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OneWeb to Resume Satellite Launches in December

The OneWeb low-earth orbit satellite constellation is slated to resume its growth by the end of the year. The company amended its partnership with Arianespace for 16 additional launches between December 2020 and the end of 2022. The deal remains dependent on confirmation of OneWeb's restructuring plan. Each launch will add 34-46 satellites to the constellation and OneWeb expects to bring commercial service online by the end of 2021. The network will initially target the United Kingdom, Alaska, Northern Europe, Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic seas and Canada.

OneWeb | Related OneWeb Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in Light of COVID-19 Economic Turmoil - APEX Media



Senators Push for Additional US Airline Payroll Funding

A pair of US Senators introduced a bill calling for up to $28 billion in payroll support for airlines, as the prior round of support is set to expire at the end of the month. The deal targets protection of tens of thousands of airline employees that are likely to be furloughed or terminated when the CARES Act-backed payroll support program expires. Airline executives expressed thanks for the effort, though it remains unclear if the bill will progress further towards implementation.  

CNBC | Related United Airlines and Unions Send Letter to Congress - Travel Pulse



IAMA Updates Rulebook for Streamlined Aircraft Modifications

Independent Aircraft Modifier Alliance (IAMA) has released an updated version of its Rulebook, which it first published in March with the goal of streamlining the process of certification of aircraft modifications through supplemental type certificates (STC). "The IAMA Rulebook is a living document," said Romain Mbwang Seppoh, head of Eclipse Technics, which is an IAMA founding member company. "Our goal is to continue upgrading its content with guidelines that will further streamline the STC process. A future objective is to roll out an auditing system [that] will target enforcement of the IAMA Rulebook's principles."

APEX Media | Related What We're Made Of: Nicole Noack, IAMA - APEX Media



Avianca Secures $2 Billion in Financing

Colombia's Avianca expects to receive $2 billion in funding from existing and new investors as it works to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The deal includes roughly $1.2 billion in new funding, and the potential for up to $240 million in government support of the recapitalization plans. The funding is secured by a range of Avianca's assets, including its LifeMiles loyalty program and its cargo operations. The company recently repurchased a large portion of LifeMiles to help expand the collateral available. The funding is subject to approval from the US courts.

PR Newswire | Related Avianca files for bankruptcy protection - Business Traveller



SITA, Safety Line Partner to Reduce Emissions

SITA will integrate data from French startup Safety Line to help improve aircraft routing and operations, aiming to realize significant fuel savings and carbon emissions reductions. Safety Line's data analysis systems deliver aircraft-specific guidance on climb-out, the heaviest fuel consumption phase of flight, as well as at cruise. The analysis modules will integrate into SITA's eWAS Pilot and Digital Day of Operations portfolio. Safety Line estimates that 5.6 million tons of CO2 could be avoided if all airlines in the world were to use OptiClimb, which uses machine learning and weather forecasts to recommend speed changes at different altitudes for each climb.

SITA | Related Condor boosts fuel economy with SITA's eWAS - SITA



Stellar Celebrates 15 Years in Kuala Lumpur

Stellar Entertainment, which has been operating for 45 years, is celebrating the 15th birthday of its Kuala Lumpur office this week. The content service provider is a one-stop-shop for client servicing; customized content curation and acquisition; screening; and metadata management. This includes delivering content to the newest IFE systems as well as support for airlines using legacy systems such as VHS and Hi-8 equipment.

Stellar Group | Related What We're Made Of: Sam Allen, Stellar Entertainment - APEX Media






A unique, stunning perspective of an Air Europa Boeing 787 Dreamliner! Captured at Madrid-Barajas Airport by @aviophoto (via Instagram).

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Association News

Tomorrow: APEX Media Director Maryann Simson Interviews APEX Members at World Aviation Festival

World Aviation Festival 2020 begins tomorrow, and APEX Media director Maryann Simson has been tapped to moderate an in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) session featuring several APEX member companies. At 11:30 a.m. BST, she will interview Patrick Brannelly from Emirates about the future of IFEC and retail post-COVID-19. Following the interview, at 11:50 a.m., Simson will moderate a panel discussion on the long-term impact of contactless travel on IFEC and ways to keep the product relevant. Brannelly will be joined by reps from El Al Israel, Viasat and Panasonic Avionics. Airlines and airports can sign up for complimentary access.


Dozens More Airlines and Airports Register for FTE APEX Virtual Expo

Curious to know who is registered to attend FTE APEX Virtual Expo? Last week, an additional 16 airlines and 20 airports confirmed their presence. Airlines and airports receive free premium passes, unlocking access to the exhibition, live and on-demand conference content and networking capabilities at the event. The virtual conference program will include a raft of content tailored to the Asia-Pacific, EMEA and Americas regions, covering the most pertinent topics including IFEC, World of Content, Interiors, Service & Catering, Comfort & Amenities, and Retail. Join thousands of the industry's thought leaders and decision-makers - register now!


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Airlines will see a difference in terms of content being able to be scheduled outside of the standard monthly refresh cycle." Story 1|Story 2|Story 3|Story 4|Story 5|Story 6|Story 7 Saliva, Dogs Joining the COVID Testing Ranks at European Airports https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-instant-covid-gargle-test-set-to-deploy-in-european-airports/#gs.g9wmdv Times of Israel Grey A quick saliva test could soon deliver COVID-19 results for passengers across European airports. Developed in Israel, the test requires passengers to gargle with a special mouthwash and then spit into a tube. The results are delivered from a self-service kiosk in the terminal, with those testing positive referred for a nasal swab for confirmation. In Helsinki, COVID-19 testing is now being augmented by specially trained dogs. Those taking the test will swipe their skin with a test wipe and drop it into a cup, which is then given to the dog. This also protects the dog's handler from infections. All the tests are processed anonymously. Helsinki Airport to use COVID-19 sniffing dogs - World Airline News

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Until tomorrow



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