Spirit Airlines completes A320 WiFi installs
The Spirit Airlines A320 fleet is now fully fitted with in-flight WiFi. With both the A321 and now the A320 fleets completed, Spirit's fleet can deliver in-flight internet service on more than 82% of its departures and 87% of its available seat miles.
Turkish launches new WiFi on 737s, A321s
With more than a dozen aircraft fitted, Turkish Airlines is finally ready to officially launch its newest in-flight connectivity platform. The service, powered by Anuvu and in-country partner Profen, can be accessed on 13 of the company's Airbus A321 and Boeing 737NG planes.
Seamless Air Alliance delivers IFC performance toolkit
What does it take to define the quality of in-flight WiFi service? How about 340 pages of documentation and more than 500 metrics? That's what the Seamless Air Alliance offer for airlines and suppliers alike in its new Inflight Connectivity (IFC) Analysis Toolkit.
Gogo, OneWeb team for BizAv satellite service
Gogo is getting back into the satellite connectivity business in a big way. The company announced a deal to integrate the OneWeb low earth orbit (LEO) constellation into its business aviation connectivity network, providing global coverage for its customers.
Inmarsat SwiftJet boosts BizAv bandwidth
Thousands of aircraft around the world could soon see their in-flight connectivity performance boosted six-fold. Inmarsat's new SwiftJet offering will supercharge the company's L-band constellation. The upgraded solution offers a 2.6 Mbps link to a massive range of aircraft, nearly anywhere on the planet, using Inmarsat's ELERA network.
OneWeb, Satcom Direct, QEST team for BizAv internet offering
Satcom Direct will soon offer broadband connectivity for its business aviation customers on the OneWeb low earth orbit (LEO) network. The companies announced a partnership, including QEST for antenna hardware, at EBACE 2022 in Geneva.
Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom boost over-water EAN coverage
Terrestrial coverage over water? Turns out the oil rigs and wind farms in the North Sea can deliver in-flight connectivity, in addition to the energy helping power the flights.
Stellar Blu successfully demonstrates in-flight LEO connectivity
Stellar Blu and OneWeb can finally say broadband in-flight connectivity, delivered to a commercial aircraft via low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites and an electrically steered antenna (ESA) is a reality.
Lufthansa plans entertainment upgrade for 747-8i fleet
In a sign that the aircraft will keep flying for some years to come, Lufthansa will retrofit the in-flight entertainment hardware on its 747-8i fleet with the Panasonic Avionics NEXT platform.
Astronics, LG grow OLED display partnership
Need a 77-inch OLED screen on board your business jet? Astronics and LG Electronics have you covered. The pair are expanding their partnership, including adding the 77-inch model to the lineup.
Emirates formally launches Premium Economy cabin sales
Emirates is (finally, again) ready to sell its premium economy seats. The carrier now operates six aircraft with the seats on board. That's enough for the first three routes to launch later this summer, with more to come as further aircraft retrofits occur.
KLM launches Premium Comfort premium economy cabin
KLM formally introduced its Premium Comfort cabin this week, bringing a premium economy option to its long-haul fleet. The new seats, designed in partnership with Collins Aerospace, will be available for travel starting in July 2022 and eventually rolling out across the 777 and 787 fleets.
Other Industry News
ATR paves way for next generation of its best-selling aircraft - ATR
ATR foresees advanced design features and a new powerplant with hybrid capability to offer customers the next generation of its turboprop aircraft. It will encompass innovative technologies to enable significant improvements in performance, economics and sustainability.
Incorporating a new eco-design that includes new propellers and enhanced cabin and systems, it will remain a two-engine turboprop that can be powered by 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).
A Very Complicated Set of Transactions Involving Surf Air, Southern
SPAC, restructure, go hybrid.
Seems simple enough, though not really at all. Still, could be an interesting result if Surf Air pulls this off.