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News : Second GX satellite arrives at launch site

Second GX satellite arrives at launch site


Inmarsat Aviation’s Inmarsat-5 F2 Global Xpress (GX) satellite, the second of three, has arrived at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch early in 2015.
 
“The arrival of Inmarsat-5 F2 to the launch site in Baikonur demonstrates that we will be able to offer our high-speed Ka-band service, GX Aviation, early in the second half of 2015,” announced Leo Mondale, Inmarsat Aviation’s president. “The ground networks are in place and Honeywell will start transmission testing of the airborne satellite communications equipment imminently.”
 
The Inmarsat-5 F2 satellite left the Boeing El Segundo facility on 16th December and was flown from Los Angeles International Airport to Kazakhstan in an Antonov AN-124 heavy transporter. When in orbit, it will provide high-speed broadband services on land, sea and in the air covering the Americas and the Atlantic ocean region.
 
The first GX satellite – Inmarsat-5 F1 – was launched at the end of 2013 and began delivering regional commercial services over Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia in July 2014. The third GX satellite –  Inmarsat-5 F3 – has now completed its final testing and is ready for shipping to Kazakhstan in early 2015. F3 will complete the GX constellation by providing coverage over the Pacific Ocean region.
 
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News : Virgin America rolls out Gogo ATG-4 in-flight connectivity

Virgin America rolls out Gogo ATG-4 in-flight connectivity


Virgin America has announced the installation of Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight Wi-Fi service across its entire fleet is near completion.
 
Gogo’s ATG-4 technology offers peak speeds of 9.8 Mbps to each aircraft, more than triple the peak speed of the 3.1 Mbps available when Virgin America installed the first generation of Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi service back in 2007. This has been achieved by introducing  directional antennas and dual modems on each aircraft.
 
Gogo has also deployed EV-DO Rev B technology on its airborne and ground networks for ATG-4, allowing the aggregation of multiple broadband channels, which doubles network capacity. 
 
“Virgin America remains on the cutting edge of offering the best experiences to its passengers and we are excited to continue to work with them on creating a better in-flight Wi-Fi experience,” said Dave Bijur, Gogo’s regional president. “ATG-4 has had a significant impact on the market and we continue to see positive results from this newer technology.”
 
“Our team looks forward to reaching the milestone of becoming the first airline to install Gogo’s enhanced ATG-4 service across our entire fleet of 53 Airbus A320 family aircraft,” remarked Mark Bianchi, senior VP of technical operations at Virgin America. “This upgrade is the latest in a series of investments aimed at keeping our tech-forward travellers more connected, productive and entertained at 35,000 feet.”
 
To celebrate the rollout of ATG-4, Virgin America and Gogo are asking passengers to share their best “office in the sky” moment on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #OfficeInTheSky for a chance to win a round trip Main Cabin flight for two on Virgin America, a brand new iPad or complimentary Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service for one year.
 
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News : Satcom1 becomes satcoms service provider for Alpha Star

Satcom1 becomes satcoms service provider for Alpha Star


Satcom1 has signed a contract to provide Alpha Star Aviation Services (Alpha Star) fleet of VVIP business aircraft with long-term satellite communications solutions.
 
Alpha Star, based in Saudi Arabia, has been deploying Satcom1’s high-speed in-flight internet, voice software and consultancy services on its wide-body VVIP aircraft since 2009, but this new agreement marks the formalisation of the relationship between the two companies.
 
Now, the Alpha Star fleet will also receive technical support for its airborne network design and engineering services, as well as the latest developments in technology.
 
“Many satcom providers today broaden themselves so much that they forget to inspire the aeronautical segment with innovation or with bringing new technologies or solutions to market,”  said Karina Larsen, co-founder and vice president of partnerships at Satcom1. “Satcom1 concentrates on providing unique aero solutions for both cabin and the cockpit. We believe our customers and partners benefit from this business focus.”
 
