Name change for Eclipse reinforces IFC role

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Eclipse has changed its name to Eclipse Global Connectivity, effective immediately. Its design, installation, production and certification division, EAD Aerospace, has also changed its name, to Eclipse Technics. The new name and brand underscore the company’s pioneering work delivering a comprehensive range of bespoke in-flight connectivity solutions across the aviation industry.

Marc Pinault, CEO of Eclipse Global Connectivity, explained that the company’s new name expresses the company’s long history with airborne communications. “Our new name, Eclipse Global Connectivity, represents our expanding influence on the global airborne connectivity sector, while acknowledging aviation’s changing connectivity needs. It unifies the Eclipse and EAD Aerospace entities under a single vision for the future and speaks to new pursuits we will announce in the coming weeks.”

“We anticipate that our new name will resonate with our customers and the aviation industry,” remarked Marc Pinault. “Since 1996, we have delivered complete, bespoke solutions to suit a range of aircraft missions, and with our acquisition in 2015 of EAD Aerospace, now Eclipse Technics, our overall skillset continues to increase, so we now provide much more than connectivity solutions.”

AA Uniforms

American Airlines debuts new uniforms

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After more than three years of collaboration with frontline team members and union representatives, more than 50,000 American Airlines team members have debuted a new uniform collection manufactured by Lands’ End.

“When we set out to create our new uniform collection, the clear goal was to deliver an industry-leading program with the highest levels of safety, input and choice,” said Brady Byrnes, American’s Managing Director of Flight Service Base Operations. “Today’s launch is the culmination of years’ worth of input from team members, wear testing in the operation and the highest levels of garment certification. None of this would be possible without the partnership of our union representatives, and, most importantly, the thousands of team members who provided input and feedback along the way. This isn’t just a uniform for our team members, it’s one that was created by them, and we are excited to turn the page.”

Through this partnership with Lands’ End, American has delivered a refreshed collection with new suiting colour, Aviation Blue, and shirting and accessories that are unique to each workgroup.

“We’re proud to partner with the world’s largest airline to deliver an innovative and first-of-its-kind uniform collection,” said Joe Ferreri, Senior Vice President of Lands’ End Business Outfitters. “The team members at American have played a pivotal role in the creation of this collection, and it’s been an exciting journey to get us to today.”

According to American it is the first and only airline to ensure STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certification on every garment across all of its uniform collections. The STANDARD 100 certification is an independent testing and certification system for clothing, accessories and any product made with fabric. All parts of the garment, including sewing threads, buttons and zippers, are tested for hazardous chemicals.

To help create the new uniform collection, American formed a Frontline Uniform Advisory Team, who made key decisions such as fabric colour and collection design. The company also enlisted more than 1,000 frontline team members to field test the collection for six months before going to production. Team members were asked to vote on select design decisions along the way, as well as surveyed to provide feedback.

For the first time, American is offering a choice of suiting fabric to its team members. All team members in the new Lands’ End collection were able to select their choice of either a wool-blend or synthetic suiting fabrication, both STANDARD 100 certified by OEKO-TEX, to ensure they felt comfortable in the new uniform.

FAI grows jet fleet

FAI grows jet fleet

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FAI grows jet fleet

German Special Mission and VIP-Charter Operator FAI rent-a-jet AG, part of FAI Aviation Group, has acquired its second Premier 1A jet aircraft (MSN RB-196, D-IVAG) on behalf of a corporate client. It is anticipated that the Premier 1A will enter turnkey charter operations under management contract in June following a carbon fibre style full cabin refurbishment and new exterior designer paint. This latest addition will bring the company’s fleet of jet aircraft to 27.

The Premier 1A light jet provides comfort for up to six passengers and will feature a light grey leather interior in a four-seat club configuration and two aft chairs. In addition, onboard Wi-Fi internet/VoIP will be provided by Gogo´s Aviator 200 system.

Recaro Vistara

Vistara Dreamliner takes off with Recaro Airc..

