CarlisleIT new High-Performance Ethernet Cable: the NF24Q100-01(HP).

CarlisleIT enhances product portfolio

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CarlisleIT new High-Performance Ethernet Cable: the NF24Q100-01(HP).

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT) will introduce new products at the 64th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show in Dallas from 22-25 June 2021.

CarlisleIT will debut its HDMI 2.0 Locking Cable Assemblies, the latest in high-performance HDMI cable assemblies for aircraft cabin management. Fully qualified to support 4K ultra-high-definition displays at 60 Hz, these cable assemblies are made to order in customer-specified lengths. The cables can also be configured with or without locking accessories to secure against vibration and ensure reliable performance in an aircraft cabin environment.

In addition, CarlisleIT will showcase a new High-Performance Ethernet Cable: the NF24Q100-01(HP). The latest in CarlisleIT’s family of data cable products, it’s tested at 1 GHz up to 100 feet to provide reliable performance at extreme data rates in a lightweight, compact, RoHS-compliant, 100-ohm quad construction.

“We’re very excited for these announcements, as both products are part of our efforts to engineer high-reliability and high-performance cables that can withstand even the most data-heavy aviation applications,” said Jeff Behlendorf, Director of Product Management for CarlisleIT Integrated Products. “This show, our first trade show since before the pandemic, will be a great opportunity to reconnect with others in the industry and show them what we’ve been working on.”

New Geven logo - the blue V

Geven ushers in a new era with rebrand

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New Geven logo - the blue V

Geven has launched a new brand identity to better reflect the strength and vitality of its evolution and growth.

Geven believes the introduction of ‘the blue V’ “reinforces who we are today and embodies our dynamic approach to the future of aviation interiors.”

“This new, young, vibrant look is part of the company’s strategy which will support us when communicating our significant evolution as we reach out and engage much more actively with the airline companies and OEM’s,” commented Daniela Spinelli, Marketing and Communication Manager at Geven.

“We trust that our new payoff “Fly around the world, tailor-made in Italy”, will provide us with a more consistent and far-reaching brand identity which will contribute to determine a new way of customer engagement with us in the future,” added Spinelli.

“We are a famous global brand with a lot to say to the world. Our Blue, Vibrant V, will represent our Iconic way of doing it,” stated Alberto Veneruso, Managing Director at Geven.

“We will challenge conventions. We will understand our client’s needs. We will walk alongside them while we co-create high quality, innovative, Italian design aircraft interior solutions that will stand the test of time,” he added.

Sunak

Editor’s comment: Failing to impress

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Sunak

Wednesday’s UK Budget was notable for not only its support for the hospitality industry, investment and innovation sectors, but also for its lack of focus on the retail and travel markets.

The silence has not gone unnoticed, but many observers and stakeholders have reacted with incredulity.

Karen Dee, Chief Executive of the Airport Operators Association, said: “Aviation has been the hardest-hit sector in the pandemic, but the Budget is blind to the impact of the near-complete shutdown of international travel.”

BALPA General Secretary Brian Strutton said: “The Chancellor said not one single word about aviation in his budget. I am utterly dismayed that he can ignore this industry which is clearly going to be the last to recover from Covid.

“This is a massive slap in the face for the industry that has supported repatriations, brought in vital supplies and faced never ending changes to restrictions and rules and a total shutdown as a result of Government policy.

“This budget could push many airlines further in to a death spiral and cost even more jobs.

“We must now look to the vital Global Taskforce report on 12 April to give our aviation industry certainty and security and help us to plan a way though this crisis.”

The Global Travel Taskforce’s recommendations are aimed at facilitating a return to international travel as soon as possible “while still managing the risk from imported cases and variants of concern”. Following that, the government will determine when international travel should resume, which will be no earlier than 17 May.

Air travel’s corridor of uncertainty remains.

Galaga will soon be available on Panasonic IFE equipped aircraft

Editor’s comment: Blast from the past

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Galaga will soon be available on Panasonic IFE equipped aircraft

Until the end of the 20th Century, nostalgia was regarded as a psychological issue. However, recent academic and scientific studies have proven the contrary.

In 2017, a study by the University of Southampton, found that once people enter into a state of nostalgia, their moods are elevated, their self-esteem is boosted and they feel more content.

Last year, Netflix released an ‘Arabic nostalgia’ season in the run up to Eid during lockdown. All titles came from the 1970s and ‘80s. The hope was to create a sense of connection and shared reminiscence during the enforced period at home.

