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US Airline Organizations Want Unruly Passengers Prosecuted

Ten different US airline groups, including Airlines for America and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, have written to Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the rising number of incidents involving unruly passengers. The organizations have requested that those involved face “public prosecution.” The letter also said the FAA and other federal agencies should “amplify the messaging to reach all travelers about the proposed penalties in addition to using all resources, including the media, to put a very public spotlight on the sentences handed down to perpetrators.”

The Hill | Related A4A Joins Coalition Letter Regarding Unruly Passenger Behavior – Airlines for America

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Canada Ditches Quarantine for Vaccinated Citizens

Fully vaccinated Canadians and permanent residents will be able to re-enter Canada without quarantining from July 5. However, they will be required to prove they’ve received two doses of a Canadian-approved vaccine at least 14 days earlier using the government’s ArriveCAN app. In addition, they will need to provide a negative test result taken up to 72 hours before arrival and a second test upon arrival. In case the arrival test is positive, they must also have a quarantine plan. The change comes as 75% of eligible Canadians have received one vaccine dose and 20% have received both. 

CBC | Related First phase of vaccine certification going live in July for travellers entering Canada – CBC

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FAA’s New Program Enhances Protection for Whistleblowers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched a Voluntary Safety Reporting Program that will enable approximately 7,400 FAA workers including engineers, safety inspectors and others to confidentially report safety-related issues. The program is one of several to have been introduced following legislation passed in December designed to strengthen safety and accountability during the FAA’s aircraft certification process. The legislation change was the result of investigations into the FAA’s certification of the Boeing 737 MAX.

Travel Weekly | Related FAA Selects Palantir for Aircraft Certification Safety Monitoring Solution – Business Wire

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Azul Now Offers Free IFC on Some Domestic Aircraft

Brazilian carrier Azul has now installed Viasat’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution on 17 aircraft in its domestic fleet, which includes Airbus A320 family jets and Embraer E195-E2s. “Azul’s free IFC service is currently available on 15 Airbus A320/321 and two E195-E2 aircraft, with installations ongoing,” said Viasat. The airline opted to install Viasat’s IFC on over 100 domestic aircraft towards the end of 2019. The service uses capacity on Viasat’s Ka-band partner satellite, SGDC-1, owned by Telebrás. Viasat plans to augment the SDGC-1 network with its next-generation Ka-band satellite constellation, ViaSat-3. 

Runway Girl Network | Related Azul and LATAM Brasil Suffer Falling Out Over Potential Takeover – Airline Geeks

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Air Astana Introduces Kaelis-Designed Children's Amenity Kits

Air Astana has launched a new collection of children’s amenity kits created by Kaelis. Kaelis designed six different bags based on six professions, and Air Astana is currently offering four: a “Best Actor” or “Magnificent Magician” bag for kids aged three to six; and a “Superb Scientist” or “Smart Skater” bag for kids aged seven to 11. Each includes board games, activity books, colouring pencils and key chains. They also feature themed items depending on the profession, such as a director’s chalk board clapper, white magician’s gloves, scientist’s safety goggles and a finger skateboard. 

Kaelis | Related Air Astana launches MyPress digital media service – Air Astana

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LaGuardia Reveals New Centurion Lounge

New York’s LaGuardia Airport has unveiled its expanded Centurion Lounge in Terminal B. Spanning 10,000 square feet, it features design elements that reflect the “Big Apple,” such as floor to ceiling windows and phone rooms with vibrant artistic murals. New York-based designers Roll & Hill built the lighting, and there’s a study space filled with NYC-inspired books curated by McNally Jackson. Cédric Vongerichten and Jim Meehan will continue as the lounge’s executive chef and mixologist, respectively, and passengers can choose from a range of locally sourced beverages including coffee, beer and wine.

Forbes | Related Get a first look at the new Amex Centurion Lounge at New York’s LaGuardia airport – CNN

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Swissport Purchases No1 Lounge’s Australian Portfolio

Swissport, which recently introduced the Aspire Airport Lounges brand in Australia by constructing two new facilities at Perth Airport, has acquired No1 Lounge’s Australian business. The No1 Lounge portfolio includes premium lounges at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports. “We are delighted to bring these premium lounges into our network to bolster our regional expansion and meet the needs of our airline partners in the region,” said Brad Moore, managing director of Swissport’s Australasia region. Perth’s Aspire Terminal 2 lounge will launch in July, while the Terminal 1 lounge will open later in the year.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related Virgin teases “significant refresh” for Melbourne but cool on Cairns – Executive Traveller

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

An American Airlines 787 taxiing to Dublin Airport's Runway 28. Captured by @rhysaviationphotography.

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> Tweet of the Day

VIDEO: Japanese budget carrier Skymark has launched a #Pikachu-themed plane with a colourful ceremony featuring balloons and dancing Pikachus.

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Association News

Last Few Days Remaining to Access FTE APEX Virtual Expo

There's still time to access FTE APEX Virtual Expo! The platform will remain open until 23:59 BST on June 25. Enter the virtual event now to revisit the exhibition hall or watch conference presentations and supplier pitch sessions.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"It is an essential part of our job to make passengers feel confident when they fly.”

Andrés Conesa, Aeromexico
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