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September 10, 2020



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New Airline OWG to Offer Bluebox Wow Wireless IFE

New Canadian airline OWG has selected Bluebox Aviation Systems’ Bluebox Wow wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) solution for its fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft, which are set to enter service this November. “Every new deployment is positive for us but this one is particularly special given the state of our industry this year,” said Kevin Clark, CEO, Bluebox. Passengers will be able to access IFE content via their personal electronic devices without having to download an app, but the content is still DRM-protected.

APEX Media | Related Royal Jordanian Launches Bluebox Wow Wireless IFE – APEX Media



Delta Rolls Out Clean Bins; United Won't Furlough Pilots

TSA checkpoints in Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Los Angeles, New York–LaGuardia and New York–JFK airports will have new bins featuring antimicrobial coatings starting this week, thanks to Delta Air Lines. Launched in conjunction with the TSA, the carrier will consider potential expansion into other markets based on passenger feedback. Elsewhere in the US, United Airlines reached a tentative agreement with its pilots to avoid furloughs at the end of the month when the CARES Act Payroll Support funding expires, keeping 3,000 pilots employed.

Travel Pulse | Related United Airlines, Pilots Union Agree to Deal, Avoid Furloughs – Airways Mag



US Dropping COVID-19 Screening for Inbound International Passengers

As of next Monday, inbound international travelers will no longer be funneled through select US airports with additional COVID-19 screening requirements. The policy shift ends months of passenger screening and tracking meant to help control the spread of the disease within the US. This could deliver a boost to the industry by allowing inbound flights to more airports than were available over the summer, though it could also hamper recovery efforts if consumers feel it reduces the level of safety of those trips.

Yahoo News | Related U.S. set to end enhanced screening of some international travelers for COVID-19 - sources – Reuters



Airbus Follows Birds for More Efficient Flight With “fello’fly”

Airbus is aiming to demonstrate the technical, operational and commercial viability of two aircraft flying together for long-haul flights. The concept is similar to the large V formations of migratory birds, with the airframer expecting 5-10% fuel savings per trip owing to decreased engine thrust. Dubbed “fello’fly,” the program depends on tight coordination with air traffic control to adjust departure patterns while maintaining safe aircraft separation. French Bee and SAS will provide operational and flight planning insight while DSNA, NATS and EUROCONTROL will contribute air navigation expertise. The cooperative effort hopes to operate demonstration flights with a pair of A350s before the end of 2020.

Airbus | Related Airbus Signs Partners for Fello’fly Environmental Project – AIN Online



Qantas CEO Discusses Project Sunrise, Pandemic Plans

The business case for Qantas’ Project Sunrise ultra-long-haul flights linking Australia’s east coast with New York, London and Paris will be even stronger in a post-COVID world, since they will be non-stop and expose travelers to less touchpoints, according to CEO Alan Joyce. He believes the airline will get “an even better” aircraft deal than the one it was on the verge of signing with Airbus for ultra-long-range A350-1000s as the pandemic hit. Any move on Project Sunrise is unlikely in the next few years, however, as Joyce predicts the recovery of the aviation industry to continue through to 2023-24.

APEX Media | Related Qantas puts Project Sunrise on hold – Flight Global



Qatar Airways Activates 100th "Super Wi-Fi" Airplane

Qatar Airways has brought its 100th aircraft online with the high-speed connectivity solution powered by the Inmarsat GX Aviation satellite network. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, noted, “With connection to our loved ones and friends now more important than ever during these challenging times, we are delighted to work with Inmarsat and its GX Aviation technology to bring high-speed Super Wi-Fi broadband to passengers on board our fleet as part of Qatar Airways’ exceptional five-star service.” Travelers receive one hour of complimentary “Super Wi-Fi” service on all GX-equipped aircraft and can purchase a full flight pass if desired.

Qatar Airways | Related Qatar Airways fits 100th aircraft with ‘Super wifi’ – Business Traveller



Mumbai Goes No-Touch With New SITA Kiosk Upgrades

Dozens of self-service kiosks at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport are now equipped with a completely contactless interface for passengers. The updated technology, delivered by SITA, allows passengers to complete all kiosk functions on a personal electronic device rather than touching a shared screen. The software-based solution was deployed rapidly in the terminal and did not require any hardware upgrades. After scanning a QR code on the kiosk, passengers use their mobile device as a trackpad to control check-in and self-bag drop kiosks to print their boarding passes and bag tags.

SITA | Related Mumbai Airport introduces mobile-enabled kiosks to meet new COVID-19 requirements – Airport Business





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> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

PXCom to Exhibit at FTE APEX Virtual Expo. Secure Your Booth Today!

FTE APEX Virtual Expo welcomes PXCom as a new exhibitor. The company has expertise in all IFE systems on the market and is ready to support airlines at any stage of their onboard entertainment projects. PXCom’s software solutions can either manage a full portal or be integrated into existing platforms, providing a suite of sanitized travel applications by eliminating paper, creating contactless experiences, minimizing cabin crew movement and improving inflight social distancing. Check out the entire list of confirmed exhibitors and book your booth to join your peers. Reminder: registration is now open for this ground-breaking event!


> Quote of the Day

“We have massive amounts of Australians who want to go back to their country, but the quota is making it difficult.”

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways
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