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FAA Proposes Ten-Hour Rest for Cabin Crew Between Shifts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a mandatory ten-hour break between shifts for flight attendants. Currently eight to nine hours are required. The change was ordered by US Congress in October 2018, but the FAA missed the deadline to implement it. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA union, said flight attendants are burned out and that "COVID has only exacerbated the safety gap with long duty days, short nights, and combative conditions on planes." The change is meant to help airlines keep staff amid a nationwide labor shortage.

Business Insider | Related Christmas Travel Is Fully Booked Due to “Everything Shortage” – Forbes

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Air Berlin Assets to be Acquired by easyJet, Lufthansa

The EU General Court has granted permission for Lufthansa and easyJet to acquire Air Berlin’s assets. In return for giving up some slots at Dusseldorf airport, Lufthansa received approval to purchase Air Berlin’s subsidiary, LG Walter, in 2017. The same year, easyJet was given the green light to go ahead with a $46.5 million deal to take ownership of some of Air Berlin’s operations at Tegel airport, leases for up to 25 A320 aircraft and around 1,000 of the carrier’s pilots and cabin crew. LOT Polish Airlines challenged the decision, but judges have allegedly thrown out the complaint.   

BTN Europe | Related The Rise and Fall of Air Berlin – Simple Flying

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Fiji Airways Reveals Eco-Focused In-Flight Safety Video

Fiji Airways has launched an in-flight safety video highlighting local businesses and communities helping to preserve Fiji’s natural wonders. The five-minute briefing showcases mangrove rehabilitation projects, solar-powered resorts and turtle sanctuaries. The video also features Fiji Airways’ A350, its most sustainable aircraft to date. It was directed by Edward Copestick in a way that will allow new initiatives to feature in future iterations. The safety video will air to passengers on December 1, the date the country is set to officially open and commercial flying resumes.  

Fiji Airways | Related Fiji Tourism CEO Gearing Up to Bring Island Nation Out of COVID Shadow by December – Skift

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Ethiopian Airlines to Deploy UV-C Disinfectant Solution

Ethiopian Airlines and Aero HygenX have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the fleetwide deployment and regional marketing of RAY, Aero HygenX’s autonomous UV-C light disinfection robot. Final assembly of the solution will be local to create employment opportunities and expedite its rollout. The MoU aims to foster an exchange of expertise and ideas between Aero HygenX and Ethiopian Airlines’ Innovation Hub, which will determine where else in the travel chain and the region the technology could be useful.

PR Newswire | Related Qantas Charged Over Covid-19 Cleaning Risks – BBC News

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Vistara Resumes Hot Meal Service for Domestic Passengers

On Thursday, Vistara announced that it will resume serving hot vegetarian food to all domestic passengers. The airline has been gradually bringing back hot meals to replace the pre-packaged options that have been served since August last year, starting in business- and premium economy-class. The decision to change the guidelines is based on a customer survey showing that passengers are more comfortable consuming meals on-board, as well as an increase in the number of travelers that are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Economic Times | Related Thomas Cook in pact with Vistara for holiday packages – Hindu Business Line

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Peach Launches Surprise Flight Vending Machine in Tokyo

Japanese low-cost carrier Peach has installed vending machines around Japan dispensing frequent flyer points that can be used for roundtrip flights to a specific destination. The concept is based on Gachapon vending machines, which normally give out small toys. The mystery flight vending machine has proven popular, having sold 3,000 seats since August, which far exceeds Peach’s goal of selling one seat per day through the campaign. Customers pay the equivalent of $44 and receive $53 worth of frequent flyer points and a code to enter on Peach’s website to find out which mystery destination they can book a flight to.

Vice | Related Peach Aviation to offer unlimited travel passes to revive tourism – The Japan Times

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Acro Aircraft Seating Announces New Senior Team Members

Acro Aircraft Seating has strengthened its senior team by welcoming two new directors. Both former employees of Collins Aerospace, Ed Anders and Steve Skerrett will take up the roles of director of Operations and director of Quality, respectively. Anders will work with a team of industrial, design and manufacturing engineers to streamline the product design process and introduce Lean methodologies, while Skerrett will coach his team to become subject matter experts in critical quality techniques, bringing benefits to operational and business performance.

Aircraft Interiors International | Related Acro Plans Growth and Development From New Base – APEX Media

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A Spirit jet glows during golden hour. Captured by @shanesview.

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> Tweet of the Day

For those nervous about newly open borders in #LiftTheTravelBan, I just took a trip to #Canada and was randomly selected for arrival #COVID19 testing. I will get my results back in the #USA. My PCR entry test to Canada was still valid three days later for my US return today!

Dr. Joe Leader @joepleader

 
 
 

Association News

We're Working Hard to Keep You Safe 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

"I'd like to personally invite you to join our worldwide industry for the APEX/IFSA EXPO as we focus on health safety, service and sustainability."

Scott Kirby, United Airlines
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