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Eutelsat launches Eutelsat ADVANCE

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Eutelsat Communications has launched the global network solution Eutelsat ADVANCE.

Eutelsat ADVANCE is an end-to-end managed connectivity service, including network interconnection, a management portal and APIs for service providers and their clients, terrestrial connectivity, Ku and Ka-band capacity, and satellite terminals. Available via Eutelsat’s certified network of partners, Eutelsat ADVANCE will enable clients to enhance their service portfolio by increasing the range of services they offer, leveraging Eutelsat’s powerful global capabilities and 24/7 support.

The new solution includes a suite of tailored offerings addressing multiple markets, including  aviation, with custom backhaul solutions supporting all 4G/5G coverage expansion needs and high-speed transmission links.

Eutelsat ADVANCE’s global Ku-band network leverages the ST Engineering’s Newtec Dialog platform. It facilitates application-use identification and prioritisation at a cost that scales with demand.

Philippe Oliva, Chief Commercial Officer of Eutelsat said: “The current context has accentuated the need for worldwide connectivity, as more and more business processes migrate to the cloud. This is why we are launching Eutelsat ADVANCE, our new satellite network-as-a-service offer. Through an innovative portfolio of globally managed services, optimising and sharing in-orbit resources in Ka and Ku-bands, terrestrial connectivity, the automation of data connectivity services, and a wide range of offerings tailored to specific markets, Eutelsat ADVANCE enhances our customers’ portfolios of service offerings in their markets.”

Thales has unveiled its latest generation of the AVANT IFE system - AVANT Up

Thales Ups its AVANT IFE experience

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Thales has unveiled its latest generation of the AVANT IFE system - AVANT Up

Thales has unveiled its latest generation of the AVANT IFE system. AVANT Up features a new line of displays, power supply solutions, personalisation and airline revenue generation capabilities.

The new display has been developed in an exclusive partnership with Samsung company HARMAN. Optiq offers 4K high dynamic range (HDR) displays enhanced with Samsung QLED proprietary technology. Compared to current AVANT displays, Optiq has a higher contrast ratio and over 1 billion colours, giving passengers the most cinematic experience available.

Thales engineers have designed the displays with the passengers as its focus. The new in-seat and cabin displays have a sleek passenger centric design focused on ergonomics and fits seamlessly into the modern cabin environment and its variety of lighting conditions. Passengers will enjoy a seamless viewing experience as QLED technology has no image bruin-in and is scratch resistant – proving durable against carry-on luggage.

Two Bluetooth connections and built-in Wi-Fi allows passengers to pair multiple devices simultaneously to the system. Airlines benefit from a significantly reduced total cost of ownership, thanks to a lower acquisition cost, 30% weight reduction, 50% increase in reliability, and improved durability and serviceability.

The heart of Optiq is powered by an Octa-core processor with a GPU that is both 4K and 3D compliant to give ‘performance without limitations.’

The display is supported by Pulse, a modular system built with smart power management that dynamically allocates power where the passengers need it. According to Thales, Pulse is highly efficient while being compact in size, providing a 30% weight reduction, lower heat dissipation and the ability to install Pulse between the seat beams. With more power, improved seat integration, and reduced acquisition and operational cost, Pulse provides substantial benefits to the passenger and the airline.

AVANT’s open platform allows Thales to work with an extensive network of partners to develop and deploy new applications for airlines, offering passengers the latest features and a broad range of interactive entertainment options. Thales’s digital product portfolio features e-commerce capabilities with Airfree’s shopping platform, a multifaceted approach for delivering personalisation, and an industry leading advertising platform.

“Our airline customers and their passengers always expect more from their inflight entertainment systems, and Thales is delivering on these expectations, and more. AVANT Up, Pulse and our Digital solutions demonstrate our unwavering commitment to invest in innovation that creates value for airlines. We’re truly excited to provide these solutions to our customers and their passengers as we build a sustainable future we can all trust.” Cedric Rhoads, Vice President, Product Policy, Thales InFlyt Experience.

More than 30 leading airlines worldwide are equipped with the AVANT IFE system.

Cabo Verde Airlines has selected Inflight Dublin to provide its end-to-end wireless in-flight entertainment solution, Everhub on its Boweing 757 fleet.

