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No Quarantine for Unvaccinated Minors Traveling to US

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that from November 8, children under the age of 18 will be exempt from vaccination requirements and will not need to undergo a seven-day quarantine upon arrival in the US. However, minors will still need to fill out an attestation form saying they will arrange to be tested within three to five days of arrival. Quarantine will only be imposed if they test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms. Other travelers exempt from vaccination requirements must still quarantine. 

USA Today | Related What travelers need to know before the new US travel system on Nov. 8 – USA Today

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Collins to Upgrade BA Club World Experience on Boeing 777s

Collins Aerospace (Collins) is to upgrade British Airways’ (BA) Boeing 777 fleet with the latest Club World experience, which is already available on its Airbus A350s. This includes Club Suite business-class seats, a customized version of Collins’ Super Diamond product; and a Club Kitchen, which allows passengers to access self-service snacks and refreshments. Collins will perform the cabin integration work as well as program management. Some upgraded aircraft are already flying, with the rest set to be completed by the end of 2022. 

Collins Aerospace | Related BRITISH AIRWAYS EXTENDS SUCCESSFUL TRIAL OF DIGITAL HEALTH PASS VERIFLY – British Airways

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American Airlines Scraps Over 1,500 Flights

American Airlines canceled approximately 1,500 flights over the weekend, and an additional 250 on Monday. On Sunday, 1,023 flights were affected, accounting for 36% of its schedule. High winds at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, American Airlines’ home base, were the cause of the cancellations, leading three out of the five runways to close. Southwest, also based in Texas, cancelled only 5% of its Sunday schedule. Cancellations are likely to happen again in the near future due to a combination of staff shortages and more extreme weather.  

Seattle Times | Related How Extreme Weather is Hitting Airlines – Financial Times

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IndJets Approved to Offer In-Flight Connectivity in India

Similarly to Airtel, Jio, Neclo and Vodafone, IndJets India, a strategic partner of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Inmarsat, has received approval to provide in-flight connectivity services from the Department of Telecommunications. Anoop Sehan, CEO at IndJets, said, “The availability of Global Xpress services in India promises to be a game-changer as it brings new connectivity opportunities to Indian carriers … Inmarsat's recently released in-flight portal OneFi will enable these seamless & value-added services.”

The Economic Times | Related BSNL receives license to operate Inmarsat’s world-leading Global Xpress satellite communications services in India – Inmarsat

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Air Arabia Celebrates 18th Anniversary with New Uniform

Air Arabia has introduced new uniforms for all its staff, including pilots and cabin crew. Cherry red features heavily across the female uniforms, while the men’s color scheme includes silver, grey and dark charcoal. Adel Al Ali, Air Arabia’s Group CEO, said, “We are marking 18 years of success with the launch of a dynamic uniform that reflects our forward-looking and international approach while maintaining [our] core values of innovation and practicality.” It has also partnered with YFC, which will help to recycle the carrier’s old uniforms. 

The Design Air | Related Goodbye, heels and skirts. Airline finally gives female flight attendants a 'comfort' look – USA Today

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FAA Concerned About 5G Interference with Aviation Safety

The plan to use C-Band spectrum for 5G wireless networks has raised concerns for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The network, expected to launch with network carriers in 46 markets on December 5, has been contentious for over a year. There are “deep concerns about the potential impact to aviation safety resulting from interference to radar altimeter performance from 5G network operations in the C band,” said FAA Deputy Administrator Bradley Mims. Wireless trade group CTIA countered that C-band spectrum is safe and “any delay in activating this spectrum risks America’s competitiveness.”

Reuters | Related Qualcomm's New Filters Could End Airlines' Fight Against 5G – PC Mag

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Vaccine Certificates can be Stored by Google Pay in Singapore

Google has partnered with Singapore’s Government Technology Agency to allow Android users to store and access their COVID-19 vaccination certificates within the Google Pay app for more convenient travel. To add the documents to HealthCerts on Google Pay, users must log into the Singapore government’s Notarise website with their Singpass. They can then add a shortcut to Google Pay on their device’s home screen for more convenient access, but must have a lock screen in place for added security. Vaccination information is not shared by Google.

TTG Asia | Related United announces Apple Health integration for verifiable COVID-19 vaccination records – 9 to 5 Mac

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> PHOTO OF THE DAY

 
 

A Japan Airlines Boeing 777 above the streets of Taipei. Captured by @captainjimrfs.

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> Tweet of the Day

Today I raise a toast of blueberry juice to my favourite 98 year-old, @Finnair. Without you, my world would be much smaller and duller. Many happy returns, happy landings and takeoffs to you!

Päivyt Tallqvist @paivyttallqvis

 
 
 

Association News

Aircalin Receives Diamond-Level Health Safety Certification

Following its participation in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit, Aircalin has received a Diamond-level certification for its approach to protecting passengers and employees throughout the air travel journey. “Aircalin is a true leader in the Pacific region in terms of health safety,” commented Shashank Nigam, SimpliFlying’s CEO. “Passengers can fly New Caledonia’s premier airline with peace of mind, knowing that they have created a safe travel environment both on the ground and in the air.” Find out how to begin the audit today.

 
 
 
 

> Quote of the Day

"With the A220, Breeze is giving its passengers the widest cabin, highest ceiling, largest windows and largest overhead stowage in this class."

Jeffrey Knittel, Airbus Americas
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