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September 21, 2021



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US to Lift International Travel Ban for Vaccinated Visitors

From early November, the US will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travelers from some countries. As well as proof of vaccination, visitors will need to show negative test results taken within three days of departure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to release a list of accepted vaccinations and a contact tracing order requiring airlines to collect phone numbers and email addresses of US-bound travelers. The new travel policy also requires unvaccinated US travelers to show proof of a negative test taken within one day of departure and arrival. 

USA Today | Related Statement on the US Decision to Lift COVID-19 Travel Restrictions from Certain Countries – IATA



Inmarsat Aviation Launches OneFi Customer Experience Platform

Inmarsat Aviation’s OneFi customer experience platform was built in partnership with Display Interactive to offer a host of onboard services within one portal. According to Nathan Clapton, Inmarsat Aviation’s VP Inflight Media, it is a modular, flexible “single-page application that you scroll through.” Designed to monetize in-flight connectivity, OneFi uses open architecture software and can accommodate food and beverage ordering, retail, entertainment and more. “We’re just trying to make it easier for airlines by bringing all the different elements together,” Clapton said.

APEX Media | Related 60% of airline passengers are happy to fly by end of the year, but barriers remain – Inmarsat



Air France Installs Safran Cabin’s ECOS Overhead Bins

Air France, which is the launch customer for Safran Cabin’s Efficient Cabin Open Space (ECOS) overhead bins, has taken delivery of the first of 24 Airbus A320 aircraft to be retrofitted with the product. It returned to service in July this year. Safran said its ECOS shelf bins offer up to 60% more storage capacity versus other offerings, as well as a lower shelf height for ease of loading and visibility. The company believes use of the bins will reduce turnaround times. Air France's cabin modification also included the installation of Safran Cabin’s movable class dividers. 

Safran Group | Related Safran scores a double victory at the Crystal Cabin Awards – Aircraft Interiors International



AA Invests $100m in Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Program

American Airlines (AA) has become one of the first anchor partners of Breakthrough Energy Catalyst by investing $100 million in the program, which was founded by Bill Gates and sees companies, governments and private philanthropists come together to finance, produce and buy next-generation clean technologies. Doug Parker, AA’s chairman and CEO, said, “Our investment is a vote of confidence in the difference-making potential of this collaborative approach.” The program will initially fund projects covering sustainable aviation fuel, green hydrogen, direct air capture and long-duration energy storage.

American Airlines | Related Cool Effect and American Airlines Celebrate One Year of Partnership – Aviation Pros



Caeli Nova's Cordillera Solution Soon to be Applicable to Airbus Jets

Caeli Nova has signed a co-development partnership agreement with Airbus that will see both companies collaborate on Caeli Nova’s passenger emergency oxygen system, Cordillera, to enable the application of the technology to Airbus aircraft. Cordillera allows aircraft to safely divert at a higher altitude during an emergency decompression event, which means airlines can operate the most direct air routes, that are often over high terrain, and thereby reduce flight times, fuel usage and carbon emissions.

Caeli Nova | Related Flying the Most Direct Route is Key to Airline Sustainability – APEX Media



XOVIS Passenger Flow Management Introduced at ISG

Malaysia Airports Holdings has implemented XOVIS’ PTS passenger flow management solution at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISG). The system includes 184 sensors that can detect congestion and provide real-time information to the airport’s command center. It also features a passenger tracking and area occupancy system that monitors and directs passengers to the next available queue line or facility at immigration, security checkpoints and washrooms via overhead screens.

Passenger Terminal Today | Related CVG Airport adopts data-driven passenger flow management system – Future Travel Experience



Novacap Becomes Major Investor in Plusgrade

Canadian private equity firm Novacap has acquired a substantial stake in Montreal-based ancillary revenue company Plusgrade. Plusgrade’s software-as-a-service platform is fully white-labeled and integrated with existing air, rail and cruise reservation systems to generate revenue from unsold inventory via seat upgrades and other premium services. David Lewin, senior partner at Novacap, said, “Plusgrade is a unique income generator that creates significant incremental revenue from missed opportunities, making it an ideal solution for a wide range of businesses, especially in today's transformed post COVID-19 market.”

Newswire | Related Opinion: Ancillaries That Provide Unique Experiences Will Win the Day – APEX Media





Southwest Airlines' Freedom One livery over Boise Airport. Captured by @idahowings.

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Thanks to everyone involved in #LiftTheTravelBan and #LoveIsNotTourism! Your energy provided the fuel for our push effort with The White House two months ago. It’s great to see the travel wall come down!

Dr. joe Leader @joepleader


> Quote of the Day

“We wanted it to be like a voyage of discovery, to have an Instagram kind of feel.”

Nathan Clapton, Inmarsat Aviation
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