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July 29, 2020



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[VIDEO] Virgin Galactic Reveals SpaceShipTwo Cabin

Virgin Galactic gave the public a first look at the interior of SpaceShipTwo yesterday. The cabin includes six passenger seats, each equipped with a seatback display; 17 windows on the walls and ceiling; a large mirror so passengers can see themselves floating; and 16 cameras to capture the experience. In October, Virgin Galactic told investors that commercial flights would begin this year, but the timeline has since been delayed.

APEX Media | Related Virgin Galactic Announces Michael Colglazier As Chief Executive Officer – Virgin Galactic



No More 747s After 2022, Boeing CEO Confirms

The “Queen of the Skies” will no longer be produced come 2022, over 50 years since the first Boeing 747 rolled off the assembly line. Qantas, KLM, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have all retired their 747s during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement was made during the airframer’s second quarter results meeting. Boeing lost $2.4 billion in Q2 as sales fell 25%. CEO Dave Calhoun warned the slowdown may mean deeper job cuts on top of the 16,000 layoffs already planned, and production of some other aircraft, including the 737 MAX, will be slower than expected.

BBC | Related Death Of The Queen: Boeing Confirms End Of The 747 Program – Simple Flying



JetBlue Tests UV Cabin Cleaning, Looks to Bolster Confidence After Dismal Q2

JetBlue is testing eight Honeywell UV Cabin System Units across some of its hubs. The machine resembles a beverage cart and has arms that protrude at either side to shine UV-C light across the entire cabin. It can clean the cabin of a narrowbody aircraft in 10 minutes. "We're going to be looking for how far the UV light can reach," said Joanna Geraghty, president and COO at JetBlue. The airline lost $320 million from April through June as year-over-year revenue plunged 90%. Losses were mitigated by reduced average daily cash burn.

ABC News | Related Honeywell’s UV Cabin System Can Disinfect an A320 in 10 Minutes – APEX Media



Will United Cut Ties With ExpressJet or CommutAir?

Last week, United Airlines’ management said it would only require one regional carrier moving forward. United currently relies on ExpressJet and CommutAir to transport passengers in smaller markets under its United Express subsidiary. Both operate 50-seat Embraer 145s and work exclusively for United, meaning one company would lose its major source of revenue. “We’ve been clear for months now that we expect to be a smaller airline in response to the historic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our business,” United said. ExpressJet, which has a fleet nearly three times the size of CommutAir’s, is currently lowering its service costs to match those at CommutAir.

Simple Flying | Related Dayton-based American Airlines subsidiary to lay off nearly 700 workers – Bizjournals



Aerkomm Malta Enters Airbus A320 Connectivity Agreement

Aerkomm’s wholly owned subsidiary in Malta has entered into an agreement with Airbus Interior Services for the Aerkomm K++ Connectivity Solution to be installed on A320 family aircraft. Airbus will also provide an EASA/FAA certified retrofit solution and modification kits. Hong Kong Airlines will be Aerkomm’s first commercial airline customer, with the K++ solution to be installed on 12 of the airline’s fleet of A320s.

Inflight Online | Related Aerkomm Inc. Announces Cooperation with Telesat – Aerkomm



Istanbul Airport Offers Perks to Seniors

Sensitive to the difficulties faced by those over the age of 65 during the coronavirus pandemic, Istanbul Airport is offering IGA Passes to them for free. The passes, which normally cost $47 for a day, include IGA Fast Track and buggy transportation to the gate. Access to lounge and sleep pod facilities will be offered at a 35% discount. Moreover, certain services offered by contracted pharmacies at Istanbul Airport, such as handling of medications and blood pressure measurement, will be free of charge. Kadri Samsunlu, CEO and director general at IGA Airport, said that it was the airport’s duty to make life easier for senior citizens.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related iGA PASS MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES – IGA Pass



HAECO Xiamen Receives Part-Out Approval From CAAC

HAECO Xiamen announced today that its Airbus A320 part-out capability has been formally approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The company claims it is the only maintenance, repair and overhaul provider in Eastern China to have obtained this approval. Recycling parts from retired aircraft enables operators to optimize the residual value of the aircraft while minimizing environmental impact. Following the approval, HAECO Xiamen undertook its first A320 part-out project for Yan Wu Group, disassembling four aircraft for the Chinese mainland operator.

HAECO | Related HAECO Develops Cabin Cargo Solutions in Response to COVID-19 – APEX Media





“Spectacular views of Greenland and the Rolls-Royce engines on my 747 flight to Chicago last year.”

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

A very apt quote from inside the Delta 747 at the @dlflightmuseum ✈️ #avgeek

Lindzze Bee @LindzzeB


Association News

Bengaluru International Airport Exec Expects FTE APEX Virtual Expo to Draw Huge Crowd

“More than ever at a time like this, the industry needs to come together to collaborate and find ways of working that can facilitate new revenue streams and efficiencies," says Satyaki Raghunath, chief strategy and development officer, Bengaluru International Airport. "I think FTE APEX Virtual Expo will draw a huge crowd and become one of the most important initiatives in FTE’s 15-year existence.” Read the full testimonial.


> Quote of the Day

"A message of reassurance can be seen on the fabric surface while boarding but then disappears once the passenger is settled."

Nigel Goode, PriestmanGoode
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Until tomorrow



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