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July 27, 2020



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Corroded Air Check Valves on Grounded 737s Can Cause Engine Failure, FAA Says

In an emergency airworthiness directive issued Friday, the FAA asked operators of Boeing 737NG and Classic models that have not flown for seven days or more to inspect engine air check valves for corrosion. This comes after officials received four reports of engine shutdowns, one of which occurred on a July 15 Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Austin. That aircraft landed safely, but the FAA warned that the issue could force pilots to land off-airport due to irreversible loss of power. There are around 2,000 jets in the US that are affected by the directive.

Travel Weekly | Related Airworthiness Directive 2020-16-51 – FAA



Hughes Joins OneWeb Rescue Consortium, Pledges $50M

Hughes Network Systems agreed to invest $50 million in the consortium that aims to acquire OneWeb and bring it out of bankruptcy. Hughes will also remain a technology and distribution partner to OneWeb. “We are pleased to be part of this winning team, along with the British Government and Bharti,” said Pradman Kaul, president of Hughes. “Our continuing and strengthened involvement with OneWeb extends naturally from our position as a leading geostationary satellite operator and ground network innovator.”  

Hughes | Related OneWeb announces HMG and Bharti Global Limited consortium as winning bidders in court-supervised sale process – OneWeb



Viasat Boosts Liquidity Through Share Sale

Viasat raised $175 million without taking on additional debt through the sale of over four million shares of common stock. Intercorp and Baupost affiliates invested in the shares at a unit price of $39.11, which represents a premium of 2.6% to Viasat’s closing share price on July 22, and a 5.1% premium to Viasat’s volume weighted average price over the 15 trading day period ending July 22. The company confirmed the funding was not necessary for ongoing operations or for development and launch expenses associated with its next-generation constellation, ViaSat-3. | Related Viasat-3 Platform Will Take Our Service Around the World – Viasat



European Airlines, Airports Attempt to Increase Capacity

Ryanair declared a first quarter loss of $218 million as COVID-19 caused traffic to plummet nearly 99% from pre-pandemic highs. Skeleton flight schedules and other measures enabled the company to cut costs by 85%, which helped partially offset the drop in revenue. Ryanair hopes to resume 70% of its normal schedule in September, while Portugal’s TAP outlined its plan to resume 40% of flights by then. TAP attempted a restart in May but retreated due to low demand. The company suffered a $464-million net loss in Q1. Europe’s airports have lost almost 900 million passengers this year, according to ACI Europe. The industry group lobbied for financial relief at a recent aviation summit.

Business Traveller | Related Portugal's TAP to resume 40% of pre-COVID flights in September – Reuters



Government Lifts Ban on New York Trusted Traveler Enrollment

Last Thursday, the US Department of Homeland Security admitted that the ban on New York state residents’ enrollment in trusted traveler programs, which has been in effect since February, was misguided. The ban came as a result of New York’s “Green Light” law which grants undocumented immigrants the ability to obtain driver’s licenses and blocks federal agencies from accesessing the DMV database. The DOH claimed that it could not vet Global Entry candidates under these circumstances, a statement which it now acknowledges was inaccurate as other states with similar policies remained unaffected. While New Yorkers’ applications for Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST will again be processed, enrollment centers are closed due to COVID-19.

CN Traveler | Related DHS Restores New York To Trusted Traveler Program, Admits False Statements In Lawsuit – NPR



HIA’s New Luggage Screeners Can Scan Electronics in Bags

Hamad International Airport will install luggage screeners that do not require travelers to scan their personal electronic devices (PEDs) separately. By keeping PEDs inside their bags, travelers can move through security more quickly and avoid viral cross-contamination. The new scanners will be placed at transfer screening checkpoints at first. Qatar’s international airport is also considering the adoption of body scanners which could reduce contact during body searches.

Business Traveller | Related Hamad International Airport begins second phase of its Smart Airport programme – Future Travel Experience



AIM Altitude Collab Yields Bio-Based Material for Aircraft Interiors

AIM Altitude joined forces with Composites Evolution and Sheffield Hallam University to research and develop a new kind of nanocomposite material for use in aircraft interiors. The result is a thermosetting resin, made from a proprietary blend of Poly(furfuryl alcohol) and additives, that has better fire, smoke and toxicity performance than phenols. This would allow for decorative finishes previously unavailable for commercial aircraft interiors. The material is also less expensive and more durable than its counterparts. The resin is produced from biomass waste, a sustainable source.

AIM Altitude | Related AIM Altitude Designs a Galley to Match Emerging Onboard Service Trends – APEX Media





“The #BOAC-liveried 747 waiting to move into a hangar at @heathrow_airport and escape the rain.”

This week, we’re featuring Boeing 747 #AvGeekTreasures from Benedict Montgomery, sales & promotions executive, British Airways. BA retired its #747 fleet earlier this month. 

> Tweet of the Day

Ship 25 million medical masks on airplane seats? No problem! ✅ Pim finds out how this is done in part 1 of this new episode of Intern On A Mission. 💺📦



Association News

JAL Ready to Collaborate With Industry Stakeholders at FTE APEX Virtual Expo

“The recent FTE APEX virtual events have been extremely helpful for the airline ecosystems to share information, to cope with the Corona situation, and to prepare for the new normal," said Akira Mitsumasu, vice-president, Global Marketing, Japan Airlines. Mitsumasu and his team are excited to be part of December's FTE APEX Virtual Expo and collaborate on a whole new level. Read the full testimonial and learn more about the industry’s first major digital trade show.


> Quote of the Day

"Spontaneity is everything to me, working without a net."

Regis Philbin


Until tomorrow



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