Condor GX Aviation

Condor chooses Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity

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Condor GX Aviation

Condor has chosen Inmarsat’s high-speed GX Aviation in-flight broadband for its upcoming fleet of Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.

The German leisure carrier is renewing its long-haul fleet with 18 Airbus A330-900neos and passengers will be able to enjoy the award-winning service from later this year.

The aircraft will be delivered with GX Aviation as a linefit installation and will fly Condor’s international routes to the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. The first three A330-900neos are scheduled to enter service by the end of this year.

Inmarsat says GX Aviation offers reliable, consistent and high-speed connectivity that meets the rising passenger expectations. The solution will also unlock new ancillary revenue streams for the airline as  passengers are able to purchase a connectivity package directly from their personal devices.

There is soaring demand for in-flight connectivity as passengers return to the skies after the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Inmarsat’s 2022  Passenger Experience Survey, which surveyed 11,000 passengers worldwide, 77% said in-flight Wi-Fi is important to them when they travel. Wi-Fi allows them to stay connected with friends and family and supports a touch-free environment onboard the aircraft. 82% said quality Wi-Fi would lead them to rebook with that airline.

Niels Steenstrup, President of Inmarsat Aviation commented: “As we have witnessed over the past few months, demand for air travel has continued to increase significantly and with that, passenger expectations around a digital onboard experience have also evolved rapidly. Fast, reliable in-flight broadband is now integral to ensuring that airlines stay ahead of the curve in today’s climate and Inmarsat’s new partnership with Condor is testament to the important role that connectivity solutions play in the airline industry’s recovery and growth strategies. Inmarsat looks forward to rolling out GX Aviation on Condor’s Airbus A330-900neo aircraft as part of the airline’s efforts to renew its fleet and enhance its onboard experience.”

Ralf Teckentrup, CEO of Condor, said: “As the German launch customer for the Airbus A330neo, Condor is focused on providing a superior passenger experience and cementing our status as a European frontrunner on long-haul flights. A key part of this strategy is the introduction of brand-new Economy, Premium Economy and Business cabins, which offer the highest levels of comfort and feature world-class technology such as Inmarsat’s GX Aviation to ensure passenger expectations for fast, consistent and reliable inflight broadband are met.

“The Airbus A330neos will become our first connected aircraft and we look forward to offering GX Aviation as standard across our long-haul flights by mid-2024, when our long-haul fleet renewal programme is expected to be completed, marking an important milestone in Condor’s history.”

GX Aviation is powered by Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, which currently consists of five Ka-band satellites and will be further enhanced with the addition of seven more satellites as part of Inmarsat’s fully-funded technology roadmap.

Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates celebrates 51st UAE National Day on board

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Celebrate the 51st UAE National Day with Emirates

Emirates is marking the 51st UAE National Day with a range of exciting activities that include new design motifs and lighting schemes in its aircraft cabins, traditional Arabic sweets served on board and an exclusive UAE commemoration watch for sale on EmiratesRED in the Emirates Lounges in Dubai.

UAE National Day marks the union of the seven emirates and is celebrated on 2 December. Joining the celebrations, Emirates gives passengers in all classes departing Dubai an Emirati-inspired sweet treat, Qahwa or coffee-flavoured milk chocolate in a giftbox adorned with Arabic calligraphy. Passengers visiting Emirates Lounges in Dubai can enjoy miniature date tarts laced with Arabic coffee cream, or a delicately whipped and creamy date mousse.

As passengers board aircraft in Dubai and disembark at their destination, colourful mood lighting representing the UAE flag illuminates the aircraft interior and in another subtle touch, Emirates’ multi-award-winning ice inflight entertainment system will bear the iconic Ghaf tree, a historic and cultural symbol of stability and peace in the UAE’s desert environment. The motif is also used as a design highlight throughout Emirates’ newest Boeing 777 and A380 aircraft interiors.

Emirates’ in-flight entertainment library offers content about the history and future of the UAE, highlights of food and drink beloved in the region, UAE arts and culture including many movies, podcasts and songs by Emirati artists, as well as travel guides exploring UAE attractions and hidden gems.

