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July 9, 2021



Today's Top Stories


SmartSky’s Tower Radios Receive FCC Certification

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has certified SmartSky Networks’ ground-based remote radioheads, signifying another technical milestone for the company, which is due to launch its air-to-ground in-flight connectivity network later this year. SmartSky’s CEO, David Helfgott, commented, “Deployment of the FCC-certified tower radios ... coupled with the availability of our shipset products (high-performance antennas, aircraft radios) gives our service-partners and dealers great confidence to begin accepting orders.”

SmartSky Networks | Related SmartSky ATG Network Goes Live in Southeast Corridor – AIN Online



Viettel to Provide Vietnam Airlines with IFC

Vietnam Airlines has entered into a strategic cooperation with the Viettel Military Industry and Telecoms Group (Viettel) that will last until 2025. Under the deal, Viettel will provide air to ground in-flight connectivity (IFC) for the carrier as well as supporting its digital transformation. As such, Vietnam Airlines will make use of Viettel’s business management, infrastructure services and IT systems. Viettel will also build the airline a self-service check-in system. The two companies have worked together since 2013.

Vietnam Plus | Related Vietnam Airlines offers Inmarsat inflight connectivity with SITAONAIR – Inmarsat



IATA to Introduce Mobility Aids Action Group

IATA is creating a task force to improve the transport and handling of mobility aids such as wheelchairs during air travel. The Mobility Aids Action Group will consist of airlines, airports and ground service providers alongside accessibility organizations that represent travelers with disabilities and companies that manufacture mobility aids. Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, said, "We acknowledge that we are not where we want to be on this as an industry. This is why we want to do something about it on a global scale… by bringing the key groups together to take practical action."

Business Travel News | Related Airlines break wheelchairs. Disability advocates fight for change – Business Insider



UK Airlines See Proof of Pent-Up Travel Demand

UK carriers easyJet and British Airways (BA) both reported a surge in demand following the government’s announcement that from July 19, fully vaccinated passengers no longer have to self-isolate on their return from “amber list” countries. BA said within hours of the news it saw a 96% increase in the number of views on its website compared to a week ago. The airline's most-searched destinations include Barbados, Palma, Ibiza and New York. Similarly, easyJet said flight bookings from the UK to “amber list” countries have grown by 400% and that holiday bookings are up 440%.




Milan Malpensa Introduces Luxury Online Marketplace

Milan Malpensa Airport has launched a luxury online marketplace featuring approximately 2,000 products in partnership with Dufry. Access to the Milan Malpensa Boutique requires passengers to enter their personal data and flight details. Duty-free prices are available to those traveling to non-EU destinations, while intra-EU travelers can access goods at duty-paid prices. Purchases are processed on the day of the passengers’ flight departure and can be collected in stores or at the airport. Milan Malpensa was working on the project pre-COVID-19, but said the crisis accelerated its development. 

Moodie Davitt Report | Related JFKIAT launches digital duty free marketplace with DFS & Inflyter – DFNI Online



100 States Participating in CORSIA, Says ICAO

The total number of States participating in ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) has hit 100. States that have recently joined CORSIA include Barbados, Grenada, Oman, Trinidad and Tobago and others. While the organization said its implementation of CO2 monitoring, reporting and verification is on track, it believes more participating States will bring its global aspirational goal of carbon neutral growth for international aviation even closer.

Aviation Business News | Related Doubts cast over aviation sector’s ability to meet Paris Agreement goals – The IET



En Route International Announces New Managing Director

Dnata-owned travel food and services solutions company En Route International has appointed Nick Wiley as its Global Managing Director. Wiley has over 25 years’ experience in organizations across food retail, food manufacturing, hospitality and logistics. “COVID-19 has accelerated already rapid development and change in our industry, with more airlines exploring creative ways to lift passenger choice and experience, while driving ancillary revenue” he said. “I’m excited to invest in further innovation and open new business segments, developing more products consumers love.”

Trade Arabia | Related Dnata gears up for busy summer months at DXB – Zawya





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Health and Wellbeing to be Prioritized at APEX EXPO

In addition to complying with local and national COVID-19 rules and restrictions, APEX will be taking extra steps to ensure the health and wellbeing of APEX EXPO attendees. For this reason, all those taking part in the event most provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Furthermore, the Long Beach Health Department will provide free vaccinations and complimentary on-site rapid testing to all delegates. Click here for more information.


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