Press Releases – Sep 2012


28.09.12 | British Airways and Japan Airlines announce start of joint business

British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) will begin a joint business agreement with the two airlines sharing revenue on applicable flights between Europe and Japan.

The joint business, which starts on October 1, 2012, will benefit customers by providing better links between Europe and Japan, greater choice of flights to more destinations, enhanced frequent flyer benefits and the potential to launch new routes.

British Airways and JAL, both members of the oneworld® alliance, have been forging ever closer ties in their evolution to the joint business. Earlier this month, JAL and British Airways began offering codeshare flights between Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) and London (Heathrow). The joint business will now see the two airlines co-operating on all non-stop flights operated by JAL or British Airways between Japan and Europe. This will not only include the 19 weekly services between the UK and Japan, but also JAL’s services to Paris and Frankfurt. This gives customers the flexibility of using a combination of JAL and British Airways flights and aligned fares on their journey to and from Japan and Europe, significantly increasing their options.

JAL and British Airways will also be improving flight transfers for customers by enhancing and expanding the codeshare network beyond their respective hub cities. JAL customers will, be able to book seats to the new codeshare destinations of Belfast, Helsinki, Frankfurt, and Gothenburg.

British Airways will extend its reach to more destinations in Japan by codesharing on flights to Kansai, Okayama, Izumo, Okinawa, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kagoshima. Further expansion of codeshare arrangements are expected in the future. The websites of the two airlines will also be updated to enable customers to make bookings and check-in online, and access the flight information they need, irrespective of the carrier they are flying on.

Customers participating in JAL and British Airways’ loyalty programmes will continue to enjoy reciprocal benefits as customers of oneworld, but top tier members of the respective loyalty schemes will now have the opportunity to earn bonus points on applicable flights on either airline.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, the parent company of British Airways,said: “We are proud to have served Japan for more than 60 years and are delighted to cement the relationship between British Airways and Japan Airlines. This new venture heralds a bigger and better service for our customers and the promise of greater co-operation in the future.”

“We are looking forward to creating more customer benefits with this deeper level of cooperation with our long-time partner, British Airways,” said Yoshiharu Ueki、President of Japan Airlines. “Together with the inauguration of JAL’s brand new seats and services between Narita and London from January next year, we hope to offer our customers an even greater travel experience than before.”


28.09.12 | Japan Airlines and British Airways announce start of joint business

Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways will begin a joint business agreement with the two airlines sharing revenue on applicable flights between Europe and Japan.

The joint business, which starts on October 1, 2012, will benefit customers by providing better links between Japan and Europe, greater choice of flights to more destinations, enhanced frequent flyer benefits and the potential to launch new routes.

JAL and British Airways, both members of the oneworld® alliance, have been forging ever closer ties in their evolution to the joint business. Earlier this month, JAL and British Airways began offering codeshare flights between Tokyo (Haneda and Narita) and London (Heathrow). The joint business will now see the two airlines cooperating on all non-stop flights operated by JAL or British Airways between Japan and Europe. This will not only include the 19 weekly services between the UK and Japan, but also JAL’s services to Paris and Frankfurt. This gives customers the flexibility of using a combination of JAL and British Airways flights and aligned fares on their journey to and from Japan and Europe, significantly increasing their options.

JAL and British Airways will also be improving flight transfers for customers through enhancing and expanding the codeshare network beyond their respective hub cities. JAL customers will, be able to book seats to the new codeshare destinations of Belfast, Helsinki, Frankfurt, and Gothenburg while British Airways will extend its reach to more points in Japan by codesharing on JAL flights to Kansai, Okayama, Hiroshima, Izumo, Nagasaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa. Further expansion of codeshare arrangements are expected in the future. The websites of the two airlines will be also updated to enable customers to check in and book online and access the flight information they need, irrespective of which of the two carriers they will be flying on.

Customers participating in JAL and British Airways’ loyalty programs will continue to enjoy reciprocal benefits as customers of oneworld, but top tier members of the respective loyalty schemes will now have more opportunity to earn bonus points on applicable flights on either airline*1, while JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members will also get to accrue more mileage now than before when flying with British Airways.*2

“We are looking forward to creating more customer benefits with this deeper level of cooperation with our long-time partner, British Airways,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. “Together with the inauguration of JAL’s brand new seats and services between Narita and London from January next year, we hope to offer our customers an even greater travel experience than before.”

Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, the parent company of British Airways, said: “We are proud to have served Japan for more than 60 years and are delighted to cement the relationship between British Airways and Japan Airlines. This new venture heralds a bigger and better service for our customers and the promise of greater co-operation in the future.”

