Scratch another IFC player from the commercial market
The Dubai Air Show provided plenty of positive news in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity world this week, but also some bad news. A second player is now out of the commercial aviation connectivity business.
Porter Airlines picks Viasat for E195-E2 WiFi
As Porter Air adds jets to the fleet the on-board experience will see an upgrade as well. The carrier announced the new E195-E2 fleet will include in-flight internet service from Viasat on board.
Saudia selects Inmarsat GX for A321neo connectivity
Saudia's upcoming A321neo and A321XLR fleet will feature Inmarsat's GX Aviation Ka-band in-flight connectivity solution. The deal covers 35 aircraft slated to join the fleet in the coming years, and represents a series of firsts in the industry.
Iraqi Airways chooses Panasonic Avionics for IFE/C future
Streaming, in-seat, or internet-connected? Iraqi Airways' new in-flight entertainment and connectivity plans will include a bit of each, all powered by Panasonic Avionics. The deal, announced at the Dubai Airshow last week, covers 31 aircraft.
AERQ continues to build out partner ecosystem for AERENA IFE platform
When its new AERENA in-flight entertainment solution launched, AERQ made clear that it would depend on partners for much of the heavy lifting in delivering a fully functional platform. Four additional companies now join that family of offerings.
Airbus scores a LiFi win for a trio of corporate jets
A trio of Saudi-based corporate jets will soon carry LiFi-connected screens on board. Alpha Star Aviation signed a letter of agreement at the Dubai Air Show last week to add the equipment to three Airbus Corporate Jets it manages.
Panasonic Avionics picked for Saudia IFE play
Passengers on Saudia's A321neo and A321XLR fleet will find 4K screens and Bluetooth headphones integration at every seat on board. These features will be enabled by the Panasonic Avionics NEXT in-flight entertainment system.
Emirates (re)commits big to Premium Economy
Emirates will add premium economy seating to 105 aircraft in its fleet, joining the handful of 380s delivered with the product on board. The retrofit program is expected to begin at the end of 2022 and take 18 months to complete.
Singapore Airlines unveils new 737 MAX cabins
As Singapore Airlines resumes 737 MAX flights later this year passengers will see a new product on board. The carrier unveiled its new premium cabin today, including lie-flat seats, as part of the overall offering.
Airbus snags another massive A321neo/A321XLR deal from Indigo Partners
When Indigo Partners decides to buy planes the company does not mess around. Previously responsible for the one of the largest orders of single-aisle planes in the world, the company continues its growth plans with a firm order for 255 additional A321neo aircraft, announced at this year's Dubai Air Show. As with the prior deal, these planes will be distributed among the four low cost carriers owned by Indigo Partners around the world.
Other Industry News
China’s crackdown on flight-tracking devices leaves companies and hobbyists frustrated
Flightradar24 has been removed from app stores in China following a state media report detailing national security concerns over flight-tracking devices.