So, it’s no surprise to see airlines tapping into this stream, as they begin preparations for a recovery of air travel.

British Airway, for example, has already teamed up with celebrity chef Tom Kerridge for its short-haul menu, which includes British favourites Warm Steak and Ale Pie and Ploughman’s Sandwich.

Now, gamers can re-run their misspent youth following the impending availability of retro games on IFE systems offered by Panasonic.

The company has partnered with Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc, the developer behind such multi-million-selling video game franchises such as Pac-Man (the best selling arcade game of all time) and  Galaga, the follow-up to the acclaimed fixed shooter, Galaxian.

With so many of us being grounded for so long, airlines are hoping these connections to the past will allay any fears of returning to flying and a bright new future.

BA cabin crew with face mask

Editor’s comment: Brand appeal

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BA cabin crew with face mask

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is working with British Airways and Reckitt Benckiser employees to advise them on health-based cleaning protocols and additional personal safety measures.

From March, Reckitt Benckiser’s disinfectant brand Dettol will supply hand sanitiser stations at all check-in desks, self-service bag drop, lounges and at departure gates, at Heathrow Terminal 5. The airline will also use Dettol antibacterial wipes, cleaners and sprays to keep surfaces clean at the airport and in its lounges.

Each customer will be handed a packet containing the wipe as they board the aircraft.

The partnership with BA is Reckitt Benckiser’s latest foray into aircraft hygiene, following its collaboration with Saudia in June last year, which saw it become the official hygiene partner of the carrier.

In the US, Reckitt Benckiser works with Delta as part of the airline’s Delta CareStandard protocols, supplying its Lysol disinfectant products.

Associating with household cleaning brands is one way airline’s are appealing to an apprehensive public. As more airlines appoint dedicated officers, i.e. WestJet’s new Chief Medical Officer Dr Tammy McKnight,  to oversee and guide their cleaning and health protocols, passengers could see more of the brands commonly found in the cleaning cupboard, in the cabin.

Editor’s comment: Time to retrain

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KPMG’s restructuring practice has recently been appointed as joint liquidators to Norwegian Air Resources UK Ltd, which slashed more than 1,000 jobs after low-cost carrier Norwegian exited from its long-haul routes.

Based at Gatwick Airport, Norwegian Air Resources UK Ltd is Norwegian’s UK crewing business and employed approximately 1,100. Such losses are indicative of the wider redundancies effected by the aviation industry in response to the grounding of aircraft fleets and the collapse of air travel as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

But help is at hand for those finding themselves unexpectedly re-entering the job market.

A survey of 800 cabin crew who have lost their jobs in the crisis found that 78% wanted help to identify skills that can enable them to transfer into other roles.

In response, IATA is offering a three-hour online training course, to be completed within six months,  free-of-charge for those who register between 9 and 23 February.

Cabin Crew – Leveraging Professional Skills course has been developed with input from former crew members to help provide aviation professionals and cabin crew members with the tools, techniques and confidence to enter the job market and achieve the goals they set out for themselves.

“Tens of thousands of crew members have lost their jobs in this crisis. This offering is a salute to their service to the industry. We hope to welcome them back to aviation, but for now many will need to seek opportunities to earn a livelihood in other sectors. Fortunately, they have the skills to make the transition. Applying IATA’s training expertise, we will help them to present these skills to potential employers,” said Stéphanie Siouffi, IATA’s Director of Training.

Full details can be found here:

JetBlue Mint Studio

Editor’s comment: Mint freshness

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JetBlue Mint Studio

JetBlue raised the curtain this week on its reimagined version of its Mint experience, for its A321neo business-class cabins.

In the first major overhaul of Mint since its introduction in 2014, passengers should be able to appreciate the enhanced product when it debuts on JetBlue’s first-ever transatlantic flights to London (planned for this summer, travel restrictions permitting). Domestic passengers in the US will be able to enjoy it on select flights between New York and LA later this year, albeit on a smaller scale.

JetBlue’s refreshed Mint cabin is the result of a collaboration with London-based design studio Acumen, and the outcome is amazing.

At the heart of the experience is a bespoke version of the VantageSOLO seat from Thompson Aero Seating, which includes all seats having suite doors – the first all-suite-door business-class cabin on an A321.