*1 JMB members with FLY ON status can earn MILE UP Bonus points for travel on eligible BA flights from October 1, 2012.

*2 In select cases, the accumulation rate of miles for JMB members traveling with BA will be raised from 25% to 70%, making it even easier now for customers to earn mileage. Visit for more details.


25.09.12 | Wanted: innovations for the aircraft cabin! Submission phase for Crystal Cabin Award 2013: 8 October to 13 November

Products that make travelling in the cabin of an aircraft more comfortable and protect the environment, materials that reduce manufacturing costs and increase usability, concepts for tomorrow’s aviation. On top of that they are new, unique, marketable, practicable and feasible. These are the hot favourites, the innovations that could win prizes, the ones that should be taking part in the Crystal Cabin Award 2013. Entries for the seven different categories of the international aircraft cabin prize may be submitted at the Crystal Cabin Award Association office in Hamburg from 8 October to 13 November, 2012.

The categories have been revised by the Judging Panel and our now even more specific, so that comparisons within the categories are even fairer. The categories are “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment”˛ “Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts”, “Materials and Components”˛ “Passenger Comfort Hardware”˛ “Passenger Comfort Systems”˛ “Premium Class & VIP” and the category for students: “University”. Details:

“We are very much looking forward to the submissions,” comments Walter Birkhan, President of the Crystal Cabin Award Association. “The categories have become much clearer, making it much easier for entrants to follow – and giving them a better chance within their chosen categories, because they are competing with other products and concepts at the same level. The Judging Panel, too, can now compare more easily within the individual fields.”

The “Greener Cabin, Health, Safety & Environment” category, for example, was extended by adding the environmental aspect. Products and concepts entered here should have the goal of either minimising health and safety risks, reducing weight and thereby fuel consumption, or using materials in the cabin which are exceptionally environmentally friendly in terms of production or recycling.

The “Industrial Design & Visionary Concepts” category evaluates the performance and functionality of mechanical solutions, technical concepts and aesthetic design. Criteria include ergonomics, installation and utilisation. Ideas for the aircraft cabins of tomorrow may be submitted here, too. The focus is all on the question of how to harmonise comfort and efficiency.

The “Material & Components” category encompasses a broad range of materials and components for cabins and cabin systems. The defining principle here is the minimisation of cost with the maximisation of benefit.

The original category of “Passenger Comfort” has been split into “Passenger Comfort Hardware” and “Passenger Comfort Systems”. The first of these deals with complete products designed to increase passenger comfort such as seats, washrooms and overhead lockers. The second of the new categories looks at electronic systems such as in-flight entertainment, internet connectivity, air conditioning and lighting.

The “Premium Class & VIP” category is exclusively for the comparison of products for Business Class, First Class and executive jets.

And last but by no means least is the category dedicated to the industry’s next generation, “University”. Student submissions should fulfill the requirements of one of the six categories listed above. As well as one of the coveted trophies, the winner receives 3,000 euros in prize money. “We hope especially to see a lot of submissions from universities and colleges from around the world,” comments Carmen Krause, Project Manager for the Crystal Cabin Award. “The Crystal Cabin Award offers students in particular an ideal platform to develop contacts within the industry and with important decision-makers.”

An expert international Judging Panel will narrow the field, shortlisting the best submissions in each category and inviting these entrants to the final round of the competition in Hamburg, where they can then present their products in person for the final round of judging. The official announcement of the winners and the presentation of the seven trophies takes place at a formal dinner as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (9 – 11 April 2013).


25.09.12 | EVA Air optimizes flight planning with Lido/Flight

Lufthansa Systems today announced that EVA Airways has implemented its flight planning solution, Lido/Flight, enabling the Taiwanese carrier to benefit from more efficient processes and lower costs. Lido/Flight calculates optimal flight routes based on various factors and can reduce fuel costs.

Lufthansa Systems’ Lido/Flight is a state of the art tool for dispatchers and pilots. At the same time, EVA Air will benefit from an increased competitiveness. EVA Air is delighted to be able to use one of the leading IT solutions for route planning.

Thanks to the cutting-edge technology, Lido/Flight covers all aspects of flight planning and provides dispatchers with many optimization options regarding flight time, fuel consumption or costs of each flight. Taking into account the latest flight-related data such as weather conditions, total weight and air traffic situation, Lido/Flight calculates the suitable routes for each flight from all available options.

“EVA Air is an important new customer for us in the Asia/Pacific region. Our IT solution for optimum flight planning will make a significant contribution to the economic efficiency of EVA Air’s flight operations,” emphasizes Olivier Krüger, CEO Asia/Pacific at Lufthansa Systems.