Cabo Verde Airlines picks Inflight Dublin for wireless IFE

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Cabo Verde Airlines has selected Inflight Dublin to provide its end-to-end wireless in-flight entertainment solution, Everhub on its Boweing 757 fleet.

Cabo Verde Airlines has selected Inflight Dublin to provide its end-to-end wireless in-flight entertainment solution, Everhub.

Inflight Dublin is equipping two of TCV’s B757 aircraft with its DO-160G certified Everhub portable wireless server. The Hollywood-approved Everhub software platform features a brand-aligned Graphical User Interface (GUI) and interactive Moving Map. Curated from a broad catalogue, the content package consists of Hollywood blockbusters, popular TV shows, publications and the revenue-generating games platform, Gladi8tor Gaming.

Cabo Verde Airlines will also utilise Inflight Dublin’s bespoke data analytics platform, IFD Insights, where they will gain access to intuitive performance reports to optimise services moving forward.

“As an international airline that connects four continents, it is an exciting step to introduce Wireless IFE on board to further connect our passengers to enjoy travelling with us even more. We needed a quick and easy-to-install solution and Inflight Dublin’s all-in-one solution Everhub was the perfect fit,” commented Jóhann Ö. Kárason, SVP Corporate Affairs & Fleet, Cabo Verde Airlines.

“We are thrilled to partner with Cabo Verde Airlines and to support them through the process of introducing wireless in-flight entertainment on their B757 fleet. Cabo Verde required a brand aligned wireless IFE solution that could be readied and deployed in weeks, not months. Everhub is the only one-stop-shop solution that can answer such a requirement and we look forward to engaging and entertaining Cabo Verde passengers with the most innovative wireless IFE service in the market,” added Barry Flynn, Inflight Dublin’s CCO.

Air Cairo, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa, is to equip its growing fleet with Moment’s wireless IFE system, Flymingo.

Moment enters MENA market with Air Cairo

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Air Cairo, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa, is to equip its growing fleet with Moment’s wireless IFE system, Flymingo.

Air Cairo, one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa, is to equip its growing fleet with Moment’s wireless IFE system, Flymingo.

Based in Cairo, the airline operates seven aircrafts (Airbus A320-200 and Airbus A320-ceo & neo aircraft) and is contracted to add three more aircraft by the end of the year and is planning to reach 19 aircraft by the end of 2024.

The airline has selected Moment to support its growing network ambitions with a cutting-edge digital entertainment service designed to enhance the customer experience while providing new opportunities to generate ancillary revenues in-flight. For Air Cairo, it was essential to offer a personalised digital traveller experience as an increasing number of passengers bring their smartphones or tablets aboard.

“We were on the lookout for a full-service IFE company that could support us in all aspects from provisioning the hardware, to creating an engaging IFE portal and sourcing a variety of content,” said Hussein Sherif, Chairman & CEO at Air Cairo.

The seamless, multi-DRM and browser-based platform, with a capacity of 100 simultaneous streaming sessions,  gives passengers the opportunity to choose entertainment programs from an international and Arabic catalogue of films, documentaries or podcasts.

“We came to Moment to push the boundaries of what’s possible when using digital technology in an offline environment,” added Sherif. “The Flymingo Box has a number of attributes that other typical systems do not have. It’s a genuine enterprise system that supports our organization’s safety, access controls and scalability requirements.”

“We are pleased to strengthen Air Cairo’s customer offering by providing the airline with an unparalleled entertainment service. This partnership is also a big step for Moment as we enter the African and Middle East aviation market,” said Tanguy Morel, Moment CEO.

Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

SD installs Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a Falcon 2000LX

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Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

Satcom Direct has confirmed the installation of its Ku-band Plane Simple tail mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX.

The antenna is already equipped on the SD Gulfstream G350. The addition of the Dassault platform to the validation process will double testing capacity to give direct comparative feedback about the system’s full capabilities.

“Adding a second platform will serve to further verify the benefits of integrating the new advanced technology antenna with the already proven SD ecosystem of hardware, software and terrestrial infrastructure. Our mission is to analyse the performance and deliver a powerful, reliable, validated, connectivity solution to our early adopter customers,” said Chris Moore SD President of Business Aviation. “The dual-testing on two very distinct aircraft platforms demonstrates our commitment to providing seamless end-to-end connectivity for a wider selection of aircraft types than ever before. Ahead of in-service evaluation with customers, which is slated to begin Q3 2021, it also provides us with the opportunity to generate our first commercial Supplemental Type Certificate which will support installation for Falcon 2000 owners worldwide.”

