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About Jason Rabinowitz

Jason is a New York City native who has grown up in the shadow of JFK International Airport. A true "avgeek", Jason enjoys plane spotting and photography, as well taking any opportunity he can get to fly on an aircraft. You can also find him writing about the aviation industry for NYCaviation.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AirlineFlyer to discuss anything aviation related, and catch all his photos at Facebook.com/AirlineFlyer.

Airline apps get smarter

May 29, 2013

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The use of smartphone applications has skyrocketed in recent years, becoming an essential tool for all airline passengers worldwide. Initially providing only basic functions such as flight status and check-in, airline apps have transformed into the Swiss-army knife of travel tools. A recent trend airlines have employed to keep passengers eyes glued to their app […]

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Forget about inflight voice call concerns, what happens when Google Glass-wearing passengers talk to themselves?

May 13, 2013

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Ready or not, Google Glass is here, and it represents what may be the next frontier of mobile computing. Passengers already have multiple screens to distract them while in-flight, from their smartphone, to their iPad, and now a screen literally in front of their eyes. Is the airline industry ready for this new generation of inflight […]

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KLM begins first-ever series of biofuel-powered intercontinental flights

March 12, 2013

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NEW YORK: Last week at New York’s JFK airport, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines highlighted the next iteration of sustainable aviation by initiating the first-ever series of biofuel-powered intercontinental flights. The biofuel, which is derived from used cooking oil and is blended into traditional aviation fuel, is helping to power a Boeing 777-200 across the Atlantic […]

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Delta’s new Terminal 4 at JFK will be missing a key #PaxEx feature: iPads

March 8, 2013

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As Delta Air Lines gets closer and closer to opening its new terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, we are learning more about the features and dining options that passengers can expect. Delta is spending over $1 billion on the new terminal, which will bring the airline into the 21st century […]

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Aircraft lavs get AvGeeks jazzed at Boeing Dreamliner Gallery

February 23, 2013

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EVERETT, WASHINGTON: Statistics and surveys can only tell you so much about how people would like to see the passenger experience improved. While companies undoubtedly spend millions of dollars trying to figure out what passengers will be looking for, there may be an easier way. Over Presidents Day weekend, AirlineReporter.com, the Future of Flight and Boeing held their […]

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Air travel distribution should be more like Amazon, claims Farelogix

February 20, 2013

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MIAMI: Distribution and optimization technology company Farelogix believes its next generation airline e-commerce ‘gateway’ can bring the  industry out of the “Mad Men Era” and into the 21st Century. Global distribution systems (GDSs) hamper airlines’ efforts to upsell premium options such as inflight Wi-Fi and premium economy seating, Farelogix suggested last week at a media event […]

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American responds to criticism over new livery; says it is not rethinking the design

January 26, 2013

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NEW YORK: Change is sometimes necessary, sometimes feared. In the case of American Airlines, a change to its iconic 45-year old livery seems to be out of necessity, though public response has been extremely mixed. The old livery – designed by Massimo Vignelli and featuring red, white, and blue strips on bare aluminium with a […]

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Intelligent trolley streams IFE content to passengers’ devices, overhead monitors

January 18, 2013

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File this story under the “what will they think of next” category. A German company is transforming inflight food and beverage trolleys into wireless inflight entertainment (IFE) systems that can be simply rolled onto aircraft. Cabinnet Akkurt Group’s so-called intelligent IFE ‘iTrolley’ contains a server and wireless equipment. It is designed to run off of […]

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UPDATE: American says domestic aircraft deliveries will be equipped with two Wi-Fi systems

January 10, 2013

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(Updated to include comment from Gogo) American Airlines has revealed that Gogo’s next generation air-to-ground based inflight Wi-Fi system, ATG-4, plus the company’s new Ku-band satellite-supported Wi-Fi system will be installed on its new-delivery domestic aircraft. “American plans to offer Gogo’s next generation ATG-4 technology beginning in July 2013 with the new Airbus A319 deliveries,” […]

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New social seating service looks to pair up with online travel agent

December 13, 2012

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Several months ago, social seating took flight. KLM began allowing customers to link their social network profiles – on FaceBook and LinkedIn – with the airline’s seat maps through a programme called “Meet & Seat”. And airBaltic started working with social seating company Satisfly, which – unlike Meet & Seat – conducts the research and […]

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