Passengers can also purchase a limited edition Zinvo Air Blade 50 years Anniversary Edition Automatic Watch on board all Emirates flights.

Saudia

SAUDIA provides a special in-flight experience for children

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Saudia

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is keeping families happy on board with a special in-flight experience for children.

The carrier says that when the children are happy and satisfied, parents can also enjoy a relaxed time on board.

When boarding SAUDIA aircraft, children up to 12 years receive a bag printed with colourful SAUDIA cartoon characters containing a colouring book, crayons, a sleeping mask and headphones. SAUDIA says its kids’ amenity kit won the Canadian Pax magazine’s award for the best children’s offering on board.

SAUDIA’s in-flight entertainment programme offers selection of over 50 different games and various children’s channels, as well as Disney movies. The carrier’s fun, delicious and nutritious menu can be managed in advance through the online booking platform and parents travelling with small children can use baby baskets to provide a comfortable sleep for their little ones. SAUDIA’s cabin crew will assist passengers with bottle or food warming and are on hand to help with any other requests.

Established in 1945, SAUDIA has grown to become one of the Middle East’s largest airlines and has invested significantly in upgrading its aircraft and currently operates one of the youngest fleet. The airline serves an extensive global route network covering around 100 destinations across four continents, including all 28 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia.

Air Canada starts offering live TV on board

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Air Canada has launched live TV on board certain aircraft in its fleet and on domestic routes.

The carrier says it is the only Canadian carrier to offer customers the ability to cheer on their favourite sports teams by watching global sporting events in real time or watch live national news on board a flight.

John Moody, Senior Director – Product Design, at Air Canada said: “We are thrilled to launch live TV as the newest addition to our unparalleled onboard entertainment. Customers will be able to enjoy content from great Canadian channels in both English and French.

“Sports fans flying with us can enjoy the exhilaration of watching regular season, playoff and championship games in real time, while business news junkies will appreciate remaining connected to market trends and current events, right from their seat. As we continue elevating the customer experience, we look forward to expanding live TV to more flights, and bring even more leading content and features in 2023.”

According to Air Canada, live TV is now available on its domestic routes from coast to coast operated with a live TV-enabled aircraft – 40 Boeing 777s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A330s and Airbus A220s. Air Canada expects 50% of domestic flights operated by mainline aircraft to offer Air Live TV by the second of quarter 2023. The live TV is delivered through a satellite-connected, in-flight entertainment solution.

Live TV programming on Air Canada flights features:

  • TSN, TSN 2 and RDS delivering comprehensive live sports coverage for marquee sports events including soccer, hockey, basketball, football, baseball, golf, professional motor racing, and more
  • CTV News Channel delivering breaking news from communities across Canada and around the world as the country’s 24-hour all-news network
  • LCN, Quebec’s all-news station delivering news and rich programming from morning to night
  • BNN Bloomberg as Canada’s definitive source for business news, delivering breaking finance updates and live market coverage.
Qatar FIFA World Cup live TV Sport 24

Qatar Airways to show FIFA World Cup matches live during flights

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Qatar FIFA World Cup live TV Sport 24

Qatar Airways will treat its passengers to 56 live FIFA World Cup matches as well as other major sporting events directly on their personal devices on flights that are equipped with the airline’s Super Wi-Fi service.

The live matches are available on the Sport 24 channel, which is produced by IMG and broadcasts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, connecting airline passengers to thousands of hours of premium live content from over 40 different global sports competitions.

Sport 24 is exclusively available during flights from Panasonic Avionics. Panasonic Avionics’ Live Television service can be offered across a range of in-flight entertainment and in-flight connectivity configurations. It is being streamed on Qatar Airways via Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband. Panasonic Avionics says this is the first time the connectivity provider has delivered Panasonic Avionics’ Live Television.

Inmarsat’s GX Aviation offers the high-speed in-flight broadband required to stream Sport 24 with seamless global coverage across Qatar Airways’ flight routes. This solution already powers Qatar Airways’ Super Wi-Fi offering, enabling passengers to scroll social media, stream movies and TV, play games and browse the web, as well as watch live sports.

