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June 2, 2021



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EU Digital COVID Certificate Goes Live

Two months after the European Commission announced plans for the EU Digital COVID Certificate, the technical backbone of the system has gone live. It allows for the issue and verification of QR codes associated with documents showing that passengers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, tested negative for the virus or recovered from it. From July 1, all EU Member States will be required to use the system. Since May 10, 22 countries have tested it, and seven countries – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia and Poland  – have already begun using it voluntarily.

European Commission | Related EU plans to lift Covid quarantine rules for vaccinated from 1 July – The Guardian



Australia to Test International Travel for Vaccinated Population

A pilot program that allows vaccinated Australians to travel to low-risk destinations and return without quarantining if they provide a negative COVID-19 result could be rolled out by the Australian government in the next six to eight weeks. The scheme is set to recognize vaccinations received in other countries where proof of the jab can be reliably verified – including the UK, US, Canada and Singapore – to hasten the return of an estimated 40,000 Australians currently stranded overseas. It is hoped the program will encourage more vaccinations, as Australia’s rollout is behind schedule. 

Executive Traveller | Related Australian court rejects challenge to government's 'draconian' international travel ban – USA Today



[VIDEO] APEX/IFSA Board of Governors Vote on Association Priorities

The APEX/IFSA Board of Governors meeting, which took place publicly for the first time during FTE APEX Virtual Expo, saw airline leaders decide that the two top priorities for both associations this year will be health safety and sustainability. Commenting on the importance of sustainability, Delta’s CEO Ed Bastian said, “We won’t have a sustainable business model if we don’t have a sustainable planet.” During his vote for health safety, Air Canada’s CEO Michael Rousseau said, “If anything, COVID-19 showed us the consequences when people don’t feel safe – 90% of our traffic disappeared overnight.”

APEX Media | Related Industry Leaders Take Stock of Air Travel’s Ongoing Recovery from COVID-19 – APEX Media



SmartSky, Avionica to Offer Real-Time Aircraft Data Services

SmartSky Networks has partnered with aircraft data collection company Avionica to deliver data-focused services for aviation using its connectivity network, which is set to launch later this year. Sean Reilly, Avionica’s VP Business Development, said that the partnership “opens new opportunities for improving aircraft safety and efficiency.” Troubleshooting and analysis of the aircraft using Avionica’s onboard systems will speed up repairs and reduce maintenance costs. “We envision a point where real-time, in-flight data transfer and analysis will be seen just as key a capability as passenger connectivity,” he added. 

SmartSky Networks | Related Accessible, High Precision Data Enables Safer Flights for the Connected Aircraft Ecosystem – Aviation Pros



Turkish Airlines Debuts Istanbul-Inspired Amenity Kits

Turkish Airlines’ new short-haul business-class amenity kits, which were produced by Galileo Watermark, feature eight different artworks from iconic Turkish artist Devrim Erbil. Printed on Saffiano leather bags using a digital printing technique, the works each represent one of Istanbul’s symbolic buildings. The kits include an eye mask, earplugs, non-slip socks, a dental care set, and a hand cream and lip balm from New Zealand brand Antipodes. In addition, each kit contains a brochure that shares important information about the featured artwork and a quote from Erbil.

The DesignAir | Related A Masterpiece Every Time You Fly – Galileo Watermark



SWISS Showcases Canton Ticino Cuisine

SWISS has partnered with Ristorante Vicania to offer first- and business-class passengers on long-haul flights specialities from Canton Ticino as part of its "SWISS Taste of Switzerland" program. From June 2 until the end of August, first-class passengers can choose between a main course of pikeperch with white polenta and toasted Valle Maggia bread or a veal fillet with herb demi-glace accompanied by potato purée with tonka bean. In business class, the choice of mains includes sea bass or corn-fed chicken breast. The dishes in both classes are accompanied by regional cheeses.  

SWISS | Related Sustainability at the heart of new products for Lufthansa and SWISS – PAX International



JetBlue’s First Mint A321neo Enters Service

JetBlue’s first Airbus A321neo equipped with the carrier’s redesigned Mint cabin has entered service on flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. It can be identified by its “Ribbons” tailfin, which is inspired by optical art and features three blues from the airline’s brand palette. “The A321neo with Mint’s entry-into-service ... will continue to position JetBlue to compete effectively on this key route,” said Jayne O’Brien, head of Marketing and Loyalty at JetBlue. The aircraft is the sixteenth A321neo to enter JetBlue’s fleet. 

Business Wire | Related [PHOTOS] JetBlue Unveils Transatlantic Mint Experience – APEX Media





Pilots of Breeze Airways' inaugural flight make the Breeze "check," which features in its livery. Captured by @theairchive.

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Association News

You Can Access FTE APEX Virtual Expo Until June 25

Last week, FTE and APEX jointly delivered FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021, which attracted registrations from 189 airlines and 173 airports during the live days on May 25 and 26. The event remains open as a resource until 23:59 BST on June 25, so visitors can continue to access the portal to revisit the exhibition hall and watch conference presentations and supplier pitch sessions. Enter the virtual event now.


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“The fastest way to put butts in seats is to put Utz in seats!”

David Neeleman, Breeze Airways
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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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