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June 3, 2020



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United, EasyJet, Frontier Poised for Bullish Return to Skies

United Airlines is planning to resume some international services next month, bringing total capacity up to 25% compared to the current 10%. Frontier is aiming to get 75% of its fleet back to service by July. CEO Barry Biffle said that the ramp-up will be fueled by people visiting friends and family and alluded to the advantageous position of low-cost carriers like Frontier that focus heavily on leisure markets. EasyJet is also hoping to benefit from a potentially busy summer season by restoring 50% of its route network in July and 75% in August. Italy is reopening its borders to European travelers, and Qatar Airways will resume services to Venice on July 15.

Business Traveller | Related Frontier believes it is poised to take off – Travel Weekly



TSA Calls for Self-Screening Solution

As part of its commitment to researching and developing ways to improve security, wait times and passenger experience, the TSA is soliciting a self-screening system to be used at airport security. The system, which has an estimated value of about $50 million, would reduce pat-down rates by detecting weapons or other hidden items on its own. It would be used only on TSA PreCheck-registered travelers initially. The agency plans to award multiple stand-alone contracts for solutions whose hardware and software must be ready to use within a year.

Bloomberg Government | Related TSA Rolls Out New Screening Rules Before the Summer Travel Season – CN Traveler



Aerolineas Argentinas Reduces Two-Thirds of Workforce; African Airlines in Crisis

A sustained lull in travel demand has caused a 97% decrease in revenue for Aerolineas Argentinas since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, prompting the company to furlough between 7,000 and 8,000 employees, which amounts to two-thirds of the airline’s workforce. The furlough is expected to last through June and July. Meanwhile, the African Airlines Association reports a 90% year-over-year passenger traffic reduction for the month of May and predicts a recovery period commencing in Q3. Lufthansa posted a first-quarter net loss of $2.35 billion and pledged a wide-ranging restructuring as it seeks to repay the bailout it recently received from the German government. Brussels Airlines will reduce its fleet by 30% and its workforce by one quarter, while Austrian Airlines’ fleet and personnel costs are to be cut by 20%.

Airways Magazine | Related Lufthansa to Step Up Restructuring After Posting a $2.35 Billion Loss – Skift



Aveo Engineering Harnesses Germ-Busting Power of Ultraviolet Light

Viruses, germs and mold can be destroyed by ultraviolet (UV) light, and the technology is quickly being ushered into the cabin as the demands for quickly sanitized environments increase in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Aveo Engineering, an LED aircraft lighting systems manufacturer, launched a system named Veolite that continuously disinfects aircraft interiors using people-safe UV-A light when areas are occupied, and stronger UV-C light when people are not present. Rick Lindstrom, CEO of Aveo Southwest, claims that UV sanitizing methods are more sensible than chemical sprays “that leave residues and may damage surfaces, even after being wiped down.” The company is also offering a UV wand to disinfect areas where Veolite does not reach.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Smiths launches ultraviolet baggage light – Passenger Terminal Today



JPA Design’s Forthcoming First-Class Seat Finds Inspiration in Nature

In an ongoing project for a first-class seat slated, as of March, to launch next year, JPA Design is developing a palette of natural materials, fibers and colors inspired by nature. “[We] will integrate technology and innovative lighting features to further synergize the space to nature,” Annette O’Toole, senior design consultant, Materials, Trend and Brand, at JPA, said. According to the design firm, the lighting concept also draws on the domestic space in a way never before seen in the industry. This article is part of a series that focuses on 10 of the aviation industry’s top design firms. It was first published in the April/May issue of APEX Experience magazine.

APEX Media | Related It Takes Ten – APEX Media



Korean Air Launches Luggage Loading Notifications Via App

Skypass members using Korean Air’s mobile app can receive a notification when their checked bags have been successfully loaded on their next international flight out of Incheon International Airport. The new service gathers information from the baggage reconciliation system that matches barcode information scanned during check-in and boarding. The airline plans to expand the service to other global airports.

Future Travel Experience | Related 40 Success Stories: When SITA and IATA Launched WorldTracer Bag Tracking – APEX Media



Honeywell Meets Demands for PPE With Safety Packs

After conducting a survey that revealed providing PPE would restore traveler confidence, Honeywell introduced safety packs containing gloves, masks and hand wipes. The kits come in resealable bags that can be branded by airlines. The packs are offered in two iterations, one for passengers and one for crew. Crew kits can include reusable PPE, including a mask with interchangeable filters and safety glasses, while passenger kits are designed to be single-use. "We strive to provide airlines with products and systems that help keep their passengers and employees safer," said Mike Madsen, president and CEO, Honeywell Aerospace.

PR Newswire | Related Honeywell Survey Reveals Air Travel Passenger Preferences – Honeywell





Qantas' premium economy seat, designed by David Caon. Captured by Tom Ferguson.

This image was featured in a photo essay in the April/May issue of APEX Experience magazine. Look out for the latest issue next week!

> Tweet of the Day

Today we bid farewell to two of our longtime workhorses, the MD-88 and MD-90. Follow along as our last Mad Dog flies its final customers from IAD to ATL.

Delta @Delta


Association News

Tomorrow’s FTE APEX Ancillary Virtual Event is Free for Airlines and Airports

Representatives from over 100 airlines and 65 airport operators from around the world have already registered for the FTE APEX Ancillary Virtual Event. If you care about optimizing commercial performance during this time, you should join them! Get C-level perspectives on ancillary strategies in this new era of air travel, and hear pitches from several vendors including Air Black Box, InflightFlix, AtYourGate and Gordian Software. Register now!


> Quote of the Day

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller


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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