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June 1, 2021



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[VIDEO] Latest US LCC Breeze Airways Begins Operations

Breeze Airways completed its first flight on May 27 using a 118-seat Embraer E195, during which the crew served KIND bars and Utz chips. Using a fleet of Embraer E-Jets purchased from Azul or leased from Nordic Aviation Capital, the carrier is aiming to operate 39 nonstop routes between 16 cities by July. Breeze Airways founder, David Neeleman, commented, “Breeze makes sense given the deal we have on airplanes, the availability of staff and pilots, and the need in certain markets that were actually being abandoned before the pandemic.” 

APEX Media | Related [PHOTOS] Avelo Airlines Takes to the Skies – APEX Media



Memorial Day Weekend Brings Record Number of Passengers

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 1.96 million travelers, airport workers and aircrew on the Friday ahead of Memorial Day weekend, marking the highest single-day number since the onset of COVID-19 pandemic. In the three days from Friday to Sunday, the TSA screened a total of 5,215,857 passengers. As of last Friday, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that over 50% of the US population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Hill | Related Memorial Day Weekend Shows Air Travel Still Rebounding – Travelpulse



Delta Refreshes IFE Content for Summer 2021

Delta Air Lines is renewing its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering ahead of the summer travel season. The content refresh sees the addition of over 200 films including Academy Award winners Nomadland and The Father. Delta is also celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month with a collection of 13 films and series curated in partnership with employee business resource group EQUAL. Highlighted titles include Schitt’s Creek and Ru Paul’s Drag Race. In addition, a curated "Across the Pond" collection will feature a variety of popular films and series set in the UK such as The Office, Titanic and 1917.

Delta | Related Flair Introduces Wireless IFE with Startup LiFE in the Air – APEX Media



Crystal Cabin Award Shortlists for Judge’s Choice, Safe Travel Categories

The Crystal Cabin Award has announced the shortlist for its “Clean and Safe Air Travel” and “Judge’s Choice Award” categories. The latter features two entries that explore the use of space traditionally reserved for overhead luggage. The Chaise Longue Economy Seat Project designed by TU Delft student Alejandro Núñez Vicente sees each row alternating between on-floor seating and seats elevated a few meters above ground. Meanwhile, Toyota Boshoku's CLOUD CAPSULE concept imagines the area above economy-class seats as “a multi-purpose room that matches the experience of a business-class seat.”

CNN | Related Shortlist announced for two new special categories in the Crystal Cabin Awards – Aviation Business News



Oneweb Launches 36 More Satellites

Oneweb has successfully launched a further 36 low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites from Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome. The launch was the company’s seventh overall and the fourth in a five-launch program to fulfil the goal of its solution reaching all regions north of 50 degrees latitude by June 2021. The connectivity service will be switched on before the end of the year, with global reach becoming available in 2022. The satellites are manufactured by Oneweb Satellites, a joint venture between Oneweb and Airbus Defence and Space. 

The Fast Mode | Related UK funds beam-hopping satellite for OneWeb-led consortium in 2022 – Space News



American, Southwest Reverse Plans to Sell Alcohol Onboard

American and Southwest Airlines have both abandoned plans to reintroduce alcohol on their flights following a recent spike in incidents involving unruly passengers. American will still serve alcoholic beverages in its premium cabin, but they won’t be available in economy class until at least September 13, which is when the US mandate regarding face masks on transportation is set to end. Southwest has not said when it will resume alcohol sales, commenting, “We feel this is the right decision in the interest of the safety and comfort of all customers and crew on board.''

USA Today | Related Southwest Delays Resumption of Alcohol Service on Flights – Travelpulse



Airlines Continue to Expand IATA Travel Pass Tests

British Airways has begun testing the IATA Travel Pass on flights from London Heathrow to Zurich and Geneva today. “We know that digital travel passes ... play a key role in offering those traveling the reassurance they need before they arrive at the airport,” commented Sean Doyle, chairman and CEO at British Airways. Elsewhere, Malaysia Airlines is testing the Android version of the app on flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tokyo Narita and Melbourne, and Vietnam Airlines has become the first carrier in Vietnam to make the solution available to passengers.  

British Airways | Related Malaysia Airlines Expands IATA Travel Pass Trial to Tokyo and Melbourne – Malaysia Airlines





A cake to celebrate Breeze Airways' inaugural flight. Captured by @theairchive.

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UPDATE: Make your plans for 2022! The 3rd annual Seattle Aerospace BBQ will be held on Saturday January 8th, 2022 4-7pm. It will be held once again at Jack's BBQ. We’re skipping the upcoming July 31 dates to make the BBQ even better next year. #AVGeek #SpaceGeek #SEAAEROSPACEBBQ

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Association News

Job Alert: Account Manager, West Entertainment

West Entertainment is looking for a positive and passionate Account Manager for the world of in-flight entertainment. You will support the Account Director in servicing one of the world’s leading airlines with their entertainment needs and ensuring their long-term success. Fluent Japanese language is preferred, but not essential. The position’s location is flexible, but service hours are JST (Japan Standard Time). To find out more, please email talent@westent.com.


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“Airlines should be looking at every opportunity to tap into this part of the journey for revenue opportunities and better customer care.”

Johan van Vulpen, Transferz
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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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