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May 29, 2020



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ANA Takes on Fresh Debt, Airlines Resume Flights

All Nippon Airways Holdings has taken on $3.3 billion in debt financing courtesy of the Development Bank of Japan to be repaid over the long term. Meanwhile, Norway’s government is finding the COVID-19 crisis is lasting longer than anticipated and plans to extend a state guarantee for loans to airlines by four months until the end of October. Iberia will ramp up short- and medium-haul flights from July 1, with over 50 destinations in Spain and Europe set to be served by August. Austrian Airlines aims to operate to around 40 European destinations by the end of June, and long-haul services by July. TAP Air Portugal will resume its North American services on June 4.




The Weekly Wrap: SpaceX, Post-COVID-19 IFE & Cabin Airflow Simulations

This Friday’s Weekly Wrap discusses how COVID-19 could change the way in-flight entertainment (IFE) content is procured and distributed: Will passengers forgo embedded systems in favor of personal electronic devices? Are the days of exclusive early-window content over for airlines? On hand to explore these questions is special guest Daniel Welch, senior research consultant at Valour Consultancy. The episode also looks at how Dassault Systèmes is using 3-D modeling technology to simulate cabin airflow, and therefore mitigate the spread of COVID-19; the aborted SpaceX launch and a new survey from Honeywell Aerospace.

APEX Media | Related Honeywell Survey Reveals Air Travel Passenger Preferences - Honeywell Aerospace



What We’re Made Of: John Horsfall Dreams Up Textiles for Post-COVID-19 Cabin

In addition to hand-making headbands and ear protectors for healthcare workers, staff at airline textiles company John Horsfall have been considering the types of textiles the post-COVID-19 aircraft cabin will require. “Passengers will be seeking reassurance in terms of hygiene, but on a deeper level, a need for a calming, comforting in-flight experience,” said Ellie Parkes, business development manager at John Horsfall. Considerations include natural fibers that can be laundered at higher temperatures and colors that enhance mood and soothe anxieties. 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



PPE Options for Travelers, Employees Run the Gamut

Masks and sanitizing kits are a must-have for travelers and industry reps, as evidenced by the number of companies producing them. Gategroup company deSter is expanding its offering of hygienic products to address the new travel reality, manufacturing wipes, mouth masks and gels in-house along with health kits to create a “robust supply chain.” Faced with lowered demand, Luggage Point is diversifying its operations by launching a new product from its subsidiary business, Enviro-Point: a portable hygiene kit that includes face masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer. SPIRIANT is partnering with premium hygiene brands to expand its amenity kit lineup. And United Airlines has delivered 7,500 face masks to its workers in San Francisco that were upcycled from old uniforms.

Travel Daily News | Related United Turns Old Uniforms Into Masks for Employees – United



MagniX and AeroTEC Electrify Cessna Grand Caravan

A Cessna Grand Caravan 208B became the world’s largest all-electric commercial aircraft after its inaugural flight yesterday, according to an announcement by magniX and AeroTEC. Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX, said it was “another step on the road to operating these middle-mile aircraft at a fraction of the cost, with zero emissions, from and to smaller airports.” Lee Human, president and CEO of AeroTEC, alluded to the lack of a roadmap for testing and certifying electric aircraft and praised the company’s engineers, technicians and flight test team. The flight serves as another critical move toward the certification and approval process of the 750-horsepower magni500 propulsion system, enabling future conversions of additional aircraft to magniX's all-electric propulsion technology. The 30-minute test flight costs $6 in electricity compared to $300 to $400 in fuel.

PR Newswire | Related The world’s largest electric commercial plane takes flight – Skies Mag



Experts Weigh In on Post-COVID-19 Cabin Experience

The second FTE APEX Post-COVID-19 webinar that took place on May 20 focused on airlines and aircraft. Dr. Joe Leader revealed APEX and IFSA’s Q2 forecasts and highlighted significant growth in US passenger traffic over the last month. Dan Freeman, director of Payloads and Engineering at Boeing, highlighted the ways in which aircraft cabins will transform over the short- and long-term, prioritizing easy cleaning and built-in disinfection via technology and choice of materials. Other panelists in the webinar touched on the challenges of sanitizing the cabin during tight aircraft turns, catering services staggered by seating zone, possible IFEC upgrades made during fleet downtime and a shift to pay-as-you-go connectivity.

Future Travel Experience | Related REGISTER FOR FTE APEX ANCILLARY



Flying Food Group Network Upgrade Plan Ends With SFO Facility

Flying Food Group’s new in-flight catering facility at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) concludes the company’s upgrade of 17 Pan-American kitchens at a cost of $100 million. The SFO facility measures 71,000 square feet, includes fully refrigerated dock and production areas and will serve customers such as Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA, Air France-KLM and Asiana. In late 2019, the company finalized upgrades to facilities in Honolulu and Los Angeles, both of which now streamline operations by integrating two catering units into one.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related How Flying Food Group is growing with the times – PAX-International





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