Archive | October, 2008

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British Airways trumps again with 11-language mobile check-in

Buried deep in the bowels of my recent Airline Business feature about how airlines can harness off-board and onboard mobile phone connectivity, British Airways planning and innovations manager Chris Carmichael is quoted as saying that the following scenario would be beneficial to passengers: “Your meeting is overrunning, you whip out your Blackberry under your desk, […]

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The Northwest page that says it all…

Fast finger action over at Northwest’s IT dept. Check out www.nwa.com/corpinfo/profi/organ/    

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Panasonic on record about wireless IFE: Part 1

Last week, when Bluebox slung a little good-natured mud by suggesting that Pansonic and Thales perhaps “weren’t up to the challenge” of providing wireless IFE on the Boeing 787, I felt compelled to speak to the two hardware giants about whether or not wireless IFE is now viable, and if it has a place in […]

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US Airways admits flub in SEC filing; increases ’09 capacity cut

Oops a daisy! That’s what US Airways’ financial folks might have said after realizing there is a mistake in the carrier’s quarterly report to the SEC. The filing, which holds a number of interesting revelations including a delay to A350 deliveries, says US Airways intends to achieve a fourth quarter domestic mainline capacity reduction of […]

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PHOTOS: The Lumexis IFE system that could find itself on a US Airways A320

So the trial of Lumexis’ new seat-back IFE system on a US Airways Airbus A320 may have been delayed, but that shouldn’t stop us from getting a good look at it now. Lumexis was in attendance at the recent WAEA exhibition in Long Beach. Here are some Lumexis shots from the show. Sweet!

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PHOTOS: All-electric braking system tested on Bombardier Global 5000 flying testbed

A Bombardier testbed aircraft equipped entirely with an all-electric braking system has executed its first flight. Bombardier’s Global 5000 flying testbed aircraft was modified by removing its hydraulically actuated brake-by-wire control system and replacing it with Meggitt’s EBrake suite. Check out the full story here. Key info from my conversation with Bombardier: Although the manufacturer […]

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Rumour mill overdrive (on bumpy roads). Rendell as transportation secretary?

Is the Gov. of my dear home state of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, under consideration by the Obama crowd for an appointment to US transportation secretary?  Well, he says he’d like the job. And recent hill chatter suggests he is a serious contender.   The following stories suggest the same. http://theoverheadwire.blogspot.com/2008/10/transportation-secretary-short-list.htm http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2008/06/rendell_volunteers_to_serve_in.html http://news.yahoo.com/s/cq/20081005/pl_cq_politics/politics2971165 But would Ed make a good […]

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And it begins…US Airways delays A350 deliveries

Some big news out of US Airways today. But you’ve got to look hard to find it. Go to page 56 of the carrier’s latest SEC filing. That’s where the Star Alliance member reveals its plan to delay the start of delivery of its 22 A350 XWBs until 2015 (as well as a few other gems). Check […]

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Chicago is the place for pilots next week

Louis Smith knows a thing or two about the aviation industry. A retired Northwest Airlines captain, who completed his career flying the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 on international routes, Louis heads up FLTops.com, a web-only career planning service for professional pilots. I had the good fortune of meeting Louis earlier this month at the Boyd conference […]

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More Embraer 190s headed to Brazilian start-up Azul

Maybe this is geek squad stuff, but Brazilian start-up Azul is certainly warming to the idea of operating a sizeable fleet of Embraer 190s. Earlier this year, the brainchild of JetBlue founder David Neeleman ordered 36 118-seat Embraer E-195s (which will feature LiveTV satellite television). Embraer has since revealed that the 36-strong order was altered […]

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