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Recaro Vistara

Recaro Aircraft Seating has installed its PL3530 premium economy and CL3710 economy class seats on Vistara’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

“We are committed to providing our customers a distinguished flying experience that offers maximum comfort and great style in all three cabins of service,” said Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara. “We are delighted to collaborate with Recaro to bring Economy and Premium Economy products of global standards on India’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft that further cement our proposition of offering a five-star flying experience to our customers.”

Photo (from left to right): Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer of Vistara; Leslie Thng, CEO of Vistara; Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating; Tarun Sharma, Regional Sales Director India & Africa of Recaro Aircraft Seating.

Montys Bakehouse

Monty’s Bakehouse joins SATS family

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SATS, the Asian provider of food solutions and gateway services, has acquired UK-based Monty’s Bakehouse.

Headquartered in Singapore, SATS serves a number of airlines including Singapore Airlines Group, British Airways, Qantas, Air France, KLM, Finnair and others.

By joining SATS and combining their culinary expertise with Monty’s Bakehouse product and packaging innovation the Group intends to enhance its food solutions for aviation customers and support growth into new customer segments.

Isotopic Antennas

Isotropic Systems licenses lens modules and c..

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Isotopic Antennas

Isotropic Systems has begun licensing patented core components of its scalable, cost-effective multi-beam antennas to leading aeronautical system integrators to accelerate customised designs, certifications, and deployments of next-generation terminals aboard aircraft.

The flexible platform conforms to the fuselage or radome for a tailored terminal that provides a continuous make-before-break connection for maximum performance throughout a commercial flight or government operation by linking with multiple satellites in multiple orbits while using far less power than other flat panel or electronically-steered antennas.

The Isotropic Systems terminal platform is also customisable to the size of the aircraft and the mission it is flying – whether it’s enabling commercial airline passengers to finally realize home-like two-way email, social media, and video streaming services in flight or high-definition video surveillance transmitted from an unmanned UAV.

“Our optical multi-beam antennas provide customised high-performance connectivity seamlessly across multiple satellites and orbits at low power consumption, which delivers big advantages over single beam antennas to both commercial and government aircraft operators – from airlines to UAVs and every form of aircraft in between,” explained John Finney, Isotropic Systems Founder and CEO. “Isotropic Systems’ optical lens modules can be conformed to the size and shape of the fuselage or radome for a tailored low-profile solution that meets the requirements that government and commercial markets value the most as they look to unleash a new level of capabilities from their in-flight connectivity (IFC) systems.”

Aeronautical system integrators that license Isotropic Systems’ multi-beam antenna technologies will be working toward the integration of patented lens modules and chipsets into their terminal platforms throughout 2020, with trials set for the first half of 2021.

The commercial launch timeframe of 2021 and 2022 aligns well with new high throughput LEO and MEO constellations expected to initiate services in 2022.

Air New Zealand releases latest safety video

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Air New Zealand has released its latest safety video A Journey to Safety, as part of its ongoing eight-year partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC).

The two organisations have been working together since 2012 to help protect and enhance New Zealand’s natural environment. Under the partnership the airline has transported more than 3,200 threatened species to safe havens, funded pest traps across 38,000 hectares of the country, and supported marine science and research within New Zealand’s marine reserves.

The video highlights the impact of New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis through the story of a young girl who transports a lost takahē to his new home with help from Air New Zealand.

New Zealand’s landscapes are also a feature of the video, with the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland, Tiritiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf and Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari in Waikato all making an appearance.

Air New Zealand’s General Manager Global Brand and Content Marketing Jodi Williams says the newest video is a charming story with a serious message behind it.

“While it’s light-hearted on the surface, it conveys a really important message – our native birds need our help. Our safety videos have collectively generated more than 180 million views over the past decade, so what better medium to shine a spotlight on New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis.

“We’re really proud of the work we’re doing with DOC, and hope Kiwis and visitors alike will not only delight in our latest video but take on the message behind it.”

Department of Conservation Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki says right now is a globally significant time when it comes to New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis.

“The reality is, a huge number of our species are on the fast track to extinction. We’ve already lost 50 species of birds since humans arrived in New Zealand, and each year up to 25 million native birds are killed by introduced predators. Protecting our native taonga is a massive challenge, but one all Kiwis and businesses can be part of, by doing things like purchasing backyard traps and getting behind their local community groups.

