EAN infographic showing how EAN works

EAN reaches latest activation milestone

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EAN infographic showing how EAN works

The European Aviation Network (EAN) has passed its latest milestone, reaching its 250th activation on a commercial aircraft.

It is currently available on International Airlines Group (IAG) member aircraft of  British Airways, Iberia and Vueling.

EAN has been developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, in partnership with Thales, Nokia, Airbus, Cobham and Eclipse Technics.

Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “EAN has transformed the in-flight broadband market in Europe, offering unprecedented performance that has been truly embraced by airlines and their passengers. Usage has consistently increased since it entered commercial service and EAN experienced record data traffic in the summer and autumn months last year, reflecting an even stronger desire to stay connected amongst passengers flying during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“An important factor in crossing more than 250 aircraft activations, including British Airways’ entire short-haul fleet, has been the record-breaking installation time we have achieved with EAN – less than nine hours per aircraft. This will ensure a smooth rollout on remaining IAG aircraft and we’re excited that even more passengers will soon have access to the industry’s best-in-class inflight connectivity, providing the same quality of broadband that people expect on the ground, from the comfort of their cabin.”

Rolf Nafziger, Senior Vice President at Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier and Global Business said: “EAN is perfectly adapted to Europe’s unique telco infrastructure and a true game-changer in in-flight connectivity. For passengers, it offers an unparalleled connectivity experience while in the air above the European continent. For carriers, it provides a highly compelling business case due to its lightweight, small and low maintenance equipment.”

OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb rebirth continues with latest investment injection

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OneWeb has confirmed the successful launch of all 36 satellites from a Soyuz launch vehicle, which began flight from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.

OneWeb has secured additional funding from SoftBank Group Corp. and Hughes Network Systems.

According to OneWeb its total capital raised to date, approximately US$1.4 billion, positions it “to be fully funded for its first-generation satellite fleet, totalling 648 satellites, by the end of 2022.”

In December 2020, OneWeb launched 36 new satellites, built at its Airbus Joint Venture assembly plant in Florida, US, bringing the total fleet to 110 satellites, all fully-functioning and benefitting from International Telecommunication Union spectrum priority.

Masayoshi Son, Representative Director, Corporate Officer, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank, said, “We are excited to support OneWeb as it increases capacity and accelerates towards commercialisation. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Bharti, the UK Government and Hughes to help OneWeb deliver on its mission to transform internet access around the world.”

Neil Masterson, CEO of OneWeb, added: “OneWeb’s mission is to connect everyone, everywhere. We have made rapid progress to re-start the business since emerging from Chapter 11 in November. We welcome the investments by SoftBank and Hughes as further proof of progress towards delivering our goal.”

In connection with the investment, SoftBank will gain a seat on the OneWeb Board of Directors. The company previously led an investment round in March 2019, when $1.25 billion of new capital was raised. Hughes is an investor through its parent company EchoStar, and also an ecosystem partner, developing essential ground network technology for the OneWeb system.

This new investment follows the announcement that OneWeb was drastically reducing its constellation size from the 48,000 proposed last year, to just 7,000.

OneWeb has reduced its request for US market access from 47,884 to 6,372 satellites (exclusive of those already licensed).

Dassault Falcon MRO

Dassault unifies European MRO sales network

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Dassault Aviation has unified the sales activities of its European factory owned maintenance repair and overhaul operations, creating a single point of contact and offering a wider choice of MRO solutions, locations and schedules for customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia/Pacific.

The new sales organisation, headed by Thierry Salaün, brings together the MRO sales operations of Dassault’s wholly owned Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) affiliate with those of TAG Maintenance Services (TMS) and the Falcon segment of Execujet MRO Services, each acquired last year. This provides operators better access to the full capabilities of its expanded MRO service network.

“We are leveraging the combined strengths of our various MRO businesses, creating greater efficiencies and synergies across the group,” said Jean Kayanakis, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Customer Service and Service Center Network. “This means customers will no longer be wedded to any particular service location, but can access any center capable of accommodating the work scope, resource and scheduling requirements of the job at hand.”

