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August 26, 2020



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Recaro Secures Order for Over 30k Seats From Wizz Air

Wizz Air has ordered 31,767 of Recaro’s SL3710 economy-class seats. The deal is part of an agreement to supply nearly 100,000 seats across 459 shipsets to airlines in Indigo Partners’ portfolio. “This is potentially the swiftest ramp-up of an order we have ever experienced, and I am confident that our teams are well-prepared to handle this,” commented Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of Recaro Aircraft Seating. Heiko Holm, chief operations officer at Wizz Air, said that one reason the airline sided with Recaro was because of its easily accessible production and customer service sites.

Inflight-Online | Related APEX in Profile: Denis Altmann – APEX Media



First Commercial Flight Between Israel and Abu Dhabi

Israel’s flag carrier El Al is set to fly from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi next week, carrying senior US and Israeli officials in a symbolic demonstration of improved ties since the countries’ agreement this month to normalize relations. It will mark the first time El Al flies to a Gulf Arab country. Saudi Arabia has not yet confirmed whether it would allow the two countries to use its airspace for direct flights. If permission is not granted, flights would likely have to take a potentially risky route around Yemen and through the Persian Gulf.

AP | Related Israel govt authority to recommend El Al control permit for Rozenberg – Nasdaq



American Airlines to Cut 17,500 Jobs; Alaska Airlines Goes Contactless

Unless the CARES Act financial stimulus is reinstated, American Airlines is set to eliminate 17,500 jobs once the government package expires in October. The figure includes 8,100 flight attendants. The announcement was made yesterday via a letter to employees from CEO Doug Parker and president Robert Isom, in which they struck a hopeful tone, writing, “Demand will return. Team members will be recalled. The world will find its new normal.” Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines is adding contactless features for travelers, including touchless baggage kiosks, text messages that will replace boarding passes and onboard purchasing of food and beverages using a stored credit card.

USA Today | Related Alaska Airlines introduces touch-free travel – Alaska Airlines



Reciprocity Put to the Test as Canada Begins 737 MAX Safety Tests

Under the principle of reciprocity, world nations mutually agree to accept one country’s aircraft safety inspections as valid, which saves time and money. In the case of the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX, the notion is not being adhered to: Transport Canada is launching its own tests of the aircraft this week, and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency has also noted its intention to conduct tests at a later date. Transport Canada’s pilots are traveling to Boeing airfield in Seattle to validate key areas of the FAA’s certification. The Canadian regulator will not unground the aircraft until it is satisfied that all safety concerns have been addressed and enhanced flight crew procedures and training are put in place.

Financial Post | Related MAX No More? For Some Reason Boeing Won’t Admit, It’s Changing The Name Of Its New Generation Of 737s – Forbes



Germany Looks to Backtrack on Free COVID-19 Traveler Tests; Lufthansa Revises Mask Policy

With testing labs facing capacity constraints and equipment and staff in short supply, Germany wants to introduce quarantine measures to replace mandatory free coronavirus tests for returning travelers, which it introduced earlier this month. Travelers returning from areas that Germany considers hotspots would still need to be tested and undergo a 14-day quarantine that can be shortened to five days with a negative test result. Meanwhile, Lufthansa Group has altered its mask policy. Beginning September 1, travelers with underlying health conditions can have their doctor complete a form exempting them from wearing a mask on board. They must also present a negative COVID-19 test, taken no longer than 48 hours prior to departure.




AirAsia Announces Transformation to Digital Lifestyle Company Is Complete

In a quarterly earnings call for Q2 this week, AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes’ key message was that AirAsia has “…successfully pivoted from an airline to an all-in-one digital lifestyle company anchored on travel.” This proclamation comes alongside a 98% drop in airline-related revenue for the quarter and a dip of 55% on non-airline revenue. AirAsia has for many years set an industry benchmark for business diversification via e-commerce far beyond the scope of airline operations. Buoyancy provided by this diversity is encouraging, though Group leaders admit that more needs to be done in critical areas.




New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Remove States from Quarantine List

Travelers from Arizona, Alaska, Delaware, Maryland and Montana will no longer be required to quarantine for 14 days once having entered New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The list of affected states is now down to 30, and the territory of Guam was added for the first time yesterday. States that have more than 10 average daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents are added to the list, which is updated every Tuesday. Those flying to New York by plane from a state on the quarantine list are required to fill out a form with their local contact information and information about their recent travels.

USA Today | Related How New York’s Airports Are Going Touchless Amid COVID-19 – CN Traveler





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Association News

The Port of Seattle Will Attend FTE APEX Virtual Expo Armed With New Ideas

Dave Wilson, director, Airport Innovation, Port of Seattle, views FTE APEX Virtual Expo as an opportunity to work together to address the new normal in air travel. "We will be sharing new ideas and approaches to help overcome the challenges created by COVID-19 ... and looking forward to hearing others share their experiences." Read the full testimonial and register now!


> Quote of the Day

"Start planning your trip now, we won’t be stuck at home forever!"

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