EVA Air was founded in 1989 as a subsidiary of the Evergreen Group, a major Taiwanese conglomerate. From its base in Taipei, the airline serves a dense route network of 54 destinations in Taiwan and abroad with its fleet of 42 passenger and 16 cargo planes.


25.09.12 | 3,000 Aircraft to Have In-flight Wi-Fi and Cellular Connectivity by end of 2012

Global installations of in-flight Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity grew by 57 percent to nearly 2,000, in 2011, and are set to increase by a further 60 percent in 2012, reaching 3,194 aircraft by the end of the year, according to the latest statistics published by IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS (NYSE: IHS)).

Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly popular onboard the world’s aircraft, with a projected 2,333 installations by the end of 2012, largely as a result of widespread installations across a number of U.S. airlines. For example, Delta and American Airlines alone will account for more than 1,000 Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft at the end of 2012.

Although Wi-Fi has undoubtedly been the most rapidly adopted method of connectivity, the number of cellular-enabled aircraft is expected to increase by 81 percent in 2012, reaching 411 aircraft by the end of the year. More impressive is the growth of the number of aircraft offering both cellular and Wi-Fi options for passengers, which is set to increase from 99 to 450 through 2012 – an increase of 355 percent.

Heath Lockett, aerospace analyst at IMS Research, commented, “U.S. passengers have been getting used to Wi-Fi for several years now, but some of the most aggressive deployments of connectivity have been in the Middle East and Asia where carriers such as Emirates, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific are rapidly rolling out cellular and Wi-Fi services. In Europe, Lufthansa is most definitely flying the connectivity flag, although other airlines such as SAS and Norwegian Air Shuttle are providing a good supporting cast.”

With more and more passengers getting used to some form of connectivity in the air, the market is set to continue to grow over the next decade as cellular and, particularly, Wi-Fi services become much more common. For many airlines, it will simply not be acceptable to fail to offer in-flight connectivity if rivals operating on the same route do so. As connectivity moves from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘must have’ offering, it is predicted that 15,351 aircraft will be connected by the end of 2021.

Lockett continued, “The future is certainly bright for in-flight connectivity. Consumers have ravenously adopted Wi-Fi and cellular services on the ground, and that looks set to continue above 30,000ft. The big question now is whether airlines can match the speeds that passengers demand – both in terms of the rollout times to fleets, and also the physical speed of the connection to the aircraft. The broadband generation demand a service in the air which is similar to that which they receive on the ground, and that’s the real challenge.”


20.09.12 | LAN Airlines 787 aircraft to enter into service with Panasonic Avionics Corporations eX2 solution

Panasonic Avionics (Panasonic) and LAN Airlines today announced that LAN’s first Boeing 787 aircraft will enter into service with a Panasonic eX2 IFEC solution that features Panasonic’s latest display technology including the company’s new Eco series monitors. This same eX2 configuration will also be available on LAN’s new linefit B767 aircraft.

“We are very proud of this great milestone –receiving our new 787’s and being able to offer this upgraded flight experience to our passengers. Specifically, we are very with the in‐flight entertainment that our passengers will enjoy on these new aircraft. We believe that the IFE product that we have developed with Panasonic will leave us at the top level of the industry”, said Paula Durán, In‐Flight Entertainment Director for LAN Airlines.

“We take pride in our long history working with LAN on IFEC solutions and we are honored to be a part of their cabin solution strategy for future aircraft,” said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “From the beginning, LAN and Panasonic shared a unique vision for the in-°©‐flight entertainment experience onboard the 787 aircraft, and we are very proud to have worked with LAN to design and deliver a system that ensures an exciting and engaging entertainment experience.”

Passengers using the new Panasonic eX2 system on these aircraft will enjoy new features like better definition screens with state-of-the-art touchscreen technology and a new, more user-friendly graphic interface for easier navigation of all available content, which allows swiping through posters and covers, real-time searches and the creations of playlists. Passengers will now also be able to read complete destination guides, subscribe to receive LAN offers and promotions, browse through the Duty Free shopping catalog or check their in-flight gastronomy menu on their screens. Moreover, they will be able to connect their own media devices, cell phones, digital cameras or USB drives to charge them and interact with the IFE.

Flight Attendants will be able to rely on route-dependent fully automated flight script profiles to execute IFE-related tasks during the flight, including activation of services and sending unobtrusive predefined messages to the passengers’ personal screens.

All these features will be available in three languages, including a portal specially
designed for children.