Among other benefits, the consolidated setup will provide more information on the availability of modifications and cabin, avionics and other upgrade solutions across the product support network. The new organisation will also have responsibility for coordinating non-Falcon aircraft MRO sales throughout the TMS network.

APEX and Simpliflying's Health Standard award

Leading partners create Airline Health Safety standard

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APEX and Simpliflying's Health Standard award

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and SimpliFlying have launched ‘a new standard for airline health safety measures’.

With 33 airlines currently advancing through the review process, APEX and SimpliFlying have announced the first 12 launch airlines serving six continents that have fully completed the audit process and have been certified.

A 58-point checklist covers ten airline categories for submission verification, validation, and quarterly review certification process. The audit spans categories that include testing, tracing, on-the-ground procedures, in-flight measures, and co-branded partnerships that further airline product safety integrity.

For the initial launch, APEX and SimpliFlying worked with a broad cross-section of airlines ranging from ultra-low-cost-carriers to national carriers. After completing the initial audit with proof points, a step-by-step verification process occurs with airlines, followed by standard level notification.

Thus far, approximately one-third of all airlines have further enhanced their customer health safety standards after the initial audit review.

For taking hospital-grade health safety measures, Diamond status has been awarded to Air Canada, Alaska, Etihad, Qatar Airways, SAUDIA, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United, and Virgin Atlantic.

For going above and beyond the Gold Standard, Platinum has been awarded to JetSmart, Spirit and Sri Lankan Airlines.

SimpliFlying and APEX have instituted a Board of airlines for further advancement of best customer health safety. A medical and scientific research working group from representing airlines will meet regularly to review the latest research focused upon advancements with recommendations centred around airline customers. APEX and SimpliFlying will then work with airlines to advance implementation for passengers in quarterly airline audit updates.

West Entertainment HQ

Ricochet Digital Media selects West Entertainment

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West Entertainment HQ

West Entertainment has been chosen by Ricochet Digital Media (Ricochet) to supply technical services for airline and maritime markets.

Ricochet is an independent film distribution company formed by industry experts Delisa Hudson and Jason Szymanski.

Ricochet’s first new release title is Chick Fight, available for April bookings. The company also has a vast library of great classic titles which have been acquired from Jaguar Distribution.

West will provide technical services which will include digital asset management, mastering, audio and video editing, language localisation and origination services, encoding and transcoding for all IFE and maritime deliverables.

JEtBlue and EDM have completed a virtual SAT for JetBlue's new A320 Door Trainer

EDM completes virtual SAT for JetBlue

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JEtBlue and EDM have completed a virtual SAT for JetBlue's new A320 Door Trainer

EDM, a provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, has completed a Virtual Site Acceptance Test (SAT) for JetBlue’s newly delivered A320 Door Trainer.

In a statement, EDM said: “This demonstrates exceptional teamwork and what can be achieved with a positive approach under very difficult circumstances that we all face during the pandemic. We are very thankful for all the hard work that’s been carried out and that we have been able to achieve the milestone using the latest software technology.

“We’d also like to thank and praise JetBlue Airways for their co-operation and flexibility throughout the process.”

EDM’s A320 Door Trainer for JetBlue has been manufactured to host a variety of features which have been tailored to suit their requirements and desired functionality.

Malaysia Airlines has launched a new online shopping platform, Enrich Shoppe

Malaysia Airlines launches new online shopping platform

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Malaysia Airlines has launched a new online shopping platform, Enrich Shoppe

Malaysia Airlines has launched Enrich Shoppe, a new online shopping platform powered by RebateMango.

Enrich members in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Philippines can earn Enrich Miles for purchases from over 500 e-commerce brands such as Tumi, Sephora, Michael Kors, Watsons, JD Sports, Uniqlo, Cotton On, and more.

