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Canadians to Need Vaccine Proof for Air, Rail Travel

From October 30, Canada will require all air travelers and passengers on interprovincial trains  – except those under 12 or with a valid medical condition – to provide proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19. A transition period will allow travelers to show a negative test result received within 72 hours of travel until November 30. Employers in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors must establish vaccine mandates by the end of the month. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the country’s digital vaccine passport will be ready in the coming weeks.

USA Today | Related Air Canada Introduces Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for All Employees and New Hires – Air Canada

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Eutelsat Ups Stake in OneWeb to 22.9%

Eutelsat plans to invest a further $165 million in OneWeb as part of the latter’s latest funding round. When the transaction closes, Eutelsat will own nearly 23% of OneWeb, becoming the second largest stakeholder after Bharti Global, which has a 30% share of the company. “The significant progress it has made in the run-up to its entry into service, together with the vote of confidence demonstrated by the commitment of both investors and future customers, makes us even more convinced of OneWeb’s right-to-win in the LEO constellation segment,” said Eutelsat’s CEO, Rodolph Belmer.

Eutelsat | Related OneWeb Confirms Successful Launch of 34 Satellites from Baikonur – OneWeb

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Emirates Partners with HBO Max on IFE Content

A partnership between Emirates and HBO Max, the first between WarnerMedia’s streaming service and a Middle East airline, will see passengers gain access to HBO Max content via Emirates’ ice in-flight entertainment (IFE) system from November 1. Travelers will initially have access to 160 hours of content from 31 shows, including Mare of Easttown, A Black Lady Sketch Show, and Friends: The Reunion, the last of which will be being shown on an airline for the first time. HBO Max is currently available only in the US and Latin America, and is set to launch in Europe on October 26.

Emirates | Related Award-winning Producer Sean Lin collaborates with Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 – Digital Studio Middle East

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United Enables In-Flight Purchases Using PayPal QR Codes

From November, passengers on United Airlines flights departing from Chicago O’Hare will be able to make purchases using PayPal by showing cabin crew a PayPal QR code within the PayPal app. The touchless solution doesn’t require in-flight connectivity and provides passengers with an email receipt upon landing. It will be extended to all flights where contactless payments are available by the end of the year. “We expect to introduce more innovative options for our customers in the future through our collaboration with PayPal,” said Toby Enqvist, United’s chief customer officer. 

PR Newswire | Related United rolls out inflight food and drinks pre-ordering – Future Travel Experience

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ASKY Airlines to Introduce Inflight Dublin’s Everhub Solution

Inflight Dublin is to provide Togo-based ASKY Airlines with wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) and content services across its fleet of Boeing 737 NG aircraft for three years starting this quarter. As such, passengers will gain access to popular movies and TV shows, African content, music and games via Inflight Dublin’s Everhub solution. ASKY Airlines will also utilize Inflight Dublin’s IFD Insights data analytics platform, which offers intuitive performance reports to support the optimization and expansion of its wireless IFE service moving forward.

Inflight Dublin | Related Inflight Dublin Upgrades Wireless IFE Web App – APEX Media

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Delta Launches Seasonally-Inspired Beverage Menu

Delta Air Lines has introduced a seasonally-inspired beverage menu that includes Foundation Vodka from Du Nord Social Spirits, the US' first Black-owned distillery. It also features Cookie Porter beer from Breckenridge Brewery; “The Callie” sparkling rosé by Une Femme, which produces 100% women-made champagne and sparkling wine; Tip Top’s canned Negroni; Terrapin Beer Company’s Hopsecutioner IPA; Vizzy Hard Seltzer’s Pineapple Mango seltzer; and Whistlepig’s Orange Fashioned Cocktail Kit, which puts a twist on the classic whiskey cocktail.

Delta | Related Delta Adding New Onboard Menu Offerings – Travelpulse

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OAK to Install Idemia’s Mface Identity Verification Technology

Idemia is to deploy Mface, its identity verification technology, at California’s Oakland International Airport (OAK). Mface uses facial recognition and 3D video tracking to identify a continuous flow of people walking through the terminal in real time. Lisa Sullivan, VP Travel and Transport at Idemia North America, said, “Our technology significantly speeds up passenger clearance, as we can recognize passenger faces within fractions of a second … It requires no touch and limited interaction with the system, making the boarding process as streamlined and stress-free as possible for passengers.”

Passenger Terminal Today | Related NIST testing suggests best face biometrics algorithms for flight boarding already meet accuracy goal – Biometric Update

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

The Rock of Gibraltar making a BA Airbus A320 look like a toy plane. Captured by @aussieharj.

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> Tweet of the Day

Click to watch: An amazing view of Antarctica from the cockpit.

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Association News

Find Out More About Delegate Health Safety at APEX/IFSA EXPO

At APEX/IFSA EXPO this year, all attendees, staff and vendors must be fully vaccinated or provide a ‎negative COVID-19 test result to attend the event. Furthermore, photographic ID will be required ‎when delegates collect their badges. To be considered fully vaccinated, attendees must have received ‎their final dose by 16 November, 2021. Find out more about the health and safety precautions being taken at the 2021 APEX/IFSA EXPO.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

“IIM+ enables passengers to replicate an “at home” experience in-flight.”

Ong Yong Beng, Images in Motion
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