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June 8, 2020



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Airline Stocks Rebound; DOT Unblocks Chinese Airlines and Issues CARES Service Exemptions

Airlines that detailed plans for increased summer flying saw their share price jump. The NYSE Arca Airline Index, which tracks 16 airlines, mostly US-based, is up nearly 50% this week – its biggest weekly percentage gain ever. On June 5, the US reversed its decision to block Chinese commercial air carriers and will restrict them to two flights each into the US per week. The move comes after China eased its own foreign flight restrictions. The DOT also granted nearly all requests for exemption from CARES Act air service requirements at airports where load factors were low.

CNBC | Related US airlines win DOT approval to deepen network cuts – Flight Global



Legal Action Threatened Over UK Quarantine; Airbus May Sue Over Non-Deliveries

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair have started legal proceedings against the UK government over today’s introduction of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for incoming travelers. Meanwhile, Airbus warned that it may sue airlines that are not taking delivery of new aircraft, although chief executive Guillaume Faury hopes to avoid this through compromise. Airlines continue to cut costs: United Airlines plans to close its Hong Kong, Tokyo and Frankfurt international flight attendant bases in October, and AirAsia Group will lay off 30% of its staff as founder Tony Fernandes considers selling a 10% stake in the airline to raise cash. Swissport Belgium, the Brussels Airport ground handler, declared bankruptcy seven days before flights were to resume, leaving the airport scrambling to find a short-term solution.

Flight Global | Related AIRBUS THREATENS TO SUE AIRLINES – Airways Mag



Dubai Duty Free Reopens Concourse B Shops at DXB

Having been closed since March 25 due to the government’s suspension of flights, Dubai Duty Free is beginning to reopen its locations starting with those in Concourse B–West at Dubai International Airport. The company’s executive vice-chairman and CEO Colm McLoughlin said plans to reopen have been in the works since mid-April and that the retail location in Terminal 2 should reopen “later this week” to serve non-Emirates travelers. New in-store safety measures include directional floor markings, capacity limits and product reservations that can be placed online or through a concierge.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Lotte Duty Free embraces ‘smart work’, unveils virtual working business practices – Moodie Davitt Report



[PHOTOS] Aviation Glass, Vision Systems Develop Inter-Seat Shields

More aviation design companies are rallying to design solutions that boost passenger confidence. Aviation Glass and Vision Systems have released transparent dividers that can be fitted between seats. The system Aviation Glass devised is made of AeroGlass, a scratch-resistant product the company claims is lighter than polycarbonate and plexiglass. The shield extends from the armrest to above the headrest. Vision Systems says its divider is quick and easy to mount and dismantle, and can be folded away when families are seated together.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related VISION SYSTEMS LAUNCHES A FAST AND EASY BARRIER SOLUTION AGAINST COVID-19 – Vision Systems



Two EasyJet Board Members Stepping Down This Year

In line with corporate governance best practice, two easyJet board members are leaving their posts after nine years of service. Andy Martin, independent non-executive director and chair of the finance committee, will step down on August 31. Charles Gurassa, deputy chairman and senior independent director, will leave on December 31. EasyJet chairman John Barton said the company has benefitted from their council and “will continue to do so over the next few months,” as the company navigates the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breaking Travel News | Related Easyjet to axe up to 30 per cent of staff – Business Traveller



Software Upgrade Makes Collins’ Multi-Mode Receiver More Accurate

Collins Aerospace’s GLU-2100 recently became the first multi-mode receiver to use dual frequency/multi-constellation (DFMC) technology after logging over 100 hours of use in Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 777 test aircraft. DFMC technology increases the number of frequencies the receiver accepts from satellites, while also accepting data from more than one satellite constellation, all of which improve the accuracy and integrity of aircraft position information. Achieving DFMC capability required just a software upgrade, with no new hardware needed. The capability will enter into revenue service in the near future.

Collins Aerospace | Related 40 Success Stories: When Inmarsat Made Room for More Aircraft in the Sky – APEX Media



PriestmanGoode's Pivot From Designing Products to Experiences

Since opening 31 years ago, PriestmanGoode has pivoted from designing products to devising larger-scale experiences, but their focus hasn’t strayed: “The more comprehensive the project, the more you want that attention to detail,” says Nigel Goode, co-founder and director at the firm. This much is obvious in PriestmanGoode’s recent work with Aegean Airlines – for which it defined a new brand identity, livery and cabin interiors, using Greece’s culture and landscape as a launchpad – as well as with United Airlines in 2012. Goode says the studio hadn’t until then been involved in a contract as extensive. 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





“In September 2015, I got to go up in Lufthansa’s beautiful and historic Junkers Ju-52 propeller plane."

This week, we’re featuring #APEXTreasures from APEX Media director Maryann Simson.

> Tweet of the Day

ICYMI Episode 2 of #RedCabinLIVE saw @SEKISUI_KYDEX announce the formation of a working group to create #aviation standards for Aircraft Interiors Materials Hygiene. Watch the #APEXWeeklyWrap with @JetwayMJ and @WandrMe to find out more! Love this series guys! 👏 #PaxEx

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Stay In-the-Know About the Impact on Coronavirus on the Aviation Industry

The coronavirus crisis presses on, and airlines are constantly adjusting their schedules as governments around the world update their entry requirements. To keep tabs on industry goings-on, and trace the beginnings of its recovery, keep this page handy. It’s updated daily with insights courtesy of trusted news sources and stories from our exclusive network of members.


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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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