Andrew Mohr, Vice President of Digital Solutions for Panasonic Avionics, said: “Our Live Television service brings a whole new dimension to in-flight engagement, and enables passengers to catch unmissable sporting moments in the skies. We are honoured to be continuing our long-standing partnership with Qatar Airways by bringing this innovation to their cabins, in partnership with Inmarsat.”

William Huot-Marchand, Inmarsat Aviation’s Senior Vice President of Inflight Connectivity, commented: “Qatar Airways was the first airline based in the Middle East and North Africa to offer Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight broadband service, cementing its status as a leading pioneer of technology innovations. We are delighted that, four years later, GX Aviation continues to lead the way for Qatar Airways, powering the connectivity for its first live television offering, which also coincides with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

We are delighted to share this special milestone with them, alongside our partner Panasonic Avionics.”

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™matches will be aired live on Sport 24 onboard Emirates

Emirates to air FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 live on board

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™matches will be aired live on Sport 24 onboard Emirates

Emirates will be airing FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches live during its flights through the Sport 24 in-flight channel.

Emirates says that more than 200 of its aircraft are equipped with live TV, featuring dedicated sports channels – Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra. Emirates passengers can watch all FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 on Sport 24 via ice from 20 November.

Emirates passengers can also watch live match action in Emirates’ lounges before boarding their flights. Emirates provides complimentary lounge access to First and Business Class passengers, as well as Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members. Silver members can access the Emirates Business Class lounge in Dubai, while Premium Economy and Economy Class passengers can pay to access the lounge. Emirates says its lounges offer a range of luxuries for travellers from generous buffet dining with regionally inspired cuisine and healthy options, to self-serve alcohol stations, showers, free Wi-Fi and a private business centre.

Sport 24 also shows live matches from the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, and the Asian Football Championship and airs top international sporting events including the upcoming Women’s Rugby World Cup, International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup, the Olympic Games, National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), major golf championships, tennis grand slams plus sailing, horse racing and motorsports.

Full match schedules can be viewed in advance on https://www.emirates.com.

AT&T International Day Pass

Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight mobile phone service added to AT&T International Day Pass

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AT&T International Day Pass

AT&T has added access to Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight mobile phone service to its AT&T International Day Pass™ travel product.

Mobile network operators around the globe are creating compelling retail propositions that drive in-flight roaming usage and adoption, and the agreement with AT&T follows an increase in data consumption across Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight mobile network in 2022 compared to pre-pandemic levels.

AT&T and Panasonic Avionics through its wholly owned subsidiary Aeromobile Communications Ltd will deliver end-to-end connectivity to airline passengers providing an extra dimension to the in-flight connectivity experience. According to Panasonic Avionics, passengers that have added AT&T International Day Pass (IDP) to their line(s) can use their mobile devices on aircraft equipped with Panasonic Avionics mobile solutions for the same daily fee as they would be charged in any other IDP destination.

Panasonic Avionics says that with IDP, passengers can connect to the Aeromobile service and enjoy high-speed data, calls and texting as they do on their plans at home for $10/day.  Additional lines used the same day only pay a $5 daily fee.

Through its subsidiary Aeromobile, Panasonic Avionics joins forces with mobile operators around the world to include in-flight roaming in compelling retail propositions like their mainstream packages, to improve the travel experience for their subscribers. Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight mobile service operates in conjunction with its worldwide in-flight Wi-Fi service to provide passengers with a range of payment and connection options in several markets.

John Wade, Vice President of In-flight Connectivity at Panasonic Avionics said: “We are delighted to partner with AT&T and provide a new dimension to staying in touch for their customers. We have seen mobile network operators around the globe — especially the Middle East, Europe, and Asia — launch compelling in-flight retail offers, and we’re excited that operators in the U.S. are now embracing the overseas in-flight connectivity market.”

WeSky

WeSky launches in-seat power solution

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WeSky

Avionics start-up WeSky says its engineers have created a smart USB in-seat fast charging product that is the lightest on the market.

