Inflight Dublin EASE

Inflight Dublin launches EASE

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Inflight Dublin has launched its latest product innovation, EASE: Wellness Breathing Exercise. The release of the wellness product aims to promote the wellbeing of passengers, in the air or on the ground.

EASE is a user-centred, brand-aligned breathing exercise that helps anxious travellers feel more relaxed during their flight. Compatible with all in-flight entertainment systems, the exercise can be housed on any Wireless or Seatback IFE platform. Adopting binaural beats (Audio Frequencies), resonant breathing techniques, and comforting visuals, the goal of the video is to instil a calming and positive experience for the user throughout their flight.

EASE is fully customisable and through the complementary application of an airline’s logo, colour palette, and typography the exercise will tastefully reflect each airline’s brand. This on-trend and extremely helpful product is designed and managed entirely in-house by Inflight Dublin.

“We are delighted to announce our latest innovation, EASE: Wellness Breathing Exercise. Recognising the fast-growing wellness trend, we wanted to create something simple and user-friendly that would help ‘ease’ the anxiety or fear that many passengers suffer when flying. I am proud of the Inflight Dublin team for continuing to innovate and creating something positive during such a tough time for the industry,” stated John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO.


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OneWeb files for Chapter 11 restructuring

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Days after its third successful satellite launch, OneWeb and certain of its controlled affiliates have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

Since the beginning of the year, OneWeb had been engaged in advanced negotiations regarding investment that would fully fund the Company through its deployment and commercial launch. While the Company was close to obtaining financing, the process did not progress because of the financial impact and market turbulence related to the spread of COVID-19.

According to the filing, the company has filed a number of customary motions with the US Bankruptcy Court seeking authorisation to support its ongoing operations during the Chapter 11 process, including approval for the consensual use of its existing cash collateral to continue to fund the business. It will also use financing to help it secure a sale of the business.

Adrian Steckel, Chief Executive Officer of OneWeb, stated: “OneWeb has been building a truly global communications network to provide high-speed low latency broadband everywhere. Our current situation is a consequence of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. We remain convinced of the social and economic value of our mission to connect everyone everywhere. Today is a difficult day for us at OneWeb. So many people have dedicated so much energy, effort, and passion to this company and our mission. Our hope is that this process will allow us to carve a path forward that leads to the completion of our mission, building on the years of effort and the billions of invested capital. It is with a very heavy heart that we have been forced to reduce our workforce and enter the Chapter 11 process while the Company’s remaining employees are focused on responsibly managing our nascent constellation and working with the Court and investors.”

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OneWeb completes second launch of 2020

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OneWeb has successfully launched a further 34 satellites from the historic Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

This is the second of its 34 satellite launches in six weeks, bringing the total number of satellites in the constellation to 74.

Over the past year, the company has deployed and tested satellites, installed ground stations globally, secured valuable spectrum and has a range of user terminals in development to meet customer needs.

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Immfly extends relationship with IAG

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Immfly has secured a long-term partnership with International Airlines Group.

Immfly’s specialist onboard software services will support the development and maintenance of IAG’s universal platform (.air). The platform has already deployed the most advanced connectivity service across a large part of the Group’s fleet to deliver a consistent digital customer experience, with built in flexibility to tailor the offering to each airline’s brand and customer proposition.

The announcement follows a long standing pioneering wireless IFE between Immfly and the Group’s airline Iberia Express. IAG now intends to enhance the .air platform with new features, products, services and retail opportunities designed to progressively unlock new revenue streams and increase customer satisfaction.

“The partnership with Immfly will enable IAG to deliver new personalised services and expand the product range offered to our customers across entertainment, retail and loyalty” said Andrea Burchett, Group Head, IAG Connect at International Airlines Group. We are excited to work together to develop services that innovate and disrupt the market by leveraging our combined knowledge and expertise for the benefit of our customers and airlines.”


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FLYWELL encourages self-care in the air

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FLYWELL has added a new comprehensive library of onboard exercises, mindfulness techniques, and healthy travel tips, provided via video, audio and ebook formats.

