Archive | October, 2009


Chicago CEO needs to wash her mouth out with soap

I grew up in an Irish Catholic home, where the word “hell” wasn’t so much a curse word as it was a potential destination for my immortal soul. And so, when an executive from Chinese carrier Spring, during a recent presentation at the World Low Cost Airlines Congress in Barcelona, misidentified me as a Chicago-based […]

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Is Ambit’s lawsuit against Aircell starting to bite?

Earlier this year, US technology firm Ambit Corp filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines and Aircell claiming patent infringement regarding the provision of Internet access onboard aircraft. I debated whether to report on this event and ultimately decided to write this erudite paragraph, ahem: Marsha, I mean Aircell, Aircell, Aircell. With all the news […]

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VIDEO: Airlines fear another aircraft programme delay

Flightblogger Jon Ostrower and I took some trains to New York last week to hear Bombardier talk about planes, specifically the Canadian airframer’s planned CSeries narrowbody. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Gary Scott told us that, in light of the 787 and A380 delays, airlines’ greatest fear these days is new-design aircraft programme execution (can’t say […]

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PHOTO: Women in aviation

I received this photo of Virgin Group president and founder Sir Richard Branson with Virgin America pilots Melinda Senior, Kim Gabrelcik, and Angela Cailliau from the San Francisco-based carrier.Says Virgin America:  Sir Richard keynoted the general session of the 2009 California Women’s Conference with Gov. Schwarzenegger and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Baer. Sir Richard and the […]

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VIDEO: CSeries has space for your bags

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft vice-president marketing Philippe Poutissou shows us the big bags that will fit in the CSeries’ big overhead bins. Two big thumbs up!Key quote: “This airplane has been designed with a huge amount of onboard stowage.”

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Details of 787 connectivity RFI revealed

“What is your ability to support delivery on the 787 in the 3rd quarter 2011?” That’s one of the questions being asked by Boeing in a request for information (RFI) for an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband-supported satcom interface and onboard mobile telephony installation for the 787. NOTE: The RFI, obtained by yours truly, is, by nature of […]

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Boeing gives us the IFE facts

Did you know that in-flight entertainment (IFE) is the second most expensive item on the modern commercial jet (after the engines), and that it is the most complex system on board the airplane in terms of the amount of wiring, individual components, and lines of software code? Well now you do. In a unique advertisement […]

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Passive revenue from active selling

Amended below to include my proper Yahoo email address. It has already been one of those days…“Show me the money.” That memorable quote from the movie Jerry Maguire was the aptly-chosen headline of a very interesting speech given by Thales Avionics business development manager – new passenger experiences Andrew Bourque at the recent World Airline […]

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Has Boeing issued RFP for 787 in-flight connectivity?

Has Boeing issued a request for proposals (RFP) for in-flight connectivity solutions for the 787 cabin? That’s what I’m hearing from sources, folks, although Boeing has not confirmed the existence of an RFP. The airframer has, however, confirmed that it has not yet selected an in-flight connectivity solution for the twinjet. “We are in the […]

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Meet Neutral, Lufthansa’s secret weapon

With all the calm, cool, collected reserve you’d expect from a top-notch design firm, Neutral, which creates all the branding for Lufthansa’s in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, has made it known that it is ready to add to its roster of customers. Managers at the London-based firm, who admit to being “obsessed with integrated design”, sat […]

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