, Japan Airlines; Ted Christie, CEO, Spirit Airlines; and Topi Manner, CEO, Finnair shared their thoughts on sanitization, automated technology and the passenger experience during last week’s FTE APEX Post-COVID-19 Airline webinar. Takeaways from their insights include there not being a single panacea, the importance of sticking to long-term goals and the need for industry-wide collaboration to build traveler confidence. The next FTE APEX Virtual Event will take place on June 4. Click below to register.

APEX Media | Related Register for FTE APEX Ancillary



OneWeb Looking to Grow Satellite Constellation Astronomically

OneWeb has asked the FCC to authorize plans to launch as many as 48,000 satellites into orbit. The satellites will be designed and manufactured by OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb, which is unaffected by the latter’s recent bankruptcy filing. The constellation is meant to address the soaring global connectivity demands of the future. To date, OneWeb has successfully launched 74 satellites and developed a significant portion of its ground network.

Inflight Online | Related Airbus works to support Florida JV to sustain OneWeb vision – Runway Girl Network



BLR Goes Contactless, Domestic Flights Resume in Saudi Arabia

Bangalore International Airport Limited has transformed the traveling experience at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru into a touchless and sanitary one. All travelers will undergo temperature screenings and use boarding pass scanning terminals, print their own luggage tags and wear a new mask before boarding, handed out by airline staff. Travelers can also enjoy contactless dining and retail through the use of ordering apps and digital payments. In other news, Saudi Arabia is easing domestic flying restrictions starting on Sunday by resuming 60 flights per day.

Future Travel Experience | Related Saudi Arabia to restart domestic flights on Sunday – Arabian Aerospace



Vision Systems Barrier Allows Airlines to Maximize Seat Loads

Vision Systems’ new barrier offers a solution that quickly mounts between aircraft seats with no modifications necessary. The company hopes that the product gives travelers confidence to occupy middle seats, since it provides a physical barrier that can limit the spread of viruses. The barrier is compact and light, resistant to tears and vibration and is easy to clean, according to Vision Systems, which can manufacture the barrier in various shapes and colors.

Inflight Online | Related Jamco launches ‘soft’ cabin class divider – Aircraft Interiors International





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Association News

Pitch Your Ancillary Revenue Solution for Airlines and Airports

One of the highlights of the APEX FTE Virtual Events is the pitch session, where companies present their innovations to industry stakeholders from airlines and airports. There are still slots available for the upcoming FTE APEX Ancillary event on June 4. If you’d like to showcase a product in the ancillary revenue space, please contact APEX/IFSA CEO Joe Leader by June 1:


Join APEX EXPO in San Diego From October 19 to 22

Save the date for APEX EXPO, the largest passenger experience event exclusive to experts and decision-makers. Enjoy seminars and valuable networking opportunities: The event attracts more than 3,000 industry professionals, including representatives from nearly 100 airlines and some 300 content providers, OEMs, systems manufacturers and other industry suppliers from around the globe.


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