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January 13, 2021

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CDC Mandates COVID Testing for International Arrivals to US

Yesterday the CDC announced a new policy for inbound travelers to the US that requires them to test negative for COVID-19 before boarding their flight. The test must not be more than three days old and refusal to comply will result in being denied boarding. The CDC hopes that the measure, which will be enforced from January 26, will reduce the likelihood of spreading the disease “on planes, in airports and at destinations” when combined with mask-wearing and social distancing. While industry trade groups have been asking for testing programs to replace country-specific entry restrictions, the latter remain in place.

USA Today | Related U.S. Daily Coronavirus Cases Dip but Stay Above 200,000 – Wall Street Journal

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[PHOTOS] JetBlue’s A220 Enhances In-Cabin Comfort

The first Airbus A220 of a total of 70 has been delivered to JetBlue, featuring a host of passenger experience-enhancing design touches. High-definition 10.1-inch Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment screens are installed in each of the 140 Meridian seats supplied by Collins Aerospace, complemented by access to AC, USB-A and USB-C in-seat power. The aircraft is also equipped with Viasat’s in-flight connectivity solution, with free access for passengers under JetBlue’s Fly-Fi branding. The carrier also opted for larger-than-standard windows and overhead bin capacity.

APEX Media | Related JetBlue Reveals Details of Future Digital Retail Experience – APEX Media

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Hudson Airport Stores Bet on Cashier-Less Tech

Dallas Love Field Airport’s Hudson convenience store will be the first to be converted into a “Hudson Nonstop” location once Amazon’s “Just Walk Out” technology is incorporated in the first quarter of this year. Other locations will follow. The concept allows customers to grab the items they want and have their credit cards charged automatically once they leave. “Today’s traveller is progressively more connected, mobile and time sensitive – and they have higher expectations for convenience, safety and speed during their shopping experiences,” noted Brian Quinn, EVP and chief operating officer at Hudson.

TR Business | Related Hudson Announces Rollout of PPE Vending Machines in 27 Airports Across North America – Business Wire

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American and JetBlue Move Forward With Alliance

The US Department of Transportation has ended its review of the proposed alliance between American Airlines and JetBlue. The carriers will now begin implementing key components of the plan, which involves a significant network expansion out of JFK, LaGuardia, Newark and Boston Logan airports. Codesharing and loyalty benefits are also in the cards. US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the partnership will save thousands of jobs. Both airlines hope the competitive service enabled by the alliance will help accelerate their respective recoveries from the pandemic.

American Airlines | Related American Will End 50-Seater NYC Operations As JetBlue Partnership Advances – Simple Flying

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Venture Pristine Seat by JAMCO Incorporates Hygienic Design

The latest business-class seat launched by JAMCO is called Venture Pristine, and it was designed with ease of sanitization in mind. Like all seats in the Venture line, Pristine incorporates materials that inhibit the growth of pathogens. The seats’ high-touch surfaces are built to withstand harsh cleaning chemicals while other components feature antimicrobial paint. JAMCO also minimized split lines, gaps and crevices in the trim that can be hard to clean thoroughly.

Aviation Maintenance | Related JAMCO CORPORATION ANNOUNCES PROJECT BLUE SKY INITIATIVE FOR HYGIENIC, TOUCHLESS AIR CABIN TECHNOLOGIES – DRJ

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Cathay Pacific Opens Help Line Via WhatsApp

Customers looking to reach a Cathay Pacific customer service agent can now send a text message via WhatsApp. The service is open to people from Hong Kong with enquiries relating to booking, the Marco Polo Club frequent flyer program and the Asia Miles rewards program. Support is offered in English and Chinese. Cathay Pacific said the service complements its existing lines of communication via phone, email and social media.

Business Traveller | Related CATHAY PACIFIC OFFERS WHATSAPP CHAT SUPPORT FOR UK FLYERS – Globe Trender

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Place Your Bids for Collectible BOAC 747-Themed Luggage

British Airways is launching a line of carry-on suitcases inspired by its fleet of retired Boeing 747s. The white and navy-blue BOAC Speedbird suitcases are handmade in England; only 150 will be produced and they retail for over $2,600. Two special-edition suitcases are also being auctioned – bids start at $2,700 and proceeds will go towards Flying Start, British Airways’ global charity partnership with Comic Relief. These models were on board the last 747 flight in December and are signed by the flight’s captain.

British Airways | Related Lasting Liveries: BA’s Retrojet Revival – APEX Media

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

"Short, short final for this Asiana Airlines A380 at LAX."

This week, we’re featuring #AvGeekTreasures from longtime APEX Media contributor Howard Slutsken.
 
 

> Tweet of the Day

@flysrilankan proud to announce that we have been awarded Platinum Standard status as the highest-ranked in all of South Asia, in the global @theAPEXassoc Health Safety review powered by @SimpliFlying following a full, independent audit of its COVID-19 hygiene & safety measures.

SriLankan Airlines @flysrilankan

 
 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"UVC lighting gives us a faster, more effective disinfection of one of the most important areas of the aircraft.”

Bryan Quigley, United
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.

 
 

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