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September 23, 2021



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New Dates for 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO Announced

Following the Biden administration’s announcement that the US will lift its travel ban on visitors from the UK, India, China, Brazil and most of Europe in early November, APEX/IFSA EXPO 2021 will take place from November 30 to December 2. A survey of airlines and suppliers already committed to attending found the date change is supported by 91% of airlines and suppliers. Furthermore, members that were previously unable to attend are enquiring about taking part. “APEX and IFSA are collaborative communities, and ‎connecting in-person is long overdue,” said APEX/IFSA Executive Director, Lauren Costello.

APEX Media | Related Register for APEX/IFSA EXPO 2021



NPA Purchases Six Boeing 757s

Alaska’s Northern Pacific Airways (NPA) has purchased its first six Boeing 757-200 aircraft from AerSale, with the first delivery expected immediately. The startup carrier, which was formed in line with regional turboprop operator Ravn Alaska’s international expansion plans, hopes to operate the jets from Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage to destinations in the US and East Asia. Rob McKinney, Northern Pacific Airways’ CEO, said, “The Boeing 757-200 will help us achieve operational savings and efficiencies while offering our customers a rewarding travel experience.”

PaxEx.aero | Related Universal Hydrogen and Ravn Alaska Sign LOI for Hydrogen-Powered Dash 8s – Business Wire



LATAM to Upgrade A320 Family Jets with Airbus’ DPO Function

LATAM Airlines is upgrading its fleet of 200+ Airbus A320 family aircraft with Airbus’ Descent Profile Optimization (DPO) performance software between the end of 2021 and early 2022. The DPO function, which is an enhancement to the Flight Management System, reduces fuel usage by allowing aircraft to descend from cruise altitude using idle engine thrust and minimizing the amount of time spent at the “level-off” stage, wherein the engines generate thrust to maintain level flight in dense air prior to final landing approach.

Airbus | Related LATAM garners over $5bn in bankruptcy exit financing offers – CH-Aviation



Interspace Seating Portfolio Now Available to Customers

Safran Seats and Universal Movement, which designed the Interspace seating portfolio, have announced that the technology behind the product line is now available to customers. The portfolio includes economy, premium economy and domestic business-class seats that offer increased lateral support. Quentin Munier, EVP Strategy & Innovation at Safran Seats, said, “The Interspace innovation will create real value for our customers thanks to its agility, greatly enhanced comfort for sleep and defined personal space.”

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Safran wins two 2021 Crystal Cabin Awards for innovations in aircraft interiors – Safran Group



Emirates to Roll Out IATA Travel Pass Across Global Network

Emirates has signed a contract with IATA to implement the IATA Travel Pass solution, which enables passengers to manage their COVID-19-related travel documents digitally, across its global network. The rollout to Emirates’ 120+ destinations is expected to be complete by October. Future enhancements to IATA Travel Pass will enable passengers to share their digital documents, such as vaccine certificates and test results, before they reach the airport so that they can be automatically reflected in Emirates’ check-in systems, facilitating a seamless airport experience.

Emirates | Related IATA calls for EU Digital Covid Certificate to become global standard – Business Traveller



BA Abandons Short-Haul Plans for London Gatwick Base

British Airways (BA) is no longer pursuing plans to set up a low-cost subsidiary at London Gatwick Airport (LGW), having failed to receive support for the project from its pilots union. In August, the carrier said it hoped to offer low-cost short-haul flights from LGW enabled by less expensive contracts than at its main IAG division. BA suspended most short-haul flights from LGW at the beginning of the pandemic. It will continue to operate long-haul flights from the airport, but will now look for alternative uses for its short-haul take-off and landing slots. 

BNN Bloomberg | Related British Airways Considers a New Short-Haul Subsidiary From Gatwick Airport – Skift



LAX to Test Earthquake Warning System

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has received $150,000 from the city’s Innovation and Performance Commission to pilot an earthquake early warning system. Set to go online in 2022, the system will monitor earthquake activity using the US Geological Survey’s ShakeAlert, which is linked to seismic sensors, and issue automated alerts to employees and passengers in the terminal depending on an earthquake’s anticipated severity. The project will also investigate an automatic shutdown of the airport’s fuel hydrant system to help prevent jet fuel from flowing during an anticipated earthquake.

LAWA | Related LAX unveils expansion: More gates, new checked-bag system – LA Times





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New Dates Announced for IFSA/APEX EXPO

Following the Biden Administration’s announcement that the US will lift its travel ban on visitors from the UK, India, China, Brazil and most of Europe in early November, APEX/IFSA EXPO 2021 will take place from November 30 to December 2 at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. APEX/IFSA are delighted to offer the opportunity for more aviation professionals, including airline CEOs, executives, suppliers and decision-makers, to connect face-to-face for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register to attend  


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