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April 30, 2021



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Transat AT to Receive $700m in Federal Aid

Following months of negotiations, Transat AT will receive $700 million in support from the Canadian government via its Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility, which the carrier will partly use to refund travelers for flights cancelled during COVID-19. The relief package comes with conditions: Air Transat must limit executive compensation to $1 million and maintain a minimum of 772 active employees. The same government program also issued $5.9 billion to Air Canada. 

Global News | Related Air Canada and Transat terminate tie-up plans – Runway Girl Network



JetBlue Takes Delivery of First A321LR

JetBlue has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321LR at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The aircraft is the first to feature an Airspace by Airbus cabin and will be used to operate JetBlue’s new transatlantic service this summer. “The A321LR platform – offering the range of a wide-body but with the economics of a single-aisle aircraft – is the right size for us and will allow us to effectively compete ... on flights between the US and London,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s CEO. 

JetBlue | Related [PHOTOS] JetBlue Welcomes First “Baby Bus” at Boston Base – APEX Media



Touch Partners with Whip Media to Help Refine Airline Content Strategies

Touch Inflight Solutions (Touch) is using Whip Media’s Content Value Management (CVM) Insights platform to assist in making strategic content acquisition, licensing and programming recommendations for its clients’ in-flight entertainment systems. WestJet will be the the first to benefit from the CVM Insights platform, which provides real-time data on more than 4.5 million films and television episodes. “We have a new measurement tool that will allow us to make smarter content investment decisions for our clients,” said João Chaves, director of Customer Service at Touch.

APEX Media | Related Touch Inflight Solutions on How It's Disrupting the IFE Content Delivery Model – YouTube



Embraer Receives 30-Jet Order, Delays E175-E2 Program

Embraer has received an order for 30 E195-E2 jets from an undisclosed customer that has a value of up to $2.2 billion at list prices. The order will begin being delivered in 2022 and be included in the company’s 2Q21 backlog. The OEM has also announced it will delay the launch of its E175-E2 aircraft for one year to 2024 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will mark five years since the aircraft type’s maiden flight. 

Aerotime | Related Embraer Delays The E175-E2’s Launch By Another Year To 2024 – Simple Flying



REAL ID Deadline Extended to 2023

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline for the enforcement of REAL ID requirements for a further 19 months from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023. Once enforced, passengers traveling domestically in the US will need to show a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state photo identity card. The DHS cited  limited operating capacity at state driver's licensing agencies as the reason for the latest extension, and revealed that only 43% of all state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards are Real ID-compliant. The deadline has already been pushed back once from March 2020 to March 2021. 

NBC News | Related The US Digital Identity Crisis – The Regulatory Review



Cambodia Airports Adopts Amadeus Flow Cloud Platform

Cambodia Airports has chosen to implement Amadeus Flow, Amadeus’ cloud platform for airport passenger services, across its three sites in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The solution will allow Cambodia Airports to redistribute airline services between terminals, as check-in desks will no longer be tied to fixed networks in specific locations. Amadeus Flow will also pave the way for Cambodia Airports to introduce biometrics and self-service technologies.

Amadeus | Related Why Amadeus developed the industry’s first integrated cloud solution for airports – International Airport Review



In-Person AIX Event Postponed Until June 2022

The in-person Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo and Passenger Experience Conference events in Hamburg have been postponed until June 14-16, 2022. “We remain extremely grateful to all our stakeholders, partners, exhibitors and visitors for their understanding and patience,” said Polly Magraw, event director at Reed Exhibitions, the show organizer. There will also be a virtual event from September 14-16, 2021.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Celebrating the 2020/21 Crystal Cabin Award Winners – APEX Media





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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.


> Quote of the Day

“We’ve made an effort to hire people that embrace our values, and I hope it’s a point of distinction.”

Andrew Levy, Avelo Airlines
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