According to Charlotte Dodson, ‘Self-care in the Air’ health ambassador and instructor, the goal is to help airline passengers to help themselves, on all physiological levels. “There are no ‘cures’ offered through this easy-to-navigate IFE interactive platform – rather, it provides a diverse menu of basic-yet-powerful tools (across mental, emotional, and the physical spectrum of wellness) that puts a sense of control and self-empowerment back in the hands of individuals who may otherwise be feeling somewhat overwhelmed by current events”

The IFE library of ‘Self-care in the Air’ has a variety of content built around ensuring that an individual’s immunity levels, respiratory system and lung capacity are all operating at full strength. This content provides specific breathing techniques, gentle stretch suggestions and guided meditations which can work together in order to lower those stress hormones (such as cortisol) that compromise the immune system, while simultaneously bringing oxygen-rich blood to various organs that can become overburdened during long travel times.

Dodson adds that, “performing relaxation exercises and listening to soothing music can both reduce cortisol levels; whatever helps an individual in managing their stress will prove beneficial to their overall health.”

This series of immunological and respiratory-linked content also reminds viewers (through a series of prompts, video tips and written advice) that ‘we are what we eat’ – colds and flu can result from poor digestion or an energy imbalance originating in the digestive tract. Self-care in the Air’s onboard wellness guide provides passengers with ideas about how they can use their meal times to enhance their immunity: eat slowly and chew well in order to avoid bloating (and its negative effect on respiratory health) whilst encouraging your food to properly digest. Eating an antioxidant-rich diet is one of the best ways to optimise the immune system.


Hughes to market OneWeb services

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Hughes Network Systems has become a worldwide distribution partner for OneWeb.

“We are entering a new era of global connectivity demand that can only be fulfilled by a mix of data transport services, including terrestrial, geostationary and Low Earth Orbit satellites,” said Pradman Kaul, president, Hughes. “OneWeb complements our service portfolio with a truly global coverage, low-latency option that will enable our customers to meet their end users’ needs for connectivity everywhere.”

“Connectivity is only truly valuable when it delivers the user experience that customers need, and in today’s fast-moving digital economy, businesses and civil government organisations need high quality, continuous internet access wherever they are,” said Adrian Steckel, CEO, OneWeb. “I’m delighted that Hughes is joining OneWeb on our mission to deliver this vision. Hughes is already an important investor and an invaluable technology partner, and I look forward to working together to bring OneWeb’s pioneering technology to markets around the world.”

Service testing on the satellites already in orbit is underway, using gateways that Hughes is building for the network. According to the companies, results are positive, including seamless satellite and beam handovers, high speeds and low latency.

The gateways feature multiple tracking antennas to support operation and hand-off of high-speed user traffic to and from the LEO satellites, and can handle up to 10,000 terminal hand-offs per second. Every OneWeb terminal, whether for fixed or mobile services, will incorporate a core module, including modem, developed and manufactured by Hughes.

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Isotropic Systems and SES have entered a new developmental phase of their collaborative partnership to produce scalable, cost-effective multi-beam customer edge terminal antennas capable of unlocking access to the groundbreaking O3b mPOWER system across a numbero f markets including aero.

The two companies will review, refine, and test key components of the full line of customised digital software-defined terminals throughout 2020, optimising the tiered platform to meet specific performance, cost, power, and connectivity requirements of user cases around the world. The development roadmap will culminate in a series of comprehensive engineering evaluations of Isotropic Systems’ multi-beam antenna components, prior to the commercial launch of the customer edge terminals and the O3b mPOWER Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) system in 2021.

Many of the upcoming trials, the first underway this month, will focus on maximising the effectiveness of the circuits behind the optical beam-forming lens modules at the core of the Isotropic Systems adaptable multi-beam antenna. The patented lens module technology is a major differentiator, enabling seamless switching between SES’s multi-orbit fleets, and opening the door to a new age of widely accessible and tailored high-performance Ku- and Ka-band connectivity.

SES and Isotropic Systems first announced their partnership in 2018 when SES contracted Isotropic Systems to develop smart, high-throughput customer edge terminal solutions for the O3b mPOWER system. The fully funded, next-gen and highly flexible MEO satellite-based data communications system is a scalable terabit-level constellation supporting thousands of dynamic beams, and exponentially expands SES’s first-generation O3b MEO system capabilities to deliver a new level of customisation.

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.”

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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.