JetBlue's new Collins Meridian seating incorporates UltraFabrics Promessa material in the headrest

JetBlue’s A220 flies with latest Ultraleather material

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JetBlue's new Collins Meridian seating incorporates UltraFabrics Promessa material in the headrest

Further details of JetBlue’s seating on its latest A220 aircraft have been released.

The 140 Collins Meridian seats, customised in direct response to customer feedback, feature the added seatback cushioning and headrest padding made from the new, softer animal-free ‘leather’ material from Ultrafabrics Inc., Ultraleather Promessa AV.

According to Ultrafabrics, Promessa is a beautiful innovative and Japanese-crafted leather alternative product designed specifically for comfort.

Ultrafabrics’ proprietary production process, Takumi Technology, creates a four-layer construction that includes a microfoam layer. This provides an extra layer of support, acting as a heat dissipation layer to enhance both physical and thermal comfort for the guests.  The Promessa AV product line also includes an inherent EPA registered antimicrobial solution, for added protection from micro-organisms.

“While we’re a global company, working with such a great customer in our own backyard was a great experience,” said Tapis Corp Sales Director Matthew Nicholls. “You can tell how much JetBlue cares about its passenger experience given the lengths and details they went into, within the development process.”

This JetBlue project is just the latest in aviation interiors for Ultrafabrics and Tapis Corp., having just contributed innovative fabric solutions to the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo vessel.

Linstol will distribute Aerocare sanitising amenities

Linstol and Aeroscare ink exclusive distribution agreement

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Linstol will distribute Aerocare sanitising amenities

Linstol has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Aerocare International for Aerocare’s line of sanitising amenity products within the aviation industry.

“We continue to search for innovative solution within the airline space and are excited to raise the bar for our airline partners. Aerocare’s 3-in 1 technology allows us to provide a unique product that cleans, sanitises and protects the end user while being safe to use onboard aircraft,” commented Mark Russell, Linstol’s CEO.

“Aerocare is excited to work with such a complementary and dynamic partner, providing an invaluable opportunity to further enhance our range of products as the preferred choice to the world’s leading airlines,” commented Jason Hickson, Director of Aerocare International.

Flagship Cellars - American's new at-home wine experience

American Airlines launches at-home wine experience

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Flagship Cellars - American's new at-home wine experience

American Airlines has launched a wine delivery service.

The Flagship Cellars at-home wine experience allows anyone 21 years or older to select their wine preferences at vinesse.com/flagshipcellars.

Customers can select from curated collections of mixed wines, build their own custom box, or purchase a monthly wine subscription which includes three prestigious wines for US$99.99, including delivery.

American will hand-pick wines from its Flagship wine collection, chosen by an award-winning master sommelier exclusively for American. The curated collection features exclusive ultra-premium wines at a lower price and with AAdvantage mileage benefits.

“For wine lovers around the world, wine provides a deeper connection to the places they enjoy visiting,” said Alison Taylor, Chief Customer Officer at American. “We created Flagship Cellars to provide more ways for customers to enjoy our Flagship wine even if they aren’t flying in one of our premium cabins.”

Wines considered for the American Airlines wine program undergo a thorough process. Twice a year, the wine experts identify top selections based on their notes and historical data on what has been most popular with customers around the world. The team meets with its award-winning master sommelier to blind taste wines before presenting final options to a variety of American team members to solicit feedback and identify which wines are best suited for onboard and in lounges.

Air China selects Wetouch for IFE screens

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Wetouch Technology, a specialty manufacturer of medium to large sized projected capacitive touchscreens, has confirmed it is supplying touchscreen products to Air China.

The partnership began in June last year, since when Wetouch has supplied in-flight entertainment systems and self-service kiosks at airports on behalf of the airline.

It is anticipated that this new category by end applications will contribute additional $5.4 million to the Company’s top line in 2021.

“We look forward to working closely with Air China and expanding our footprint in aviation market to service other major airliners,” stated Guangde Cai, the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wetouch.

Gilat's ESA

Gilat and Inmarsat in successful GX Express test

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Gilat's ESA

In an industry first, Gilat Satellite Networks has successfully tested its Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network in a live demonstration on an operational GX satellite.

Gilat’s open-architecture proven ESA has been integrated with Inmarsat’s G-MODMAN solution.

Gilat’s self-pointing antenna logged-on automatically to the GX network, supporting bi-directional real-time communication in both fixed and dynamic antenna positioning modes. Beam steering under the changing elevation and skew angles was done while managing the power spectral density (PSD) threshold, in order to minimise interference with neighbouring satellites, in accordance with regulations.

Jerome Soumagne, Chief Engineer, VP Networks at Inmarsat commented: “The seamless integration of our G-MODMAN with Gilat’s antenna control system, via standard open interfaces, is a key enabler to demonstrate the ability to support Electronic Steered Array Technology in Inmarsat’s global satellite network.”

En Route brings quality cheese to economy cabins

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En Route International has extended its ‘Cheese Board’ brand, for buy-on-board, economy and premium economy cabins. The products are also available as a pre-order option.

Created by the firm’s new product development team by working closely with its clients and partners from across the globe, the two new cheese products aim to make a “quality cheese service more accessible to a wider range of passengers and airlines.”

The ‘Cheese Board Box’ consists of a small cardboard box which can hold a variety of prepacked cheeses and accompaniments such as crackers, chutneys, pickles, or a dried fruit garnish.

As a single service option, it reduces operational complexity and requires no crew intervention.

