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Lufthansa to Start Rapid COVID-19 Testing at Airports in October

While rapid COVID-testing is available at several airports around the world, including Hong Kong International Airport, Istanbul Airport, and Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports, airlines are now planning to introduce the service. Lufthansa announced yesterday that it will begin offering rapid testing for first- and business-class passengers next month. Rapid antigen tests are inexpensive to produce but typically less accurate than polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. The airline is considering testing at airports in the US and Canada. Air Canada and WestJet are introducing COVID-19 testing at Toronto and Vancouver airports, respectively, this fall.

Reuters | Related WestJet and Air Canada Will Trial Airport COVID-19 Tests - Travel Pulse



IATA Pushes Universal Testing to Revive Air Travel

IATA wants to see 100% of international travelers tested at the airport prior to flying, under a new proposal to help kick-start the recovery of the commercial aviation sector. The goal is to remove quarantine requirements for international arrivals, a policy that IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac says is killing the market. In a media briefing on Tuesday, de Juniac suggested that all IATA member airlines support the policy that would see an antigen test administered at the airport prior to check-in. He also believes that the necessary volume of tests will soon be available and at an affordable price, which he expects governments to pay.

Executive Traveller | Related Remarks of Alexandre de Juniac at the IATA Media Briefing on 22 September 2020 - IATA



Facial Recognition Tech That Works With Masks

Vendors including Thales, NEC and EDGENeural.ai are adapting their facial recognition algorithms to improve facial accuracy for masked subjects. "We can obtain a recognition accuracy of mask wearers of around 99% as long as the reference photo that we use is of good quality, such as in a passport or an ID document, and provided the mask is worn in a manner that does not hide the eyes," Philippe Faure, business owner of Thales Face Recognition Platform, told APEX Media.  

APEX Media | Related Facial recognition: top 7 trends - Thales



Inflight Dublin Upgrades Wireless IFE Web App

Health and safety considerations and revenue-generating opportunities, especially through advertising, are the focus of Inflight Dublin's upgraded web app for its Everhub wireless IFE solution. The premise of the upgrade is partly to inform and communicate COVID-19 related messages to passengers in flight. The upgraded web app supports banner ads, pre-roll video ads and interstitial ads which can appear on a timed or pop-up basis. It also features a new layout with switchable light and dark themes, and the user interface can be configured to align with the airline's branding.

APEX Media | Related What We're Made Of: Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin - APEX Media



Gulf Air Selects Recaro CL3710 Seat for A321neo

Gulf Air's newest A321neo fleet will fly with the Recaro CL3710 seats in economy class. The carrier took delivery of the first of its 29 A321neo aircraft earlier this month. The CL3710 offers several customization options for airline customers. Gulf Air selected the six-way adjustable headrest, Recaro-patented extended seat bottom, seamless flip cushion for enhanced lumbar support and a 30-inch seat pitch. Krešimir Kučko, Gulf Air CEO, sees the Recaro offering as a win for the airline and its customers. "Our partnership with Recaro is a sign of dedication to our passengers, as we collaborate to bring them unparalleled levels of comfort and the best service every time they fly with us," he said.

Arabian Aerospace | Related APEX in Profile: Denis Altmann, Recaro Aircraft Seating - APEX Media



India Upgrades Baggage Scanning With Smiths Detection

Eleven Indian airports received upgraded baggage screening hardware under a deal with Smiths Detection. A total of 34 CTX 9800 DSi checked baggage systems were deployed under the contract. The new screening systems allow for faster processing of bags and improved operational efficiency, while making it possible for airports to scale up as passenger levels increase. The CTX 9800 is an ECAC Standard 3-approved and Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-certified device developed to offer high-resolution 3D images of luggage. It supports accurate decision-making and improves airport security standards.

Airport Technology | Related Singapore Changi Airport extends partnership with Smiths Detection to supply advanced hold-baggage and explosives detection systems - Business Wire



Aircraft Recycling Giants Merge

A pair of aircraft recycling behemoths announced a merger, consolidating to help airlines, aircraft owners and OEMs generate new revenue streams, gain savings, reduce their carbon footprints and help address critical social needs. North American Aerospace Industries (NAAI) and Aircraft Interior Recycling Association (AIRA) will combine operations, helping customers realize maximum return on end-of-life aircraft. "Through more sustainable aircraft recycling practices, we can ... protect our environment by reducing aircraft waste in landfills and aircraft boneyards," said Sven Daniel Koechler, president and CEO of NAAI.

Aviation Pros | Related Moving Past Plastic: PriestmanGoode Believes a Sustainable Future is a Varied One - APEX Media






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