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September 10, 2021



Today's Top Stories


United, Honeywell Invest in Alder Fuels' SAF

United Airlines and Honeywell have invested in Alder Fuels to produce and use a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) that is a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum jet fuel. By combining Alder Fuels' SAF production methods with Honeywell’s Ecofining process, the companies hope to create a carbon-negative alternative. United will purchase 1.5 billion gallons of the fuel when it meets the airline’s requirements. Elsewhere, Reuters claims airlines will support a voluntary industry target set by the US government to produce and deploy three billion gallons of SAF in 2030.

Travelpulse | Related U.S. airlines to support higher target for sustainable aviation fuel by 2030 - sources – Reuters



Biden Doubles Fines for Disobeying Travel Mask Mandate

US President Joe Biden has issued an executive order for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to double the fines levied against travelers who refuse to wear a mask in airports and “on certain modes of public transportation,” including flights. The new fines, which take effect today, will be between $500 and $1,000 for first-time offenders and between $1,000 and $3,000 for repeat offenders. Children under two and those with certain disabilities are exempt from the TSA’s travel mask mandate, which has recently been extended to January 18, 2022. 

USA Today | Related House Democrat proposes vaccine or testing mandate for trains and planes – The Hill



Air Canada Rouge Updates Seating, In-Flight Entertainment

Air Canada Rouge is making changes to nine of its 14 Airbus A321 cabins, with the first updated aircraft set to enter service later this year. They will feature leather seats with a 30-inch pitch in economy class. Extra space will be gained as a result of the Rouge Premium cabin losing a row and consisting of 12 seats rather than 16. An updated in-flight entertainment offering across the carrier’s fleet means passengers can access content without having to download an app. All aircraft also now have a device holder integrated into the seatback and upgraded in-seat power including USB-C ports.

Air Canada | Related Air Canada refreshes Rouge A321s, adds legroom on board – PaxEx.aero



ALC Announces Leasing Agreements with Spirit for 15 Aircraft

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced long-term lease placements for ten Airbus A321-200neos with Spirit Airlines. The jets will be delivered to the carrier from ALC’s orderbook with Airbus from 2023 to 2024. ALC has also entered sale and lease-back agreements with Spirit regarding five Airbus A320-200neo aircraft. They will be delivered to Spirit in 2021 and 2022 and will be owned by one of ALC’s managed aircraft ventures. “This partnership helps us to achieve our previously announced capacity plans for 2022 and 2023, and our targeted growth in 2024,” said Scott Haralson, Spirit Airlines’ CFO.

Simple Flying | Related US's Spirit Airlines counts the cost of flight cancellations – CH-Aviation



Collins Aerospace Launches Lilac-UV Cabin Disinfection Technology

Collins Aerospace has developed a new aircraft cabin disinfection solution, Lilac-UV, using technology developed by Boeing as part of a licensing agreement between the two companies. Lilac-UV can be installed anywhere in the cabin with minimal hardware design changes and emits a violet light that can disinfect surfaces in seconds or minutes depending on the lamp configuration and pathogen. It uses an intelligent dosage controller for scheduled cleanings and manual treatments, as well as an occupancy detector for enclosed spaces such as aircraft lavatories.

Collins Aerospace | Related Crystal Cabin Award special categories reach final round – Inflight Online



LHR Trials Bag Drop Units Equipped with Proximity Sensors

London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is testing six Auto Bag Drop (ABD) units provided by ICM Airport Technics, an Amadeus company. The units use infra-red proximity sensors located along the top edge of the bag drop screen to detect a passenger’s finger up to three centimeters from the surface, giving them a touchless way to check in their luggage. Amadeus and Heathrow previously piloted “screen mirroring,” which allowed passengers to operate an ABD unit using their own mobile device, but have decided to proceed with the proximity sensor approach.  

Amadeus | Related Amadeus and Finavia team up to modernise passenger experience at 11 airports in Finland – Airport Business



SITA Achieves CarbonNeutral Certification

SITA has achieved a CarbonNeutral certification following a 48% reduction of its overall greenhouse gas emissions between 2019 and 2020 through its UN-recognized carbon neutrality Planet+ program. The company worked with RSK Group, an independent emissions assessor, to calculate its carbon footprint, and the review was expanded in 2020 to cover employees working from home during the pandemic. SITA compensates for 100% of any emissions that it is unable to eliminate by financing projects that help cut and negate existing and future carbon emissions.

SITA | Related SITA buys sustainable aviation tech provider Safety Line – Aerospace Technology





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Association News

FTE Announces Strategic Partner for Baggage Innovation Working Groups

Airportr has become a strategic partner of the new FTE Baggage Innovation Working Groups. The first round of Zoom calls for each of the four Baggage Innovation Working Groups covering advancing off-airport baggage collection, check-in and delivery; simplifying baggage infrastructure and processes at the airport; unlocking opportunities presented by modern baggage messaging; and creating new commercial models for new baggage approaches will take place next week, and there's still time to register and attend. Find out more.


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“Panasonic is committed to delivering seamless, scalable, and future-proofed in-flight connectivity to our airline customers and their passengers.”

Jeff Sare, Panasonic Avionics
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The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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