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August 17, 2020



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Virgin Australia Bondholders Lose in Court

Virgin Australia bondholders will not formally present to creditors their alternative rescue proposal to convert their debt to ownership of the company. Deloitte is planning to have creditors vote on Bain Capital’s deed of company arrangement (DOCA) during a September 4 meeting, which is expected to have little financial benefit for bondholders. Deloitte counsel Ruth Higgins said that an alternative DOCA cannot go through “because the assets have been sold," and that a vote against the Bain proposal would automatically adjourn the meeting, in turn triggering a clause to force the sale to Bain. However, the court indicated that the bondholders could circulate their proposal ahead of the September meeting.

Sydney Morning Herald | Related Virgin ownership dogfight: court ruling favours Bain over bondholders – Executive Traveller



COVID-19 Uncertainty Leads Ryanair and EasyJet to Pull Back Capacity

Cases of COVID-19 in some European countries are rising, backstopping a rise in demand for air travel. Airlines such as Ryanair and easyJet are dialing down their previous efforts to increase capacity as a result. Ryanair will reduce the number of flights by 20% in the next two months, with insiders indicating that easyJet will announce a similar move. France and the Netherlands were added to Britain’s quarantine list last week, and the carriers are concerned that Greece and Turkey will be added next. IATA is forecasting a loss of 705 million passenger journeys in Europe this year, as the market will lose 60% of its usual traveler numbers.

BNN Bloomberg | Related IATA: Europe to lose 705m passengers in 2020 – Business Travel News Europe



The Entertainment Airlines Should Be Providing During a Pandemic, According to IFE Distributors

The coronavirus pandemic has left theaters vacant, upended film production cycles and led to a surge in at-home entertainment viewership. The type of content being watched has changed, too. Some are turning to wholesome family flicks and reality cooking shows, while others are bingeing escapist psychological thrillers. How should airlines adjust their IFE catalogs in light of the pandemic? The distributors behind the entertainment passengers watch in the sky share their picks.

APEX Media | Related What Vacant Theaters and Early VOD Release Windows Mean for IFE – APEX Media



Search Underway for Missing United Airlines Exec

A forest preserve in a Chicago suburb is the scene of a massive search that began Friday. Jake Cefolia, United Airlines’ senior vice-president of Worldwide Sales, was last seen on August 6 and was reported missing two days later. The 49-year-old Elmhurst resident ran frequently in the 2,503-acre Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, where police found his car. Over 100 volunteers and canine units are searching the area, located 23 miles south of O’Hare International Airport. In a statement, United noted its concern for Cefolia’s well-being and offered support to his family.

Daily Herald | Related Search continues for United Airlines executive missing for more than a week – Good Morning America



India’s Ban on Seatback IFE Undermines Vistara’s Long-Haul Offering

Passengers boarding Vistara’s new Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A321neo jets will not be able to use Panasonic’s X Series seatback IFE system until November 25 due to a government mandate. The law was introduced by India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation as a means of reducing the spread of COVID-19. Vistara is the launch customer for Panasonic’s new Arc in-flight map and e-commerce platform, as well as its Theatre gaming product. The airline plans on beginning London flights on August 21, followed by flights to Frankfurt and Paris, all on the 787-9. In-flight connectivity will also be offered and talks are underway with telecom providers to allow passengers to use their own mobile data on board and be billed at the end of the month.

Runway Girl Network | Related Inside pics of Vistara’s Airbus A321neo— India’s first full ‘sleeper’ flights for business class – Business Insider



Diehl Approved to Offer Cabin Interior Elements for Boeing Jets

Boeing has given Diehl Aviation authorization to offer Buyer-Furnished-Equipment (BFE) products to airlines introducing Boeing aircraft to their fleets. Diehl’s cabin interior BFE will be installed on newly built aircraft at the final assembly line. The news follows Diehl testing its galleys and intelligent galley applications on Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator flight test program. Diehl also has front-row monuments and bar units in its portfolio. The company already provides BFE for other aircraft manufacturers.




GRR Tests Suite of UV Disinfection Tools

Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) is testing several cleaning tools, including an autonomous robot that kills viruses using ultraviolet light. The program will introduce a footwear sanitizing station, which can sanitize customers’ shoes in eight seconds; a pod that quickly sanitizes wheelchairs and luggage trolleys between uses; and a UV-C chamber to disinfect personal items like cell phones and keys. The products, designed by Michigan-based UVC Experts and Florida-based iP Program, are typically used in hospitals and schools. The robot, which iP Program says is the world's first fully autonomous mobile platform, will be deployed in areas such as baggage claim and the security checkpoint.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport | Related Ford Airport tests new autonomous robot to fight Covid-19 – Airport Technology





“To be involved with flying in my daily life impresses me over and over again,” says Denis Altmann, VP Research & Development at Recaro Aircraft Seating.

This week, we’re featuring Q&A profiles from past issues of #APEXExperienceMag.

> Tweet of the Day

Amazing to be invited into the cockpit on #SLC-#ATL flight en route back home with my family! Despite #COVID19, life feels a little more normal every time that we fly! Thanks to our #airlines, #airports, and @crew for keeping us safe from all of us at @theAPEXassoc / @IFSAOnBoard!

Dr. Joe Leader @joepleader


Association News

Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Looking Forward to FTE APEX Virtual Expo

Christina A. Cassotis, CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority believes that the upcoming FTE APEX Virtual Expo delivers "a creative way to offer all industry stakeholders the chance to come together to talk, to listen, to learn and to engage in ways that will advance our common causes." Read the full testimonial.


> Quote of the Day

"Every Condorian is proud that all our planes have the Condor logo on their tail.”

Christian Schmitt, Condor
Read the article


Until tomorrow



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