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Norwegian Targets 45% Emissions Reduction by 2030

Norwegian sees improved aircraft efficiency and sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) as key to delivering a 45% reduction in per-passenger emissions by 2030, compared to 2010 levels. The carrier anticipates consumption of up to 500 million litres of SAFs by the end of the decade to reach a 16-28% share of its total fuel used. It also announced plans to completely remove non-recyclable plastics from its operations by 2023 and to achieve 100% recycling of single-use items by that same deadline. 

Norwegian | Related Norwegian adds Chooose carbon offsetting option to booking process - Business Traveller



Panasonic Avionics Focuses on No-Touch Travel With Welcome Aboard Collection

As air travel begins to rebound, Panasonic Avionics wants to keep passengers and airlines at ease. The company's Welcome Aboard Collection of products and services focuses on reducing contact points with in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems and other passenger-facing services. The Onboard Reader digitizes in-flight magazines, while the Companion App replaces the IFE remote control with a traveler's personal electronic device and ZeroTouch content loading services help reduce employee physical presence on aircraft. 

Panasonic Avionics | Related The Weekly Wrap with APEX: July 17, 2020 - APEX Media



EKFC to Produce Kosher Meals at Dedicated New Facility

Following diplomatic normalization between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has announced plans to launch a dedicated facility in partnership with CCL Holdings, Kosher Arabia, to produce kosher meals. Emirates historically provided kosher meals through an outsourced partner, but Saeed Mohammed, CEO of Emirates Flight Catering, said, "With recent developments we expect that demand for kosher food in the UAE and region will grow quickly." The new kitchen is expected to begin production by January 2021.

Emirates Flight Catering | Related Emirates Flight Catering Pioneers Vertical Farming in the UAE - APEX Media



Volocopter Begins Passenger Ticket Sales for eVTOL Rotorcraft

Volocopter is accepting 1,000 reservations for 15-minute demonstration flights on board its 18-rotor, battery-powered air taxi. Tickets for the two-passenger vehicle cost ‚¬300 each, but a reservation only requires a 10% deposit. The company has not specified when or where the trips will occur, but has indicated that they will take place within 12 months of the commercial launch, which is scheduled for 2022 or 2023. Volocopter promises a flight over a city with at least 500,000 residents in Asia or Europe for these early customers. 

The Verge | Related Volocopter eVTOL Aims for Singapore Flight Tests in 2019 - APEX Media



United Airlines Introduces Antimicrobial Treatment for Cabin Surfaces

United Airlines is treating the interior of 30 aircraft with an antimicrobial product from the Zoono Group. During aircraft deep cleans, the treatment will be applied using United's NovaRover cleaning robot, which coats all surfaces in a 12-foot radius with a fine mist in a single spray. United will also apply Zoono Microbe Shield to aircraft overnight every seven days using electrostatic sprayers to refresh and fortify the antimicrobial coating, while continuing to electrostatic spray disinfectant in the aircraft cabin before almost every departure. The carrier expects to add this latest measure to its entire mainline and express fleet before the end of the year.

Reuters | Related United Now Cleaning Flight Decks with UVC Lighting - United



Qantas' Australian Sightseeing Flight Sells Out in 10 Minutes

"Flights to nowhere" have become popular among airlines including All Nippon Airways, EVA Air, Starlux and Royal Brunei as a means of filling aircraft and offering passengers a unique experience while many borders are closed. Last month, Qantas announced that it will revive its 12-hour flights over Antarctica, and today, tickets for its local sightseeing flight, operated by a Boeing 787 aircraft, sold out rapidly. The airline sold 134 seats at a cost of A$787 (US$574) each for economy, $1,787 for premium economy and $3,787 for business class.

APEX Media | Related Airlines All Over The World Are Launching Flights To Nowhere - Simple Flying



American Express Plans Expansion, Reopening of Airport Lounge Network

Returning passengers are seeking greater levels of health and safety at airports, and the American Express lounge network is responding with new and larger lounges. Facilities at New York's JFK Airport, London Heathrow and Denver International Airport are expected to open by the end of this year. A doubling of the lounge size at LaGuardia and a 50% increase in Las Vegas are expected to be completed in 2021. Card members will experience new health and safety practices, such as socially distanced seating, reduced capacity, increased cleaning frequency, requirements to wear a face covering when entering the lounge, food served à la carte instead of buffets and a contactless check-in experience via the American Express app.

American Express | Related American Express Canada unveils redesigned Aeroplan Cards to elevate the travel experience - Newswire






Built on the Black Sea coast, Istanbul Airport covers 818 million square feet

This week, we're featuring photos from "Blurring Boundaries," originally published in the June/July 2019 issue of APEX Experience magazine, with the hope that we will return en masse to airports soon. 

> Tweet of the Day

Tonight, @airvistara switches on the WiFi on their new @Boeing 787-9 aircraft between Delhi-London-Delhi. Powered by @PanasonicAero. Free for all customers for the time being. Coming soon on the A321neo as well. #paxex

Ajay Awtaney @LiveFromALounge


Association News

Register Now to Join 120+ Airlines & Airports Registered for FTE APEX Virtual Expo

Over 120 airlines and airport operators from around the world have already registered to attend FTE APEX Virtual Expo in December. Airline and airport reps who register by September 30 will get a complimentary Premium Pass with VIP access to all parts of the show, including the virtual exhibition hall, conference sessions, networking areas and the opportunity to experience an array of announcements and launches.


> Quote of the Day

"We survived 9/11, we survived changes at the airport and we will survive this."

Jerry Whitsett, Africa Lounge
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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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