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June 5, 2020



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IAG May Challenge UK Quarantine Rule in Court

Outgoing IAG CEO Willie Walsh has called the UK government’s 14-day quarantine rule for incoming travelers irrational and disproportionate, adding there was a lack of consultation prior to the legislation being enacted. IAG is considering launching a legal challenge on the matter. Meanwhile, airlines around the world are putting restart plans in place. Virgin Atlantic will resume a handful of routes out of Heathrow starting July 20, Emirates and Etihad Airways will operate transit flights in the UAE now that the government has lifted its ban on such services, and Pegasus Airlines will be operating 39 domestic routes to 27 destinations in Turkey starting today. However, Lion Air has suspended all flights mere days after restarting service because many travelers did not complete the required COVID-19 documents.

Reuters | Related Airline Suspends Flights as Passengers Can't Meet COVID-19 Requirements – Travel Pulse



The Weekly Wrap: Hygiene Still a High Priority, In-Flight Mags Aren’t Dead Yet

In today’s episode: a look at this week’s biggest aviation news, from the retirement of Delta’s MD-88/90 fleet to Mitsubishi’s completed acquisition of Bombardier’s CRJ program and the introduction of new cleanliness experts on board to restore traveler confidence. The hosts also discuss a new industry-led working group hoping to develop a standard for hygiene in the cabin, plus the new partnership between Safran Seats and Universal Movement aimed at getting the Interspace seat family off the ground. This week’s special guest is director of Business Development at Ink, Jonny Clark, who refutes the idea that COVID-19 has accelerated the retirement of printed in-flight magazines.

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First Companies Sign Up to EASA’s COVID-19 Protocol, Greece Relies on EASA Info as International Travel Resumes

Aegean Airlines, easyJet, Wizz Air and seven European airport operators are the first to sign up to a program that will monitor the implementation of EASA’s COVID-19 Aviation Health Safety Protocol jointly developed with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and released on May 20. EASA has also updated its list of high-risk airports based on information from the World Health Organization. Once international travel resumes in Greece on June 15, the country will use the list to determine which passengers are tested for COVID-19 on arrival. Those from high-risk areas must stay in a hotel overnight to wait for their test results. If negative, they must self-isolate for a week at their chosen destination. If positive, they face a supervised 14-day quarantine in Athens.

EASA | Related Greece Welcomes All Tourists June 15, But Here’s Why You Face Quarantine – Forbes



Airline Catering Industry Adopts Joint Pandemic Safety Guidelines

The Airline Catering Association (ACA) has released a document outlining a set of COVID-19 guidelines for use by the airline catering sector. The guidance is based on four principles, known as the 4Ps (People, Premises/Policies/Processes, Procedures and Procurement), which allow for proper risk assessment and the continuation of safe in-flight catering. It is available for free online and is intended to help caterers ensure safety and success as they navigate the three different stages, or severity levels, that the pandemic might follow.




Rolls-Royce Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2030

Rolls-Royce has joined the UN’s Race to Zero campaign, a global initiative aimed at shifting to a decarbonized economy ahead of the next UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). The engine manufacturer pledged to become net-zero carbon in its operations by 2030 and will develop new products and technologies to help the sectors in which it operates, including aviation, become carbon neutral by 2050. Its path forward will involve more efficient engines, alternative fuels and pioneering the electrification of flight. “With 2.6 billion people and over half of global GDP now covered by net zero goals, Rolls-Royce is positioning itself to meet huge growth in demand for net zero transport and power,” said Nigel Topping, UN high level climate action champion for COP26.

Rolls-Royce | Related Race To Zero Campaign – UN



[PHOTOS] Factorydesign’s Cardboard Head Shield

Factorydesign created a foldout, multiuse cardboard shield that can be fixed to the headrest area of aircraft seats. HeadZone, intended for economy class use, features a dual-layer construction with side supports for the head. “The ability to create a sense of independent space will be important to nervous returning passengers,” said the design studio. HeadZone could be purchased at the airport or offered by carriers as an ancillary product. The shield has space for advertising as well, which may allow it to be provided to passengers for free.

The Design Air | Related Anti-coronavirus partitions designed to socially isolate passengers - and stop battles for armrests – Evening Standard



SITA Portfolio Team Shuffle Supports Post-COVID-19 Recovery

In light of the current industry situation, SITA has made several changes to its executive management team. David Lavorel, previously CEO of SITA for Aircraft, has been appointed to head SITA at Airports and Borders. Sébastien Fabre, previously VP Airline & Airports Portfolio, will assume Lavorel’s previous role. The company is preparing to accommodate new health and safety passenger processes, help airlines increase efficiency and foster next-generation connectivity. “Ensuring strong leadership of our key business areas is especially important as we look to support the industry as it begins to return to the skies,” said Barbara Dalibard, CEO, SITA.

SITA | Related Touchless, Frictionless Airports on the Horizon – APEX Media





The photographer's passion for planes began as a kid when he and his dad would spend weekend afternoons at Sydney Airport watching planes take off and land. 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

It is World Environment Day and we wanted to show you our onsite beehives in partnership with local bee keepers West Country Honey. We have eight beehives at the airport for the first time this year with each hive attracting 15,000 bees! That’s 120,000 bees altogether! 🐝

Bristol Airport @BristolAirport


Association News

[VIDEO] Hear From Exciting Satellite Start-Ups

Ever wondered what the future of satellite technology might look like? In part three of APEX’s Satcoms for Aircraft YouTube series, Maryann Simson chats to three satellite start-ups – QuadSat, SatelliteVu and TRAXyL – to find out how their offerings could affect in-flight connectivity and, more broadly, the commercial aviation industry. For more exciting video content, make sure you subscribe to the APEX YouTube channel.


> Quote of the Day

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

Ibn Battuta


Until next week



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