Enrich members can earn up to 10X Enrich Miles earned for every USD1 spent on Enrich Shoppe. These acquired Enrich Miles can be redeemed for flights, hotel stays via Enrich Hotels and Temptations’ in-flight duty-free products, as well as a variety of lifestyle vouchers, exclusive dining vouchers or redeemed them for seat upgrades and Golden Lounge Access.

Malaysia Airlines’ Group Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer Lau Yin May said: “Online shopping has become the better alternative these days, especially now in light of the current restrictions and the second phase of the movement control order in Malaysia, hence we embarked on this collaboration with RebateMango to meet customers’ preferences. This partnership is a great opportunity for customers to enjoy a safe and seamless shopping experience with their favourite brands from the comfort of home and to be rewarded with Enrich Miles for the four million Enrich members when they shop with Enrich Shoppe. As we continue to provide more options and flexibility to earn Enrich Miles, we believe this latest addition will be rewarding for our members. If you are not a member yet, sign up as Enrich member now which is absolutely free of charge to start enjoying many exclusive benefits by Enrich!”.

Norwegian will structure and focus solely on its short-haul Nordic network

Norwegian Air Shuttle resets to focus on short-haul network

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Norwegian will structure and focus solely on its short-haul Nordic network

The Board of Directors of Norwegian Air Shuttle has outlined a simplified business structure and dedicated short haul route network, as it seeks to exit its Irish Examinership and Norwegian Reconstruction processes during the first quarter of 2021.

Norwegian will focus on its core Nordics business, operating a European short haul network with an initial maximum of 50 narrow body Boeing 737 aircraft, owned and leased. These will be increased to around 70 narrow body aircraft in 2022.

Under these circumstances a long-haul operation is not viable for Norwegian and these operations will therefore not continue, affecting its services in Italy, France, UK and US.

“Our short haul network has always been the backbone of Norwegian and will form the basis of a future resilient business model,” said Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian.

“Our focus is to rebuild a strong, profitable Norwegian so that we can safeguard as many jobs as possible. We do not expect customer demand in the long-haul sector to recover in the near future, and our focus will be on developing our short haul network as we emerge from the reorganisation process, said Schram. “It is with a heavy heart that we must accept that this will impact dedicated colleagues from across the company. I would like to thank each one of our affected colleagues for their tireless dedication and contribution to Norwegian over the years.”

JAMCO Venture Pristine

JAMCO launches Venture Pristine seat

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JAMCO Venture Pristine

JAMCO Corporation has unveiled its latest addition to its Venture business class seating portfolio.

Venture Pristine incorporates the latest antimicrobial and antiviral material finish solutions. Every aspect of the Venture Pristine trim and finish option has been designed to maximise cleanliness during flight while also making sanitising the seat after use both easier and more effective.

A full radius, seamless integrated trim and a seamless capacitive interface for the seat controls create fewer split lines and gaps, making it easy to clean throughout its lifetime.

The seat also incorporates high cleanliness finishes on all surfaces of the product; a variety of modern, hygienic materials and coatings which inhibit the growth of pathogens on all surfaces. High touch areas incorporate materials that are both a poor environment for pathogens and nearly chemical proof, allowing for the use of strong and effective cleaning supplies. Low touch areas, which tend to be cleaned less regularly, incorporate paint impregnated with antimicrobial properties to reduce the surface lifespan of pathogens and maintain sanitary conditions between cleanings.

In addition, Venture includes efficiencies from augmented reality training that supports remote contactless training eliminating the need for face-to-face interaction, to a lightweight design with fewer parts that reduce operational costs.

Safran's Z110i seats are certified on Embraer E-Jets

Safran certifies Z110i seat for E-Jet aircraft

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Safran's Z110i seats are certified on Embraer E-Jets

Safran’s latest generation of economy class seat, the Z110i has been certified on Embraer E-Jets.

The Z110i is equipped with a large range of pre-certified options allowing it to cover a wide range of applications and airline preferences.

For example, airlines can choose Z110i as a very light seat with no recline or as a fully comfortable seat with all options.

According to Safran, the seat is an efficient solution with an overall light weight, which is available in short lead times with a reduced parts count for ease of maintenance and enhanced reliability.