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June 2, 2020



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Dozens of Airlines Resume Service, ICAO Council Adopts “Take Off” Guidelines

Data from OAG shows that global airline capacity this week is up by nearly 16%, but cancellations and capacity adjustments will remain the norm. ICAO’s Aviation Recovery Task Force released a report aimed at harmonizing COVID-19 related measures across the aviation industry. Recommendations include separated seating, reducing carry-on baggage and cabin touchpoints and designated lavatories based on seat assignment. Meanwhile, Lufthansa’s supervisory board has voted in approval of a $10-billion bailout which would give the German government a 20% stake in the company and two board seats, while obliging the airline to transfer up to 24 takeoff and landing slots at Frankfurt and Munich airports to rival carriers.

Business Travel News Europe | Related ICAO Council adopts new COVID-19 aviation recovery ‘Take Off’ guidelines to reconnect the world – ICAO



Virgin Australia Will Be Owned by Bain Capital or Cyrus Capital Partners

Deloitte has given Bain Capital and Cyrus Capital Partners until June 12 to submit their binding bids for the takeover of Virgin Australia. Both firms are based in the US and have “deep aviation experience” according to Deloitte. Bain has previously said that it would like to scale back the airline to resemble the mid-market offering of the now-defunct Virgin Blue, while Cyrus wants to maintain the current full-service model, which better aligns with the visions of Deloitte and the airline’s CEO, Paul Scurrah. The Queensland government is also likely to be involved, offering a direct equity stake, loan, guarantee or other financial incentives to ensure that Virgin Australia remains based in Brisbane.

Executive Traveller | Related Two remaining bidders for Virgin Australia face race against time to complete deal – The Guardian



What We’re Made Of: InsideOut Architecture Envisages Altered Future for Airports

While InsideOut Architecture’s aviation-related projects are on hold, the company’s director Chris Parker is considering how airports can adapt to a post-COVID-19 world. “We need to consider that airports are small cities, and therefore face the same problems as cities face in terms of social distancing requirements.” Parker believes that due to capacity constraints, it won’t necessarily be viable to have passengers arrive three hours before their flights are scheduled to take off. “Many airport-based businesses will need to reconsider their business models, and in turn airports will need to do the same.” 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



[PHOTOS] Safran to Manufacture Universal Movement’s Interspace Seats

Safran Seats is to exclusively develop and manufacture Universal Movement’s Interspace portfolio, including the Interspace seat for premium economy and domestic business-class cabins, a retrofit product for existing premium economy seats and a new economy-class product created together with Safran and dubbed Interspace Lite. The concept was initially pitched as a solution for more comfortable sleeping and additional privacy, but the foldout dividers can also be used to separate passengers during the pandemic. The companies expect the retrofit solution and Interspace Lite to be offerable to airlines by the end of this summer.

APEX Media | Related [VIDEO] New Territory Brings Added Comfort to the High-Density Cabin – APEX Media



Images In Motion Presents Live TV Over IP Solution

Airlines can offer live television broadcast feeds to passengers with as much as 90% less data consumption should they adopt IIM+, Images In Motion’s new technology. The service achieves lower bandwidth usage thanks to IIM’s patented signaling server technology, which does not require special hardware. Images In Motion CEO Ong Yong Beng said IIM+ brings a broadband IFE service akin to what passengers experience at home. The company was in discussion with two of its Asia-based airline clients about implementation of the service before the COVID-19 crisis.

Images In Motion | Related IIM+ Demo Video – Images In Motion



Superhero Masks, Airfare Refunds, COVID-19 Accelerator

Easyjet tapped Irish artist Will Sliney, known for contributing to Marvel comics, to design two face mask covers that young travelers will receive for free this summer. “I have used a combination of a lion animal character and a futuristic pilot to … bring out the inner superhero in all young flyers,” said Sliney. The airline has confirmed that some flights will resume starting June 15. Meanwhile, Thai Airways informed customers that it has been prohibited from issuing refunds as it undergoes debt rehabilitation proceedings. SimpliFlying is now curating market-ready technologies that address COVID-19 in an accelerator meant for airlines and airports looking for urgent solutions on everything from sanitization to contact tracing.

Easyjet | Related SimpliFlying Launches Aviation Accelerator For Post-COVID-19 Travel – SimpliFlying



UTP Airport Expansion Will Bump Capacity to 60 Million

Expansion plans at U-Tapao International Airport in Thailand that were formulated before the outbreak of COVID-19 will forge ahead. Yesterday, the government approved a bid by a consortium led by BTS Group Holdings worth $9 billion. The contract, due to be signed on June 19, involves the construction of a third passenger terminal and development of other facilities like air cargo and aviation maintenance centers. The airport will be able to handle 60 million travelers once the expansion is complete. Most international incoming flights are banned in the region until the end of June.

BNN Bloomberg | Related Pattaya-Rayong-U-Tapao International Airport and related projects monitored for progress – Pattaya Mail



Association News

Reminder: APEX EXPO Hotel Reservations Are Refundable!

APEX EXPO is looking to be the first significant in-person event for our industry since the COVID-19 outbreak. Consider the extensive hotel options available during your stay in San Diego. As the travel situation evolves, you can book with confidence knowing that our host hotels offer cancellation without penalty. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any assistance with your reservations by emailing We look forward to seeing you this October!


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Doug Parker, American Airlines CEO
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