From the Control Tower
Yes, the events unfolding the in wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine will impact the aviation industry. At least one IFC company faces a direct impact already. The closure of so many air routes to different countries will reverberate across the globe, with supply chains disrupted, including food and other necessities, not just commercial goods.
Still, it is hard to feel too strongly about these little things in the face of the murder and destruction being effected by Russia.
Viasat’s Ka-SAT experiencing service interruptions
Viasat's European network is experiencing a partial outage. The issue, related to its Ka-SAT satellite, is currently affecting service for multiple fixed broadband customers across the region.
Gogo 5G hits certification milestone
Gogo's new 5G in-flight WiFi service moved step closer to reality, with the airplane antenna receiving certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Satcom Direct connects with new Jet ConneX terminal
Satcom Direct aims to deliver a new Ka-band option to its Plane Simple in-flight connectivity platform next year. The company announced that a test version of the kit successfully communicated with an Inmarsat satellite. This brings the solution a step closer for commercial deployment.
A fresh take on the Breeze in-flight experience
Yes, Breeze Airways flies under the low cost carrier concept. But executives hope the airline will be seen more as a "Nice Low Cost Carrier, a niche of its own where we really focus on treating guests the right way." Here's how that's playing out, nine months into the airline's operations.
Qatar Airways pick Avios for loyalty future
Qatar Airways will join the Avios loyalty family next month. The carrier announced its Privilege Club loyalty program will transition from Qmiles to Avios as the currency of record from March 2022.
Other Industry News
SITA appoints David Lavorel as its new CEO
David Lavorel takes over at SITA as airlines and airports look to technology to support industry recovery. Under his leadership and vision, SITA aims to lead a strategic change for the industry, helping its customers implement digitalized and smart solutions.
Play adds Orlando for a winter boost
Iceland's Play Airlines is ready to stretch the legs on its A321LR fleet. The carrier will offer service between its Keflavik hub and Orlando, Florida starting this winter.
SWISS equips entire Boeing 777-300ER fleet with AeroSHARK
SWISS has decided to equip its entire Boeing long-haul fleet with the fuel-saving AeroSHARK surface technology. Starting in the middle of the year, a total of twelve Boeing 777-300ERs will gradually be fitted with the riblet films developed jointly by Lufthansa Technik and BASF. The significantly reduced frictional resistance resulting from this modification will make the sub-fleet more than one percent more fuel-efficient and lower in emissions.
Breeze hints at early western routes
Want to bet on where Breeze Airways will fly out west? You might soon be in luck.
Eastern comes up short in ETOPS certification try
Eastern Airlines will not be flying over open water any time soon. The company's efforts to gain ETOPS certification came up short during an FAA flight proving run.