A few of my favourite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are lovely, but this year some of my favourite things from the aviation world came via email or snail mail.

In the ‘best Christmas card’ category, we have a tie between Lumexis’ very clever graphic of Santa seated in front of rather antiquated-looking in-flight technologies (I’m certain Lumexis would be happy to remedy that) and US Airways corporate communications team’s funky sweater-wearing greeting (are these folks having too much fun or what?)

Ironically (well, depending on how you define irony), US Airways was the trial customer for Lumexis’ first generation system. While the carrier ultimately didn’t opt to equip its domestic narrowbodies with the system, the trial – and its flawless execution – helped Lumexis snag a 737 customer (no, it’s not Southwest but nonetheless a good start for Lumexis).

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Next up, we have the ‘best Christmas swag’ category. This little piece of history arrived in my mail box yesterday. There are some seriously happy campers in Charleston right now, and, frankly, there are some seriously happy in-flight entertainment manufacturers, which are looking forward to seeing their systems fly on the 787.

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Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the ‘best Christmas promo’ with Aircell’s announcement that it has completed installation of its Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on Santa’s sleigh.

Key pars:

Little St. Nick just received a big upgrade, making it easier than ever for Santa Claus to come to town. Thanks to a recent Gogo Inflight Internet installation, Santa’s sleigh will be equipped with the same speedy Internet service that thousands of travelers use every day.

Gogo sled.JPGCiting previous communication delays with both the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa put in a request this year for a Christmas present of his own: to equip his sleigh with Inflight Internet. The elves went to work, partnering with Aircell – the leading provider of inflight connectivity and creator of Gogo Inflight Internet – to ready Santa’s sleigh for this year’s trip.

The sleigh was Gogo-equipped after just one overnight at the workshop.  “I was impressed with the speedy installation, although I can get quite a lot done in one night as well,” said Santa with a wink in his eye.

Merry Christmas everybody!

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One Response to A few of my favourite things

  1. fitz December 26, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    merry xmas, tall cool, yellow jacketed one!

    I see the advent of the “widebodied narrowbody aircraft” as the next chapter of the 21st century begins. since both the a320 and the 737 have 2 b replaced, they may just widen the fuselage a little bit on both their replacements, and solve the cabin space problem. besides, with the new jet engines coming out, MPG won’t b a major concern. I’m also sure they will look like a mini dreamliner and a mini a350 xwb. I bet they’ll be called “797″ and the “a390 nwb”. and both will have “9″ on their names too! freaky!

    p.s: nwb= narrow wide body ;-[)]