SIX660 promo Till the Lights Go Out documentary

Air New Zealand hosts SIX60 world premiere

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SIX660 promo Till the Lights Go Out documentary

SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out, a new documentary from Julia Parnell, which charts the rise of the pop-dub band, has received its world premiere in-flight.

Passengers on the dedicated A321neo flight were joined by the band, who gave a surprise performance at the gate lounge in Auckland.

According to Air New Zealand’s Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty: “We’re so excited to be operating this special flight today to premiere the film, celebrate SIX60’s phenomenal success, and acknowledge our customers for their support throughout this year. The fact that tickets sold out in just seven hours is a reflection of the band’s popularity and how proud we are of them as Kiwis.

“We specifically built the package around a one-way ticket to Dunedin as a way of supporting tourism to the city and the region.”

SIX60’s Matiu Walters said: “We love new challenges and are always trying to push new boundaries in SIX60, so we are so stoked to be hosting the very first World Premiere in the Air. To be able to have the opportunity to fly alongside a planeload of fans back to Dunedin where it all began for us feels really special. This is the first time fans will be able to check out SIX60: Till The Lights Go Out, so it definitely feels like a day of firsts!”

SIX60: Till The Lights Go Out produced by Notable Pictures in association with the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air is in NZ cinemas from 26 November 2020.

Pilatus PC-12 in snow

Western Aircraft brings AVANCE L3 onboard the Pilatus PC-12

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Western Aircraft has become the first to fully certify Gogo’s AVANCE L3 on the Pilatus PC-12.

AVANCE L3 from Gogo is tailor-made for turboprops and light jets, allowing users to browse secure connections such as corporate VPN access, email, social media, online search, and access online accounts on up to 25 devices at once. Gogo recently lowered the minimum altitude height for connectivity to 3,000 feet as opposed to the previous 10,000 feet above the ground, which benefits many PC-12 operators who don’t spend much time flying above 10,000 feet.

“We’re thrilled to offer our customers, especially Part 135 operators, the stability of an STC for a modification to their aircraft’s in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity system,” said Western Aircraft’s Avionics Sales Manager Beau Hawkins. “Our excellent relationship with Gogo Business Aviation, and our experience with PC-12 aircraft made this a perfect fit as it expands its service to Canada.”

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BizjetMobile experiences upturn in in-flight connectivity awards

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BizjetMobile has received six new orders including the fourth system for its fleet operator Emergency Airlift plus and shipped its first CrewX system to a fleet operator in Europe.

Confirming the past month’s activity, Bizjetmobile’s CEO Adam Chapman stated: “There seems to be a boost generated by the new normal. Whether it’s the US election or the latest news on a COVID-19 vaccine, we have not seen activity like this for months. Either way, we currently have several major fleet operators looking for an alternative approach to expensive Wi-Fi. Combine this with the imminent launch of our enhanced ultra-low-cost managed Internet solution and several advance orders secured means 2021 is looking very promising.”

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Qatar Airways begins IFE upgrade on Boeing 777 fleet

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Qatar Airways Boeing 777 aircraft

Qatar Airways has been confirmed as the launch customer for Panasonic’s new EcoFW 10” in-flight entertainment (IFE) upgrade program.

The seatback IFE monitors on the airline’s fleet of 37 Boeing 777 aircraft will be updated with Panasonic’s new EcoFW 10” monitor upgrade – creating a next-generation HD passenger experience while extending the life of the fleet’s IFE system, and reducing operational costs.

Panasonic’s IFE upgrade program, which can be achieved on an aircraft during routine overnight maintenance, includes the installation of a new passenger entertainment server.

This provides passengers with a wider range of content and helps to modernize the airline’s offering and keep up-to-date with the demands of changing consumer preferences. This also enables the airline to achieve faster media loading times – all without any increase in weight, and with dramatically improved reliability levels.

The first aircraft from Qatar Airways’ 777 fleet has completed its IFE upgrade this week.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President, Marketing & Corporate Communications,  Salam Al Shawa, said: “With one of the youngest and most technologically-advanced fleet in the skies, Qatar Airways is known for its outstanding onboard experience, as well as a leader of innovation within the global aviation industry.”

“We are delighted to work with Panasonic to bring the next generation EcoFW HD screens to our award-winning Oryx One in-flight entertainment system, enabling our passengers to enjoy an enhanced journey on board our fleet as part of the airline’s exceptional five-star service.”

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SKYTRAC partners with Scandinavian Avionics

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SKYTRAC for business aircraft

SKYTRAC Systems has entered into a partnership with Scandinavian Avionics, with the intention to increase market share for SKYTRAC’s recently announced broadband and mid-band SATCOM terminals. The new terminals are set to provide operators with increased capabilities and bandwidth up to 704 kbps.

“Scandinavian Avionics is one of the largest international avionics providers and STC houses in aviation. It was an easy decision to partner with the The SA Group to further explore opportunities for our SDL-350 and ISAT-200A-08 broadband and mid-band SATCOM systems,” commented Jan van der Heul, Vice President of Sales at SKYTRAC. “We’re excited to move forward with this partnership.”

The SA Group’s global presence will enable SKYTRAC to explore core segments such as unmanned, military, helicopters and business aviation. Their service offerings include design and STC development, installation kit manufacturing, aircraft modifications, component maintenance and global training solutions for civilian and military segments.

“We’re very interested to explore the SDL-350 and ISAT-200A-08 SATCOM systems,” said Michael Truelsen, CEO of Scandinavian Avionics. “We believe there is a strong market for Iridium Certus to compete with the legacy satellite systems, and we have great expectations for Iridium Certus from our customers as well. In general, the entire product range within SKYTRAC’s portfolio fits very well with our current capabilities and offerings, and we share the mindset of SKYTRAC; providing solutions, rather than products for our customers.”

