APEX and Simpliflying's Health Standard award

Leading partners create Airline Health Safety standard

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APEX and Simpliflying's Health Standard award

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and SimpliFlying have launched ‘a new standard for airline health safety measures’.

With 33 airlines currently advancing through the review process, APEX and SimpliFlying have announced the first 12 launch airlines serving six continents that have fully completed the audit process and have been certified.

A 58-point checklist covers ten airline categories for submission verification, validation, and quarterly review certification process. The audit spans categories that include testing, tracing, on-the-ground procedures, in-flight measures, and co-branded partnerships that further airline product safety integrity.

For the initial launch, APEX and SimpliFlying worked with a broad cross-section of airlines ranging from ultra-low-cost-carriers to national carriers. After completing the initial audit with proof points, a step-by-step verification process occurs with airlines, followed by standard level notification.

Thus far, approximately one-third of all airlines have further enhanced their customer health safety standards after the initial audit review.

For taking hospital-grade health safety measures, Diamond status has been awarded to Air Canada, Alaska, Etihad, Qatar Airways, SAUDIA, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United, and Virgin Atlantic.

For going above and beyond the Gold Standard, Platinum has been awarded to JetSmart, Spirit and Sri Lankan Airlines.

SimpliFlying and APEX have instituted a Board of airlines for further advancement of best customer health safety. A medical and scientific research working group from representing airlines will meet regularly to review the latest research focused upon advancements with recommendations centred around airline customers. APEX and SimpliFlying will then work with airlines to advance implementation for passengers in quarterly airline audit updates.

Aviation consultancy SimpliFlying has launched an accelerator designed explicitly for post-COVID-19 travel.

SimpliFlying launches new initiative to kickstart travel

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Aviation consultancy SimpliFlying has launched an accelerator designed explicitly for post-COVID-19 travel.

Aviation consultancy SimpliFlying has launched an accelerator designed explicitly for post-COVID-19 travel.

The SimpliFlying Launchpad curates market-ready technologies and matches them with airports and airlines looking for urgent solutions on everything from sanitisation to contact tracing.

The launch of the SimpliFlying Launchpad comes after SimpliFlying’s April report, The Rise of Sanitised Travel, identified over 70 different passenger touchpoints that will change as a result of the need to reassure both passengers as well as industry regulators, that air travel won’t be a spreader of the pandemic.

Over the next two months, the SimpliFlying Launchpad is inviting applications in four different areas that have been shortlisted after consultation with the industry partners. They include sanitisation, touchless travel, contact tracing and ancillary revenues.

All applicants are invited to join SimpliFlying Marketplace, which is a private platform for airlines and airports to find the best solutions, without having to conduct rigorous research on their own.

In just a couple of weeks, the SimpliFlying team curates the most promising solutions and invites them to work with industry mentors. Finally, a virtual demo day showcases all finalists to pilot partners,aviation executives and even investors. Startups exit the programme and are ready to go live, with the SimpliFlying team having developed their launch trajectory in aviation.

SimpliFlying’s CEO Shashank Nigam said, “To deal with the unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, the aviation industry urgently needs transformative innovations to help rebuild passenger trust in travel. We aim to curate ready-to-deploy solutions for aviation partners who are willing to pilot them. We’ll also ensure that the aviation industry can successfully and quickly meet the challenges of the COVID-19 era of travel and beyond, with tried and tested and ready to go solutions.”