Further STCs will follow before the end of the year.

Installation of the Plane Simple dual variant antenna is taking place at the Dassault Falcon Jet facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Aerial validation on the Falcon 2000LX begins in July and will confirm the terminal’s functionality across the Intelsat FlexExec network, stress the system by using simultaneous, multiple high-bandwidth applications, and verify its capabilities across a range of flight dynamics.

“We are focused on developing products for the business aviation community that have been designed specifically for the unique requirements of the sector. We are not repurposing existing technology but using our experience as business aviators to bring a series of antennas to market that will meet the demanding needs of our business, military and government aviation customers,” adds Moore.

The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna is the first in a series of antenna systems being developed by SD in partnership with Germany-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH. Once activated the terminal will support the Intelsat FlexExec Ku-band service, which has been designed specifically to support business aviation operator needs.

Honeywell and SmartSky target business aviation operators

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Honeywell has been appointed an authorised value-added reseller for SmartSky Networks’ air-to-ground services for North American business aviation operators.

The two companies have worked together since 2019, when Honeywell was named a value-added reseller by SmartSky for the commercial aviation market.

“Honeywell Aerospace has been a trusted commercial aviation partner to SmartSky,” said SmartSky CEO David Helfgott. “Expanding our relationship to include business aviation marks yet another important milestone and expands our ability to address this underserved market. Honeywell’s proven track record in providing innovative connectivity and flight services aligns well with SmartSky’s vision to enable and empower the emerging connected aircraft ecosystem.”

SmartSky’s air-to-ground network leverages 5G technologies to provide a reliable, more secure and affordable in-flight connectivity (IFC) solution for airlines and business aviation operators that want full-functioning IFC.

“This agreement with SmartSky expands the suite of connectivity services we offer business aviation customers operating routes throughout North America and will work seamlessly with the Honeywell Forge software and services platform,” said John Peterson, Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services, Honeywell Aerospace. “SmartSky’s Skytelligence platform, digital services and shipset products represent the latest in connectivity advancement, providing our customers best-in-class value for their networked aircraft needs.”

The Honeywell GoDirect Router will be authorised for use on the SmartSky Network for those business aviation customers choosing to partake of the full complement of Honeywell services and support.

Gogo Business Aviation has installed the first two 5G antennas on a tower as it progresses its 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network and onboard equipment.

Gogo progresses 5G ATG Network

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Gogo Business Aviation has installed the first two 5G antennas on a tower as it progresses its 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network and onboard equipment.

Gogo Business Aviation has completed several key milestones as it continues to develop its 5G air-to-ground (ATG) network and onboard equipment.

The company has installed the first two 5G antennas on a tower. With the antennas now installed, Gogo will conduct prototype testing of system performance.

“Gogo 5G will be the fourth ATG nationwide network Gogo has designed and built,” said Dave Glenn, Senior Vice President of Customer Operations for Gogo. “Deploying this first ground site antenna and leveraging our unparalleled ATG experience over 28 years will enable us to validate our design for a smooth product and service launch.”

Gogo completed development of its 5G air card prototypes and recently completed coast-to-coast flight testing of its 5G belly-mounted antennas to validate their performance. Additionally, Gogo conducted a flight test and successfully established a connection between the 5G antennas on the aircraft and the 5G antennas on the ground tower.

“The tests we’ve conducted and successfully passed validate what we modeled when we initially announced we would build a 5G network,” said Mike Syverson, Senior Vice President of Engineering for Gogo. “Through the testing we’ve done so far, we now know that Gogo 5G is going to be better than we originally thought it would be.”

Gogo has also successfully performed an end-to-end call using a 5G SIM card, from the onboard equipment to the cell site, through the data centre to the internet, and back.

“What we’ve done is validate that our systems can talk to one another,” Syverson continued. “The antennas can talk to the cell site, which in turn can talk to the data centre. There is a lot of software development to put those pieces together, and it’s all working very well.”

