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WSS responds to SmartSky Networks arbitration decision

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Wireless Systems Solutions (WSS) has requested a federal court to vacate or modify a decision issued in an arbitration proceeding with SmartSky Networks LLC (SSN).

In September 2021, SmartSky was awarded over US$12 million in damages, legal expenses, and sanctions in a conflict over misappropriation of Intellectual Property.

WSS has now filed a request in a federal court to vacate or modify a decision in response to arbitration of legal claims by its former customer, SmartSky Networks, LLC. The appeal was filed on Tuesday, 27 October 2021.

Although WSS has not commented on all the details at this time, the company says several issues demanded a federal court response.

According to a statement issued by WSS, the basis of this request is predicated on a number of factors, including several procedural rulings by the arbitrators that severely prejudiced WSS and other Defendants. WSS also contends that the arbitrators improperly imposed penalties and costs on Defendants in contravention of both North Carolina and Federal law.

In referring to the permanent injunction in its press release, SSN fails to mention certain key factors that significantly narrow the scope of the injunction.

“WSS is optimistic with respect to its next generation (5G) product lines that improve performance metrics at all levels, which it will be rolling out in the near term,” said Laslo Gross, Director of Product Marketing at WSS. “Healthy competition leads to better market offerings for customers as it will be the customers who ultimately decide which market players succeed or fail.”

Iberia Express Retail On Board has been digitised by Immfly and DO & CO.

Iberia Express digitises onboard retail experience

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Iberia Express Retail On Board has been digitised by Immfly and DO & CO.

As part of its continuing investment in digitalising its onboard passenger experience, Iberia Express has digitised its onboard retail experience.

Working with Immfly and official catering provider DO & Com, the airline has introduced a new all-integrated crew app and user-friendly, smart back-office system improving the warehouse and inventory management process.

The new solution digitalises the Iberia Express Retail On Board menu proposition by enabling payments through an innovative all-in-one Android EPOS. This allows contactless transactions whilst its backend system manages the warehouse operations and inventory.

Immfly’s technology will also allow in-seat ordering, which will enable passengers to consult, order and pay for all onboard catering products from their own devices, making it a complete retail experience on personal devices.

This new retail capability is also available with Boeing Digital Direct, a complete digital services platform for any commercial airplane that combines the best of Immfly and Boeing for retail, ancillary revenue and wireless in-flight entertainment.

“At Immfly we are intensively working towards unlocking the full potential of inflight service and entertainment for airlines. With Iberia Express being the first to test out our new disruptive Retail On Board solution in the market, we are really confident in the efficacy of our service and payment technology,” said Pablo Linz, Immfly CEO.

“At Iberia Express we are committed to innovation and we pay special attention to the service we offer. Regarding this, we know that digitalisation is key to guarantee a seamless service for our customers, that is more suited to their new habits. These small details make a big difference, and we will continue working with Immfly and DO & CO to ensure that our customers receive an excellent on-board experience,” commented Paloma Cabañas, Head of Customer Experience at Iberia Express.

“At DO & CO we are eager to continue exceeding customer’s expectations. We have joined the on-board retail business to continue providing unique customer experiences. Through collaboration with Immfly, our technological partner, we have been able to provide Iberia Express with the necessary tools to deliver the best quality service to customers looking to enjoy premium freshly made products on-board,” stated Attila Dogudan, CEO DO & CO.

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IDAIR reveals management moves

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Luigi Celmi, Chief Executive Officer, IDAIR

IDAIR has announced a series of new senior manager appointments.

As of 1 January, Luigi Celmi will become the new Chief Executive Officer. Before joining IDAIR he was the CEO of Lufthansa Technik Services India and prior he had been the Managing Director of ATR (an Airbus JV) in Singapore.

“Luigi is a great personality, a strong business leader and I am convinced that with his customer focused mind and his vast industry experience he is the perfect fit to continue IDAIR’S success story. As CEO he will be committed to position IDAIR in the VVIP market as an innovator of CMS and IFEC solutions and provider of customised software solutions. Moreover, he will build on IDAIR’s strong reliable existing and new partnerships as well as explore potential business opportunities and new markets,” said Christiane Grude, Senior Director Original Equipment Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG, and IDAIR Advisory Board member.

