GX5 is alive: Inmarsat activates newest satellite in the Global Xpress constellation
The Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) satellite network just tripled its capacity. The newest satellite, GX5, is now active, delivering a massive boost to the Ka-band satellite network.
Vistara extends in-flight WiFi service in India
Domestic flights in India can now operate with the inflight internet service online. Vistara is first to market, with its A321neo fleet activating.
SmartSky adds SmoothSky turbulence avoidance to software platform
SmartSky's next-gen ATG network remains delayed, but the company continues to work on the software offerings that will run on the new communications backbone once it goes live. SmoothSky turbulence avoidance is the latest such offering.
NXTCOMM boosts antenna development, certification leadership
How important is hardware certification for an in-flight connectivity antenna manufacturer? At ESA upstart NXTCOMM the newly hired VP of Aero Structures and Certification will report directly to the CEO to help ensure that the program faces as few internal challenges as possible.
Airbus launches line-fit Wireless IFE
Streaming IFE systems are now available directly from the factory. Airbus delivered its first new aircraft with the infrastructure on board. But the airframer is not getting into the content business, at least not yet. It is providing a platform that multiple content suppliers can integrate with, easing implementation challenges.
Oman Air launches "My Space" seat blocking
Call it an anti-social networking option. Oman Air has a new "My Space" option for economy class travelers to secure a blocked middle seat when flying.
Alaska Airlines announces oneworld alliance status tiers
Alaska Airlines and OneWorld confirmed the mapping of elite status tiers for MileagePlan members as the carrier approaches its alliance join date. The decisions are far from surprising.
Other Industry News
Aer Lingus Launches UK subsidiary, applies for US route authorities
Aer Lingus (U.K.) Limited is the latest airline seeking access to the US market. The newly established subsidiary of Aer Lingus is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and will be the aircraft operator of record for the company's planned Manchester, UK base in Summer 2021.
Hawaiian adds a trio of Mainland destinations for 2021
Hawaiian is betting on a big boost in domestic tourism starting in early 2021. From next spring the carrier will add three new mainland destinations, including its first routes to Texas and Florida.
Southwest Doubles Long Beach Flying; Adds 5 New Cities
Southwest is going to grow bit at Long Beach now that JetBlue is gone. But that's hardly a guarantee of success. Major challenges ahead in the market.
JetBlue outlines cost cutting measures for 2021
Facing a revenue drop measured in billions of dollars for 2021 JetBlue is planning major budget cuts. First tipped last week, further details are now emerging on what will be changing for the company.