“Our new recharge™️ product is an efficient 60W USB in-seat charging solution, that weighs 70% less than current available products, yet has rapid charging. It brings many benefits to commercial airlines including a reduction in fuel consumption which also has benefits for the environment,” said WeSky Founder and CEO Vytis Petrusevicius.

“Based on our current sales activities and request for proposals we are forecasting and already negotiating orders for over 20 million USD in revenue of recharge™️ in-seat power systems within next 24 months,” said Marius Barcas, Head of Sales.

According to WeSky, it recently secured additional funding from Notarc Investment Partners to ramp up production of its current product line while also expanding research and development of new avionics equipment.

“These are the kind of ventures that fit with our sustainable investment mandate and which have an immediate positive impact on the environment, industry and end user. Legacy businesses and industries must continue to evolve and innovate and we have a responsibility as investors to help speed up innovation and to do our part to support such ventures,” said Leslie C. Bethel, CEO of Notarc Management Group and recently appointed WeSky Board Member.

Sun Air Jets names Satcom Direct as preferred flight deck services provider

Sun Air Jets names Satcom Direct as preferred flight deck services provider

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Sun Air Jets names Satcom Direct as preferred flight deck services provider

Private jet charter and management company Sun Air Jets has named Satcom Direct as its preferred supplier for flight deck datalink connectivity services for its fleet of managed and charter aircraft.

Satcom Direct says its SD FlightDeck Freedom® (FDF) communications platform activations are already underway. The platform supports secure and reliable datalink services between crew, air traffic control and ground personnel.

Sun Air Jets has a mixed fleet of Bombardier Global and Challenger types, Gulfstream models, Citation X aircraft and Hawker airframes, and the majority will be using the new FDF services by the end of the year.

Sun Air is optimising the power of FDF flight tracking and benefiting from significant automation pushing real-time information about hazardous weather, geo-notifications, security events and other critical flight path data.

Nick Cook, Director of Flight Deck Services for SD commented: “FDF improves situational awareness, reduces pilot workload, and enhances safety as it conveys real-time data which might impact a planned route. It also meets compliance requirements for aircraft operating in international airspace. The platform’s open architecture design allows for integration with third-party services, including trip planning. This all contributes to facilitating a streamlined flight experience for our customers and their passengers.”

Sun Air confirmed at NBAA last month that the operator is adopting ForeFlight’s flight planning services to support its international charter activity. The seamless integration of the flight planning product with the FDF service adds immediate and tangible value to Sun Air operations and consequently its customers.

Ed Fares, Director of Operations at Sun Air Jets noted: “We undertook a review of our existing services and recognised the benefit of selecting a solution that meets our fleet’s specific needs, missions, and budget requirements. We wanted a comprehensive flight deck datalink service that could give us better flight tracking information and also integrate with our selected flight planning solution.

“SD delivers a technologically advanced suite of services that improves our efficiencies and is underpinned by impressive customer support. We’re investing in technology to enhance our customer services and know that SD is doing the same. This heavily influenced our selection process.”

nflight Dublin's wireless IFE solution Everhub

Inflight Dublin adds FlightPath3D to its Everhub partner app suite

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nflight Dublin's wireless IFE solution Everhub

Inflight Dublin has added the FlightPath3D interactive moving map to its suite of partner apps on the company’s award-winning Everhub wireless platform.

Inflight Dublin says it will offer FlightPath3D’s product as an option to clients. “We are delighted to be working with FlightPath3D to provide their map as an option for Everhub as well as our existing map,” David Miller, Inflight Dublin’s CTO said.

“This partnership and integration advances our goal to grow Everhub as a delivery platform to complement our software with best-of-breed partner products, delivering exciting new content and services as part of a one-stop shop to our clients and prospects.”

Duncan Jackson, President of FlightPath3D said: “This integration with Inflight Dublin extends the offering from seatback IFE systems to the rapidly growing market for wireless IFE platforms. We look forward to growing our partnership with the ultimate goal of giving digital travellers an immersive, flexible experience.”

According to Inflight Dublin, the integrated product is already being offered to mutual clients of both companies, in particular to airlines that have selected Inflight Dublin’s Everhub wireless platform for their fleet. The first confirmed joint client is Sunclass Airlines.