Tag Archives | Bob Lange

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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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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iPhone + dental floss = IFE

A picture says a thousand words and this little gem above – sitting on the In-flight Entertainment blog – is no exception. It is even sparking some fun discussion among the Twitterati. Responding to the pic, Aviation Week writer and editor and well-known Twitter #avgeek Benet Wilson says: “Nature abhors a vacuum!” Wow, what does that […]

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Lufthansa to offer 100 CDs on demand in economy class

The first Lufthansa aircraft to offer in-flight entertainment (IFE) took to the skies 40 years ago. Can you believe it? On that day, Lufthansa screened the film “Chariots of the Gods” with 16 mm projectors on flight LH404 from Frankfurt to New York. See clip below. To celebrate this achievement, Lufthansa is further extending its […]

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UPDATE: NiceView infotainment to be installed on Lufthansa A380s

Lufthansa intends to offer the Lufthansa Technik-made NiceView passenger flight information and moving map system on its Airbus A380s, the first of which is scheduled to enter into service this June. NiceView provides various audio and video interfaces with the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, according to Lufthansa Technik. Panasonic Avionics is supplying the IFE on […]

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Oman Air CEO talks connected aircraft and cloud computing!

Peter Hill is known for being a straight shooter. So, when the Oman Air CEO agreed to answer some of my questions for an Airline Business feature about the in-flight connectivity boon, it didn’t surprise me that he came back with honest, forthright answers. It did make me feel very grateful, however. Peter, this is […]

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Bombardier sees strong niche for all-premium CSeries

Right now a friend of mine is flying from London City to New York JFK aboard British Airways’ new all-premium Airbus A318 service. Said friend is genuinely excited about his trip, and yet he has probably flown darn near every aircraft in darn near every configuration. With such unbridled enthusiasm for the all-premium concept still […]

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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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Need a Ku-band antenna? Check this out!

Wow, what a day for Ku-band satellite-based connectivity, eh? Lufthansa finally confirmed its partnership with Panasonic to reignite overseas connectivity, further catapulting Ku-band into the spotlight (after Southwest Airlines announced ut will equip its entire Boeing 737 domestic fleet with Row 44′s Ku solution). Indeed, Panasonic, like Aircell and Row 44 before it, can now lay claim to the illustrious […]

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AeroMobile gets huge penetration as it readies for transatlantic

AeroMobile is about to show the massive transatlantic market what its GSM/GPRS service is made of. The Arinc/Telenor partnership’s mobile connectivity solution, branded by Panasonic Avionics as eXphone, is part of the connectivity suite being provided by the IFEC giant to Lufthansa, which, by the way, is already making press arrangements for Monday’s big announcement. While […]

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