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August 27, 2020



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Intelsat May Take Over Gogo’s Commercial Division

Intelsat is intent on scooping up Gogo’s commercial aviation business for as much as $500 million, Bloomberg reports. Intelsat’s bankruptcy filing includes a request for approval to increase its Debtor-in-Possession funding as part of an unnamed strategic transaction it hopes to consummate by August 31. Currently, Intelsat supplies Gogo-equipped aircraft with satellite connectivity. Gogo has been pursuing the sale of its commercial aviation division this summer.

Satellite Pro Me | Related Intelsat emerges as leading contender for Gogo’s Commercial Aviation business – Paxex.Aero



Trump May Grant Airlines Payroll Support

According to Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, President Donald Trump may exercise executive privilege to extend the payroll support program without congressional approval. Meadows said he spoke to United, American and Delta airlines and felt moved to help ensure industry employees are not laid off or furloughed in October. He added that legislative action in the form of another CARES Act would be required first. After receiving $25 billion in payroll aid, US airlines are asking for an additional package of identical value to keep workers employed through March 2021.

Travel Pulse | Related POLITICO Playbook PM: The latest on Covid relief negotiations – Politico



Special Categories Added to Crystal Cabin Awards

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on air travel, there will be two new categories of Crystal Cabin Awards: “Clean & Safe Air Travel” and the “Judges‘ Choice Award.” The former category will reward health, hygiene, safety and cleanliness innovations while the latter is designed for entries that would otherwise have been submitted in one of the eight regular categories. Students are invited to submit to both categories, and the winners will be announced at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in April 2021. Submissions will be accepted beginning October 1. The awards association also announced the launch of a new podcast in which experts from the aviation industry and former entrants will shed light on the latest developments in aviation.

Crystal Cabin Award | Related CRYSTAL CABIN MEETS… EPISODE 1 – Crystal Cabin Award



EASA Sets Date for MAX Flight Tests

Following Transport Canada’s certification trials of the Boeing 737 MAX this week, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) announced it will conduct its own flight tests during the week of September 7. The tests, which will be conducted in Vancouver due to US travel restrictions, are a prerequisite necessary in the agency’s approval of the newly-designed aircraft. During the week of September 1, EASA will use a flight simulator to test the MAX. A set of joint examinations related to training requirements will take place a week after the Vancouver trials.

EASA | Related Boeing Max breakthrough has Europe tests taking place in Canada – BNN Bloomberg



Reliable Robotics Achieves Remote Piloting of Passenger Aircraft

California-based Reliable Robotics believes that aircraft should fly themselves, and the company recently demonstrated this ability using two Cessna aircraft. Its Cessna 172 Skyhawk automatically taxied, took off and landed at the push of a button, and a larger Cessna 208 Caravan also achieved automated remote landing. The company claims this marked the first time a privately funded company operated a passenger aircraft of this type with no pilot on board over a populated region. The autonomous platform can be applied to any fixed-wing aircraft. The company is working with the FAA on incrementally bringing the technology to market.

Business Wire | Related SpaceX Veterans Pass Milestone in Self-Flying Plane Race – Bloomberg



El Al, Air New Zealand Post Loses

El Al reported a net loss of $105 million in its Q2 results, along with a $135-million deficit in working capital. Losses for the first half of the year now total $244 million and while the airline’s fleet remains grounded, it recouped some losses thanks to increased cargo operations. El Al is due to complete a public offering of $150 million on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by next Monday, after which it will receive state guarantees of 75% for bank loans of up to $250 million. Meanwhile, Air New Zealand reported its first annual loss in 18 years thanks to a 74% drop in year-over-year passenger revenue.

Globes | Related Air New Zealand posts first annual loss in 18 years – Business Traveller



Aereos Interior Solutions Releases Antimicrobial Aircraft Interior Parts

Aereos’ Interior Solutions division announced a new line of aircraft interior parts with built-in antimicrobial layering technology. The company is offering the feature across its lineup of high-touch cabin and lavatory parts like tray tables and toilet seats. William Montgomery, a partner at Aereos, also announced a line of antimicrobial coating solutions meant for surfaces like cart handles and arm caps. The products were inspired by reports of germ propagation in aircraft. "If we don't have a solution for an airline, then we'll find one,” Montgomery said.

PR Newswire | Related Aereos Interior Solutions Now Offering Antimicrobial Custom Interior Parts – Aereos





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Association News

COVID-19 Survey: What Will Encourage You to Travel?

How do you feel about traveling during the pandemic? Which measures taken by airlines and airports will encourage you to travel? OAG, a flight database and statistics provider and APEX Awards partner, would like to know what airlines and airports can do to convince you it is safe to fly. Take this five-minute Traveler Sentiment Survey to share your views.


> Quote of the Day

"I would tell anybody watching the show who's on the fence about taking a flight to check with the airline and see what their procedures are."

Maryann Simson, APEX Media director
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