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March 8, 2021



Today's Top Stories


US and EU Seek to End Boeing and Airbus Subsidies Dispute

By bilaterally suspending import tariffs for four months, the US and Europe will attempt to resolve a 17-year dispute that, at its core, relates to government subsidies given to Boeing and Airbus that both parties claim breached trade rules. Those claims have led to tariffs on both sides imposed on the importation of aircraft and billions of dollars' worth of other goods. Yesterday, the US and UK also agreed to pause tariffs. Moving forward, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden will cooperate on limiting the spread of COVID-19, improving the economy, climate change and more.

cnbc | Related U.S. and EU Declare Truce over Boeing and Airbus Subsidies – AI Online



Lufthansa Cooperates with German Railway for FRA Connections

Deutsche Bahn and Lufthansa are collaborating on train-to-flight services that connect Frankfurt Airport (FRA) to five additional cities, bringing the number of towns served by Lufthansa Express Rail to 22. Rail service to Hamburg and Munich will launch in July, and Berlin, Bremen and Münster will be added in December. New high-speed Sprinter trains will also be deployed on certain routes. Harry Hohmeister, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa, said the move benefits consumers and the environment. The airline will evaluate customer acceptance of the shift to rail before terminating short-haul air links.

aviation 24 | Related Lufthansa Embraces Rail Alternative Amid Emissions Pressure – BNN Bloomberg



SIA Launches Phase Two of IATA Travel Pass Test

During the second half of March, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will conduct a second phase of testing for IATA’s Travel Pass health verification system. Travelers on the Singapore–London route who own iPhones may download the app, create a profile, book a pre-departure COVID-19 test and view their results. Consolidating these assets streamlines the check-in process. If the trial is successful, SIA will integrate Travel Pass functionality into its own app towards the middle of 2021. “Our partnership with Singapore Airlines for the first full deployment of the IATA Travel Pass will help get the world flying again,” said Nick Careen, IATA’s SVP, Airport Passenger Cargo and Security.

asian aviation | Related Singapore Airlines To Pilot One-Stop Online Solution For Covid-19 Pre-departure Testing – SIA



How Airports Can Learn From Live Event Venues

Geoffrey Ax, who leads the aviation practice at global design firm Populous in the Americas region, believes that airports have much in common with live events venues and should be innovating accordingly. “Detached or off-site security for live events is certainly an achievable model for airports in the near future … Meeting passengers where they are reduces airport congestion, streamlines travel and enhances passenger enjoyment,” he explained. Ax also argues that airports should incorporate immersive experiences so that passengers can make authentic memories there.

APEX Media | Related Changing Spaces: Challenges for Airport Terminal Design – APEX Media



Clear, Amadeus Health Passports will Leverage CommonPass Network

The Common Trust Network, CommonPass’ registry of vetted health institutions and technology companies, will comprise the core of Clear’s Health Pass and Amadeus’ Traveler ID health passport solutions. Health data transferred through CommonPass is generated in a standardized format, making it easier for airlines and border security agents to validate. CommonPass is recognized by airlines including United, JetBlue, Lufthansa and SWISS.

travel weekly | Related The Commons Project Foundation and Clear Partner to Support Safe Return to Travel – Aviation Pros



Starbucks Customers Can Earn Aeroplan Points in Canada

A new partnership between Starbucks Canada and Aeroplan allows coffee-loving customers to earn frequent flyer points with every purchase. Members can earn 75 Aeroplan points by loading at least $50 to their Starbucks Card, and 150 Aeroplan points when loading at least $75. Aeroplan points may also be redeemed for Starbucks Cards. "New everyday partnerships with well-loved, frequently used brands are another reason to get excited about the reimagined Aeroplan," said Mark Nasr, SVP Products, Marketing and eCommerce, Air Canada.

air canada | Related Air Canada adds WiFi payment via Aeroplan points – Paxex.aero



5G-Powered Robot Used For Airport Perimeter Checks

The perimeter fencing at Hans Christian Anderson Airport in Denmark has recently been patrolled by Spot, a four-legged robot developed by Boston Dynamics, which was connected to TDCs’ commercial 5G network. Deep learning was used so that Spot could examine the perimeter for signs of damage in real-time, something that employees were previously required to do multiple times a day. The experiment was one of various 5G use case scenarios developed by the joint Ericsson/TDC NET 5G Innovation Hub in Denmark.

ericsson | Related SAN’s Airport Innovation Lab launches autonomous tech programme – Future Travel Experience





lllustrator Monica Garwood provided beautiful imagery for The Solo Female Traveler, an article written by Benét J. Wilson.

This week, we're celebrating female illustrators that have contributed to #APEXExperienceMag over the years.

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Association News

FTE APEX Virtual Expo Announces Women in Aviation Leadership Summit

At FTE APEX Virtual Expo, the Women in Aviation Leadership Summit will provide a platform for some of the industry’s foremost female leaders to share their experiences and expertise. Learn more about new activities for 2021.


The 2021 IFSA Scholarship Application Cycle is Now Open

The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) Foundation’s 2021 scholarship application cycle is now open! The IFSA Foundation is committed to supporting IFSA and APEX members, their families, and students pursuing a career in our industry by awarding educational scholarships. The scholarship program is designed to advance the in-flight catering and hospitality industries, as well as the passenger experience industry. APEX members and their families are encouraged to apply. Applications must be received by 21 May 2021 and scholarships will be awarded in July. For more information, click here.


> Quote of the Day

"Recovery is going to be slow and uneven, and will be impacted by the two V’s – vaccines and variants."

Andrew Fitzpatrick, Monster Entertainment
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Until tomorrow



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