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February 11, 2021



Today's Top Stories


Health Pass Developers Form Interoperability Group

With over a dozen different health passports on the market and in development, the issue of compatibility comes into play. This is why Airports Council International, several health passport developers and various digital ID security stakeholders have formed a group dubbed Good Health Pass Collaborative. Together, they will come up with ways for various digital systems to work together by adhering to open standards and participating in a common governance framework. “Without these, fragmentation is inevitable, and travelers – and the economy – will continue to suffer needlessly as a result,” remarked Dakota Gruener, executive director of the group’s founding alliance, ID2020.

Medium | Related Good Health Pass Collaborative



Omnevo Looks to Overhaul Aviation Catering and Retail

End-to-end ancillary revenue solution Omnevo is looking to democratize the food and beverage space for airlines and airports. “In the past, airlines needed a caterer that could supply the food at all the stations they flew in and out of, but you can plug any caterer into our technology at any station and control what each one is supposed to do for you,” explained Kian Gould, chairman of the board at Omnevo. In terms of retail, the company’s goal is to create a growth trajectory for airlines, independent of how many people are flying. Its platform supported the auction for dining spots inside a Singapore Airlines A380 during the early days of the pandemic.

APEX Media | Related LATAM Streamlines Flight Booking, Increases Ancillary Revenue With New App – APEX Media



LAN Argentina Permanently Ceases Operations

After 15 years in operation, LAN Argentina, LATAM’s Argentinian branch, is shutting down due to the economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The airline has not operated any flights since June of last year after Argentina imposed strict travel restrictions in light of the pandemic. Other LATAM Group carriers will operate LAN’s international flights from now on. Flag carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas is now the last major airline left standing in the nation.

Simple Flying | Related Argentina Says No Air Traffic until Perhaps 2021 – Airways Mag



Gilat’s Taurus Aero Modem Enters Chinese Market

Gilat Satellite Networks has announced that its Taurus aero modems for Ka-band in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems have been shipped to a leading systems integrator in China. The integrator is now installing them across the entire fleet of an undisclosed Chinese airline, and on additional domestic airlines. The first aircraft is already operating with IFC enabled by its Taurus modem and is performing very well, according to Gilat. Yuan Si, country manager, China at Gilat, said, “We are pleased to see the in-flight connectivity business moving forward in China and look forward to equipping additional airlines with Gilat’s high-performance aero modem, enabling passengers an excellent IFEC user experience.”

Gilat | Related Gilat’s Proven ESA Technology Successfully Demonstrated over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress – Gilat



IMG Deal With PAC Gives Passengers Something to Cheer About

Thanks to a new agreement between Panasonic Avionics (PAC) and IMG, millions more passengers will be able to experience the unique thrill of live sports at 30,000 feet. PAC recently obtained the international in-flight rights to IMG’s Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra channels, which are now available to airlines that are not using PAC in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems. The deal was forged during a time of crisis in aviation. “Despite knowing this was going to be a tricky period for the airline industry, both parties were totally committed to getting this deal renewed,” said IMG Media’s SVP, Richard Wise. IMG has also negotiated in-flight media rights deals with sports federations.

APEX Media | Related Panasonic Avionics and IMG Extend Live In-Flight Sports Relationship – Panasonic Avionics



Delta Launches Digital Concierge

First announced at CES 2020, Delta Air Lines’ Digital Concierge is now a reality. While the spirit of the endeavor remains the same – customers will be able to access all key travel information in one app – the digital concierge is now focused on making travel restrictions simple to navigate. Delta will share current travel requirements with customers based on the destination booked, provide them with available COVID-19 test scheduling options and automatically validate their test results. Travelers can find the digital concierge on Delta’s website and the Fly Delta app.

Delta Air Lines | Related Delta CEO Announces Digital Concierge, Deepened Ties With Lyft and More During CES 2020 Keynote – APEX Media



Aviation Consortium to Explore Potential of Hydrogen at Paris Airports

Paris region, Groupe ADP, Air France-KLM and Airbus are launching a call for expressions of interest surrounding the use of hydrogen as it pertains to decarbonizing air transport, with the goal of transforming Paris airports into hydrogen hubs. The partners will review solutions relating to the storage, transport and distribution of hydrogen; diversification of hydrogen use cases in airports and in aeronautics; and the circular economy. “We must prepare today to welcome the hydrogen aircraft in 2035,” said Edward Arkwright, deputy CEO of Groupe ADP. Applications are being accepted until March 19.

Airbus | Related Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft – Airbus





"I always ask my friends if they have time to tag along, because being able to share an experience makes it better many times over."

This week, we’re featuring #AvGeekTreasures from Tiezheng Bu, a frequent flyer who documents his travels on YouTube under the name "Vicarious Voyager."

> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

New Airlines C-Suite Summit to Take Place at 2021 Virtual Expo

As this recent FTE article highlights, a large number of new airlines are launching around the world to take advantage of the long-term opportunities in the air transport industry. We will quiz a panel of C-level executives behind these new startup airlines to ascertain their ideas, and insights, on why they believe they will be successful and what the future holds for the industry at large. Learn more about this and other new conference features for 2021.


> Quote of the Day

“Despite knowing this was going to be tricky period for the airline industry, both parties were totally committed to getting this deal renewed.”

Richard Wise, IMG
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Until tomorrow



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