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August 20, 2021



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EU, UK COVID Passes Can be Used with IATA Travel Pass

The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and UK NHS COVID Pass can be uploaded into the IATA Travel Pass app and verified as proof of vaccination for travel. Nick Careen, IATA’s SVP Operations Safety and Security, said the move provides “convenience for travellers, authenticity for governments and efficiency for airlines.” He also encouraged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to revisit its work to develop a global digital vaccine standard. “In the absence of a WHO standard, IATA urges them to look closely at the EU DCC as a proven solution that meets WHO guidance and help reconnect the world.” 

Business Travel News Europe | Related Saudi Arabia to use IATA Travel Pass for COVID-19 test results from September 30 – Gulf News



AA Extends Alcohol Ban in Main Cabin Until 2022

American Airlines (AA) is to continue its suspension of main cabin alcohol sales on domestic flights through at least January 18, 2022 to combat an ongoing increase in unruly passenger behavior. The aforementioned date coincides with the extended end date of the US Transportation Security Administration’s mask mandate, which was announced earlier this week. American also said it is “gaining ground” in terms of its work with the Federal Aviation Administration to stop sales of to-go alcoholic drinks at its hubs in Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte Douglas airports.

Travelpulse | Related Travel mask mandate to be extended into January for planes, trains, buses as COVID cases rise – USA Today



Korean Air to Retire Airbus A380s and Boeing 747s

Cho Won-tae, Korean Air’s CEO, has announced that the carrier plans to replace its 10 A380-800 and 10 Boeing 747-8 aircraft with smaller jets to increase efficiency. The former will be phased out in the next five years, while the latter will be retired during the next decade. They are expected to be replaced with 20 Boeing 787-10s and 10 787-9s that Korean Air ordered in 2019. The carrier already has 10 Boeing 787-9 jets in its fleet.

Korea Herald | Related Korean Air and Incheon Airport sign partnership to advance UAM – Future Travel Experience



Air France Opens Charles de Gaulle Business-Class Lounge

Air France has opened a 3,000 square-meter lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle’s Terminal 2F for business-class passengers and Flying Blue Elite Plus members traveling within the Schengen area. The lounge can seat 570 across two levels and features furniture designed by the Jouin Manku agency. Materials used across the lounge’s different zones include terrazzo, lava stone, wood and leather, with standout elements including a giant sculpture inspired by the wings of an aircraft linking the lounge and reception area, and a giant staircase connecting the two floors that looks out onto the airport beyond a curved glass wall. 

The DesignAir | Related Air France unveils redesigned Montreal lounge – Business Traveller



Virgin Atlantic Signs MOU Regarding Direct Air Capture

Virgin Atlantic has become an early customer for a new direct air capture (DAC) facility planned in Scotland by Storegga in partnership with Carbon Engineering. The memorandum of understanding (MOU) states that the airline will purchase carbon credits from Storegga associated with the facility. When it begins operations in 2026, it will capture one million tons of carbon dioxide each year and store them under the seabed off the Scottish coast. Juha Jarvinen, Virgin Atlantic’s CCO, said, “We’re excited to be the first in the aviation industry to partner with Storegga to progress the development of DAC solutions in the UK.” 




China Airlines, SpiceJet Join IATA Travel Pass Trial

From August 23, SpiceJet will begin testing the IATA Travel Pass on flights from Mumbai to Male. Furthermore, SpiceHealth, a healthcare company founded by SpiceJet that operates 21 laboratories and collection centers for PCR and rapid antigen tests across India, has been made a lab partner as part of the IATA Travel Pass trial. From August 30, China Airlines will pilot the solution on inbound flights to Taiwan from the US, Canada, Germany, UK and Singapore. 

SpiceJet | Related China Airlines Joins IATA Travel Pass Trial to Further Enhance its Digital Pandemic Services – China Airlines



Jewel Changi Airport to Increase Dining, Retail Options

Jewel Changi Airport is introducing nine new food and beverage outlets and two retail stores in the coming weeks. Dining options will include the first Tai Er location in Singapore, which is famous for its sauerkraut fish dish, while Mamma Mia! will offer visitors classic Italian pastas as well as Italian-Japanese fusion food, and restaurant Poulet Bijou’s all day menu will feature French favorites such as savoury crepes and sweet galettes. Fashion and lifestyle store Turtle will sell jewellery, home decorations, toys and quirky souvenirs, and Korean fashion brand MARHEN.J will offer all-occasion, sustainable bags.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Changi Airport has unveiled 4 dreamy wedding locations – Asia One





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Association News

Join FTE's in Baggage Innovation Working Groups

Following the presentation of phase two of the FTE Business Model Transformation Think Tank at FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021, which focused strongly on "Redefining the Baggage Experience," Future Travel Experience (FTE) is seeking participants for its FTE Baggage Innovation Working Groups. The groups will expand on ideas from senior executives a Pittsburgh International Airport, Wizz Air, Bangalore International Airport Limited, AirAsia and Virgin Atlantic. Learn more.


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