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Gogo Pursues Sale of Commercial Aviation Business

Gogo is aggressively pursuing options to sell its commercial aviation operations. During a conference call to report its second quarter earnings today, the company confirmed that it "launched a formal process this summer to evaluate the strategic options" for this division of its business. According to Oakleigh Thorne, Gogo's president and CEO, the company received multiple inbound requests and talks are advancing. Revenue was down around 70% for the company's commercial aviation division, and around 20% for its business aviation division, in the second quarter of this year compared to Q2 2019.

APEX Media | Related Gogo and SmartSky Networks Share 5G Plans - APEX Media



Indian Repatriation Flight Accident Claims 18 Lives

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800 carrying 190 people as part of a repatriation mission from Dubai crashed on Friday after skidding off the runway while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport. A total of 18 people died, including both pilots and four children. India's civil aviation minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, said the flight "overshot the runway in rainy conditions" and slid down a hill, splitting the fuselage in two. The aviation regulator said it was too early to tell whether the accident was a result of technical or human error. The flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder have been recovered.

CNN | Related Air India Express black boxes recovered at Kerala crash site - The Guardian



Jamco Showcases New Touchless Cabin Initiative

Jamco Corporation announced a new clean cabin initiative called Project Blue Sky through which it will develop touchless cabin interior products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Solutions in the lineup include a transparent seat divider, hands-free lavatory fixtures and UV disinfection technology to be installed in lavatories, galleys and seating areas to enable disinfection and germ elimination during flight. The company is committed to the transition to a "new normal" and a new era of cleanliness in the commercial aerospace industry.

DR Journal | Related Consolidated Financial Results for the Fiscal Year 2019 Ended March 31, 2020 - Jamco



Viasat Posts $12M Q1 Loss, Eyes Strategic Investment

Viasat reported a loss of $12.4 million in its fiscal first quarter on Thursday; total revenue was $530 million. Viasat CEO Mark Dankberg praised the swift cost reduction actions taken early on by the company to soften the blow of COVID-19, and said that a "broad business portfolio" combined with billions of dollars worth of contract backlogs support favorable projections going forward. Viasat is sitting with $175 million dollars in new capital after a share sale a few weeks ago, and revealed that it plans to pursue economically appealing strategic growth opportunities that benefit its defense, broadband and aerospace segments.

Paxex.aero | Related Q1 FY21 Shareholder Letter - Viasat



AMS Will Begin Testing High-Risk Travelers for COVID-19

Amsterdam Schiphol will soon open a COVID-19 testing center for travelers arriving from areas that have been deemed high risk by the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Details about the cost of the testing and the time needed to receive results are unknown. The airport has mandated face masks and installed mechanisms to ensure physical distancing.

Business Traveller | Related Coronavirus - Going on holiday abroad: countries whose borders are open - Kingdom of the Netherlands



JFK Renovations Placed on Hold

A $15-billion refurbishment of New York's JFK airport slated to begin this year has been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. Investors and airlines were to contribute to the renovation of several terminals, but work has only begun on Terminal 8, which will expand by 70,000 square feet. When construction resumes, six terminals will be cut down to four, with more consolidated operations and a new Kennedy Central hub in the middle. Contract negotiations for these projects are already months behind schedule. Traveler volume at the facility is down 85% from average.

Simple Flying | Related Coronavirus Delays JFK Airport's $15 Billion Makeover - Wall Street Journal



Nolinor Selects liTeMood for Cabin Refresh

Nolinor Aviation, a Canadian charter airline, will outfit its fleet of Boeing 737s with STG Aerospace's liTeMood LED lighting. Marco Prud'Homme, president of Nolinor Aviation, said that liTeMood is the perfect lighting product to refresh the airline's cabin ambience. "The quality of the lighting, easy plug and play installation and simplicity of operation has exceeded our expectations in every way," Prud'Homme said.

STG Aerospace | Related OWG poised for takeoff - Skies Mag






Mija Kang is a bell pepper and cherry tomato farmer, and one of a hundred tending to Korean Air's Jedong Ranch.

This week, we're featuring photos from "Stemming From South Korea," an #APEXExperienceMag feature, published earlier this year, that looks at the innerworkings of Korean Air's farm.

> Tweet of the Day

BREAKING NEWS: @TSA throughput on Sunday, Aug. 9 topped 800,000 for the first time since March 17 when TSA officers screened 831,789 people. On Saturday, Aug. 8, they screened 683,212 people and on Friday, Aug. 7, they screened 762,547 individuals at checkpoints nationwide.

Lisa Farbstein @TSA_Northeast


Association News

More Exhibitors Join FTE APEX Virtual Expo

We're proud to announce that Seikodo, Xovis, PictureWorks and Encore Inflight will be exhibiting at FTE APEX Virtual Expo. The virtual exhibition hall will feature forward-thinking vendors armed with solutions to help the industry thrive in the wake of COVID-19. Register now for the air transport industry's first major digital trade show. It all happens live December 8 to 9.


> Quote of the Day

"Everyone will interpret a smell a little bit differently. A passenger smelling something unpleasant might not [affect] another passenger."

ChloƩ Shen Morosetti, United Airlines
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Until tomorrow



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