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Singapore Airlines Launching Nonstop JFK Service in November

Singapore Airlines will bring back its nonstop flights to New York City, landing at JFK Airport rather than Newark as of November 9. The thrice-weekly service will be operated by A350-900 aircraft with economy, premium economy and business-class cabins. The shift of airport in the New York City area is driven by cargo demand, in addition to passenger needs, with the company noting “significant cargo demand from a range of industries based in the New York metro area, including pharmaceuticals, e-commerce and technology firms.” This offsets the limited options for passengers traveling to or through Singapore without quarantine.

USA Today | Related Qantas CEO Discusses Project Sunrise, Pandemic Plans — APEX Media

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FlightPath3D Adds 50,000 Points of Interest to Moving Map

Geotainment specialist FlightPath3D’s moving map now includes a new feature called ‘Flying Over Places,’ with a retrofit available for existing 3-D map installations. “[The new feature] significantly expands our map feature set with the integration of over 50,000 points of interest (POI) that auto-play as the flight progresses,” said the company’s president, Duncan Jackson. With the addition of this feature, the moving map also enables passengers to take a city tour with attraction reviews, play trivia games, browse street maps or book an Uber.

APEX Media | Related 4K, Fun Facts and Data Dashboard Come to FlightPath3D’s Moving Map — APEX Media

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Japan Air Commuter, Hokkaido Air System to Join oneworld as Japan Airlines Affiliates

The oneworld alliance will add two new regional airlines as part of its affiliate network in Japan. Japan Air Commuter and Hokkaido Air Systems operate flights on behalf of Japan Airlines, serving more than 20 destinations across the country. Four of the destinations will be new to the oneworld route map. Travelers across the alliance will be able to earn and redeem miles for flights with the two carriers, as well as receive various benefits during travel depending on elite status within the frequent flyer programs.

oneworld | Related Alaska Airlines to expand American Airlines relationship and join oneworld — Alaska Air

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Kaelis Expands Line of Biocide-Treated In-Flight Amenities

In-flight products supplier Kaelis partnered with COPPTECH to deliver a broad line of solutions treated with antimicrobial protections tested to eliminate SARS-COV-2 and other pathogens. The technology ruptures the membrane of the organisms, rendering them inert. Kaelis now offers products such as pyjamas, blankets, pillows, socks, pouches, trays, jugs, ice buckets, masks for the crew, galley equipment and more embedded with the solution.

Kaelis | Related Spanish tannery launches anti-bacterial leather — Aircraft Interiors International

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Punta Cana Expands Automated Border Control Services

Passengers arriving in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, should see shorter lines to pass through immigration. The airport and border control authorities activated six automated kiosks for inbound travelers this week, with an arrival from New York City as the inaugural service. The inbound automated screening joins exit kiosks that have been in use since 2018 at the airport.

Dominican Today | Related Collins Aerospace Adds QR Code Functionality to Common-Use Airport Kiosks — APEX Media

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Ethiopian Airlines to Support Local Farmers in Catering Push

Ethiopian Airlines will work to increase its use of local, farm-fresh ingredients at its Addis Ababa catering facility. The deal, supported by grants from USAID, will help the carrier to identify potential partners as well as provide support to farmer cooperative unions, youth groups, women groups and other local agriculture businesses to enable them to meet production requirements. A US government loan facility will expand access to financing for local companies, farmer cooperative unions and others to expand their operations as needed to meet the Ethiopian Airlines quality and supply demands.

Ethiopian Airlines | Related Singapore Airlines’ vertical farm-to-plane program shows promise — Runway Girl Network

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Recycled, Flame-Retardant Carpet Set to Fly

German carpet manufacturer Anker is the first company to offer flame retardant carpets for aviation that are made with a recycled binder, designed and developed in partnership with Shark Solutions and Devan Chemicals. The PVB binder is manufactured from scrap windshields and building glass. It is non-toxic and fully recyclable. The combination of technologies from the partnership will deliver a more sustainable solution for the industry.

Textile World | Related MEET OUR FREQUENT FLYERS — Anker

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

Before movies, Wi-Fi or live bands, playing cards were offered as in-flight entertainment.

This week, we're featuring throwbacks from past issues of #APEXExperienceMag. Read the latest issue here.
 
 

> Tweet of the Day

Behold @UG_Airlines' first #A330neo rolling out of our paintshop. A proud salute to the Uganda's national flag! 🇺🇬

Airbus @Airbus

 
 
 

Association News

COVID-19 Update Page: Still Your Source for Top Industry News

coronavirus face maskThe coronavirus crisis is reshaping the air transport industry. Airlines, airports, governments and other stakeholders are adapting to the new normal one day at a time. Follow the industry goings-on and trace the beginnings of its recovery with the COVID-19 update page on our website. It’s updated daily with insights courtesy of trusted news sources and stories from our exclusive network of members.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"The strong competition between the big carriers in North America means that they are looking for a very strong, reliable solution for the future.”

Niels Steenstrup, Inmarsat Aviation
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