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UPDATE 1: Airbus is in-flight connectivity force to be reckoned with

(Updated to include comment from TAM) TAM made big news this week with the announcement that it will offer OnAir in-flight connectivity on 27 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, 10 A330s, and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs in addition to its A320 family of jets. The Brazilian carrier deserves kudos for recognizing the importance of offering in-flight connectivity to […]

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Panasonic Avionics: Here’s the skinny

Airlines all over this increasingly toasty planet are getting in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems line-fitted to their new aircraft. But the retrofit market is also very hot right now, as evidenced by the growing number of carriers opting for new retrofit-ready seat-centric solutions. On last count we’ve learned of seat-centric embedded offerings from The IMS Company, […]

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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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Airbus still mulling window technology for A350 XWB

Airbus hasn’t yet decided what type of window technology it will use on the A350 XWB, which is scheduled to enter into service in 2013. Here is where Airbus stands on the issue: “We call it a ‘Controllable Sunlight Blocking System’ precisely because we have not yet finalized the technology between electrically dimmable windows (similar […]

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Airbus, Panasonic agree IFEC plan for A350 XWB

Last year, the tension between Airbus and Panasonic Avionics seemed fierce. The two parties had yet to reach agreement on offerability for Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite-based Global Communications Suite – with AeroMobile mobile connectivity – for Airbus long-range aircraft, including the A350. At that time, some industry stakeholders accused Airbus of playing favourites by only making […]

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Airbus and the A350 cabin (Part 2)

Airbus’ modular approach to the A350 XWB cabin isn’t limited to toilets. During a recent update, the European airframer also detailed its plans for the widebody aircraft’s galleys, which have been designed by B/E Aerospace. Check out Airbus’ vision for supplier furnished galleys, plus a handy slide detailing the A350 catalogue process (click on each […]

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Airbus and the A350 cabin (Part 1)

Airbus is making great strides on its A350 XWB catalogue, known as the Aircraft Description Document (ADD), with most suppliers now well into the process of helping the airframer define what makes sense for the cabin. See the latest top story on the Flightglobal IFEC channel as well as the graphic above (you’ll notice that […]

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No way, no how? And another AirAsia X revelation

Boeing Commercial Airplanes manager, media relations Jim Proulx read my standing-seats blog from yesterday and was kind enough to weigh in on the subject for my feature. Here is Boeing’s on-record stance: “We are not contemplating standing-only accommodations on Boeing jetliners, nor do we have any plans to do so. Among other things, stringent regulatory […]

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I’ve got a jetliner cabin for you

As engineers consider interiors for new-design aircraft, it’s helpful to take a look at some of the most innovative designs of the past and present as well as concepts that have been mulled for today’s latest generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A380. To do that, I’ve received permission to publish an array of photos from what is perhaps […]

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Oberstar as ramp agent and other Boydisms from Aspen

Michael Boyd is well known for making colourful – sometimes hilarious – comments about the aviation industry. I’m here in Aspen covering Boyd’s annual aviation forecast conference and let me tell you, Boyd has not disappointed. Here are some of Boyd’s best observations, quips and jabs from today’s show (in a handy Q&A format). Would […]

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