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June 25, 2020



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WestJet, Qantas to Undergo Drastic Restructuring, Job Cuts

WestJet has outlined its restructuring plans, announcing that 3,333 jobs will be lost as a result. The airline is streamlining office and management staff, contracting out airport operations at domestic airports (except at Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto) and consolidating its call centre activity in Alberta. When choosing airport service partners, WestJet said it will prioritize companies that can rehire affected staff. Qantas has unveiled a three-year COVID-19 recovery plan, which will see 6,000 employees – 20% of its workforce – laid off. As part of the plan, it will immediately retire its six Boeing 747 aircraft and ground its A380 fleet for at least three years. 

WestJet | Related Qantas taps investors for COVID-19 recovery plan – Sydney Morning Herald



Thirty Percent of Pakistan’s Pilots Hold Fake Licenses, Aviation Minister Says

Pakistan’s aviation minister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said that of the 860 pilots serving its domestic airlines, 262 – over 30% – hold fake licenses. They “did not take the exam themselves,” having paid someone else to sit it for them, and “do not have flying experience,” he explained. The announcement was made as part of a preliminary report into a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) aircraft that crashed in Karachi on May 22, killing 97 people. PIA has grounded all pilots with fake licenses, but hasn’t disclosed if the two pilots on flight PK 8303 possessed fake licenses or not. The report stated that they repeatedly ignored warnings from air traffic control because they were discussing COVID-19. 

CNN | Related Pakistan plane crashed after pilots distracted by coronavirus fears – The Guardian



Lufthansa Bailout Will Be Agreed ASAP; Air Canada, easyJet Secure New Funds

Lufthansa’s $10-billion government bailout looks set to go ahead after its biggest shareholder, Heinz Hermann Thiele, dropped his opposition to the plan and the carrier received approval from the European Union regarding its proposal. Lufthansa’s management team and cabin crew union have also reached an agreement on how to provide job security while saving $556 million. Cabin crew jobs will be protected until 2023, but staff will see the suspension of pay increases, a reduction in flight hours, reduced contributions to company pensions and unpaid leave. This week, Air Canada closed two financing transactions for net proceeds of CAD $1.23 billion, and easyJet has raised approximately $520 million by issuing new discounted shares.

Reuters | Related Lufthansa Reaches Agreement To Avoid Cabin Crew Redundancies – Simple Flying



New York Introduces Quarantines, IATA Outlines Alternatives

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are imposing quarantine measures on those traveling from states where COVID-19 cases are still rising. New York’s state governor Andrew Cuomo has said visitors from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Anyone not self-isolating could face fines. The news comes as IATA is encouraging governments to avoid implementing quarantines. It suggests opting for a layered approach instead, including standardized health declarations, and testing travelers from high-risk countries for the virus.

Breaking Travel News | Related IATA Proposes Alternatives to Quarantine – IATA



Edinburgh Airport Is Upgrading to Antimicrobial Security Trays

Edinburgh Airport is to become the launch customer for Leidos’ antimicrobial security trays. Built into the tray during the manufacturing process, the antimicrobial technology prevents the reproduction of a broad spectrum of bacteria by 99.99% and continuously reduces the presence of microbes throughout the tray’s lifecycle. While the trays must still be cleaned regularly, the cleaning process won’t wear away the antimicrobial additive. Edinburgh Airport and Leidos have worked together since 2012, with the airport already using Leidos’ intelligent automated tray return systems and desktop real-time explosives detection systems. 

Airport Technology | Related Airport Security Trays Carry More Cold Germs Than Toilets, Study Finds – New York Times



Spirit AeroSystems to Help Create Virgin Hyperloop Prototype

A new collaboration will see Virgin Hyperloop partner with Spirit AeroSystems to create a prototype. Hyperloop’s vehicles, or pods, are similar to airplane fuselages, operating in a low-pressure environment, gliding along at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. Virgin Hyperloop believes that this new mode of transportation will spur growth opportunities for cross-industry manufacturing and development jobs. The company is currently looking to create the first Hyperloop Certification Center in the US. 

Globe Newswire | Related Meet the Valencian startup taking on Richard Branson in the Hyperloop race – Sifted



Mormedi Makes Inroads in Asia With Purpose-Driven Design Philosophy

Good design hinges on functionality, says Jaime Moreno, CEO and founder of Mormedi, pointing to the studio’s recent work on the Future Cabin for the Asian Market (FUCAM), a three-year EU–Japan collaborative project led by Airbus, for which it participated in the design of a lower-deck passenger area. “We took our philosophy of purpose-driven design and, alongside Airbus, Jamco and the other members of FUCAM, created facilities that use the existing cargo space in a modular way and provide a fixed installation with lowered floor, where restrooms, experience areas or an ‘Airlounge’ could be installed,” Moreno said.

APEX Media | Related It Takes Ten – APEX Media





"Face-to-face with the German Queen at Shanghai Pudong." Captured by @aeroethan.

June 20 marked summer solstice, so this week we're featuring only the most sunny #APEXPOTDs.

> Tweet of the Day

We’re celebrating new firsts! Like AC311 from Montreal to Vancouver, the first flight operated with our newly retrofitted @Airbus #A330 now featuring our newly reconfigured cabin design.

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Association News

Tomorrow’s IFEC-Filled Episode Marks the Tenth APEX Weekly Wrap

Want to get the inside scoop on Burrana’s new Rise in-flight entertainment platform? Remember to tune in to tomorrow’s episode of The Weekly Wrap, which features an interview with David Pook, Burrana’s VP Marketing and Sales Support, and a host more optimistic in-flight entertainment and connectivity news. Head to the APEX YouTube channel to subscribe or watch previous episodes.


On This Day: LAX’s Space-Age Theme Building Officially Opened on June 25, 1961

In the original design for Los Angeles International Airport, the terminals were connected to a central glass dome. The plans changed but a flying-saucer-like structure was constructed to mark the location intended for the dome. After the airport terminals opened in 1961, each month as many as 5,000 visitors toured the Theme Building, which once featured a restaurant, and enjoyed a tram ride on the ramp between terminals. Read more about LAX’s Theme Building and other airports that once offered public tours.  


> Quote of the Day

"Whichever distribution model the entertainment community embraces moving forward, it will need to recoup massive investments."

Kate Groth, president, West Entertainment
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