SmartSky sues supplier over IP theft, delays network deployment
One of SmartSky's suppliers is accused of stealing the inflight connectivity company's intellectual property and trying to sell it as an independent ATG network rather than delivering the contracted goods to the company. This one is gonna get messy, folks.
Digging in to the ATG deal between Gogo and Intelsat
With the infusion of new cash coming as part of the Intelsat deal Gogo is well-positioned to invest in its updated air-to-ground (ATG) network, branded "Gogo 5G." And the company has high hopes for increased revenue that network will deliver, both from its Business Aviation customers and from Intelsat. The latter secured a 10-year exclusive contract to resell Gogo's ATG connectivity to commercial airlines and the (mostly) regional jets flying with the system installed as part of the deal to acquire the Commercial Aviation business.
Qatar Airways hits 100 aircraft milestone fitted with Inmarsat’s GX Aviation
Qatar Airways now operates 100 aircraft with "Super Wi-Fi," its branding for the Inmarsat GX Aviation inflight connectivity solution. The most recent addition to the fleet is A7-ALC, an A350-900. Qatar Airways is the leading operator of the GX solution around the globe.
OWG picks Bluebox for streaming IFE
Holiday makers on Canada's newest airline will have movies and TV shows available on their flights to Cuba this winter. OWG, an offshoot of Nolinor, signed a deal to fly the Bluebox Wow streaming IFE kit on board.
Southwest going app-free for IFE
Watching movies and TV on Southwest Airlines is getting a little easier. The carrier's inflight entertainment portal, powered by Global Eagle's Airtime platform, no longer requires a dedicated mobile application for consumers to stream content on board. The DRM-protected content can instead be consumed in the web browser of the devices.
Delta pledges loyalty program to raise $6.5 billion
How much is loyalty worth? Delta Air Lines is planning to mortgage a portion of its SkyMiles program in the commercial market, seeking $6.5 billion (B!!) against a portion of the program's assets. United Airlines ran a similar effort back in June, to the tune of $5 billion.
Other Industry News
LATAM loses key ruling in bankruptcy court
As LATAM went hunting for cash to see it through bankruptcy it leaned on old friends. But when it comes time to convert the debt to equity, restoring ownership for Delta, Qatar and the Cueto family, the deal proved a bit too sweet for the US Bankruptcy Court to accept.
JetBlue goes hunting for revenue with 24 new winter markets
Why is JetBlue planning two dozen new routes this winter in markets that, a year ago, would have been unthinkable? To quote infamous bank robber Willie Sutton, "Because that's where the money is." At least, that's what JetBlue hopes. Head of Revenue and Planning Scott Laurence explains that the moves "advance our revised network strategy, return more aircraft to the skies and double down on our ability to generate more cash sooner."
Delta completes first Pratt & Whitney GTF engine overhaul
When Delta Air Lines announced a massive deal three years ago to bring the A321neo into its fleet the planes were just a part of the news. The maintenance support opportunity associated with the contract is huge, and Delta TechOps took a major step forward on that front late last month, completing the first comprehensive maintenance visit of a PW1100G-JM engine.