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June 18, 2021



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Virgin Atlantic, Delta Roll Out FlyReady Tool for Transatlantic Travel

Virgin Atlantic, Delta and TrustAssure have partnered to develop FlyReady, a solution to help transatlantic travelers find, book and confirm they have the correct COVID-19 tests for travel. The passengers’ FlyReady status will then be linked to their booking, allowing airline agents to see from a digital indicator in the system that they are “fit to fly.” The tool, which can be accessed from the “My Booking” page of both airline websites, can be used from up to three days to 90 minutes before departure. There are plans to integrate vaccination status into the FlyReady solution later this summer. 

Virgin Atlantic | Related Virgin Atlantic to offer end-to-end COVID-19 testing bundles – Future Travel Experience



CommonPass, TrustAssure and Affinidi Create End-to-End Health Pass

The Commons Project Foundation, TrustAssure and Affinidi are implementing a universal health pass solution that will enable CommonPass to verify any type of health credential online prior to check-in. Travelers will be able to use TrustAssure to schedule and book a COVID-19 test that meets their destination’s requirements; CommonPass will provide the ability for the results to be converted to a secure, verifiable credential; and Affinidi’s Unifier solution will enable airlines and immigrations authorities to verify different health pass formats on a web-based platform.

Business Wire | Related World's Airports And Leading Airlines Join CommonTrust Network – PR Newswire



Japanese Companies to Work with JAXA on Supersonic Jet

The Japan Supersonic Research Council, a public-private initiative created by IHI, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Subaru and Japan Aircraft Development Corp., will research and develop supersonic passenger jets together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). JAXA said its existing aircraft design has already reduced fuel consumption by 13% compared to Concorde, and will decrease the noise created by a supersonic boom. The group aims to participate in international projects with companies like Boeing from 2030 onward.

Nikkei Asia | Related NASA and JAXA to Work Together on Testing X-59 Model – NASA



Lufthansa Enables Use of Vaccination QR Codes at Check-In

German travelers can now use the digital vaccination certificates issued by their doctor, pharmacy or vaccination center to prove they meet government requirements to fly on check-in with Lufthansa. The QR codes can be presented via app or on a printout at the airport. Once they have been scanned and verified by comparing the data with booking and passenger information, Lufthansa will issue a boarding pass. On select routes, the carrier is also planning to make it possible to scan or load the QR code vaccination certificates within the Lufthansa app in order to issue a boarding pass.

Lufthansa | Related Lufthansa’s New Airline ‘Eurowings Discover’ Ready For Takeoff – Simple Flying



FAA Defends SpaceX Despite Launch License Violation

Wayne Monteith, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) head of Commercial Space Transportation, defended SpaceX during a congressional hearing on the agency’s role in spaceflight despite the company launching a test flight without FAA authorization last December. The SN8 rocket had a successful high-altitude flight test, but exploded attempting to land. “We would not have cleared [SpaxeX] to start flight operations again had I not been confident they had modified their procedures effectively and addressed the safety culture issues that we saw,” Monteith said.

The Hill | Related SpaceX spat with Viasat: Rival accused of abusing legislation to halt Elon's Starlink expansion – The Register



SkyUp Updates In-Flight Menu

Ukrainian low-cost carrier SkyUp has updated its for-purchase on board menu with seasonal items including strawberries and peaches. The fruits will be available until July 31 and August 1, respectively, as part of its SkyBox products. The Strawberry Season Skybox includes dorado and jamon with mango and chili puree sauce; a salad with strawberries, peanuts and feta cheese; and a dessert. The Peach Season Skybox consists of tender chicken rolls with pear, tomatoes and polenta; a salad with grilled peaches, Adyghe cheese, arugula and fried hazelnuts; and a dessert. 

SkyUp | Related Ukrainian SkyUp to launch regular flights to Azerbaijan in July 2021 – MENAFN



Bradley International Airport Launches Mobile Food Ordering

Bradley International Airport is introducing mobile food ordering under a new partnership between Connecticut Airport Authority and Servy. Operating under the brand BDL Market, Servy’s Grab Airport Marketplace technology allows passengers to browse menus, order and pay by scanning QR codes located throughout the airport. Users receive updates on their mobile device when the order is ready to collect. Participating restaurants include Jamba Juice, McDonalds and others, with more set to be added in the coming months.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Servy to Launch SLCtoGo Contactless Food Ordering, Pay and Delivery Service – Aviation Pros





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Association News

APEX/IFSA Award Nominations are Now Open!

The APEX/IFSA Awards, which recognize specific achievements made in the past year, are open for nominations across eight categories: APEX Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation, APEX Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation, APEX Best Airport Innovation, APEX Best Marketing Innovation, APEX/IFSA Best Cabin Innovation, APEX/IFSA Best Product or Service, IFSA Best Inflight Food or Beverage and IFSA Best Onboard Amenity. Submit an APEX/IFSA Award nomination.


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