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December 7, 2020



Today's Top Stories


Emirates’ First Premium Economy A380 Slated for Delivery

There are only a handful of new A380 deliveries remaining, but one of this month’s new aircraft for Emirates is extra special. It will be the first A380 for the carrier with a premium economy cabin on board. Expectations for the product have been high since it was first teased in 2016. Details remain scarce, however, on the product installed or which route(s) the aircraft will serve or when, though early 2021 seems most likely.

Business Traveller | Related Emirates A380 premium economy is ready and "waiting to go" – Executive Traveller



IFE Expert Paul Harper Talks Content Consumption Trends

For Paul Harper, director of consulting firm Harper & Co., the future of in-flight entertainment (IFE) is connected: “Customers want a seamless experience as they travel … they don’t want to have to relearn an in-flight device.” Check out Harper’s thoughts on the new era of content supply, device pairing, binge-watching and more ahead of his FTE APEX Virtual Expo panel discussion. This article originally appeared in the Expo Daily Experience: Preview. Read the full issue and register for FTE APEX Virtual Expo.

APEX Media | Related APEX Weekly Wrap: W-IFE Streaming Charts Course to Recovery – APEX Media



Boeing Further Trims 787 Production

Boeing will reduce production of its 787 Dreamliner to five frames per month from the middle of 2021. Faced with a slowdown in demand tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as production quality concerns, the company expects deliveries to also remain depressed for the months ahead. Boeing delivered no 787s to customers in November and CFO Greg Smith noted, “The additional time that we’re taking to inspect and ensure that each of our 787s is delivered to the highest quality standards has taken longer than we previously anticipated.”

Aerospace Technology | Related Commercial Market Outlook 2020–2039 – Boeing



Breeze Airways Picks College Students for Cabin Crew

When Breeze Airways launches flights in April 2021, its cabin crew will be a bit different from any other US airline. The company announced a partnership with Utah Valley University to source its flight attendant ranks from enrolled students in exchange for a scholarship. The crew will be housed by Breeze at the carrier’s hubs and moved as demand ebbs and flows. Chief operating officer Tom Anderson sees it as an opportunity to “respond to the societal issue” of student debt, while bringing significant flexibility and lower costs to the airline.

Paxex.Aero | Related Breeze Airways raises $83 million in new financing – Travel Weekly



SCIS, SteriFlight Offer UVC Solution for Airlines

UVC light is one of the key avenues for sterilizing aircraft and a new option is now available for delivering it in the cabin. SCIS, the security and sanitization subsidiary of LSG, partnered with SteriFlight to bring a trolley-based UVC offering to market. The device can sanitize all cabin surfaces including overhead bins, galleys and lavatories within 15 minutes. The technology does not use any chemicals, making it environmentally friendly, and it does not cause any irritation to passengers’ skin or respiratory systems.

LSG Group | Related 100 Solutions to Pandemic Problems, Part 4: Aircraft Interiors – APEX Media



Air Canada Expands Employee Contact Tracing Program

A standalone Bluetooth contact tracing program will be expanded by Air Canada as the company increases its efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Powered by Facedrive, the system uses wristbands and, soon, lanyard-attached fobs, to help track interactions among employees. The system has tracked 30,000 interactions so far in the pilot phase, extending to fourth degree exposure potential. The team is working on enhancing this feature to assign a risk factor to each employee within an organization when a user tests positive based on the degree of contact, proximity and duration of interaction.

Businesswire | Related Managing Foreign Visitor Data Is Getting a Pandemic Rethink Across Travel – Skift



Etihad Joins UK Research Consortium

Cranfield University in the UK has a new airline partner for its Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre (DARTeC) consortium. Etihad will contribute to the effort, bringing a real-world opportunity to trial innovations developed in the program. Among the areas of focus for DARTeC are digital airspace management, airport efficiency and increasing the reliability and availability of aircraft utilizing self-sensing/aware and self-healing/repair technologies.

Etihad | Related The Green Team: How Etihad and Boeing Are Fostering Eco-Friendly Innovation – APEX Media





APEX EXPO 2019 kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony involving APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader and the Board of Governors.

As #FTEAPEXVirtualExpo kicks off this week, we’re highlighting some of the most memorable moments from last year’s APEX EXPO in Los Angeles.

> Tweet of the Day

On #InternationalCivilAviationDay, read a new article by @icaoFangLIU, Secretary General @ICAO: “Connecting the World in Its Time of Need: International Aviation's Pandemic Response”

UN Chronicle @_UNChronicle


Association News

FTE APEX Virtual Expo Starts Today/Tomorrow

The first-ever FTE APEX Virtual Expo kicks off later today for those based in North America (7 p.m. EST). Consult the preview edition of Expo Daily Experience for a heads up on sessions to keep an eye out for, and instructions for how to make the most out of the event.


> Quote of the Day

“We’re working with airlines to introduce light-touch, innovative packaging solutions to ensure what the passenger receives hasn’t been heavily handled."

Robin Padgett, dnata
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Until tomorrow



The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) encompasses a network of airlines, businesses and professionals that are committed to providing a world-class airline experience for passengers around the globe. Every day, APEX members are improving every aspect of the airline experience, from designing, building and installing seating, entertainment and communications systems on commercial aircraft, to airport lounges and in-flight dining. Visit apex.aero for more information. APEX is professionally managed by Kellen Company, the premier global association management firm with offices and representation in the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia.


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