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June 17, 2021



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EU to Add US to Safe Travel List by End of Week

According to sources, the European Union has decided to add the US to its safe travel list along with seven other territories including Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia, Lebanon, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong. While some European countries have already opened their doors to US travelers, this recommendation at EU-level aims to coordinate travel rules across the bloc. A formal decision on allowing non-essential is expected by the end of the week. An EU official said the UK is still omitted from the list due to concerns regarding the Delta variant.

CNBC | Related Portugal Reopens to Non-Essential US Travel – BTN Europe



Qantas, Jetstar Bring in More Aircraft to Meet Domestic Demand

Qantas is expanding its deal with Alliance Airlines to include options for 18 Embraer E190s, up from an initial 14, to cater to the burgeoning domestic travel market. Three are already flying, and another five will enter service by October. The airline aims to grow its domestic capacity to at least 107% of pre-COVID-19 levels during the 2022 financial year. Over the same period, Jetstar’s domestic network is set to grow to 120% of pre-COVID-19 levels, so the airline is redeploying three Airbus A320s from Jetstar Asia in Singapore. These aircraft join six A320s already on loan from Jetstar Japan. 

Qantas | Related QANTAS BEGINS FLYING ALLIANCE’S E190S – Australian Aviation



Collins Aerospace Debuts Touchless Crew, Passenger Services Solution

Collins Aerospace has introduced a new Electronic Cabin Bag (eCB) solution that automates cabin crew tasks and allows passengers to use their personal electronic devices for in-flight purchases and service requests. The eCB system offers passengers a real-time view of the food, beverage and retail inventory onboard and, when paired with in-flight connectivity, allows for live credit card payments. Clotilde Enel-Rehel, general manager, Commercial Aviation & Network Services at Collins Aerospace, said its eCB “gives airlines a boost in efficiency and ancillary revenue while helping passengers and crew feel confident returning to travel.” 

Collins Aerospace | Related Collins Aerospace to supply sleek PSUs for A320 Airspace cabins – Aircraft Interiors International



Flydubai Partners with Official UAE Digital Verification App

Flydubai passengers departing from Dubai International Airport’s (DXB) Terminal 2 can now use the UAE’s official digital verification app, Alhosn, to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status and test results before they travel. Flydubai is the first airline to use Alhosn, and is working to integrate the service on flights departing from DXB’s Terminal 3. Last week, the UAE introduced a “green pass” system, which requires residents to validate their vaccination status or latest test results using Alhosn if they want to enter certain facilities including shopping malls, gyms, cinemas and restaurants. 

Arabian Business | Related flydubai Will Bring Back 1000 Employees – Simple Flying



Nepal Approves SITA, Thales for IFC Services

After announcing that Nepal had approved the use of in-flight connectivity (IFC) on international flights in April, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) confirmed it has given the green light to two internet service providers, SITA FOR AIRCRAFT and Thales, to provide the service. "Airline companies will have a Picocell installed on planes from their respective countries. Picocells will work as 4G base stations. The Base Transceiver Station is operational with a transmission link connection via a satellite," said the NTA’s director, Ambar Sthapit. "This means Nepal allowing foreign ISPs to operate in our sky."

Nepali Telecom | Related Nepal Allows In-flight Internet For International Flights – Nepali Telecom



15Below Partners with Sitata for Entry Requirement Data

15below is integrating travel confidence data provided by Sitata into its platform to allow airlines to relay important pre-flight travel information to passengers and keep them informed of any changes that occur after their flights are booked. Canadian travel safety and risk management firm Sitata uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to share 300 over updates each day regarding entry requirements, including COVID-19 tests and quarantines. It’s data also includes insights into whether local restaurants are open and what social distancing measures are in place.

PR Web | Related Etihad Airways partners with 15below – Arabian Aerospace



Cathay Pacific Confirms Involvement in Airbus’ Project Connect

Cathay Pacific has confirmed it is working with Airbus to certify the A350 for single-pilot operations during high-altitude cruise from 2025. The change would mean that a pair of pilots could take alternating rest breaks. Currently, long-haul flights require three or four pilots, so that at least two are always in the cockpit. A spokesperson for Lufthansa confirmed the carrier has also worked on the program, known as Project Connect, but has no plans to use it at present. Likewise, Cathay Pacific stated, "We have not committed in any way to being the launch customer."

Thomson Reuters | Related Cathay Pacific carried just 747 passengers per day in April – Business Traveller





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Association News

FTE Global in Las Vegas Postponed Until December 7-9

Future Travel Experience has decided to postpone the 15th iteration of the FTE Global event, which is co-located with the FTE Ancillary show, until December 7-9 to deliver the best possible attendance and experience for customers. FTE Global will take place at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Learn more.


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"I think we need to encourage regulators to speed up certification processes."

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