As Neil Taggart, Vice President and General Manager at Thompson Aero Seating, commented: “The arrangement of the VantageSOLO (inward-facing herringbone layout) is quite ground-breaking on this type of aircraft. From only a 33-inch seat pitch, it offers a fully-horizontal flat bed with direct aisle access for every seat. For JetBlue’s reimagined Mint, we have configured this with a fully functioning suite door, offering an exclusive business-class-seating experience normally only the reserve of a widebody cabin.”

Bespoke styling and features for JetBlue include unique mattress comfort technology from Tuft and Needle incorporated into the seat cushions supplied by Sabeti Wain, plus personal and additional stowage facilities including a laptop drawer.

The brand-new Mint Studio, an enhanced front-row seating product, includes an electrically actuated guest seat that translates into bed mode at the same time as the main seat to provide an increased sleeping surface and a large executive table for enhanced dining or working.

Other features include integrated wireless charging and customised lighting including a Polystone feature light and custom-colour reading light from Beadlight, plus customised thermoplastics (from Kydex) with unique Mint graphics.

As Mariya Stoyanova, Director of Product Development at JetBlue, commented: “Mint’s thoughtful design has resonated with so many customers over the years, and we are looking forward to bringing this next evolution of our award-winning premium product across the pond later this year.”

And so are we.

Qatar Airways A350 mid-flight

ABM enjoys continuing cleaning success

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Qatar Airways A350 mid-flight

Weeks after announcing a cabin cleaning contract with Etihad Airways at Heathrow Airport, ABM has signed up Qatar Airways.

Antony Marke, Group Managing Director for ABM’s UK aviation business, said: “Qatar Airways is one of the few global airlines to have continued flying throughout the pandemic and we are focussed on helping them build on this success.

“Ensuring passengers feel safe enough to fly again plays a major role in this and delivering clean airports and aircrafts is therefore essential.”

Qatar Airways has recently extended its fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft with the addition of three new aircraft.

Dr. Henry Ting virtually joins Delta CEO Ed Bastian and Bill Lentsch, Delta's Chief Customer Experience Officer, for an employee town hall.

Editor’s comment: Health matters

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Dr. Henry Ting virtually joins Delta CEO Ed Bastian and Bill Lentsch, Delta's Chief Customer Experience Officer, for an employee town hall.

In a memo to staff at the beginning of the year, Delta CEO Ed Bastian wrote, “We will be building a new Delta centered on a medical and economic recovery that hasn’t yet taken shape. While our long history has taught us much, our success will depend on our collaboration, our willingness to be open to new ideas, our ability to adapt and our humility in recognising that we won’t always know the answers.”

This week, the airline appointed Dr Henry Ting as its first ever Chief Health Officer. Ting is a world-renowned cardiologist and currently serves as Mayo Clinic’s Chief Value Officer.

The appointment strengthens Delta’s relationship with Mayo Clinic, which deepened last June as part of the Delta CareStandard.

The clinic has advised the airline on employee testing, strategies for cleanliness and operational tactics to reduce the transmission of the virus.

Ting, who assumes his new role on 5 February, has co-led Delta’s Integrated Advisory Council since June last year. The council comprises professionals from both organisations, meeting frequently to review and assess Delta’s health and safety policies and procedures. Mayo Clinic will also provide Delta with ongoing clinical guidance to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through enhanced safety measures for employees.

Announcing Ting’s appointment to staff, Bastian said, “We know we can continue to improve and establish Delta as a model for how organisations promote physical and mental health.”

Where Delta leads will others follow?

Biden Harris Administration

Editor’s comment: Presidential terms

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Biden Harris Administration

Ex-British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson reportedly said that “A week is a long time in politics.”

Yet hours into his Presidency, Joe Biden, the 46th US President has already begun reversing some of the policies of his predecessor, and shaping the future direction of US politics.

One of the Executive Orders already signed is a 100-day mask mandate for interstate travel and aviation. Supporting the call, the Air Line Pilots Association said “Voluntary implementation leaves too much risk of COVID-19 exposure for frontline aviation workers.”

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA responded via Twitter: “We applaud @POTUS’s mask mandate for interstate travel/aviation. It is fantastic to finally have this leadership we’ve been calling for for a year. The Biden Admin is demonstrating in the first days that combatting #COVID19 is a priority & essential to our health/economic stability.”

US airlines have for some months vigorously enforced their respective mask-wearing requirement. For example, Delta has confirmed it has banned in excess of 800 passengers for non-compliance of the rule which came into place last May.

These passengers may be allowed to fly again once the requirement is lifted.

Image courtesy of The White House.