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Air New Zealand to launch Skycouch on 22 December

Air New Zealand says its much anticipated Skycouch economy and Spaceseat premium economy seats are taking flight this month with the first flight of its new Boeing 777-300 aircraft, “The new aircraft was designed with passengers’ flight personalities in mind, resulting in an in-flight experience tailored to meet the needs of each passenger,” says Air […]

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PHOTOS: FlyDubai 737 gets gussied up with Lumexis IFE

By now, most of you are aware that Lumexis has completed installation of its lightweight fiber optics-based in-flight entertainment system (IFE) – integrated with Recaro seats – on the first of many FlyDubai Boeing 737s. But the story of how the retrofit was accomplished is fascinating, and worth highlighting. Because the Lumexis system is not […]

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Breaking: FAA easier on Koito operators than EASA in AD

EASA and FAA have each issued proposed airworthiness directives concerning the massive Koito debacle. But the two ADs ARE NOT the same. Here is a link to the FAA proposed AD that will formally hit the agency’s web site tomorrow. Cut and paste the URL or click on the photo above. Moveable Type is acting […]

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UPDATE 2: Boeing will not have Airbus connectivity kit on 787, says OnAir

UPDATE 2: Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell RWG that Ian Dawkin’s comment about why Airbus connectivity kit is not being installed on Qatar’s 787s is wrong. This, in turn, makes my article inaccurate (by default). I will post a follow-up blog shortly to explain the real story. But I must say that […]

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Boys of broadband get lively

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is heralding its recent ICSSC 2010 Aeronautical Broadband Panel as a great success with “better-than-expected” attendance despite the concurrent sessions including the Space 2010 plenary session. Apparently, the panel was quite “lively” and gave thought-provoking presentations. But what about the audience? “The feedback from the audience was invaluable as […]

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PHOTOS: Continental Airlines reveals Boeing 787 mock-up

Continental Airlines offered a sneak preview of its Boeing 787 aircraft interior today at the 2010 National Business Travel Association (NBTA) International Convention & Expo. The carrier says the 787 mock-up offers just “a glimpse of what’s ahead for air travel in the future”. In addition to all the usual 787 features (bigger bins, ambient […]

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For your diaries…

The Airline Passenger Experience Group’s (APEX) annual conference and exhibition is fast approaching. This year APEX (formerly known as the WAEA) will be co-located with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (which, like Flightglobal, is a Reed Business unit). It goes without saying that both conferences will attract thousands of executives from the airlines and IFEC/interiors world. […]

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#FARN10: Boeing brings enhanced IFE to 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s third 787, ZA003, has just arrived at the Farnborough air show (#FARN10), and as you’d expect, everybody is chomping at the bit to get aboard the twinjet. I had a wonderful opportunity to explore ZA003 in February during a special press event at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant (no, I’m not rubbing it in). ZA003 is […]

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PHOTOS: Twin-aisle narrowbody is a piece of cake

If the contest for Republic Airways Holdings’ narrowbody order had not been a contest, and merely involved a creatively financed, unchallenged arrangement between the US carrier and Bombardier, then it is safe to say that the aviation industry would not exactly be buzzing about the CSeries, and Airbus and Boeing would not be evaluating the […]

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Boeing studies the evolving role of IFE

Last year a project team at the ITT Institute of Design was tasked by Boeing to explore the future of in-flight entertainment (IFE), a space that the airframer “was interested in pursuing”, says the group. After a 15-week period of research, the team concluded that the term “IFE” may no longer apply, and instead envision […]

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