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UK Government and Bharti Global Offer $1 Billion for OneWeb Takeover

A consortium led by the UK government (through the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) and Bharti Global has committed over $1 billion to acquire OneWeb and fund the full restart of its operations. OneWeb has been undergoing a court-supervised sales process after it declared bankruptcy in March. Bharti’s telecommunications subsidiary is the third-largest mobile operator in the world, and will use its own networks to test all OneWeb products and services. OneWeb CEO Adrian Steckel says the company is eager to “get back to launching … satellites as soon as possible.”

OneWeb | Related OneWeb Seeks to Increase Satellite Constellation Up to 48,000 Satellites, Bringing Maximum Flexibility to Meet Future Growth and Demand – OneWeb

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The Weekly Wrap: Airports Navigate New Normals, Luxury Sustainable Travel Materials

This week, hosts Stephanie Taylor and Seth Miller discuss the "new normal" for airport lounges around the world before chatting to Dwayne Macintosh, director of Corporate Safety and Security at Greater Toronto Airports Authority, about Toronto Pearson's new "Healthy Airport" commitment. They also explore new design work from students at London's Royal College of Art, who have been experimenting with luxury sustainable materials for the transport environment with PriestmanGoode; PXCom's In-Cabin Mobility Management software and how it's going to reduce passenger movement in the aircraft cabin; and Alaska Airlines' yellow card initiative to curb non-mask-wearing passengers.  

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Korean Air Divesting In-Flight Business for Cash Injection

Hahn & Company, South Korea’s second-largest private equity firm, is reportedly intent on buying Korean Air’s duty-free and meal service divisions for $840 million. The airline is expected to confirm the sale during a board meeting tomorrow. Korean Air’s in-flight retail business is the world’s most successful, though last year’s sales were down 5.6%, which can be attributed to the South Korean won’s depreciation against the US dollar. Also potentially being sold for an undisclosed sum is Korean Air’s aviation training center. On July 2, the airline received an $837 million government bailout.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Korean Air to sell in-flight business to Hahn & Company for about $840 mn – Korea Economic Daily

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US Airlines Will Allow Boeing 737 MAX Passengers to Switch Flights; 747 Production Ending?

United Airlines, which has 14 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet, stated that it would allow customers to rebook their flight at no charge should they feel uncomfortable flying aboard the jet once it resumes operations. Southwest and American Airlines confirmed they would do the same; Delta Air Lines has not ordered the jet. FAA testing is ongoing and will continue until at least the fall. Meanwhile, Boeing appears to be ending production of the 747 jumbo jet in two years’ time, based on findings in the fine print of its financial statements. The company remains silent on the matter.

TravelPulse | Related End of the runway for 747 jumbo as Boeing placed final part orders – Reuters

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Amadeus Delivers Touchless Travel to Norwegian Airports

Norwegian airport operator Avinor is in the process of outfitting 17 facilities with end-to-end touchless travel technology courtesy of Amadeus and its subsidiary, ICM. The program involves remote check-in, automatic baggage processing and touchless boarding. Oslo Airport debuts the cloud-based technology today, and it will be rolled out at the country’s three other hubs, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim, shortly. The service will initially only be available for customers of national carriers. Brede Nielsen, group CIO at Avinor, expressed confidence in the company’s ability to serve increased numbers of summer travelers.

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

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DUBZ Implements COVID-19 Testing; Collinson and Swissport to Shrink UK Quarantine?

DUBZ, Dnata's baggage technology and logistics company, is offering COVID-19 tests to customers in Dubai looking to check in remotely. Results are delivered within 24 to 48 hours. Travelers who test negative will receive a medical certificate. Meanwhile, a proposed “test on arrival” program by Collinson and Swissport would shorten the UK’s mandatory quarantine from 14 days to 5 hours, the time it takes a lab to screen the sample. The companies have written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to ask for the government’s support for the program. Currently, travelers from 59 countries are exempt from mandatory self-isolation in the UK.  

Arabian Aerospace | Related Collinson and Swissport propose Covid-19 arrivals testing pilot at Heathrow ­– Business Traveller

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Sfadia Becomes Gilat Interim CEO, Ovadia to Remain Consultant

Yona Ovadia has stepped down as CEO of Gilat Satellite Networks, but will remain in a consulting role. Adi Sfadia, the company’s CFO, has been named chief executive in the interim. Dov Baharav, chairperson of the company’s board of directors, praised Ovadia’s four-year tenure: “He achieved remarkable results and turned the company into a significant profitable player … particularly in the Mobility and Cellular Backhaul segments and most recently in the Non-Geostationary Orbit market.”

Gilat | Related Gilat Announces Availability of its Flagship VSAT, Achieving Half a Gigabit of Concurrent Speeds – Gilat

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Alaska Airlines' More to Love livery pushing for departure. Captured at Los Angeles International Airport.

This week, we're featuring the work of Jimmy Wu, our featured photographer in the latest issue of #APEXExperienceMag. Read it here.
 
 

> Tweet of the Day

After their 4 yr old daughter's medical emergency on a @SpiritAirlines flight from San Juan to PHL, a Puerto Rico family was stuck in Turks & Caicos. No passports & no flights due to Covid Travel Restrictions. Spirit got permission to send an empty plane to get them home.

Kris Van Cleave @krisvancleave

 
 
 

Association News

On This Day: Cabinetmaker Thomas Cook Led His First Excursion on July 5, 1841

The fabled tour operator and airline's storied history has humble roots: the firm's inaugural tour transported temperance supporters from Leicester to Loughborough, UK. This speaks volumes of Cook, a devout Baptist who saw travel as a recreational alternative to the alehouse. His excursions often included meals and accommodations and were a hit with just about everyone. Read more about the life and times of Thomas Cook.

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"I believe that as the concept of global sustainable development gains popularity, more and more consumers will consciously choose more sustainable enterprises, products and services, like our own."

Dong Zhao, Xiamen Airlines
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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 apex.aero 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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