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May 19, 2021



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EU to Allow Non-Essential Travel

The European Union is set to reopen its borders for non-essential travel from countries with less than 75 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people. The EU has also recommended that fully vaccinated travelers should be allowed to enter from outside the EU, but said member states can decide on testing and quarantine measures. "This will help improve international inbound travel and it's possible to do so safely while at the same time ensuring quick action to counter the spread of new virus variants," said Christian Wigand, spokesperson for the European Commission. 

BBC | Related Saudi Arabia eases travel ban for vaccinated citizens – Al Jazeera



Geven Unveils SuperEco Economy-Class Seat

Geven’s SuperEco economy-class seat offers a 28-inch pitch paired with what the company claims is “unparalleled shin and knee clearance.” Featuring a redesigned supporting structure, each seat weighs in at 7.9 kilograms per passenger and has armrests that fold up to lie flush with the backrest. Customization opportunities include in-seat power integration. Geven will soon reveal new economy, premium economy and business-class seat models designed in partnership with PriestmanGoode.

Inflight Online | Related Geven and PriestmanGoode in partnership to design the next-generation aircraft seats – Geven



Clip’s CLICK Tray Maximizes Trolley Space, Convenience

Clip's reusable CLICK tray folds into a box that occupies a third of the volume of a traditional ATLAS tray in the trolley. In box form, the CLICK tray protects food without using disposable lids, and means the crew can deliver meals to passengers with minimal risk of spillages. The tray folds open to two-thirds of the size of an ATLAS tray and clicks into position. A non-slip surface provides grip on the tray table. Clip’s patented concept proposes the tray is made from rPET or 100% plant-based, compostable material.

PAX International | Related PriestmanGoode shakes up air travel to eliminate single-use plastic – Dezeen



FTE APEX Virtual Expo: 10 Airline CEOs to join APEX/IFSA Board of Governors Meeting

Leaders from Delta, United, Turkish Airlines, Air Canada, Ethiopian Airlines, Xiamen Airlines, Spirit, Aeromexico, JSX and Atlantic Airways will join the APEX/IFSA Board of Governors meeting at FTE APEX Virtual Expo. The exclusive gathering usually takes place behind closed doors, but this year it will be broadcast to delegates. The board will consider key priorities for both associations and collectively agree on strategic guidance.

Future Travel Experience | Related Register for FTE APEX Virtual Expo



Air France Completes SAF Flight with French Biofuel

Air France has completed a flight between Paris and Montreal using an A350 aircraft powered by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The SAF was produced by Total in France using waste cooking oil and lessened the route’s CO2 emissions by 20 tons. The flight is part of an agreement between four companies – Air France-KLM, Airbus, Total and Groupe ADP – to develop a SAF supply chain in France. “Sustainable aviation fuels constitute our main lever in the medium-term for reducing our CO2 emissions per passenger/km by half by 2030,” said Benjamin Smith, CEO at Air-France-KLM. 

Groupe ADP | Related Groupe ADP, Air France-KLM and Airbus team up to transform Paris airports into hydrogen hubs – Future Travel Experience



Comtech Xicom Technology Receives SSPA Order for IFC

Comtech Telecommunications subsidiary Comtech Xicom Technology has received a follow-on order for its Falcon 50Ka solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) worth over $1 million. The SSPAs, which feature a tri-band Block Upconverter and are packaged in ARINC 791 compliant housings, will be used as part of an in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution. Fred Kornberg, CEO at Comtech Telecommunications, said, “Comtech sees significant opportunity in this growing market and offers a portfolio of Gallium Nitride-based products at Ku-band and Ka-band for IFC applications to keep people connected.”

Comtech Telecommunications | Related Comtech Receives $8.8M Contract for In-Flight Connectivity Amplifiers – Via Satellite



Unisys to Provide BRS for BARA Members at Australian Airports

A new six-year contract will see Unisys Corporation provide airline members of the Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) with its advanced Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) at seven Australian airports. Unisys’ BRS links passengers with their bags, tracking both throughout their journey. The contract covers additional data security measures that use artificial intelligence to identify and contain data breaches, as well as an Android-based interface for the handheld scanners used by baggage handlers. 

Unisys | Related Baggage Reconciliation Technology’s Role in Supporting Airport Recovery – Aviation Pros





@nunavikflygal feels as though she has a fearless alter ego when she’s flying.   

This week, we're looking back at illustrations by Felipe Vargas for the Travelogue feature in #APEXExperienceMag!

> Tweet of the Day

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Association News

Hear Dan Coleman and Joe Leader Discuss FTE APEX Virtual Expo

PAX International editor Jane Hobson spoke to to FTE founder and CEO Dan Coleman and APEX/ISA CEO Dr. Joe Leader to find out what delegates can expect at next week's FTE APEX Virtual Expo. “This really isn’t just another webinar,” said Coleman. “We are really proud to provide a platform for the many established industry suppliers who pivoted to make their proposition even more relevant to the times that we’re living in.” Watch the interview.


> Quote of the Day

"We made some big changes that really will encourage a lot more one-to-one interaction."

Dr. Joe Leader, APEX/IFSA
Read the article


Until tomorrow



The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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