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March 31, 2021



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Lufthansa, ANA Integrate CommonPass; Hong Kong Airlines Tests IATA Travel Pass

After completing their COVID-19 test, Lufthansa customers bound for the US and some other European destinations from Frankfurt can use the CommonPass app to receive their results and obtain a travel certificate to present upon boarding. All Nippon Airways travelers can do the same on flights from Tokyo to New York. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Airlines is embarking on a trial of IATA’s Travel Pass system on select routes. Along with creating health passports for travelers, Hong Kong Airlines will encourage the use of the Lab App module in the Travel Pass app, which allows lab operators verify a traveler’s identity and link test outcomes or proof of vaccination directly to a user’s profile.

lufthansa group | Related Hong Kong Airlines to trial ‘Travel Pass’ in support of travel recovery – Hong Kong Airlines



Dreamliner Leases Secured by Norwegian Upstart

Norse Atlantic Airways followed through on its plan to lease nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners with yesterday’s announcement that it has partnered with leasing firm AerCap. The airline will acquire six 787-9s and three 787-8s this year, and look to hire former long-haul Norwegian Airlines pilots and cabin crew. Norse Atlantic will be incorporated in Ireland despite being formally based in Norway. Norwegian operated in a similar fashion, which caused the DOT to spend three years debating whether it should grant the airline approval to serve the US. Last week, the chairman of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee urged the Biden administration to deny Norse Atlantic’s application outright.

paxex.aero | Related U.S. should deny market access to Norwegian budget airline - lawmaker – Reuters



ACI Integrates Airport Health Info in Apple Maps

Travelers searching for airports via Apple Maps will now notice direct links to the facility’s COVID-19 info page along with text outlining traveler health requirements displayed natively on the place card. The data is also available via an API, should airlines or other third parties wish to leverage it. “Collaboration remains key to a globally coordinated recovery and we are grateful to our members for the partnership we have forged to deliver this important tool that will contribute to the rebuilding of passenger confidence in air travel,” said ACI World’s director general, Luis Felipe de Oliveira. Airports can submit their health info through the ACI Health Measures Portal.

ACI | Related Check & Fly – ACI



IAMA Rulebook Update Addresses New Pain Points

Members of the Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) can now reference an updated version of its rulebook. Changes were made based on feedback from aircraft operators, owners and lessors’ experiences with the supplemental type certificate (STC) lifecycle. IAMA set forth new rules surrounding STC-based modification maintainability designed to reduce aircraft downtime, and addressed aircraft transferability issues. “Through transparency, open communication, and continuous improvement – along with our recently launched auditing system – we are establishing standards that support modifiers in their delivery of the highest quality results,” said Nicole Noack, managing director, IAMA.

iam alliance | Related IAMA Updates Rulebook for Streamlined Aircraft Modifications – APEX Media



BA Bets on Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft with ZeroAvia Investment

California-based startup ZeroAvia’s third funding round secured $24.3 million from investors, including British Airways (BA), which will be used to develop a 50-seat regional aircraft that produces zero emissions. ZeroAvia has been operating test flights using a six-seater propellor plane in the UK. It is targeting the introduction of 500-mile-long commercial flights using 10- to 20-seat aircraft by 2023 and the development of jets able to carry up to 200 passengers for 3,000 miles by 2030.




Global Eagle’s Management Team Gets New Look

On Monday, Global Eagle announced four additions to its executive media content and connectivity leadership team. Former SmartSky Networks CCO Nancy Walker was named senior vice-president, Commercial – Inflight Connectivity. Kate Santoro, whose resume includes a stint as Colorado’s Deputy District Attorney, will oversee all legal matters at Global Eagle. Hope Groves, former director, Studio Technology at Disney was named VP, Content Technology. And Estibaliz Asiain, who worked for Global Eagle for eight years, was promoted to SVP, Commercial – Media & Content.

Global Eagle | Related Global Eagle Successfully Completes Sale to Investor Group – Global Eagle



GAT to Distribute Honeywell’s Latest UV Treatment System

An expanded distributor agreement with Honeywell will see GA Telesis (GAT) add the latest version of Honeywell’s UV Treatment System for aircraft cabins to its Tarmac Solutions Group inventory. Honeywell’s latest system includes a handheld wand, which allows for increased access to confined areas in aircraft cockpits and lavatories. Jason Reed, president of GAT’s Flight Solutions Group, said, “With the success of our initial agreement for the Honeywell UV Cabin System, we have no doubt this new product will be a hit with the industry and bring passengers back to airlines sooner than expected.”

ga telesis | Related Qatar Airways deploys UV cabin cleaning technology – Future Travel Experience





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