New line-fit IFC option confirmed for A320 family
First tipped in September, PaxEx.Aero can now confirm the first line-fit installation on an A320 family aircraft for one manufacturer's in-flight connectivity solution at Airbus's Finkenwerder final assembly line.
Boeing enters the wireless IFE market with Digital Direct
Boeing is the latest player in a croweded wireless IFE market. Taking advantage of its February investment in Immfly, the Boeing Digital Direct solution launched last week.
Dip into aviation history with The Airchive
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Lufthansa "Sleeper Row" launches on Sao Paulo service
It is still just economy class, but also a creative way to generate a bit of extra revenue and great margins on the cost of the extra pillow and blanket loaded for the flight. Especially useful while demand remains low.
Other Industry News
Aviation industry agrees vital slot use relief
Airports and airlines agreed on a proposal that would suspend the 80:20 rule for slot usage for Summer 2021, the third consecutive IATA season where it would not apply. This time around it is not quite as easy for airlines to qualify, and regulators must still agree to the idea.
White House considers lifting European travel restrictions
What happens if the US drops its prohibition on European visitors arriving? It could be a huge boost to the aviation industry, though there are still questions as to whether Europe would similarly relax restrictions. And whether it is a good idea on either side given the continuing COVID spread.
As virus cases spike, financial outlook for airlines dims
One of the many reports from IATA in last week's online-only Annual General Meeting says that airlines are poised to lose even more money than previously projected. The industry remains in the crosshairs of financial distress unfathomable just a year ago.