Beyond the Megabits: Taking Spirit’s WiFi for a ride
Spirit Airlines claims to offer the fastest internet in the sky. But there's much more to inflight WiFi performance than just the megabits.
Inmarsat confirms successful launch of I-6 F2 satellite
SpaceX successfully launched Inmarsat’s latest I-6 F2 satellite from launch pad SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
EU opens in-depth investigation into Viasat/Inmarsat merger
"With our in-depth investigation, we aim to ensure that the acquisition of Inmarsat by Viasat does not lead to higher prices and lesser quality for in-flight connectivity services on flights in Europe."
Somewhat amazing to see IFC - a small but growing portion of the business - driving objections from regulators in the Viasat/Inmarsat merger plans.
Airlines, rocket launches compete for airspace as FAA manages demand
Space companies are launching more rockets than ever, ratcheting up competition for air space just as travelers return to flying in droves.
FAA Proposes $175,000 Fine Against SpaceX for Not Submitting Required Pre-Launch Data
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a $175,000 civil penalty against SpaceX for failure to submit launch collision analysis trajectory data directly to the FAA prior to the August 19, 2022, launch of the Starlink Group 4-27 mission.
Air India’s major order: A first step in rebuilding, but not the most important one
Air India, now under new ownership, has grand plans for growth. And now it has a line on aircraft to fulfill those goals. The carrier (finally) announced Letters of Intent for 470 planes, plus 70 options, from Airbus and Boeing in a blockbuster move.
Bizarre Change to the Qantas Frequent Flyer T&Cs
It seems a bit petty, but Qantas will no longer allow Qatar Airways QClub members to earn Avios on domestic flights where it competes with Virgin Australia, owing to Qatar holding a partnership with both airlines.
Other Industry News
JetBlue seeks slots at Amsterdam, possibly taken from KLM by force
JetBlue wants to fly to Amsterdam. But, facing difficulties obtaining slots at Schiphol Airport, the carrier took the unusual step of asking the US Department of Transportation to negotiate on its behalf, or require KLM to cede slots to enable service.
Lufthansa Group pitches "Green" fares to boost passenger SAF offset purchases
Airlines have tried selling carbon offsets and alternative fuel options to passengers for a few years now, generally with minimal success. The Lufthansa Group of airlines now hopes to boost sales by making "Green" flights an option earlier in the booking flow, akin to picking between Economy Light or a flexible fare.
Embraer in Talks With Singapore Airlines to Supply Scoot With Regional Planes
A big boost for Embraer as it scores an order for its newest regional jets in Asia.