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June 30, 2020



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EU Safe List Excludes Tourists From US; Global Entry Enrollment Reopening at LAX

Citizens from 14 countries will be allowed to visit the European continent according to a list revealed today. Starting July 1, travelers from Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, South Korea and nine other countries will be allowed entry. UK citizens are considered European residents until the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31 and are exempt from the travel restriction. China may make the safelist should its government allow European travelers entry in reciprocity. The US and other countries with high rates of infection, including Brazil and India, are not on the list. Meanwhile, US Customs and Border Protection revealed that the first Global Entry enrollment center to reopen will be at Los Angeles International Airport on July 6.

BBC | Related Global Entry Enrollment Will Start Again in July – CN Traveler



COVID-19 Testing Clinics Open at JFK, Frankfurt

The first US airport testing clinic for COVID-19 opened at JFK Terminal 4 courtesy of XpresSpa. The testing center will be able to perform up to 500 virus and antibody tests per day and is reserved exclusively for airline and airport employees. Meanwhile, Lufthansa is offering a walk-in COVID-19 testing solution to its customers flying to or from Frankfurt Airport. The airline partnered with genetic diagnostics company Centogene to set up a sampling center that could diagnose travelers and allow them to avoid quarantine upon entrance to countries that demand pretesting. Test results are digitally associated with boarding passes.

NY Post | Related CENTOGENE, Lufthansa, and Fraport Launch the First Walk-In COVID-19 Testing Facility in Germany at Frankfurt Airport – GlobeNewswire



Aerkomm Partners With Telesat for Hybrid GEO/LEO Solution

IFEC provider Aircom Pacific, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aerkomm, announced a preliminary cooperation agreement with satellite operator Telesat LEO. Aerkomm CEO Louis Giordimaina said research concluded that a hybrid geostationary/low-earth-orbit solution could provide the bump in capacity Aerkomm requires for its next-generation aviation connectivity platform. Aerkomm will evaluate the compatibility of Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite with its current portfolio and future needs. The companies will also collaborate commercially and explore a long-term joint development plan.

Aerkomm | Related At What Cost? Airlines Search For Best Connectivity Business Model – APEX Media



BA Takes Delivery of Boeing 787-10 After Six Month Delay

British Airways’ first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner arrived at Heathrow yesterday. Like the airline’s 787-9, the Dreamliner has four classes: eight seats in first class, 48 new Club Suite seats in business, 35 seats in premium and 165 in economy. BA ordered 12 Dreamliners, the first of which was slated to arrive in January and begin revenue service to Atlanta in February. CEO Alex Cruz previously stated that the aircraft emits 25% less CO2 than the ones it replaces.

Business Traveller | Related Flying British Airways’ New Airbus A350 Club Suite - A Complete Review – Simple Flying



Norwegian Cancels Orders for 97 Boeing Jets, Initiates Legal Proceedings

Norwegian Air Shuttle has canceled an order for 92 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and five 787 Dreamliners, according to a company statement made yesterday. The airline also filed a legal claim for an undisclosed amount “seeking the return of pre-delivery payments related to the aircraft and compensation for the company’s losses related to the grounding of the 737 MAX and engine issues on the 787.” At the time of the MAX’s grounding, Norwegian had 18 MAX jets in its 163-aircraft fleet.

Skift | Related Day One of the 737 MAX Test Flights Is In the Books. What Comes Next. – Barrons



AirAsia Introduces Playful Loyalty Points Expert Based on CFO

Biggie, the new animated “sensei” of all things loyalty at AirAsia, has burst on the scene in a new campaign that helps the airline’s BIG Loyalty members find savvy ways to save and earn BIG Points. The pint-sized and playful cartoon character was inspired by BIG Loyalty’s chief financial officer, Sereen Teoh, who creatively maximizes her Big Points earnings, according to the company. Biggie will dispense tips on social media. The company has also launched a contest on Instagram that will give away 10,000 BIG Points to 10 entrants per week until July 31.

AirAsia | Related Swift credit redemption – The Sun Daily



New Guadalajara Airport Terminal to Cut Carbon Footprint by 90%

The design for Terminal 2 at Mexico’s Guadalajara Airport, created by architecture firm CallisonRTKL, maximizes the use of natural light, insulation, glare control, shading and natural ventilation coupled with high-efficiency air conditioning. The result is a 60% energy savings and a 90% reduction in carbon footprint. The terminal would emit 2,814 tons of CO2 each year, which the airport says is much less than a traditional medium-sized terminal. The goal is for the terminal to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Cathay Pacific Airways Lounge – CRTKL





In “Polar Wear,” APEX Media contributor Fergus Baird unearths a curious example of airline apparel.

This week, we're featuring throwbacks from past issues of #APEXExperienceMag. Read the latest issue here.

> Tweet of the Day

Today is my last full-time day at @ATPCOnews and Routehappy, a decade-long journey. Thank you, amazing colleagues and friends. Routehappy has been the work of my life! #atpco #routehappy #ndc #iata #startup

Robert Albert @robert_albert


Association News

APEX/IFSA CEO Announces Cancellation of In-Person EXPO in San Diego

The San Diego Convention Center has notified APEX/IFSA that it will not be able to host this year's EXPO. We are sharing the news immediately, though we still have many questions ourselves. APEX and IFSA are working through a number of activities, including official written notifications, hotel and vendor releases, and legal review. Please take our airline or supplier survey as soon as possible to help us determine how best to serve your needs moving forward.


> Quote of the Day

“By using more advanced materials and techniques, we can make fewer parts deliver more, and this will benefit passengers, airlines and manufacturers in equal measure.”

Ben Orson, JPA Design
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