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US Airways sets sights on 1Q trial of new IFE; TWO vendors

A lovely little nugget just emerged from US Airways’ third quarter earnings conference call (and it has nothing to do with the airline’s massive net loss or its new financing agreement with Airbus and others). CEO Doug Parker revealed the carrier is working with TWO vendors on a seat-back in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to replace drop-down IFE that […]

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Gulp…Southwest studies options for real-time credit card swipes

On a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Baltimore, it was clear to me that the carrier’s cashless cabin strategy is working well. Flight attendants were busily swiping credit cards for those passengers who enjoy a little more kick to their glass of coke. One friendly attendant told me that the carrier has sold […]

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The air was thin, but here’s why Aspen was a gold news rush

Labouring for breath in Aspen made me realize a few things – A) It was a good idea to quit smoking (okay, I sneak the very odd one); B) I am incredibly out of shape (though grateful for my dad’s metabolism) and C) I should have booked the Boyd conference earlier and snagged a room […]

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Hot Topic: ACG acquires new A330s in sale/leaseback

Here at Runway Girl, we like to break the odd bit of news too (not just stoke the hell fires of controversy). To that end, we (the multiple personalities of yours truly) can report that leasing firm Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has for the first time acquired new Airbus A330s. According to a source, Colombia’s Avianca brokered […]

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A whale of a good time aboard Row 44′s Albatros seaplane

Hello fair readers, I’m sending this email from a Grumman Albatros seaplane that has been equipped with Row 44′s in-flight connectivity service. Row 44 in June acquired the 1952-built aircraft, originally used by the US Air Force, for use as a testbed of its high-speed service. The company completely redid the avionics, and is in […]

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Southwest now eyeing fourth quarter for Row 44 trial

We’re nearing the end of summer and there has been nary a test of Row 44′s satellite-based connectivity system onboard Southwest Airlines’ aircraft, as previously expected. What’s going on? Southwest still expects to trial the system this year onboard four Boeing 737s, but doesn’t see it happening until the fourth quarter. “It’s a new process […]

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Now launched, the Bombardier CSeries needs to arrive on time

Several years worth of major aircraft programme delays, first from Airbus and then Boeing, has made the industry sceptical about whether airframers can bring new-design jets to market within the constraints of their own ambitious schedules. With credibility down due to slip-ups – and outright mess-ups – in the A380 and 787 programmes, the pressure is […]

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Spotlight on AAR as opportunities abound

Several companies are starting to look well-positioned to benefit from what is, according to some analysts, a looming downturn in the industry. AAR appears to be one of those firms. Headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR operates four segments – aircraft sales and leasing; aviation supply chain; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); and structures and […]

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Connectivity revealed to be on US Airways’ agenda

I’m here at the Bellagio hotel in Vegas, after attending a gala celebration for Carlson’s 70th anniversary last night. The room has everything you’d expect, big baths, fancy bidets, and a range of toiletries that will be unceremoniously chucked into my travel bag before I leave. However, the room falls short in one big way […]

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Being a green, noise-friendly machine is one tall order

One of my favourite songs as a child was “It’s not easy being green” as sung by Kermit the Frog. Can you blame me? I was taller than everyone else in my class, including the teacher. I stood out like a sore thumb. If you’re an engine manufacturer today, you just might find yourself humming […]

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