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Uganda Airlines to fly with Inflight Dublin

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Ugandan Airlines A330-800neo

Uganda Airlines, the national flag carrier of Uganda has signed a five-year contract with Inflight Dublin as it prepares to offer in-flight entertainment for the first time.

In December 2020, Uganda Airlines will take delivery of brand-new Airbus A330-800neo and as it readies to launch intercontinental flights to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Inflight Dublin has curated a bespoke content package for Uganda Airlines’ passenger audience, including local and international content. The extensive catalogue also consists of Hollywood movies, TV shows, boxsets, music, games and publications.

Starting in January 2021, the library will be refreshed on a quarterly basis.

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American Airlines introduces new Wi-Fi subscription plan

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AA Festive playlist

American Airlines has introduced a new Wi-Fi subscription plan, agnostic of service provider.

The new plan replaces the Gogo monthly subscription, previously only valid on Gogo- and Viasat-equipped aircraft. As of 10 November, passengers can purchase a subscription that’s valid on all three Wi-Fi providers: Gogo, Panasonic and Viasat.

Customers with a monthly Gogo subscription will receive notice from 16 November with instructions on how to move their current subscription plan to the American Airlines Wi-Fi Subscription Plan.

To purchase or move to the American Airlines Wi-Fi Subscription Plan, customers need to be an AAdvantage member and have an email and primary credit card with a US billing address saved in their AAdvantage account.

American recently began the rollout of aainflight.com, a new in-flight Wi-Fi portal that provides a unified entertainment and connectivity experience. The portal enables customers to use their AAdvantage credentials and stored credit card information to purchase flight passes for internet access on aircraft equipped with Gogo and Viasat internet services. If customers don’t have an AAdvantage account and prefer not to sign up for one, they can continue to purchase individual flight passes as a guest.

The airline has also launched its annual holiday channel featuring holiday classics including A Christmas Story, Home Alone and Elf. All in-flight entertainment on board American flights is free and can be streamed to a passengers’ own electronic device.

Apple Music with its curated playlists like Holiday Hits, R&B for the Holidays, and Children’s Christmas, can also be accessed for free in flight on Via-Sat equipped flights.

ACI Jet Challenger 604 HD upgrade

ACI Jet completes in-flight entertainment upgrade

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ACI Jet Challenger 604 HD upgrade

California-based business jet maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, ACI Jet has completed the first installation of HD video conversion hardware on a Challenger 604 aircraft from its Bombardier authorised service facility (ASF).

The company completed the installation of Innovative Advantage’s AVDS Node Box on a 2005 Challenger 604 during a visit which included other cabin upgrades and modifications. For in-flight connectivity, the existing Gogo Biz classic ATG system was upgraded to Gogo’s Avance L5 4G internet, enabling Gogo Vision on the newly installed Innovative Advantage system. Within the cabin, two brand new HD Rosen displays were added, replacing the existing Baker standard definition LCD monitors.

“This Innovative Advantage IFE backbone unlocks something totally unique in that it offers an incremental approach to upgrading your cabin experience,” stated Brian Ford, avionics manager for ACI Jet. “The system is capable of anything as small as a single device upgrade for high-definition video up through a multi-device, multi-hub cabin management system and anything and everything in between.”

“The aircraft owners we represent almost universally demand that the finer touches be accounted for when servicing their aircraft,” stated Dave Jensen, ACI Jet’s SVP of aircraft maintenance. “Whether coming out of paint or meeting with interior designers to ensure that every pattern, every material and the sources that we are using meet their exact specifications, they have an eye for detail. Astonishingly, standard definition video on ageing, small displays is often the first impression when boarding, and our clients are recognising this. They now have a turnkey option to make their in-flight entertainment experience match their exacting standards, and it happens to be quite affordable.”

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Condor trials Inflight Dublin’s Everhub platform

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InflightDublin Everhub new GUI

Condor has extended its long-term relationship with Inflight Dublin, with the selection of the Everhub wireless IFE solution, for trial on three long-haul Boeing 767 aircraft.

From November, the Everhub software platform will be accessible to Condor’s passengers through Inflight Dublin’s recently upgraded passenger web application which features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) available in 11 languages. The content package consists of secure DRM content such as Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows, as well as games and publications. Condor’s duty-free onboard magazine ‘bordshop’ will also feature in the catalogue.

Condor will have access to Inflight Dublin’s cloud-hosted Control Centre, enabling remote configuration of all active services deployed on the servers. The Control Centre also houses Inflight Dublin’s analytics tool, IFD Insights, which will provide intuitive and insightful reports detailing the performance of the hardware, software and content offering on board.

e-Mersion and RiM partnership annoucement

New partnership aims to boost digital content

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e-Mersion and RiM partnership annoucement

Retail inMotion (RiM) and technology led digital magazine publisher e-Mersion Media (e-MM) have entered into an exclusive partnership to expand the provision of digital content into the international airline and rail markets.

“Personalisation is becoming more important than ever in the airline industry and offering the right products to the right person at the right time makes the difference between a good on-board experience and a great one,” said Stefan Patermann, CEO of Retail inMotion.

“Through our partnership with e-Mersion Media, we hope to further digitise and break new ground in in-flight retail. By combining e-Mersion Media’s high-end digital magazine publication platform with our retail capabilities and end-to-end technology platform, we are able to upgrade the passenger experience and provide them with a more flexible and custom-built retail offer,” added Patermann.

Founder and Managing Director of e-Mersion Media, John Iliopoulos, said,  “We are confident that our ground-breaking fully interactive digital publishing platform will not only enhance the entire customer journey of passengers but also open up new revenue opportunities for RiM’s partners.”