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Can we sleep together?

There is nothing new about the idea of stacked sleepers on aircraft. The Boeing Stratoliner, which boasted a near 12ft wide cabin, had plenty of room for sleeping berths. And that operated commercial flights back in the 1940s. In the mid-1980s, first-class passengers on Philippine Airlines could sleep through overnight flights in upper-and lower-level bunk […]

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James Park’s stacked sleeper bed revealed!

As someone who has great trouble sleeping, I am a fan of anything that can facilitate this basic of human needs. Warm milk, hot baths, sleepy time tea, prescription meds, I try them all in search of what is sometimes an ellusive goal. But even the heaviest dose of narcotics won’t put me to sleep […]

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BA rocks it with Thales pick…plus the TopSeries widebody list

British Airways (BA) yesterday revealed a mammoth deal with Thales to outfit its Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and new Boeing 777-300ERs with the firm’s TopSeries in-flight entertainment (FE) system. BA has traditionally flown Rockwell Collins IFE on its long-haul fleet, even upgrading from Rockwell’s TES to digital dTES on its Boeing 747s, 767s and 777s. […]

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Word on the street…Qatar Airways will launch Panasonic’s eXConnect

Updated to include clarification. See Panasonic comment in bold… Is Qatar Airways the launch customer for Panasonic’s in-flight Internet service, eXConnect? Panasonic isn’t saying, but unconfirmed word on the street is that the Middle Eastern carrier will run a trial from August 2009 on one of its Boeing 777s. It’s not yet clear if Qatar […]

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Bluebox goes for the jugular as wireless IFE gets boost

Bluebox Avionics joint MD Rick Stuart doesn’t mince words. Asked by yours truly why wireless IFE systems proposed by Panasonic and Thales were never deployed on the Boeing 787, Stuart said: “Perhaps they [Panasonic and Thales] weren’t up to the challenge.” Well, well. I think the gauntlet has been officially thrown. Note to Panasonic and Thales […]

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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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CSeries not yet carved in stone but getting closer

Bombardier’s conference call to discuss the board’s authorization to offer the CSeries is about to begin. It has been slightly delayed (no doubt every aviation analyst/journalist and their brother is jumping on the webcast). While we wait, a set of musical gems from the 90s is playing, including Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking”. You […]

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