From Thales to Inmarsat: An IFEC Executive Shift
Philippe Carette will be the new President of Inmarsat's Aviation operations from 22 November 2021. He joins the company after eight years at Thales, including the past three as CEO of the Thales InFlyt division.
Dome spotting at the A220 FAL
It is still a few months away, but one of the upcoming A220 deliveries from the Mobile FAL has a special treat on board for its soon-to-be airline owner, as well as for passengers.
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One slightly disappointing bit of news from the Breeze A220 unveiling this week is that the in-flight WiFi service will not be available when the planes enter service. Still, there are a few hints as to what the offering will be and how it will be structured for users.
Gogo boasts 25 Mbps per plane for new 5G network
How fast will connections on the upcoming Gogo 5G network be? The company anticipates delivering 25 megabits per second (Mbps) on average to any connected aircraft. Peak speeds are expected in the 75-80 megabits per second range.
Breeze bets big on premium with new A220s
Breeze Airways expects strong demand for premium seating up-sells on its new A220 fleet. The carrier chose to fit 36 "Nicest" first class seats on board, filling the front half of the cabin. It is a massive bet on premium demand and ancillary sales for the company's new service.
British Airways targets 2022 for 777 Club Suites roll-out completion
British Airways will install its updated Club Suites business class across its Heathrow-based 777 fleet. Retrofits are expected to complete by the end of 2022.
ITA Airways joins SkyTeam, replacing Alitalia
SkyTeam officially welcomes ITA Airways as a member airline today. The Alitalia replacement joins the alliance two weeks after launching flights and a new loyalty program for customers.
Vistara and Lufthansa launch reciprocal frequent flyer earning and redemptions effective October 27, 2021
With effect from October 27, 2021, both the airlines will enable their own frequent flyer program members to earn and redeem miles on the other’s network.
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Vistara secures slots for Newark service
Vistara might finally be ready to fly to the United States, albeit with a connection en route. According to the latest regulatory filings for slots at London's Gatwick Airport, Vistara plans to serve Newark from the UK, with continuing service to India.
JetBlue sees only 300 unvaccinated as deadline looms
Only 300 JetBlue employees indicated intentions to not receive a COVID-19 vaccine or exemption. That's the number cited in a memo shared with employees earlier today.