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January 27, 2021



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EASA Approves 737 MAX Return to Service

After nearly two years, the Boeing 737 MAX can resume service in Europe. The news comes as EASA completed an extensive and independent analysis of the aircraft. The MAX requires modifications to its software and electronics. Special maintenance checks and crew training are also needed. EASA’s executive director Patrick Ky said the agency will continue to monitor 737 MAX operations closely and added that Boeing will “work to enhance the aircraft still further in the medium term, in order to reach an even higher level of safety.”

business travel news europe | Related Canada clears Boeing 737 Max for flight nearly 2 years after global grounding – CBC



PIT and Honeywell Create Live Air Quality Management Solution

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) partnered with Honeywell through its innovation center, xBridge, to develop a live dashboard measuring air quality. A network of sensors connected to the dashboard provides real-time updates on parameters such as temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds to help staff quickly correct issues. For example, if carbon dioxide levels rise in a certain area, it’s likely the space is overcrowded. In response, airport staff could adjust ventilation or encourage social distancing.

blue sky pit | Related Pittsburgh International Airport Launches xBridge Innovation Center – Airways Magazine



New Digital Health Passport on Etihad’s Paris–Abu Dhabi Route

Etihad is testing a digital health passport called ICC AOKpass developed by the International Chamber of Commerce, International SOS and SGS Group, which customers can use on the airline’s flights between Paris and Abu Dhabi. The platform stores COVID-19 test results on mobile devices, which airport agents will verify using a global, incorruptible blockchain-based network. International SOS claims that 170 airports are interested in ICC AOKpass, including facilities in Paris, Japan and the US. Travelers to Singapore from Indonesia and Malaysia can also use the solution in dedicated immigration lanes at Changi Airport.

business traveller | Related AdR and Alitalia begin digitalising negativity certificates with ICC AOKpass – ICC



The State of Cabin Crew Training and Recruitment

For specialist aviation recruitment firm AeroProfessional, tough job prospects became a fact of life once the COVID crisis hit. Sam Sprules, the company’s managing director, said that the widespread grounding of flights caused by border closures and reduced demand for travel has devastated cabin crew recruitment. But he also believes the industry’s team-oriented spirit will see them through until the crisis eases. “Our gut feel right now is that as soon as the restrictions on travel are lifted, there will be a boom which could be as early as spring,” he said.

APEX Media | Related Aeropeople wins multi-million pound deal with Virgin Atlantic Airways – Aeropeople



Boeing 777X Launch Delayed Until 2023

A new widebody jet developed by Boeing known as the 777X, originally slated to be released next year, is now expected to enter service by late 2023. The company cites more stringent certification processes as well as low demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boeing’s net loss rose to $8.44 billion by the end of Q4 last year, taking its full-year loss to a record $11.94 billion. The OEM also confirmed it would produce five 787s per month beginning in March, when it will consolidate production at its South Carolina factory. Boeing’s CEO Dave Calhoun also expressed optimism about potential large new orders from China should new US President Joe Biden ease trade tensions between both nations.

Reuters | Related Boeing Reports Fourth-Quarter Results​ – Boeing



Flair Airlines to Lease Multiple MAX 8 Aircraft

Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier Flair Airlines made progress towards its goal of operating a fleet of 50 aircraft within five years after ordering 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft leased from financier 777 Partners. The new jets will seat 189 passengers and boast a range of 3,550 nautical miles, allowing the airline to serve more destinations. Flair claims the new aircraft will allow it to achieve the lowest cost per seat mile of any Canadian airline and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 14%.

globe newswire | Related Flair Airlines announces air service suspension in Prince George – Prince George Now



Toronto Pearson Rolls Out Counter Hearing Loop Technology

Hearing loops have been introduced at counters across Toronto Pearson Airport including information desks, selected gates, lost and found, and Canada Border Services Agency and US Customs & Border Protection areas. Hearing loops cut out unwanted background noise as sound from a microphone goes directly into hearing aids or cochlear implants. Toronto Pearson said the technology will allow passengers with hearing loss to discuss sensitive issues with agents and passenger service representatives while maintaining dignity and independence during their journey.

toronto pearson | Related Orlando International Airport Provides Accessibility Support to 29 Million Passengers – Aviation Pros





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This week, we're highlighting the work of Daniel Rico, which was featured in issue 9.4 of #APEXExperienceMag. 

> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

Mark Your Calendar for FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021

By all accounts, last year's FTE APEX Virtual Expo was a great success. Delegates from 111 countries, 166 different airlines, 165 commercial ‎airports and over 1,500 unique organizations came together on our virtual platform. Our 81 exhibitors recorded a total of 22,893 booth visits, with visitors downloading a ‎total of 13,458 documents. Attendees and vendors engaged with one another, sending a total of 22,799 messages. Let's do it again this spring! FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021 will occur from 25-26 May and promises many new and exciting features. Learn more!


> Quote of the Day

"Customers can preorder up to four bowls at a time and then move away from the machine while it is cooking [for] social distancing.”

Amanda Tsung, Yo-Kai Express
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Until tomorrow



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