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November 5, 2020



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Condor Adds Streaming Entertainment With Inflight Dublin

Condor passengers will have a new wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) option starting this month. The carrier has selected the Everhub platform from Inflight Dublin to deliver content on a trio of Boeing 767 aircraft. Condor can manage content and advertising and monitor system analytics via Inflight Dublin’s cloud-hosted Control Centre. The content package consists of secure DRM content such as Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, as well as games and publications, including Condor’s duty-free onboard magazine Bordshop.  

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



Food Delivery Expands to Beijing Daxing International Airport

More than 20 restaurants inside Beijing Daxing International Airport are now included in Alibaba-affiliated food delivery service Ele.me. Passengers can place an order from more than 700 choices across a broad range of cuisine types and have the meal delivered to their gate in under 30 minutes. Ele.me has set up a dedicated delivery team to work inside the airport, requiring that all members pass regular COVID PCR tests to ensure safety for all involved.   

Pandaily | Related Airport Food Delivery Trend Picks Up During Pandemic – APEX Media



Thai Airways Adds Religious Angle for “Flights to Nowhere”

Thai Airways is joining the regional industry trend of “flights to nowhere” to raise revenues, but adding a twist. The flight path will pass over 99 holy sites, allowing passengers to chant Buddhist mantras in their vicinity. The fare includes a special prayer book to help guide the process. The carrier is also hoping to raise cash by selling off many of its older aircraft. Some 34 planes are on the market now, with the airline hoping to deliver them to new owners in the first half of 2021.  

The Guardian | Related Thai Airways puts 34 planes up for sale – Bangkok Post



Do & Co to Slash 1,000+ Jobs at Heathrow Airport

Catering company Do & Co is slated to trim 1,068 jobs from its Heathrow kitchen operations, raising the ire of the Unite workers union. Unite’s regional officer, Shereen Higginson, called the company out for refusing to make use of the UK government’s plans to extend its furlough protection scheme. The group also pointed out British Airways as a customer of the caterer, hoping to use public sentiment as pressure to halt the layoffs.   

Yahoo Finance | Related Missing Air Travel? Finnair Airline Meals Go On Sale In Helsinki – Forbes



Rex Adds Boeing 737 For Melbourne–Sydney Service

Australian regional operator Rex picked up its first 737-800 this week, moving forward with plans to launch service on the popular Sydney–Melbourne route from March 1, 2021. The carrier hopes to prove its safety and operational reliability to regulators in the beginning of December and expand to 10 jets by the end of next year. Flights to Brisbane are to join the network at Easter, with other markets to follow. The carrier will face stiff competition from Qantas and Virgin Australia on those routes.

Aviation24.be | Related 'Poking the bear': Regional airline Rex using downturn to challenge Qantas, Virgin



JAL Plans Expanded Biofuels Use From 2022 Onwards

Japan Airlines (JAL) will increase its use of biofuels on departures from San Francisco starting in 2022. The carrier will use recycled aviation fuel produced by US startup Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., derived in part from household waste. JAL invested around ¥900 million ($8.6 million) in the startup in 2018. It is aiming to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 by introducing advanced jets and fuels while also buying emission credits from other airlines.  

Japan Times | Related Japan Airlines to retire domestic B777 fleet – Business Traveller



ELeather Launches “Design for Good” Collaboration Portal

Engineered leather supplier ELeather launched a new support portal, “Design for Good,” targeting designers across all markets. The company aims to offer inspiration and insights on color and texture trends, while also making detailed resources available through a digital file library. “Many designers are unaware of how to get the best out of innovative materials such as engineered leather,” explained ELeather’s chief commercial officer, Nico den Ouden. “Design for Good was created to help designers understand how to use responsibly produced yet robust materials.”  

Aircraft Interiors International | Related ELeather certified to the Recycled Claim Standard from Textile Exchange – ELeather





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Association News

APEX0415v3 Request For Comments

The HDR update of APEX0415 is nearly done and the Working Group requests your input. After approval for the work at the January 2020 TECH meeting and in spite of COVID impact, after six months of activity being led by co-chairs Andy Rosen of DSR, Juraj Siska of Ideanova, and Philip Watson of Panasonic Avionics and assisted by about a dozen faithful working group members, the result of their work to more clearly specify HDR for IFE use is now open for comments. Most notable changes are the addition of a 1080p HDR profile (§5.2.5), a display requirements section (§9), and HDR best practices (§10.7). Please review the spec in the APEX Member’s Only section, Resources/Technical Specifications and provide comments by 29 November 2020. A changed marked version is provided for your convenience. Send comments to Nicole Blackshear at nblackshear@apex.aero.


APEX Airline Members: Participate in IAMA’s Survey

The Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) is reaching out to technical experts within the airline community to gather pain points that will help shape the content and solutions for the IAMA Standard. IAMA invites APEX airline members to click here to complete a short survey. IAMA, along with various partners, works to develop standards that streamline communication and documentation within approved supplemental type certificate (STC) modification projects and implement the agreed standard throughout the full lifecycle of the modification – from RFP to after-sales support.


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"China has also rolled out QR code technology on people’s phones, which tracks their location and travel routes, including if the person has been to a high-risk area."

Derek Sadubin, managing director, CAPA
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