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New Entrant NXTCOMM Unveils Modular Aero Antenna Design

Atlanta-based NXT Communications completed the design of a modular flat-panel electronically steerable antenna that can be easily mass-produced, something that company CEO Dave Horton says sets it apart from the competition. The design allows for a scalable, lighter-weight solution with better gain, thermal efficiency and reduced power consumption. The product, called AeroMax, lowers costs by leveraging a highly integrated silicon-based chipset and sub-array design combined with a new wideband antenna concept known as fragmented aperture, patented by Georgia Tech Research Institute. The first AeroMax aero antenna will support Ku-band connectivity and begin testing in Q4, with a planned commercial release by the end of 2021.

Runway Girl Network | Related NXTCOMM Completes Design of its AeroMax Flat Panel Antenna for Airlines Seeking Affordable, Scalable Global Connectivity Solution – NXTCOMM

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Delta, Southwest Bemoan Unsustainable Business Environment

Delta Air Lines’ second-quarter financials reveal a $3.9 billion adjusted pre-tax loss. Revenues declined over $11 billion from the norm. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that the company believes that a sustainable recovery is no less than two years away. The airline will retire a number of aircraft and has accelerated airport construction projects in Los Angeles, New York (LaGuardia) and Salt Lake City in an effort to shorten timelines and lower the total cost for the projects. Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly said more furloughs and layoffs remain in the cards unless the airline can triple its number of passengers by the end of 2020, and urged workers to take advantage of the overstaffed company’s most generous buyout packages to date.  

Breaking Travel News | Related Southwest Airlines CEO: Passenger traffic must triple by end of year to avoid layoffs, furloughs – Chicago Tribune

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International Court of Justice Backs Qatar in Airspace Blockade Dispute

The International Court of Justice determined that Qatari flights should not be subjected to airspace limits in the Persian Gulf. In 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with Qatar, claiming that the country supported terrorism. Qatar then successfully appealed to ICAO, defending its right to fly over those countries as laid out in treaties. The case was transferred to the ICJ, which upheld ICAO’s decision. Whether the ruling will be honored remains to be seen.

View From The Wing | Related Qatar rift: Saudi, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt cut diplomatic ties – CNN

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Virgin Atlantic, LATAM and EasyJet Move Forward With Financing Schemes

Virgin Atlantic set forth the terms of a five-year business plan that will rebuild its balance sheet. Half of the $1.5-billion recapitalization comes courtesy of shareholders, with the other half sourced from investment by Virgin Group and deferrals of existing liabilities. The plan is expected to take effect during late summer. Meanwhile, LATAM Airlines Group has presented the second of two tranches of its debtor-in-possession financing proposal for court approval. The tranche amounts to $1.3 billion and was committed by Oaktree Capital Management and its affiliates. Finally, easyJet expects shareholders to approve of a $524-million share sale that will raise cash as the company waits out the pandemic.

Breaking Travel News | Related LATAM FORMALIZES SECOND DIP FINANCING TRANCHE – Airways Mag

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SAA Unions, Creditors Support $1.6B Rescue Plan

South African Airways will proceed with a rescue plan that requires laying off 80% of staff and hinges on the government committing $1.6 billion dollars in aid. Creditors and unions voted in favor of the deal; labor groups were swayed by improved severance packages that were agreed to last week. The state financing portion of the plan has increased significantly compared to what the National Treasury originally set aside for the airline. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has repeatedly voiced his reluctance to provide further bailouts to the long-struggling carrier. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said that private investors may relieve the burden on the state.

BNN Bloomberg | Related Pravin Gordhan vows to try to find funds for SA Express employees – Business Live

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Construction Begins on New Safran Factory in Mexico

Safran is bolstering its presence in Mexico by building a new factory in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua, committing $10 million toward the project. The plant will assemble seats for Boeing aircraft. In a Twitter post, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said that Safran notified his government on July 1, the day the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement entered into force, that the facility would employ over 800 people. Safran already operates what it bills as the world’s largest aircraft wiring plant in Chihuahua. It also has two production plants and three maintenance, repair and overhaul centers in Querétaro.  

WSPA | Related Safran in Mexico – Safran

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SITA Recertifies Six Offices for Sustainability Practices

As part of its goal to be carbon neutral by 2022, SITA recertified six of its offices around the world to ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management Systems) specifications. Together the offices account for 40% of the company’s staff. SITA first decided to adopt ISO 14001 in 2014 as its framework for managing environmental impacts and ensuring best practice around environmental management. The company is also reducing its travel footprint, prioritizing sustainable workplaces and practicing carbon offsetting.

SITA | Related Condor boosts fuel economy with SITA’s eWAS – SITA

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

“The basics (techniques and processes) will always set you up for success – that’s why they are taught.” — Antony McNeil, Global Food & Beverage Director, Singapore Airlines

This week, we're featuring Q&A profiles from past issues of #APEXExperienceMag. Read Antony's Q&A here.
 
 

> Tweet of the Day

Steve O’Connor joins FTE as Head of Expansion Strategy. Steve is an important addition to the team as we celebrate 15 yrs of FTE and take the next steps in our integration with @theAPEXassoc. Big announcements about the evolution of the FTE portfolio soon!

Future Travel @FutureTravelX

 
 
 

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> Quote of the Day

"I’m encouraged when I see diversity of options and smart minds thinking creatively, even if at a small scale.”

Dan Rutherford, International Council on Clean Transportation
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