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November 23, 2021



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Air Canada Agrees to $4.5 Million Settlement in Flight Refund Case

Air Canada has agreed to a $4.5 million settlement with the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) aviation consumer protection agency. The DOT took legal action against the carrier for “extreme delays” in reimbursing thousands of customers for canceled flights between the US and Canada during COVID-19. The agreement, which is currently pending approval by a judge, comes after the US Office of Aviation Consumer Protection fined Air Canada $25.5-million earlier this year. The carrier said the two parties have settled the matter without “any finding of wrongdoing,” but noted it has since revised its refund policy.

The Toronto Star | Related Air Canada withdraws from government relief deal as business improves – Airport Technology



APEX Tech: Are Inter-Satellite Links the Future of IFC?

During a recent APEX Tech webinar, “The Consultant’s Corner: Suitability of LEOs for Airline Passengers,” Brad Grady, Principal Analyst at NSR, shared his opinion that inter-satellite links will be mission-critical for the next-generation of growth in in-flight connectivity (IFC). This was a view shared by other panelists, who believe that no single network can support capacity hotspots around airports. Peter Lemme, president at Totaport and blogger at satcom.guru, said that aircraft switching between GEO and LEO connectivity will have to support two modems, but was optimistic about the availability of dual modem technology.

APEX Media | Related APEX Tech Webinar Recording for APEX Members - APEX



First Airbus-Built Inmarsat-6 Satellite Ready for Launch in Japan

The first Airbus-built Inmarsat-6 satellite, I-6 F1, has been shipped from Airbus in Toulouse to Tanegashima, Japan. The satellite is due to be launched on an H-IIA launch vehicle built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in December. I-6 F1 is based on Airbus’ Eurostar E3000 spacecraft. It will be the 54th Eurostar E3000 launched, but only the fifth equipped with electric propulsion. Using electric propulsion means the satellite has a reduced mass, which allows for a dual payload mission that will support both Inmarsat’s Ka-band Global Xpress and L-band ELERA services.

Airbus | Related Schedule Announced For H-IIA Launch for Inmarsat's First I-6 Satellite - Scoop Independent News



ST Engineering Receives AML-STC to Install ACA’s Air Purification Solution

ST Engineering has received an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration to install Aviation Clean Air's (ACA) cabin air purification solution on Airbus aircraft. ACA’s solution is powered by a patented Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization system that neutralizes pathogens. The system is automatically activated during flights and provides continuous protection against up to 99.9% of airborne and surface pathogens, including the COVID-19 virus.

Aerospace Manufacturing | Related Cabin air purification system neutralises 99.99% of Covid-19 – Aircraft Interiors International



LATAM Adds HBO Max Content to its IFE Offering

LATAM and WarnerMedia have announced the addition of HBO Max content to LATAM Play, the airline’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The carrier is the first in Latin America to offer access to the HBO Max library, which includes exclusive premieres of Friends: The Reunion and Raised by Wolves as well as shows like Mare of Easttown, Game of Thrones and The Sopranos. Passengers traveling on LATAM’s Boeing 767, 777 and 787 fleets can access LATAM Play via seatback screens, while others can connect to the “LATAM Play” network using their personal electronic devices.

Market Screener | Related LATAM to modernise fleet with A320neo family aircraft – Future Travel Experience



Recaro Group Makes Personnel and Structural Changes

Starting January 1, Recaro Group will enter the next phase of the company’s development, which includes personnel and structural changes. Recaro Aircraft Seating's CEO, Dr. Mark Hiller, will also become CEO of Recaro Holding GmbH, the group’s strategic management company, succeeding Martin Putsch. Putsch will transition to chair of Recaro Group’s advisory board. The role of chief financial officer at Recaro Holding will be filled by Peter Muller, while Hartmut Schurg will remain responsible for brand and design.

Aviation Business News | Related Avianca Reveals Its New Premium, Plus and Economy Seats – Airline Geeks



​​Glasgow Airport to Generate Clean Wind Energy

AGS Airports has partnered with startup Katrick Technologies and the University of Strathclyde to generate clean wind energy at Glasgow Airport. The technology used will consist of a dual-purpose wind panel and sound barrier that can produce carbon-neutral energy from ground and low-level wind, unlike traditional wind turbines which need significant height and scale. Derek Provan, chief executive at AGS Airports, said the system will power “on-site equipment, offset energy costs and reduce the requirement for carbon-based energy supply” as well as “help to manage the impact of airport-related noise.”

Passenger Terminal Today | Related SITA and Envision Digital partner on sustainable airport solutions - Airport Technology





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Association News

ICYMI: APEX Members Can Watch the Latest APEX Tech Webinar

APEX members can now access a recording of APEX Tech's webinar from last week, which addressed the "Suitability of LEOs for Airline Passengers." Hear thoughts from experts Peter Lemme, president at Totaport and blogger at satcom.guru; Brad Grady, Principal Analyst at NSR; Tim Farrar, president at Telecom, Media and Finance Associates; and Nathan de Ruiter, managing director at Canada Euroconsult. Click here.


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“I think everybody needs to do a little bit of everything in order to be successful.”

Brad Grady, NSR
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