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US Carriers Seek Targeted Recovery Markets

US airlines continue to search for pockets of demand recovery, with United Airlines and JetBlue trying something a bit different this week. United announced seven new long-haul routes, including three to Africa and two new India services, all planned for launch between December 2020 and Summer 2021. JetBlue announced 24 new routes planned to launch in November and December, heavily tilted towards sunny destinations for US travelers. The carrier is adding multiple flights to Cancun and other Caribbean destinations, and its Los Angeles operation will ramp up faster than previously indicated, with new international and transcon markets in the pipeline.

Simple Flying | Related JetBlue will launch 24 new routes - Travel Weekly



APEX Weekly Wrap: NXTCOMM's Plans to Disrupt the IFC Market

In this episode, hosts Stephanie Taylor and Seth Miller hear from NXTCOMM's CCO Steve Newell about the plans for its AeroMax electronically steerable antenna. The hosts also discuss the decision by four major US airlines to permanently drop changes fees on domestic flights, as well as the latest developments in in-flight entertainment (IFE), from Global Eagle's newly introduced app-less IFE experience for Southwest Airlines to British Airways' decision to move its High Life magazine fully online after 47 years in print.

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New Virgin Australia Will Appear the Same, But Operate Differently, CEO Says

While passengers flying with the new Virgin Australia won't notice much difference, there will be changes behind the scenes, including simplification of the business model and resetting of the cost base, according to CEO Paul Scurrah. Virgin Australia creditors approved the acquisition of the airline by Bain Capital on September 4, with the transfer of shares expected to be completed by October 31. The restructured airline will make sure it competes in a profitable way rather than engaging in a "head-to-head battle" with Qantas and Jetstar, Scurrah said.

APEX Media | Related Virgin Australia scraps regional routes across NSW, VIC, QLD, NT - Executive Traveller



COVID Cuts Coming to Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa

Singapore Airlines is poised to trim another 4,300 jobs as the carrier struggles to recover from the drop in international air travel. Without a domestic network to fall back on and with borders across the globe still shuttered, the airline's operations remain in the single digit percentages relative to 2019. Lufthansa is also seeing a slow recovery and may further trim its twin-aisle fleet, with the A380, 747-400 and A340 now seen at risk of not returning to service. The carrier could shed 100+ aircraft overall as part of the move, with jobs also at risk thanks to reduced operations.

Breaking Travel News | Related Lufthansa to Shed Biggest Planes in Deepening Fleet Shakeup - Bloomberg



RFID Helps flydubai Track Seat Cleaning

Flydubai wants to make sure its seat covers are not pushed beyond their limits when it comes to cleaning cycles, especially with the stronger chemicals now being used. To aid in that process, the carrier turned to Irish company Aerospace Software Developments and its RIFDAeroTrack software. RFID tags embedded in the seat covers are logged via handheld scanners when they are removed from the aircraft for deep cleaning and again throughout the process. Covers that have reached their allotted limit are removed from use and replaced.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Emirates and Flydubai partners again - TTR Weekly



Environmental Benefits and Product Acceleration Are Silver Lining of COVID, APEX CEO Says

Faced with low demand and forced to cut costs, airlines are shedding older twin-aisle aircraft in favor of smaller, more fuel-efficient variations. Qantas is one of several airlines to retire its Boeing 747-400 widebody aircraft in recent months, and in June announced an order for 36 of Airbus' single-aisle A321XLR jets, which have 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previous-generation aircraft. "Airlines worldwide are retiring older aircraft more quickly than they planned. This is good news for ... fans of next-generation business class and first class," said Dr. Joe Leader, APEX/IFSA CEO, adding that airlines will emerge from the pandemic with a much more environmentally friendly fleet.

Executive Traveller | Related Qantas CEO Discusses Project Sunrise, Pandemic Plans - APEX Media



Plaza Premium Inaugurates First US Lounge at DFW

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport has a new lounge option available. The Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal E opened last week, several months later than initially planned, owing to the pandemic. The in-lounge amenities also shifted as a result, but Jonathan Song, business development director for the Plaza Premium Lounge chain, expects that demand will remain strong as passengers "look for a safe space when they travel." The lounge operator still plans a Denver outpost and other US locations to follow.

Biz Journals | Related Plaza Premium reopens Heathrow T5 lounge - Business Traveller






Joe Leader on the flight deck of Air France's Concorde after landing at Charles de Gaulle airport in its last days of service.

This week, we're featuring #AvGeekTreasures from APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader

> Tweet of the Day

In remembrance of the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001, a moment of silence was held at 8:46 am in the terminal this morning. We will #NeverForget those we lost, the heroes and sacrifices made by many.

Orlando International Airport @MCO


Association News

APEX Reflects on 9/11

While the coronavirus crisis weighs heavy on our minds, APEX would like to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11 attacks and recognize the courage of the hundreds of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on that day. In "Aftershocks," published in the June/July 2020 issue of APEX Experience magazine, Katie Sehl looks back at crises like the terrorist attacks to evaluate the impact they had on the aviation industry as well as the lessons this black swan event taught us.


> Quote of the Day

"Every new deployment is positive for us but this one is particularly special given the state of our industry this year."

Kevin Clark, Bluebox
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Until next week



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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