Consulta Meta has officially announced the launch of the Aurora|360 Experience – an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the Northern Lights by private-chartered 737 jet.

The full Aurora|360 Experience is 7 to 11 February 2019, with the flight (with only 80 seats available) scheduled to take-off either 8th or 9 February (the flight date will be chosen a few days earlier based on Aurora forecasts).

As part of the five-day package the passengers get to learn more about the Aurora Borealis from renowned guest speakers: Dr. Phil Plait (aka the Bad Astronomer), Dr. Christa Van Laerhoven (B.Sc. Physics & Astronomy/ Ph.D. Planetary Sciences), William Murtagh (White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the assistant director for Space Weather, Energy, and Environment Division), and Pierre Paquette (Astronomy Ambassador of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada).

Once on board, guests can relax and enjoy the incredible views while sipping a celebratory gin from Yukon’s award-winning Yukon Brewing company and Canadian Aurora photographer, Neil Zeller will assist with helping passengers to take their own Aurora photos.

As of November, SAS Go travellers on long haul flights can pre-order a premium menu to upgrade and enhance their dining experience.

The initiative part of SAS’s environmental and sustainability work.

Karl Sandlund, executive vice president commercial commented, “Our new tailored pre-order concept is part of our strategy to strengthen our on board service, delivering innovative and personalised services that we know our customer value. SAS always strive to be at the forefront of innovation and to pioneer the next generation of travelling, and we are glad to introduce carefully selected and brand new premium dining experiences for our passengers on our long haul flights”.

Travellers will be able to choose from four freshly prepared menus. Each is a ‘Premium set menu’, featuring original, fresh dishes, including a seasonal starter, main course and dessert, as well as a choice of two drinks from a listed selection. In addition, the cutlery and glasses offered alongside menus are exclusively designed for SAS, in partnership with top Scandinavian designers.

As well as delivering a personalised service, pre-ordering is also a part of SAS’ environmental and sustainability work, helping the loading of fresh food to be more accurate, minimising food waste and weight on board.

SAS introduced pre-order on short haul flights in 2016 and the concept’s popularity has grown since launch. In 2017, day and evening options for pre-order in SAS Go was extended to include a choice of 11 meals, leading to demand growing by 25%, totalling 120,000 meals served per year.

In 2018 SAS extended the option to pre-order from day and evening menus on flights in Scandinavia and Europe, extending the service to all flights with a minimum of 80 minutes, reduced from previously flights of 120 minutes or longer, doubling the number or European flights with pre-order options. Pre-order is now offered on a total of approximately 80,000 SAS flights per year, with SAS expecting demand to grow as it works to further improve and expand the offer.

From the beginning of November, Zodiac Aerospace’s water and waste product portfolio will be distributed by AAR.

Under this agreement, AAR will use analytics to proactively develop opportunities enhancing the success of Zodiac Aerospace’s commercial aerospace customer base. AAR will stock material throughout the Company’s worldwide warehouse network with locations in Chicago, Germany, Dubai, Singapore and Shanghai. AAR’s expertise in inventory management, customer service and AOG support will provide the airline market decreased lead times on Zodiac’s flight critical components.

Image: AAR’s Eric Young, senior vice president, OEM solutions (seated left) and Martin Adnoff, vice president, business development, OEM solutions, Europe, (standing left) with Zodiac Aerospace Services CEO Bruno Delile (seated right) and Roman Calvo, product and marketing manager.

Airborne Wireless Network has provided an update on its development and ongoing lab and field testing of its Infinitus Super Highway.

While lab and bench testing, has demonstrated that the contemplated Infinitus Super Highwaycan transfer data at a speed greater than 10 Gbps, issues with the hardware and software and their integration prevented this speed being replicated during recent field testing.

According to the company, the Free Space Optics terminals supplied by Mynaric AG required additional modifications, for which Mynaric has provided support in the form of additional equipment as well as sending two of its technicians to work with Airborne Wireless Network staff in the lab and field. In addition, the custom software developed by Thinking Different Technologies B.V. (TDT), per Airborne Wireless specifications (and owned by it), has required updating, which TDT has been providing. Finally, iNTELLICOM Technologies, Inc., which provides engineering design, product implementation and production, and serves as an integration and test services partner, has been providing additional support.

Once these identified modifications are completed, Airborne Wireless intends to conduct additional field testing and has been granted permission to conduct the field testing at a nearby private university campus located in Simi Valley, California. Following completion of the field testing, the company intends to conduct a two-plane flight/Free Space Optics test utilising two Cessnas installed with the developing Infinitus Super Highway technology and hardware.

Michael J. Warren, chief executive officer of ABWN stated, “We are encouraged about the progress of the Company’s lab and bench test results, but still have to improve the hardware, software and integration to move into the field. We have experienced a number of hardware and software setbacks, which we are working on daily to position ourselves so we may be able to conduct a sustained field test at 10 Gbps data transfer over a distance of 2km. Once the 2 km test is completed, we intend to move forward with the two-plane Cessna test. I wish to personally thank our employees and vendors, including Mynaric, TDT and iNTELLICOM, who have spent countless hours, long nights and weekends to develop the planned Infinitus Super Highway.”