“To move to Hamburg to join IDAIR is a great step and opportunity. I’m looking forward to lead IDAIR and to further develop the newly set paths in the challenge of customising the next generation of ever evolving entertainment and communications systems. With our international team of VIP aviation experts, software engineers and program managers we want to offer our customers an exceptional IFEC experience, just like a smart home and office in the sky, to the VVIP market and beyond while expanding IDAIR’s overall competence,” commented Luigi Celmi.

After six years of restructuring and leading IDAIR Dr Wassef Ayadi has been appointed as Senior Director Customer Relations and Sales Support Services for the business segment Original Equipment & Special Aircraft Services at Lufthansa Technik AG and will remain in an advisory role for IDAIR.

The flavoured wine aperitivo Mionetto il Spriz is among new paid for snack options on Lufthansa long-haul flights.

Lufthansa introduces additional snacks to long-haul flights

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The flavoured wine aperitivo Mionetto il Spriz is among new paid for snack options on Lufthansa long-haul flights.

From 1 December, Lufthansa is giving passengers on 37 long-haul routes to North America, South America, Asia and South Africa, the opportunity to purchase high-quality snacks and spirits in addition to main meals and drinks, which will continue to be free of charge.

The service will then be available on all intercontinental flights in spring 2022.

The product range, offered under the name Onboard Delights, is based on the short-haul offer that Lufthansa introduced at the end of May 2021.

Baumkuchen from Dallmayr, kettle chips made from organic potatoes, and the Share organic nut bar are offered from regional production. With every purchase of the Share organic nut bar, one meal is donated to the Sunshine Project in India, which is supported by the help alliance of the Lufthansa Group. The beverage menu includes champagne and a variety of distilled spirits.

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Industry gears up for APEX/IFSA EXPO

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The APEX/IFSA EXPO returns next week to the Long Beach Convention Center in California, US, from 30 November to 2 December.

The three-day event is the first in-person APEX/IFSA EXPO since 2019 and will begin with a Thought Leadership Conference on Tuesday 30 November. The morning will consist of breakout sessions followed by afternoon keynote sessions presented by airline CEOs and Executives.

The EXPO floor opens on 1 December, and that evening there will be a networking event followed by the annual APEX/IFSA awards ceremony.

The ceremony will recognise specific achievements made during the past year. Nominations across eight categories, including Best Inflight Connectivity Innovation, Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation, Best Airport Innovation, Best Marketing Innovation, Best Cabin Innovation, Best Product or Service, Best Inflight Food or Beverage and Best Onboard Amenity.

The 2022 Passenger Choice Awards, Four and Five Star Official Airline Ratings and more will also be announced during the course of the evening.

Throughout the two days of the EXPO, IFSA will also host a series of short seminars in the Innovation Pavilion.

Inflight will once again be producing daily show newsletters throughout the three days, so please do send in any relevant press releases and announcements. The Inflight team will be happy to welcome you to our booth #510.

 

 

 

 

West Entertainment has been selected by WarnerMedia to supply technical services for its Hollywood movies, for the airline market

West Entertainment to supply technical services for WarnerMedia film library

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West Entertainment has been selected by WarnerMedia to supply technical services for its Hollywood movies, for the airline market

West Entertainment has been selected by WarnerMedia to supply technical services for its Hollywood movies, for the airline market. West will begin processing WarnerMedia orders with the March 2022 cycle.

The Lab at West is a MPA/TPN secured facility that features state-of-the art equipment for high-speed, automated encoding (SD, HD, UHD, 4k), tape duplication, subtitle management, IFE integration, audio/video editing and post-production. The Lab will be the primary encoding lab for all WarnerMedia features (including Warner Bros, HBO, and HBO MAX), as well as the exclusive duplication lab for all WarnerMedia features (including Hi8/8mm/VHS/DVD).

China’s Shandong Airlines is partnering with FTS to launch the first domestic Digital Aircraft pilot project.

Shandong Airlines turns to FTS for digitalisation goals

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China’s Shandong Airlines is partnering with FTS to launch the first domestic Digital Aircraft pilot project.

China’s Shandong Airlines is partnering with FTS to launch the first domestic Digital Aircraft pilot project.

Under the agreement, FTS will deploy full hardware and software solutions to digitalise Shandong Airlines’ fleet of 134 Boeing 737 aircraft. The pilot project includes multiple stages of aircraft modification, airworthiness certification, applications verification and final flight testing.  The first aircraft is expected to be modified and enter into service in the middle of 2022.

