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VIDEO: My love affair with Air France’s new Affaires business class seat

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Exclusive: New “Simple” wireless IFE solution revealed

Despite great efforts to push my body to the limit at the Aircraft Interiors Expo (#AIX11) in Hamburg, including engaging in some dancing queen moments on my final day (I trust that videotape will be burned), I’ve returned largely intact. This is due to the fact that I was able to nab some sleep on […]

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VIDEO: Real-time safety monitoring saddles up to black boxes

Tonight I’m working on a story about Toronto-based Star Navigation Systems Group’s new in-flight safety monitoring system (ISMS) with GPS tracking software, which is being billed as the perfect counterpart to traditional black boxes, particularly in the aftermath of the 1 June 2009 fatal loss of an Air France Airbus A330 (investigators never found the […]

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Cathay’s A350 deal is big for Panasonic (plus Air France dish)

Cathay Pacific Airways has inked a letter of intent to purchase 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and plans to exercise purchase rights for six Boeing 777-300ERs. In turn, the carrier has become what I believe is the first publicized A350 customer for Panasonic Avionics’ global communications suite (GCS). Hong Kong-based Cathay last month signed a memorandum […]

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Lufthansa says ‘new European cabin’ is NOT about density

Flightglobal yesterday broke the news that Lufthansa is planning to overhaul the cabins of its European fleet and introduce a new service concept later this year, under a project designated ‘Neue Europa Kabine’. Needless to say, this bit of news sent some of us in the social media world into a flutter,  wondering if the […]

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Podcast: Quiet hero is social media lesson for corporations

IAG’s Addison Schonland has unveiled an amazing story about Tim Van Waard, the previous owner of @KLM on Twitter. Tim had a pretty quiet life until the 1 June crash of AF447.Says Schonland: “Within hours thousands of people were trying to get information. Air France, quite rightly, was saying nothing. But on Twitter, @KLM was […]

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Airbus interiors chief talks about benefit of ‘fixed recline’ seats

Spirit Airlines has become the latest carrier to offer new fixed recline seats, with the announcement that it is deploying Brice Seating’s new ‘B3100 Featherweight Super Light seat design’ across its Airbus narrowbody fleet (see specs). The US low-cost carrier may receive some negative press for its move to a fixed recline, but is the […]

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Thales is connected with new London “suite”

In-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) giant Thales has opened a new “Connectivity Suite” in London.The brand new facility enables Thales to give a first hand experience of the latest airborne connectivity capabilities available from the manufacturer.For example, Thales can demo its TopFlight satcom and TopConnect solutions, which provide Wi-Fi, VoIP, UMA, PBX and web browsing […]

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Peltola hits the ground running

Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel yesterday reported that former Aircell head of sales and marketing Bill Peltola has moved to AeroMechanical Services and that AMS is making progress in streaming FDR data to the ground. And lo, here today is a hefty press release that has the in-flight communications veteran’s mark on it (literally – see his contact details […]

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Groundbreaking series of recorded interviews on AF447 crash

What happened to Air France flight AF447? The answers aren’t coming easily or quickly, with the latest reports saying the Airbus A330 did not break up in mid-air. But one firm, aviation consultancy Innovation Analysis Group (IAG), has been talking with experts about the tragedy since 5 June. In less than a month IAG has compiled […]

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