Holding the line: Intelsat sees minimal near-term change with Gogo Commercial Aviation acquisition
We're just a couple weeks into the formal transition process of the Gogo Commercial Aviation division into the Intelsat operation, but the teams involved have never been more optimistic about the future of in-flight connectivity and the value they can deliver to airlines and passengers.
Air-to-ground networking coming in New Zealand
New Zealand could be the next country to bring a dedicated air-to-ground (ATG) in-flight connectivity network online. Engineering work is almost complete to develop a trial site for the SkyFive ATG platform in the country.
Air Canada adds WiFi payment via Aeroplan points
Air Canada passengers have a new option to buy in-flight WiFi service. The carrier now offers the ability to pay with Aeroplan points on board.
FlightPath3D adds VTOL in-flight map option
The in-flight moving map is ready for its VTOL debut. FlightPath3D updated its industry-leading offering to include an option for helicopters and other VTOL aircraft, launching with an undisclosed, private customer.
Starlux sets its sights on Los Angeles for US debut
Starlux aims to serve the US market from 2022. The carrier formally applied to the US Department of Transportation last Friday for the authority to fly between Taipei and Los Angeles with its A350-900 aircraft.
JetBlue adds Companion Pass for 2021, lowers Mosaic qualification requirements
Elite status will be a bit easier and better in the JetBlue TrueBlue program next year. The carrier announced changes to the Mosaic status tier on Wednesday, including lower travel and spend requirements to qualify and a BOGO travel option in the first several months of the year.
Aeroplan to add US credit card, Chase Ultimate Rewards
The new Air Canada Aeroplan program has some great sweet spots, but for non-Canadian members the earning options weren't great. A new partnership with Chase announced today changes all that. Eventually.
The rise of Japan’s loyalty point influencers
Building a loyalty program in cash-dominated society is not easy. Some marketers in Japan are finally breaking through, however.
Other Industry News
American Airlines secures Heathrow slots for Seattle service
American Airlines secured slots at London's Heathrow Airport for its new Seattle service planned for the upcoming summer season. The carrier leaned on Oneworld alliance and transatlantic joint venture partner Finnair for the scarce resources.
JetBlue set for major expansion in early 2021
JetBlue has made it clear in recent months it is willing to experiment with new routes and markets. The next round of that effort is expected to be unveiled on Thursday.
Aeromexico to resume 737 MAX service on 21 December
Aeromexico is the latest carrier to return its 737 MAX fleet to the schedule. The carrier intends to operate 4 flights with the type on 21 December and grow the operations from there.
Boeing 'inappropriately coached' pilots in 737 MAX testing: U.S. Senate report
Boeing officials “inappropriately coached” test pilots during recertification efforts after two fatal 737 MAX crashes killed 346 people, according to a lengthy congressional report released on Friday.