From 2Ku to 2Ka: Gogo ready for a spectrum shift
What keeps airlines from shifting from one inflight connectivity solution to another? Contracts are certainly part of it, but so is the significant cost to update and replace hardware on the planes. Gogo has a plan that could ease such pain while keeping airlines active on its services.
Virgin Orbit selects Panasonic Avionics for inflight connectivity
What does it take to launch rockets into space from an airborne 747? Among other things, a reliable, high-speed internet connection is key to successful missions. And for Virgin Orbit that means adding a satellite connection to Cosmic Girl, the aircraft serving as the base for the LauncherOne system. The company selected Panasonic Avionics to provide the services for its operation.
Air Canada launches all-premium service on key routes
Air Canada is bringing premium seats on two key business markets, reducing passenger density on board as it slowly increases service levels.
Other Industry News
LATAM seeks US bankruptcy protection, plans to continue operations
South America's LATAM Airlines Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in the US courts on Tuesday morning, seeking to restructure debt while continuing regular operations. Or, at least, operations as close to regular as possible given the current global aviation environment.
Domestic Flights resume in India: 500+ flights and 39K passengers
Domestic flights in India are back, though a far cry from the old levels. The federal government capped fares and many airports and states capped flight operations. It is a bit of a mess, but that's just par for the course when it comes to traveling in India.
Slivers of normalcy: Air New Zealand lounges reopening
Demand for air travel is up significantly in New Zealand, though still massively below 2019 levels. And now some passengers will have a slightly more comfortable travel experience as the carrier's airport lounge network begins to reopen.
Volotea plans for growth into a COVID-affected Summer
At least one airline is bucking the current market trends. European LCC Volotea is showing its flexibility, altering its route network in hopes of carrying more passengers this year than evern before.
Beached Whale: A380’s future turns more bleak
The A380 is the biggest passenger aircraft in the skies, and it will continue to operate for some time to come. But it will not be as prevalent as it once was. And this week brought more tough news for the type.