“Satcom1 is extremely honoured to partner with Alpha Star. Our services are tailor made and strongly focused on VVIP segment. Customers are our absolute priority and their needs and expectations shape our business portfolio,” explained Satcom1’s CEO, Henrik Zinck (pictured left). “We will make sure that we continue our efforts when it comes to innovation and highly-skilled and proactive customer service in order to bring the best connectivity experience to all Alpha Star’s aircraft.”
 
Alpha Star’s CEO, Salem Al Muzaini (pictured right), remarked, “It is my great pleasure to re-confirm our trust in Satcom1 and I am looking forward to seeing this co-operation growing. We strongly believe we chose the right partner, which shares the same values and approach when it comes to servicing VVIPs.”
 
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News : Jet Aviation selects Honeywell’s CMS for Global Express

Jet Aviation selects Honeywell’s CMS for Global Express


Jet Aviation Geneva (Jet Aviation) has chosen to employ the Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS) from Honeywell Aerospace (Honeywell) on a Bombardier Global Express corporate jet.
 
Ovation select allows passengers to control both in-flight entertainment and environmental conditions ─ including lighting, seats, temperature, galley and window shades ─ via a touch-screen interface by the seat or a personal electronic device. 
 
Honeywell’s programme managers and engineers based in both Geneva and the US will provide direct support to Jet Aviation on a daily basis to ensure on-time completion meeting the operator’s requirements. The final delivery of the jet to the customer is projected to be at some point during 2015.
 
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News : Gogo and AMEX partner on ‘Gogo Preferred Program’

Gogo and AMEX partner on ‘Gogo Preferred Program’


Under a new partnership between Gogo and American Express (AMEX), AMEX Business Platinum card holders have access to 10 complimentary Gogo in-flight internet passes each calendar year.
 
This benefit is a part of the ‘Gogo Preferred Program,’ a revamped version of the previous offering from the two companies to AMEX Corporate Card Members, currently known as ‘Gogo Fee credit.’ The ‘Gogo Preferred Program’ will be available from early 2015.
 
“American Express has been a great partner and we’re excited to continue to build on our relationship by offering Business Platinum card members this valuable benefit,” said Ash ElDifrawi, Gogo’s chief commercial officer.  “Business travellers have come to rely on Gogo to stay productive in-flight, what better way to connect them than by partnering with a company that’s synonymous with business and travel.”
 
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News : GEE to provide in-flight content services for WestJet’s wireless IFE

GEE to provide in-flight content services for WestJet’s wireless IFE


WestJet, which is currently in the process of overhauling its in-flight entertainment (IFE) offering, has announced that it has chosen Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to provide in-flight content, which will be accessed by passengers on their own devices or tablets rented from the airline.
 
“We’re delighted to enable the deployment of content for WestJet’s wireless IFE programme,” averred Amir Samnani, SVP of content services for GEE. “This is a first for the airline as it has traditionally managed content services in-house. In this strategic relationship with WestJet, we are looking forward to supporting the airline with our extensive expertise in technical services and delivery of wireless content and solutions.”
 
As part of its long-term agreement to provide WestJet with in-flight content services, GEE will deploy current films and television programmes on the airline’s aircraft as early as 1Q15.
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News : CCC appoints new CTO

CCC appoints new CTO


Russ Johnson (pictured) is set to join Custom Control Concepts (CCC) as chief technical officer, reporting directly to the company’s CEO, Bill Weaver.
 
“Johnson’s experience and vision will help lead CCC to the next level of in-flight entertainment and cabin management system product development. Our customers demand the very latest technologies and Russ’ leadership of our technical and product management teams will ensure that we deliver and exceed our customers’ expectations” commented Weaver. “We are very pleased that Russ has joined our team at a time when we are introducing several new technology products for VIP 787 aircraft.”
 