“We’re thrilled to have been able to work with Air New Zealand on their latest safety video. Our native species are part of our identity as Kiwis, and it’s so important to protect that.”

Since its release, A Journey to Safety has become the airline’s most viewed safety video ever, having been watched more than 27 million times.

AMAC Acropolis

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AMAC Acropolis

The very first Airbus ACJ 320neo has been returned to service to UK based Acropolis Aviation after a 13 months green completion at AMAC’s headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Its distinctive, elegant cabin interior was overseen by designer Yves Pickardt from Alberto Pinto. He congratulated the AMAC team, who have “brought our design to life beautifully.”

The aircraft brings stylish accommodation for 19 passengers, including a private master bedroom leading to a luxury en-suite bathroom with a rectangular shower, the largest ever to be installed in an Airbus single-aisle aircraft. Cabin space is versatile to suit Acropolis’ diverse clientele, from heads of state to private individuals flying for business or leisure.

There is an emphasis on wellness throughout, reflecting that Acropolis Aviation’s ACJ320neo, the first in a new family for Airbus, is capable of flying over 12 hours. It features a full-sized kitchen galley for food preparation and an induction oven, enabling preparation of fresh quality food, without any fumes or odours. With an average cabin altitude of 6,400 ft to enhance cabin well-being, G-KELT has been fitted with an aircraft cabin air humidifier to ensure clients have a comfortable on-board experience, enabling them to arrive refreshed after an overnight flight.

The very latest technology is provided by Collins Aerospace cabin management system, Venue, along with its in-flight entertainment system, Stage, allowing hundreds of movies and TV programmes to be viewed on 19 individual iPads and four large TV screens throughout the cabin. Collins is also providing its Viu LED mood interior lighting system, while its moving map display Airshow features on the four large cabin screens. The aircraft is also fitted with superfast wireless Wi-Fi via Ka-Band internet connection.

Satcom Direct

Satcom Direct and IJM ink exclusive deal

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Austria-based aircraft management and charter operator International Jet Management has selected Satcom Direct (SD) as its exclusive provider of voice and data services.

SD will also provide flight deck communication functionality to the existing and future IJM fleet. In addition, IJM is implementing SD Pro, the intelligent data management platform, to synchronise flight operations, while any troubleshooting and technical issues will be resolved by the 24/7/365 SD customer support team.

The agreement includes the provision of hardware with routers from the SDR series, supporting customisation of aircraft connectivity, as well as access to SD software for increased functionality and data capacity for passengers and crew. Jet Connex and SwiftBroadband from Inmarsat, as well as Iridium services, deliver seamless, high speed data transfer and global voice capabilities. In the cockpit, SD FlightDeck Freedom provides datalink functionality, improving situational awareness and flight deck communications.

SD is also working with IJM management to optimise the SD Cybersecurity Threat Monitoring service, a module accessible through the SD Pro operating system. The system constantly tracks inbound and outbound threats while delivering real-time, centralised visibility of the cabin network. Unusual network behaviour is highlighted using a variety of threat analysis and prevention solutions, as well as human expertise.

“We are an expanding mixed fleet. This necessitates partnering with a company that offers a versatile suite of connectivity services to support the varying needs of each aircraft from the short-range Learjets to the ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650. We also recognise the growing threat of cyber-events on private aviation and welcome the opportunity to implement processes that mitigate them and keep our customers’ data safe,” said Robert Schmölzer, Managing Director of IJM. “The broad range of connectivity competence, and the flexibility of service provision along with the cybersecurity products contributed to our selection of SD as our exclusive provider.”

Inflight VR and Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways gives heads up for Virtual Real..

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Inflight VR and Qatar Airways
In a pilot trial, passengers travelling in Qatar Airways’ Qsuite and Business Class onboard select flights from Doha to Singapore and London, from mid-February to mid-March will have access to virtual reality entertainment from Inflight VR.

“We are excited to have the opportunity of working with Qatar Airways. They have continued to put the customer first and remain a game changer in the aviation industry, proving time and again why they are masters of their craft”, said Moritz Engler, CEO of Inflight VR.