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April 9, 2021



Today's Top Stories


Airlines Critical of UK’s Roadmap for International Travel

The UK will use a traffic light system to categorize countries and their associated travel restrictions from May 17. Passengers traveling to “green” countries will need a pre-departure test and a PCR test on arrival back in the UK. “Amber” arrivals must self-isolate for 10 days, taking PCR tests on days two and eight, but can end their isolation early with a test on day five. “Red” arrivals will face a mandatory 10-day hotel quarantine. With PCR tests averaging $165, easyJet’s CEO Johan Lundgren said the plan “risks reversing the clock and making flying only for the wealthy.”

GOV.UK | Related 'Only for the wealthy': Airlines slam UK foreign travel rules – CNN Business



Air New Zealand’s Government Loan Increased as it Defers Capital Raise

New Zealand’s government will loan its national carrier a further NZD$600 million after the two parties agreed to defer Air New Zealand’s planned capital raise for three months from June until September. Dame Therese Walsh, the airline’s chair, said this gave Air New Zealand more time to assess the impacts of recent developments on its path to recovery. The loan is in addition to NZD$900 million that was made available to Air New Zealand in March 2020, bringing the total debt facility to NZD$1.5 billion, which the carrier can access until August 2023.

NZ Herald | Related Air New Zealand capital raising delayed – Stuff.co.nz



Connect to Cater for Business Travelers Flying Between US, Canada

Connect Airlines, a new carrier being launched by Boston-based jet charter operator Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA), will link Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport with destinations in the Northeast and Midwest US from October using Q400 turboprop aircraft. Its services will be aimed at day-tripping business travelers. Connect will be the launch customer for IBS Software's “Airline-in-a-box” set of solutions, enabling it to manage its operations using a single integrated platform. “The last year has shown that airlines need to be lean, agile and digital-first. Not only is this important as the industry recovers, but passengers are demanding it,” commented John Thomas, WMA’s CEO.

PR Newswire | Related WMA Announces Management Team to Lead New Scheduled Operations – Aviator.aero



Adaptive Provides ANA with its ACES Digital Press Solution

ACES, Adaptive’s digital press solution, became available to All Nippon Airways (ANA) passengers on April 1. They can access content, including ANA’s in-flight magazines, as well as other publications in multiple languages, on their personal devices via the airline’s app. David Fairand, Adaptive’s COO, explained, “Passengers can download content up to 24 hours before the flight using an Internet connection, and it will remain available on their device for 24 hours after the flight lands.” ANA’s decision to abandon physical copies of its in-flight magazine is part of the carrier’s long-term commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

PAX International | Related ANA to become first airline to use innovative jet fuel in Asia – AeroTime



Alaska Details Plans for SFO Lounge

This summer, Alaska Airlines will open a new lounge at San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 in the location of a former American Airlines Admirals Club lounge. Sangita Woerner, Alaska Airlines’ SVP Marketing and Guest Experience, revealed that an SFO facility “has been the top-requested Alaska lounge location by our guests for years.” It will be the carrier’s eighth US lounge, and the second largest behind Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Features will include made-to-order dining options, an espresso bar operated by a trained barista and a full bar offering local wines and craft beers.

Business Traveller | Related Oneworld Carriers Welcome Newest Member, Alaska Airlines – APEX Media



Sean Bratches Becomes Chairman of Global Eagle’s Board of Directors

Sean Bratches has been appointed chairman of Global Eagle’s board of directors. Previously, Bratches has served as managing director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1 and EVP Sales and Marketing at ESPN. Josh Marks, Global Eagle’s CEO, commented, “Sean’s deep experience in content development, distribution, advertising and sponsorships will help guide our media and content investments and services for airlines, cruise lines and other mobility markets.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Global Eagle Successfully Completes Sale to Investor Group and Operations Emerge from Restructuring Process – Global Eagle



Vinci Hopes to Make Seven Brazilian Airports More Green

Vinci Airports has won a contract to manage seven Brazilian airports for a 30-year term. The largest is Manaus Airport, but also includes Porto Velho, Rio Branco, Boa Vista, Cruzeiro do Sul, Tabatinga and Téfé airports. Vinci aims to build on the environmental policy it has been implementing at Brazil’s Salvador Bahia Airport since 2018 by making their existing infrastructure more eco-efficient. Measures will include a net-zero emissions goal as well as the introduction of photovoltaic farms and waste and water management systems, and the establishment of biodiversity laboratories.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Fentress Architects launches $15,000 competition to envision airport of the future – Dezeen





In Al St. Germain's third online post this week, he's saying thank you.

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> Tweet of the Day

75 years ago today,in 1946, Ethiopian Airlines operated its 1st scheduled flight with Douglas C-47 Skytrain aircraft from Addis Ababa to Cairo via Asmara.Happy 75th anniversary to our valued customers & all hard working employees who made the airline shine high in the sky. #ET75

Ethiopian Airlines @flyethiopian


Association News

Publisher’s Notebook, Part Three: Al St. Germain Thanks APEX’s Supporters

In the final installment of his Publisher’s Notebook series, Spafax’s EVP, Al St. Germain, takes time to thank everyone that’s helped make APEX Media a success thus far. After seven years serving as publisher of APEX Media, Spafax has elected to move on from the role, with great appreciation to APEX for the opportunity. APEX’s platforms will continue strong as ever under the ongoing direction of the association working with a new partner. Read Al St. Germain’s first and second posts.


> Quote of the Day

“The entire process [with Inflight Dublin] has been seamless and we look forward to seeing the benefits of the solution in action.”

Connor Lee, Korean Air
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Until next week



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