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The passenger benefits of inflight connectivity, particularly over broader bands like the Panasonic Avionics Ku-band system that Lufthansa brands as FlyNet, are plain. Yet the operational benefits are equally clear. Rather than just the ACARS or VHF narrowband pipes dribbling information back, the entire aircraft can be connected — “e-enabled”, as some call it —...
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Welcome to Episode 027 of the #PaxEx Podcast. Our guest for this episode is Christine Negroni, a highly regarded freelance journalist covering aviation and travel, including for The New York Times. Christine is also an author – she wrote the book Deadly Departures about the TWA Flight 800 disaster, and is penning a book about crash...
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It is not hard to believe that growing up in an aviation-infused environment can lead to a career in the industry. Growing up across the street from the western edge of one of the more famous runways in the world – the Princess Juliana International Airport in Sint Maarten – was the beginning of just...
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RGN has learned more #paxex details about Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier Eurowings’ intercontinental longhaul low-cost carrier ambitions, with the airline being positioned as a point-to-point non-hub leisure “value carrier” that delivers inflight and airport products to the Lufthansa group standards, including embedded seatback IFE, BYOD wireless content streaming, and Panasonic Ku-band inflight Internet.  In business terms,...
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ANTIGUA: The Caribbean tourism market is a competitive one and the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda takes a large step forward in that battle this week, inaugurating operation of the new passenger terminal at V.C. Bird International Airport. It is a significant upgrade from the 30-plus year old terminal being replaced, significantly larger...
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More than a decade ago, when Vonn Crosby, now 40, worked as the manager of the Burger King at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, flight attendants were frequent customers. “They were always so dressed up and so glam,” said Crosby. “I’d ask them where they were going that day and sometimes it was South America, sometimes...
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SpaceX has waded into a rulemaking proceeding at the Federal Communications Commission concerning the auction of air-to-ground (ATG) licenses as a secondary service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band, telling the FCC it has concerns that the nextgen inflight connectivity service would interfere with its planned non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) network. But inflight wifi provider Gogo insists that SpaceX has not...
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Inmarsat and International Launch Services (ILS) today launched the I-5 F3 satellite aboard a Proton-M rocket, bringing the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite connectivity solution to the cusp of functionality for the aviation industry. The project has been beset by delays, mainly related to failures of other Proton-M launch vehicles. While it will be a few hours...
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RGN has learned more #paxex details about Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier Eurowings’ intercontinental longhaul low-cost carrier ambitions, with the airline being positioned as a point-to-point non-hub leisure “value carrier” that delivers inflight and airport products to the Lufthansa group standards, including embedded seatback IFE, BYOD wireless content streaming, and Panasonic Ku-band inflight Internet.  In business terms,...
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Lufthansa Technik is in final certification talks with safety authorities for a semi-embedded iPad inflight entertainment system destined for Qantas, Runway Girl Network has learned. Inside Lufthansa’s technical subsidiary’s Innovation Centre in Hamburg, RGN went hands-on with the new semi-embedded system attached to the seatback of a pair of Qantas Boeing 717 business class seats —...
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Inflight connectivity provider Gogo has received the final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) required to launch its next generation 2Ku connectivity service. The Ku-band satellite-supported technology is currently installed on Gogo’s Boeing 737-500 testbed. Having obtained STC from the US FAA, Gogo is now free to begin inflight testing. “Clearing this regulatory hurdle brings us one step...
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Aircraft seatmakers will soon start using lightweight, new-generation magnesium alloys in seat construction now that a long-standing ban has been lifted providing they meet strict flammability performance requirements. On 14 August, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) – which develops standards for aviation – published SAE AS8049 Revision C, in which a key paragraph has been changed from reading that ‘Magnesium alloys shall not...
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