As part of this collaboration, the two parties will jointly build a “Digital Aircraft Innovation Lab”, with the goals of incubating digital aircraft innovations, training of talent, and exploring new scenarios and operational models.

The project leverages China’s own High Throughput satellites for air-to-ground high-speed data transmission. The Lab is planned to function as a resource integrator for various ecosystem players – local tech startups, system integrators and even global partners to co-create solutions for digital aviation, from idea generation to testing to commercialisation.

Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly owned AirAsia Group subsidiary and provider of engineering services in Southeast Asia, has completed its first installation of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution.

Asia Digital Engineering seeks to become regional GX Aviation installation partner

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Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly owned AirAsia Group subsidiary and provider of engineering services in Southeast Asia, has completed its first installation of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution.

Asia Digital Engineering (ADE), a wholly owned AirAsia Group subsidiary and provider of engineering services in Southeast Asia, has completed its first installation of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution.

The installation onboard an AirAsia Airbus A320 aircraft, marks an important milestone that supports ADE’s ambitions to become a GX Aviation installation partner for other airlines in Southeast Asia.

Chris Rogerson, Inmarsat Aviation’s Vice President of Global Sales, said: “AirAsia Group is the largest customer for our GX Aviation in-flight broadband solution in the Asia Pacific region, and one of the largest in the world. Our partnership has been a hugely successful one, based on a common passion about the exciting opportunities that digitalisation and connectivity provide to passengers and the aviation industry, especially as airlines recover from the pandemic. We are delighted, therefore, to now collaborate on GX Aviation installations for AirAsia and other airlines in the region, bringing together the combined experience and expertise of Inmarsat, ADE and the rest of the AirAsia Group.”

Mahesh Kumar, CEO of Asia Digital Engineering, said: “ADE has made significant progress since launching our services in the midst of the pandemic last year. We are delighted about the success of our first GX Aviation installation and look forward to continuing the rollout across AirAsia Group’s fleet, as well as bringing our world-class engineering and MRO expertise to other airlines. By working with partners such as Inmarsat, we are building ADE into a market-leader that provides high quality and best value services, with a focus on using the latest technologies to increase satisfaction, productivity and efficiency.”

ADE, based in AirAsia Group’s RedQ global headquarters in Malaysia, has already received base maintenance approvals from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) and Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, with approval from five additional authorities expected before the end of 2021.

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Stellar helps Rex rollout IFEC

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Australia’s largest independent regional airline Regional Express (Rex) has officially launched in-flight Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment for the first time across its domestic Boeing 737 network.

Stellar Entertainment has been working closely with the domestic carrier on the IFE rollout since late 2020.

Besides proposing strategic and customised content solutions, Stellar offered assistance for the selection of the wireless IFE system and worked closely with Rex’s appointed OEM to ensure a smooth launch of the IFE product.

Prior to supplying in-flight entertainment content and technical services, Stellar has been working with Rex on PRAM (Prerecorded Announcement and Music) projects and original boarding music.

ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior.

ST Engineering receives approval for ACA’s cabin air purification solution on Airbus platforms

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ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior.

ST Engineering’s commercial aerospace business has received the Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to install Aviation Clean Air (ACA)’s cabin air purification solution on Airbus platforms.

The certification allows ST Engineering to install the patented Needlepoint Bipolar Ionisation (NPBI) System that neutralises pathogens and purifies air in cabin interiors during flight operations on commercial and VIP-configured Airbus A320/A321 aircraft.

“With more borders opening up, we want to help boost passenger safety and confidence, and enhance passenger comfort with innovative cabin interior sanitisation solutions. By combining our MRO and engineering expertise with ACA’s patented purification system, we aim to provide this proven and low-maintenance solution to support the return to flying,” said Tan Yen Ping, Vice President and Head, Cabin Interior and Engineering Solutions, ST Engineering.

ACA’s air ionisation and purification system is powered by the patented NPBI process, which has been proven to swiftly purify the air and surfaces as well as neutralise viruses and bacteria throughout an aircraft interior. The system is able to stop the spread of up to 99.9% of airborne and surface pathogens, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The NPBI process can also remove odours, dust and pollen; prevent mould, neutralise common industrial gases and reduce static electricity.

The system is automatically activated during flights to provide constant decontamination of the aircraft interior without using or introducing chemicals.