The second product, a lighter version of the ‘Cheese Board Box’, offers a chilled cheese option for carriers looking for a more cost-effective solution. The two-cavity pack includes crackers and cheese slices with a card sleeve around a sealed tray.

En Route is also working on a number of additional new products and services, due to be launched to support the recovery of the sector.

David Helm, sales director, En Route International said: “Quality cheese has long been a challenge for economy and premium economy carriers so we are delighted to be able to offer these options to them.”

American Football is just one of the sporting rights IMG Sport 24 has

Partners enhance live in-flight sports delivery

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American Football is just one of the sporting rights IMG Sport 24 has

Passengers will continue to enjoy live sports content in-flight following the agreement between Panasonic and IMG to extend and expand their long-standing relationship.

Under terms of the new deal, Panasonic gains all international in-flight rights to Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra, exclusively providing these channels to any airline, regardless of the in-flight entertainment system or connectivity network they use.

Richard Wise, SVP, Content and Channels, IMG Media, said, “This latest agreement with Panasonic will bring our Sport 24 broadcast to millions more passengers across more global airlines in the years ahead. This new deal also conveys the confidence both parties have in the recovery of the airline industry post the pandemic, especially now that vaccines are being rolled out around the world.

“Panasonic’s role as the official provider for our channels is a significant step in the growth of live sport as in-flight entertainment. Premium live coverage of the world’s major sports tournaments and events is a must-have for airlines wanting to cater to and engage with their customers. We’re proud to be part of this exciting development for the in-flight industry.”

As part of the agreement, Panasonic Avionics and IMG intend to work together to develop new sports content offerings that could be made available under the Sport 24 umbrella.

Almost 1,000 aircraft around the globe are connected with the company’s live television service, of which Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra are an integral part.

SpiceScreen, a wireless IFE platform was developed in-house by SpiceJet with local partners

SpiceJet uses blockchain to enhance IFE experience

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SpiceScreen, a wireless IFE platform was developed in-house by SpiceJet with local partners

SpiceJet has become the first airline to informally adopt blockchain technology through its selection of a blockchain-based media platform for its in-flight entertainment, SpiceScreen.

SpiceJet has partnered with blockchain-based video streaming application provider Mzaalo and Mojo Boxx (formerly VuLiv) for the service, which allows SpiceJet passengers to access over 50,000 hours of Bollywood entertainment from Mzaalo on SpiceScreen, which is powered by just a pair of Mojo Boxx’s special Smartphone IFE Box.

Mzaalo’s content includes the best of Bollywood movies, regional cinema, original series, music videos and more.

Debojo Maharshi, Chief Marketing Officer, SpiceJet said: “Consumption of compelling content has become a way of life and this partnership enables us to bring the best of entertainment and experiences to our customers. As majority of Indian travellers prefer watching Bollywood, Regional movies, original shows, Mzaalo’s robust content library adds to the entertainment quotient on SpiceScreen.”

The complimentary in-flight entertainment system, SpiceScreen was introduced last August.

The wireless IFE platform streams direct to a passenger’s PED over the on-board wireless network.

Launching the service, Ajay Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, SpiceJet commented: “Innovation and SpiceJet go hand-in-hand. While we are extremely happy to launch our revamped in-flight entertainment system offering our passengers the latest and the best blockbuster content, what makes me specially happy and proud is that most of the technology used in SpiceScreen is ‘Made in India’ – developed indigenously by our team along with a local startup. Using Android  phones, weighing around 200 grams each, to perform the dual role of Wi-Fi servers and content hub is a remarkable achievement and costs us barely 1% of the cost that we were paying previously to foreign service providers!”

“Going forward, we will use the local Wi-Fi for providing additional on-board services to our customers. This is yet another step in our journey towards a stronger and a more Aatma Nirbhar airline.”

In a statement, SpiceJet explained it had developed SpiceScreen as a “higher quality, low-cost indigenous solution for in-flight entertainment”. The technology enables the carrier to use off-the-shelf, cost effective android mobile phones as the Wi-Fi server and router as well as the content hub and server. The mobile phones are loaded with specialised software and do not require SIM cards and each mobile phone can serve about 40 simultaneous connections.

As part of it ‘Made in India’ mantra, its unique Wi-Fi server on-board allows the airline to quickly “innovate in other areas too by developing software for other customer needs without having to depend on a foreign provider.”

ZIM Flugistz HQ

ZIM leaves insolvency as restructuring pays off

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ZIM Flugistz HQ

ZIM Flugsitz has exited insolvency proceedings, as the company pursues a restructuring process.

ZIM was affected by the collapse in air travel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and had to temporarily register short-time work.

However, restructuring and the recent new contracts with major airlines have allowed ZIM to revoke its self-administration process.

ABM performs cabin services for many leading airlines across Heathrow-based fleets

ABM continues cabin cleaning success

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ABM performs cabin services for many leading airlines across Heathrow-based fleets

Etihad Airways has become the latest airline to award ABM a cabin cleaning services across its fleet of aircraft at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Antony Marke, Group Managing Director for ABM’s UK aviation business, said: “As airlines look to recover and rebuild, our focus is on helping them do that.

“To encourage people to fly once again, passengers need reassurance that the aircraft is safe, clean and hygienic. With our unparalleled cabin cleaning services, we help create a positive passenger experience and provide best-in-class cleaning for any type of aircraft.”

In an industry first, ABM will support Etihad’s specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, who offer reassurance to customers by sharing advice on travel wellbeing and details of the health and sanitisation measures that have been implemented throughout their journey through an easy-to-use online guide. The ambassadors can also be contacted 24/7 via email for those needing more specific information and advice.