Over the past 12-years, Johnson has operated his own engineering consulting firm, providing product development and strategy for many of the major in-flight entertainment firms as well as airframe OEMs. During his 25 year career, Johnson also served as director of strategy for Panasonic Avionics and VP of corporate development at Airshow. 
 
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News : Alaska launches new IFE as part of ‘Alaska Beyond’

Alaska launches new IFE as part of ‘Alaska Beyond’


Alaska Airlines (Alaska) has launched its new ‘Alaska Beyond’ offering, consisting of ‘Alaska Beyond Entertainment’, ‘Alaska Beyond Comfort’ and ‘Alaska Beyond Delicious’.
 
The introduction of ‘Alaska Beyond Entertainment’ allows passengers travelling on any of the airline’s 50 connected B737 aircraft the ability to stream in-flight entertainment (IFE) to their personal electronic devices (PEDs). All IFE content can be viewed for free until 31 January, at which point some custom content will still remain complimentary, but premium content such as films and TV programmes will be available from $1.99. 
 
Alaska plans to have in-flight Wi-Fi – powered by Gogo Vision – installed on its entire fleet by April 2015. Passengers flying without a PED have the option to rent a video player with pre-loaded content on longer flights, with prices beginning at $8.
 
Part of the ‘Alaska Beyond Comfort’ offering is access to both standard and USB power outlets located in the seatback in front of each passenger. Today, more than 95% of Alaska's fleet of Boeing 737-800s, 737-900s, and 737-900ERs have power outlets at every seat. Many of Alaska's aircraft also feature the Boeing Sky Interior, which creates a lighter and more spacious cabin. 
 
Finally, ‘Alaska Beyond Delicious’ offers travellers locally-sourced food and beverages including signature entrees designed by award-winning chef Tom Douglas.
 
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News : Start-up Jetlines orders five 737 MAXs

Start-up Jetlines orders five 737 MAXs


Canadian low-fare carrier Jetlines is taking steps to expand its fleet, placing a firm purchase order for five Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with options for an additional 16 of the type.
 
The new airline hopes to offer low fares on routes that avoid direct competition with other airlines. “This agreement with Boeing is a major milestone for Jetlines," said Jim Scott, the airline’s CEO. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Boeing and look forward to introducing the 737 MAX 7 into our fleet.”

Brad McMullen, VP of sales in North America at Boeing Commercial Airplanes, emphasised, "Boeing is proud to partner with Jetlines as it begins a journey to offer low airfares to passengers across Canada. The 737 MAX 7 is perfectly suited to the airline's needs, and we appreciate the confidence Jetlines has in the aeroplane.”

With this order, the 737 MAX has orders for 2,562 aircraft from 55 customers worldwide.
 
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News : Delta and Republic expand CPA

Delta and Republic expand CPA


An amendment to the capacity purchase agreement (CPA) between Delta Air Lines and Republic Airways Holdings will see the latter operate nine additional 69-seat Embraer 170s for a term of six years per aircraft on behalf of the airline.
 
The nine new E170s will be sourced internally by Republic Airways Holdings or through used aircraft available in the open market. They are due to be placed into service between the third quarter of 2015 and the second quarter of 2016.
 
Republic Airways Holdings has also confirmed plans to extend the term of the agreement regarding Delta’s existing 14 E170 aircraft by four years, until October 2021, and 16 E175 aircraft by five years, until February 2024.
 
“We are proud to grow our partnership with Delta,” said Bryan Bedford, president, chairman and CEO of Republic Airways Holdings. “By growing our Delta E-Jet fleet and extending all of our aircraft into the next decade, we have cemented our long-term commitment to provide a safe, clean and reliable E-Jet operation as a Delta Connection partner.”
 
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News : InterCarribean Airways announces three new non-stop services

InterCarribean Airways announces three new non-stop services


From 13 December, InterCarribean Airways will start operating direct flights from Kingston in Jamaica and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to Port au Prince in Haiti, as well as introducing a service between Port au Prince and Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos. 
 
