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Travelers Finally Get to Skip COVID Test to Enter the U.S.

In a move welcomed by the industry, US officials announced on Friday morning that international visitors will no longer require a COVID test, with the requirement being scrapped from Sunday.  The  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that the negative test requirements are no longer necessary “based on the science and data.”  The CDC will review its decision in another 90 days. Since October, travelers to the U.S. have had to show a negative test result taken no more than one day before travel.

San Francisco Chronicle | Related U.S. drops Covid testing requirement for international travelers – CNBC

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PAL to Trial Wireless IFE Solution from Inflight Dublin

Philippines Airlines (PAL) has selected Inflight Dublin to provide a trial of its Wireless IFE solution, Everhub.  Inflight Dublin will equip a range of aircraft within Philippines Airlines’ fleet including the carrier’s A330, A350 and B777 aircraft with the Everhub solution consisting of hardware, software and content as well as Inflight Dublin’s intuitive data analytics platform, IFD Insights. The solution’s content package includes Hollywood blockbusters, classic movies, TV shows, documentaries and PAL’s own promotional videos.

Inflight Online | Related PAL selects Inflight Dublin for wireless IFE trial - Runway Girl Network

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Comair to Begin Liquidation Proceedings

British Airways franchisee Comair, has begun liquidation proceedings after failing to secure new funding. All flights operated by Comair and its low-cost subsidiary Kulula were suspended last week – at the time the group said that it planned to restart operations once it had secured new capital. However, in a statement released on Thursday, Comair said the group’s business rescue practitioners (BRPs) had lodged a court application to convert business rescue proceedings into liquidation proceedings. Giving notice of the liquidation proceedings the BRPs said that “they no longer believe that there is a reasonable prospect that the Company can be rescued.”

Business Traveller | Related Comair Employee Group Calls For The Airline CEO's Removal – SImple Flying

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Frontier to Feature Two-Toed Sloth on Aircraft Livery

From next year ultra low cost carrier Frontier will be featuring the Costa Rican two-toed sloth on the tail of select aircraft.  This is in line with the airline’s livery policy, where endangered species from across the Americas are featured.  The sloth is yet to be named, and Frontier is asking social media fans to send in suggestions.  There is already a groundswell of support for the sloth to be named “Sid” after the character in the Ice Age movie franchise.

Simple Flying | Related New Frontier Airlines plane tail will feature the Costa Rican Two-Toed Sloth in honor of destination partner Costa Rica - World Airline News

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SWISS and Airportr Expand Baggage Management to Zurich

Baggage management system Airportr and SWISS are rolling out Airport’s baggage management system to Zurich.  This follows a trial at Geneva airport.  This allows luggage to be collected from any Swiss address up to 23 hours before the flight. A vetted driver validates the passenger’s passport and boarding pass at their doorstep and seals their bags for secure transportation to the airport, where they are checked in all the way through to their final destination. Passengers are then sent digital baggage tags and are kept up to date on the status of their bags via email and SMS.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related SWISS Passengers Can Now Travel To Zurich Airport Without Their Bags - Simple Flying

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Thales Unveils New Airport Security Scanner to Speed Checks

Thales has announced the development of HELIXVIEW, a stationary, compact and lightweight EDS CB C3-compliant scanner that leverages X-ray nanotechnology-based electronic scanning along with 3D imaging reconstruction to detect prohibited items inside passenger luggage. Thales believes that the deployment of this new technology will eliminate the need for passengers to remove belongings from luggage, facilitating security checks at airports. Thales expects HELIXVIEW to be certified by the end of next year.

Airport Technology | Related Thales to Launch New Airport Security Scanner – Travel News Asia

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Latest Safran Aircraft Seats and Interiors on Show at AIX Hamburg

Safran will be featuring its latest aircraft seats and interiors at AIX Hamburg next week.  This includes VUE, a new business class seat for single-aisle airplanes operating long-haul routes, Unity, the new generation of business class seats for widebody planes, Interspace, a padded wing that folds out between seats to provide passengers with better lateral support and more privacy and Euphonie, an all-new wireless acoustic device that will be unveiled as a world first at the show.

Market Screener | Related AIX returns to in-person event at Hamburg Messe - Runway Girl Network

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Association News

Registration is NOW OPEN for APEX/IFSA EXPO!

Registration is now open the most comprehensive end-to-end airline passenger experience marketplace in the industry – APEX/IFSA EXPO! On October 25-27 in Long Beach California, join more than 1,500 industry professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers, and decision-makers from dozens of airlines around the world, in showcasing the latest technologies, products, and content and share unique insights via our thought leadership programming. Click here to register.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"The Biden administration is to be commended for this action, which will welcome back visitors from around the world and accelerate the recovery of the U.S. travel industry."

Roger Dow, US Travel Association
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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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