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April 19, 2021



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Alaska to Vaccinate Tourists at Airports from June

Governor of Alaska Mike Dunleavy has said the state will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations to tourists arriving and departing from its four largest airports from June 1. There will be a soft rollout lasting five days at Anchorage airport this month before the program gets underway at Juneau, Ketchikan and Fairbanks airports. Cruise ships have been blocked from entering Alaska for the second year running due to COVID-19, which is why the state wants to encourage travelers to fly in. The vaccination clinics will be located outside airport security. 

Anchorage Daily News | Related Newly relaxed entry rules: What it’s like to travel to Alaska right now – The Points Guy



ExpressJet Outlines Plans for Independent Airline

ERJ-145 operator ExpressJet Airlines is planning a return to the skies separate from the United Express brand. Its parent company, ManaAir, envisions ExpressJet operating on underserved routes across the US from June 2021, and has filed the relevant paperwork with the US Department of Transportation. Its 12-month outlook sees ExpressJet expanding to over 300 employees and flying approximately 124 departures a month until October, when departures will increase to 186 for the winter and spring seasons.

Airline Geeks | Related CommutAir Expansion Brings The Carrier To Denver – Simple Flying



United to Make Host of Passenger Experience Improvements

In a video to employees, Toby Enqvist, United Airlines’ chief customer officer, has outlined plans to improve the passenger experience onboard its “older” single-aisle fleet by adding new seats equipped with seatback in-flight entertainment screens, and installing larger overhead bins. He also said the airline will improve its in-flight catering offering by implementing a pre-ordering system before the end of 2021. On the ground, Enqvist said the airline will expand some of its United Club lounges.

Live and Let's Fly | Related United Airlines plans to use jet fuel made from trash – World Economic Forum



IATA Partners with Eurofins to Boost Travel

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has partnered with test laboratory company Eurofins to allow users of the IATA Travel Pass app to access various test types at hundreds of locations globally. “Adding the extensive Eurofins network to the initiative will help travellers more conveniently adjust their travel preparations to meet the COVID-19 requirements,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general. Eurofins has more than 800 laboratories in more than 50 countries and has capacity for more than 20 million patient tests per month, the company said.

Business Travel News Europe | Related Emirates begins IATA Travel Pass trials – Travel Daily Media



Corsair Showcases Premium A330-900neo Interior

Corsair has offered a closer look at the cabin interior of its new A330-900neo, the first of five to be delivered. The aircraft is split into three classes, which are made up of 20 lie-flat Opal business-class seats from Stelia Aerospace, 21 Safran Z535 premium economy-class seats, 33 economy plus seats with extra legroom and 278 standard economy-class seats. The carrier has opted for a deep slate blue color scheme throughout, which hints at a premium offering. However, the 3 x 3 x 3 configuration in economy class means there’s an extra seat in each row compared to the standard layout of the A330-900neo. 

The Design Air | Related Corsair’s First Airbus A33neo Touches French Skies – Airways Magazine



SITA Improves Boarding Times at Istanbul Airport

SITA has revealed the results of a six-month biometrics trial conducted at Istanbul Airport (iGA) with Turkish Airlines, which allowed passengers to complete security checks, access lounges and board their flights simply by scanning their faces. It harnessed existing SITA technology at iGA, including SITA Smart Path and SITA Flex. The airport saw a 30% reduction in boarding times, increased satisfaction from participating passengers and airlines, and a reduction in COVID-19-related risks. 

SITA | Related SITA’s Biometric Solution Provides Fast Track for United Airlines' Domestic Travelers at SFO – Aviation Pros



Oman Air Caters to Passengers During Ramadan

Oman Air has reintroduced its signature Iftar meal boxes on select flights to facilitate passengers’ dietary needs during Ramadan. The Iftar boxes, decorated with Ramadan-themed visuals and a Ramadan Mubarak logo, are available in all cabin classes. They contain finger sandwiches, slices of fresh seasonal fruits, dates, traditional maamoul, vegetables, hummus, mixed nuts, and a traditional laban drink. Passengers will also be able to watch Ramadan-themed programming via Oman Air’s in-flight entertainment system. 

Oman Air | Related Oman Air, Qatar Airways expand codeshare cooperation – Trade Arabia





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Association News

Exclusive Turkish Airlines Interview to Take Place at FTE APEX Virtual Expo

During FTE APEX Virtual EXPO, APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader is to host an exclusive interview with M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee at Turkish Airlines. The interview will see Aycı share his perspective on the aviation industry's recovery from COVID-19 and Turkish Airlines' future ambitions in line with the event’s theme, "Relaunching Global Air Transport." The full conference agenda can be seen here.


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"We realized this had to be workspace as well as a sleep space.”

Daniel Clucas, Acumen Design Associates
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