The travel time for the new routes to Port au Prince from both Kingston and Santo Domingo is just one hour.
 
“We are pleased to offer these new routes to give the more choices and more connectivity across the Caribbean and support Haiti as it grows its appeal to the vacation visitor, while facilitating new business opportunities,” commented Trevor Sadler, CEO of InterCarribean Airways. “We look forward to increasing the frequency and number of destinations we serve in the new year.” 
 
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News : Alliance Air receives first of five ATR 72-600s

Alliance Air receives first of five ATR 72-600s


Alliance Air, the regional subsidiary of Air India, has taken delivery of the first of five new ATR 72-600 aircraft it is due to receive by mid-2015.

The aircraft, leased from Singapore-based company Avation, will complement Alliance Air’s existing fleet of four ATR 42-320s. The 70-seat configuration of the ATR 72-600 will provide Air Alliance’s regional network with more capacity, and is currently the only aircraft able to operate at each airport currently served by the airline.
 
CEO of ATR, Patrick de Castelbajac, announced, “We have partnered with Alliance Air for more than 10 years, and we are honoured by this new proof of confidence in the ATR aircraft family. The new ATR 72-600 fit perfectly with the aim of the airline to progressively renew their fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft, while adding seat-capacity into their main routes.” 
 
Rohit Nandan, chairman of Alliance Air, continued, “We are pleased to introduce into our fleet an aircraft which has clearly become the new reference among all regional planes.” 
 
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News : WestJet selects GEE’s inflight content services for new IFE

WestJet selects GEE’s inflight content services for new IFE


WestJet, which is currently in the process of overhauling its inflight entertainment (IFE) offering, has announced that it has chosen Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) to provide inflight content, which will be accessed by passengers on their own devices or tablets rented from the airline.
 
“We’re delighted to enable the deployment of content for WestJet’s wireless IFE programme,” averred Amir Samnani, SVP of content services for GEE. “This is a first for the airline as it has traditionally managed content services in-house. In this strategic relationship with WestJet, we are looking forward to supporting the airline with our extensive expertise in technical services and delivery of wireless content and solutions.”
 
As part of its long-term agreement to provide WestJet with inflight content services, GEE will deploy current films and television programmes on the airline’s aircraft as early as 1Q15.
 
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News : Vueling’s EuroAirport–Barcelona service to offer pax more connections

Vueling’s EuroAirport–Barcelona service to offer pax more connections


Vueling is launching a new four-times weekly service between EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse Freiburg and Barcelona from 29 March 2015, which will allow passengers to connect via Barcelona to the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
 
Vueling, which has only recently begun operations at EuroAirport, will operate the new route using Airbus A320s with 180 seats under a codeshare with Iberia. The airline plans to increase the route’s frequency to a daily flight during the summer season. 
 
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News : Blue Air begins Bucharest–Liverpool flights

Blue Air begins Bucharest–Liverpool flights


Blue Air and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) have celebrated the airline’s inaugural flight from Bucharest with a traditional arch of water aircraft ‘baptism’ carried out by the Airport’s Emergency Response Service to welcome the arrival of the Romanian airline’s first flight to Liverpool.
 
Blue Air’s senior representatives and guests from the region’s business and tourism community on the inaugural flight received tourist information about the city when they landed.

“We are particularly happy to see our new route starting today as fruit of a joint collaboration with LJLA. Business travellers and tourists will enjoy the benefit and comfort of a direct connection linking North West England with Romania,” explained Blue Air’s CCO, Tudor Constantinescu. “Shortening the travel time from Liverpool to Bucharest and later to Bacau creates in our view the premises of future economic, social and cultural cooperation and development to the benefit of both regions.”

Blue Air’s new flights from LJLA to Bucharest depart on Monday at 10:00 and at 17:45 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Blue Air announced in October that it will also commence a twice weekly service from Liverpool to Bacau in North East Romania from the end of March 2015.
 
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