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Boeing to Move Dreamliner Production to South Carolina

The Wall Street Journal reported that Boeing will move its 787 Dreamliner assembly facilities from Everett, Washington, to South Carolina. Boeing did not share any details on the timing and workforce implications, but it may shed more light on the plans later in the week. In July, the airframer said it was analyzing ways to cope with the drop in demand for the 787 aircraft. The Carolinas, Florida and Alabama have attracted various aerospace businesses thanks to less-clogged infrastructure and cheaper, nonunionized labor.

Wall Street Journal | Related Boeing Workers Reject a Union in South Carolina - New York Times



American Airlines, TPA to Offer COVID-19 Testing

American Airlines joins the collection of US carriers offering COVID testing for passengers prior to departure. In Miami, the airline will offer tests for Jamaican residents returning home; a negative result means travelers can skip the 14-day quarantine on arrival. American plans to offer a similar service for flights to the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries. Passengers headed to Hawaii from DFW can also be tested, either in the terminal or by mail, prior to departure. Similarly, Tampa International Airport is offering a quick testing service in the terminal, both PCR or antigen, for all passengers regardless of airline or destination.

American Airlines | Related TPA launches first in the nation COVID-19 testing for all departing and arriving passengers - Tampa Airport



Nelco, Telesat Partner for LEO Satellite Service over India

Telesat's low-earth orbit (LEO) satellite network will be available for Indian consumers under a partnership signed with local telecom operator Nelco. Under the deal, Nelco will provide terrestrial services and distribution of the Telesat capacity once the constellation is online, expected later this decade. Nelco sees opportunity for LEO services in multiple markets, including 4G/5G backhaul and the in-flight connectivity segment. Nelco partners with Panasonic Avionics to provide Ku-band satellite capacity for Vistara, the first Indian airline to offer the service.  

Business-Standard | Related Aerkomm Inc. Announces Cooperation with Telesat - Aerkomm



Lufthansa, Austrian Launch SKYdeals "Shoppertainment" Portal

In-flight sales are suspended, but that won't stop Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines from trying to score some incremental revenue in the sky. The carriers launched the SKYdeals platform to deliver a digital shopping platform via their FlyNet in-flight Wi-Fi system. Deals change as the plane travels along its route, with specials on chocolates over Switzerland or news about football clubs when the plane is over Germany. Completed orders are shipped to the buyer's home via local post. As an added bonus, any completed transaction scores a FlyNet Mail&Surf voucher for online access.

Lufthansa Group | Related SKYdeals Selected for LVMH Startup Accelerator - APEX Media



US Officials Move to Strengthen Aircraft Certification Rules

Members of the US House of Representatives put forward a new set of standards for aircraft certification this week. The rules would alter the safety management systems used during the process and add further whistleblower protections for employees reporting issues. The rules would also bar manufacturers from withholding information about major changes to on-board systems, such as the MCAS operations on the 737 MAX, a key factor in the aircraft's two fatal crashes and subsequent grounding.

Flyertalk | Related IAMA Updates Rulebook for Streamlined Aircraft Modifications - APEX Media



United, Caribbean Move on Furloughs

The United Airlines pilots' union agreed to new terms with the airline to avoid furloughs of nearly 4,000 of its members. The pilots voted to approve the deal with 58% in favor. Under the revised contract terms, the reduced level of flying will be spread across more pilots, with each individual operating fewer hours. The deal covers operations through June 2021. Caribbean Airlines is moving in the other direction, with plans for a third of its staff to be furloughed for three months and other, higher paid employees to see salaries trimmed. Caribbean Airlines' cargo operations are not affected by the cuts, as they continue to generate revenue for the company.

USA Today | Related Caribbean Airlines to make temporary cuts in staff, salaries - Guardian



Corsair Testing Antimicrobial Tray Table Covers

French leisure carrier Corsair is testing a new antimicrobial film for its tray tables. The Adhetec antimicrobial aeronautical films integrate the technology of Pylote, which allows a stable and permanent microbial decontamination, destroying viruses and bacteria by direct contact. The films are safe for the skin and do not release toxic molecules. Adhetec films can remain effective for 50 months without losing their decontamination effectiveness even under the current, aggressive cabin cleaning procedures.







For "Beauty Boost," a story about augmented reality powering duty-free shopping, illustrator @bmalagoli delivered a chic drawing.

This week, we're featuring @bmalagoli's stunning creations for #APEXExperienceMag.

> Tweet of the Day

The world's most powerful commercial jet engine is one step closer to passenger flight on the Boeing 777X.

General Electric @generalelectric


Association News

Over 400 Airlines, Airports and Organizations Already Registered to Attend FTE APEX Virtual Expo!

FTE APEX Virtual Expo is a true global gathering which will drive understanding of how the aviation industry is approaching business in this new era. Register today for free access to the FTE APEX Virtual Expo exhibition hall and join 200+ airlines and airports, and 200+ organizations from around the world, already registered to attend. Spread the word: airlines and airports that register today will receive a complimentary Premium Pass with VIP access to all parts of the show.


> Quote of the Day

"We are looking at touchless, pre-ordered retail, remote screening operations, and even improvements to our ground transportation operation."

Chris McLaughlin, Denver International Airport
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