The Gogo 5G network is being designed for aircraft operating within the contiguous US. Gogo expects the nationwide 5G network to be available in the second half of 2022.

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

ALTO Aviation enhances Cadence Cabin Management System

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ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

ALTO Aviation has introduced a new fit-compatible solution that replaces obsolete Baker passenger controls with new direct-replacement ALTO Cadence switch panels.

This solution, FAA TSO-C139a Approved, designed in-house to upgrade old MHL3 and MHL4 Baker panels, expands the company’s Cadence CMS offering that has already replaced obsolete cabin switches, including Airshow, Audio International, Lufthansa NICE, and Pacific Systems Micronet.

ALTO Aviation currently offers over 30 unique replacement switch series bezels that provide seamless installation and fit with any interior design concept; this solution does not require software for basic CMS functionality and supports full CMS & IFE functionality, including cabin audio.

In common with all new Cadence Cabin Management System solutions, this replacement saves installation costs by preserving the existing woodwork. By retaining cutouts, ALTO can provide a solution to seamlessly upgrade obsolete Baker switch panels with functional, innovative technologies, allowing clients to add new functionality, including Bluetooth audio, HDMI, and USB ports.

“The introduction of our ALTO Cadence CMS replacement for obsolete Baker passenger controls represents our continued commitment to anticipate and provide our clients with innovative, effective ideas that solve obsolescence, reduce wood rework, and significantly save in installation costs and resources,” said Kevin Hayes, VP Sales and Marketing at ALTO Aviation.

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Emirates updates summer IFE schedule

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Emirates ice sports

Emirates has released details of its summer content offerings as part of its ongoing investment in its IFE.

The Sport 24 and Sport 24 Extra channels on Emirates ice TV Live is currently showing matches from the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament and will broadcast the final on 11 July. Live TV will also show the rescheduled 2020 Olympic Games on 23 July in Tokyo.

Additionally, Wimbledon 2021, the British Open, the NBA finals, the PGA tour, MotoGP and more will also be available.

Emirates has continually invested to update its in-flight content throughout the past year, adding approximately 100 movies each month to the extensive content library on ice, plus exclusive TV content including trending HBO shows such as The Undoing, I Know This Much is True and Betty.

Other programme highlights for the summer include over 20 winners and nominees from this year’s leading film awards such as: NomadlandThe Father, Soul, Promising Young Woman, and many more.

Documentaries include Greta Thunberg: A year to change the world, Wild Cats of India, Life in Ten Pictures, and King Otto – a documentary about Greece’s historic UEFA Euro 2004 win.

July’s top picks on ice include Raya and the Last Dragon, French Exit, Godzilla vs Kong, Minari, and The Courier. 

August’s movie highlights  consist of A Quiet Place Part II, Wrath of Man, and Mortal Kombat.

Emirates’ customers in all classes of travel can enjoy up to 4,500 channels of programming on ice, including over 1,000 channels for movie aficionados, and 130 channels for kids.

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

Chicago Jet Group upgrades avionics with Latitude

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Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

Chicago Jet Group (CJG) has selected Latitude Technologies Corp’s DL150 Satellite Data Unit as a core connectivity element in its NextGen Pro•Link solution and respective Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).

The DL150 is a critical part of the avionics upgrade supporting global satellite-based connectivity enabling Oceanic Controller-Pilot Data Link including ADS-C, FANS 1/A+ and ACARS services.

The NextGen Pro•Link upgrade meets the global compliance requirements for the Gulfstream G200, Falcon 50/50EX, and Falcon 2000/2000EX. The overall upgrade, it is claimed, is a cost-effective and high-performance Dual FMS upgrade path for classic Dassault Falcon aircraft models and the Gulfstream G200.

Upgrading to the FANS 1/A+ Satcom Data Link with the high-performance Latitude DL150 is a proven winner for us that enables cost savings for operators on their avionics upgrade,” stated Mike Mitera, General Manager, CJG. “The DL150 is an undisputed leader in data link performance, and we look forward to our continued partnership with Latitude Technologies.”

“We are very pleased to be working with Chicago Jet Group on this project. The DL150 has consistently proven itself a robust data satcom solution,” commented Ray Larkin, Executive Aviation, Latitude Technologies. “This is an important element in bringing affordable FANS 1/A+ upgrade solutions to the executive jet operator.”