Panasonic picks ThinKom for next gen antenna solution
It is not 2Ku. But the new partnership between Panasonic Avionics and ThinKom definitely covers Ku, too. The two companies announced plans to develop an updated antenna solution to fly with Panasonic's airline customers, starting from 2023.
Eutelsat completes OneWeb equity investment
Eutelsat's $550m equity investment in OneWeb, announced on April 27, 2021, is now complete. Assuming the closing of the subsequently announced investments in OneWeb by Bharti and Hanwha, Eutelsat will hold a 17.6% stake.
Live TV returns to American Airlines
Live television is back on American Airlines. Driving the return – much as it drove the disappearance last year – is demand for live sports on board.
AERQ partners with ABOVE for digital content workflow
An in-flight entertainment platform without content to show is not much to look at. As cabin digitalization provider AERQ moves towards delivering its solution to airlines it is addressing the content challenge. A new partnership with media processing and distribution platform ABOVE aims to deliver a smooth workflow and stream of content for cabins.
Air Canada refreshes Rouge A321s, adds legroom on board
Some travelers on Air Canada's Rouge fleet should find themselves just a bit more comfortable starting later this year. The carrier announced plans to retrofit cabins and remove a few seats on nine of its A321s, increasing legroom for passengers.
Lufthansa introduces Airspace interior on A321neo
Lufthansa joined the Airspace by Airbus single-aisle family this month, with its first A321neo entering service with the updated cabin design. The carrier is the first in Europe to offer the refreshed interior.
Other Industry News
Breeze boosts backlog, adds 20 more A220s
The best-financed airline startup in history continues to expand its expectations. Breeze Airways announced today plans to add another 20 A220s to its fleet, bringing the order commitment to 80 of the type.
Europe clears Alitalia debt from successor ITA
Alitalia's obviously illegal loans from Italy won't saddle its successor ITA as it launches in five weeks, thanks to a European Commission ruling handed down last week.
Australian regulator denies approval for Qantas-Japan Airlines deal
"Preserving competition between airlines is the key to the long-term recovery of the aviation and tourism sectors, once international travel restrictions are eased."
Big words from Australia's competition chief as the group rejects a joint venture.
JetBlue scales back, weaker Q3/Q4 expected
JetBlue joins the chorus of US airlines scaling back their recovery hopes. While July and August offered some hope, the company now expects Q3 to bring in 6-9% less revenue than in Q3 2019. This pattern will extend into Q4, based on current booking trends.