20.09.12 | Airlines and Vendors Flock to APEX 2012 EXPO, Industry’s Premiere Event EXPO, Educational Sessions and Awards Draw Record Attendance

The Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) hosted thousands of attendees at what has been widely hailed by attendees as the most successful annual EXPO yet, held 17-20 September at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in California. By the end of the EXPO, total attendance had hit 2,462: the highest mark in 15 years.

Exhibitors represented a wide range of fields, including education, encoding, entertainment, flight crew services, inflight entertainment and internet connectivity systems, inflight lounge products and services, interactive content, IT, marketing, media, motion pictures, inflight magazine publication, retail, seating, short subject production and distribution, software development and wireless communication.

“We knew going into this event that our full agenda would draw in a huge crowd of passenger experience professionals, and we are thrilled by the level of enthusiasm this year,” said Chris Babb, APEX Immediate Past President. “Our efforts to revamp the popular educational sessions paid off, as our speakers addressed rooms packed with attendees eager to learn more about WiFi, onboard gaming, connectivity and new technologies that are changing our industry.”

While the bulk of activities centered on the EXPO itself, attendees enjoyed a series of educational sessions related to new technologies, advancements in passenger experience and cutting-edge wireless options. The educational segment featured a well-received “learning journey” that discussed “ecosystems” and featured speakers from Philips, Intel, Cisco and Ericsson.

Additionally, association members recognized industry leaders who have set the highest standards in the passenger experience. More than 700 attendees celebrated their peers during the APEX Awards Ceremony, emceed by Emmy Award-winning travel journalist Joel Connable. The Avion Awards recognized industry innovators; Leigh Mantle, of Inflight Productions, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the association and the industry.

The industry also recognized innovation and achievement in airline achievement announcing winnersof its Passenger Choice Awards. Airlines and service providers received awards in 14 categories, ranging from best inflight video to best ground experience, with Virgin America and Emirates receiving the top accolades of the evening: Best Overall Passenger Experience (up to 50 IFE equipped in fleet) and Best Overall Passenger Experience (over 50 IFE equipped in fleet) respectively.

Following the Annual General Meeting, the newly elected APEX Board of Directors took office and includes: President Linda Celestino, Oman Air; Vice President Alfy Veretto, Virgin America; and Treasurer Joan Filippini, Paramount Studios. Continuing his term as Secretary is Dominic Green, Spafax.

Newly elected to the APEX Board are: Ingo Wuggetzer, Airbus; and Ashley Woodall, JetBlue Airlines. Re-elected to the board are Luay Qunash, Royal Jordanian Airlines; Neil James, Panasonic. They join Kevin Bremer, Boeing; Ian Walberg, Airborne Interactive, who continue their terms on the Board.

Association officials are currently planning the 2013 EXPO, to be held 9-12 September in Anaheim, Calif. USA.


19.09.12 | Thales to Partner with Honeywell to Bring Next-Generation Broadband Connectivity to Global Aviation Market

Thales, a leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) today announced an initiative to partner with Honeywell to bring the next generation of global broadband aircraft connectivity to the world aviation industry.

The two aerospace companies are working to integrate the Honeywell developed GX Aviation Ka-band satcom avionics and antenna systems, operating over Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite constellation with Thales cabin network solutions. The combined offering will give commercial airline operators and their passengers four times the in-flight connectivity bandwidth enabling real-time TV channel viewing and social media connectivity as well as virtual office functionality for video conferencing.

By joining forces, Honeywell and Thales are building upon their collective 20-year history as leaders in the airborne satellite communications market to address the new challenges that have been set by the demanding connectivity market; coverage, consistent high bandwidth connection & commercially viable pricing.

“Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite connectivity system is a game changer and continues our tradition of providing the commercial aerospace market with innovative, proven and reliable products;” said Jack Jacobs, Vice President, Honeywell. “We expect that this connectivity system will provide airlines with significantly larger bandwidth at a cost-effective price.”

The combination of state of the art satellite communications equipment and a range of highly capable aircraft networks, applications and services will provide the industry with an unparalleled opportunity.

“GX Aviation satellite constellation provides huge volumes of bandwidth and is optimized for mobile platforms which guarantee seamless satellite handover and global systems management, guaranteeing to enhance the passenger experience”, said Stuart Dunleavy, Thales Avionics, VP of Media and Connectivity.

The deployment of a timely, fully aircraft certified and completely reliable end-to-end solution for both passenger communications (cellular, Internet, Intranet, streaming media) and e-Enabled Aircraft solutions (aircraft health monitoring, two-way messaging and progressive monitoring) is critical to meeting the airlines and passengers expectations.

Representatives from Thales and Honeywell will be in the Thales booth (#207) to discuss this exciting undertaking. If you wish to schedule a visit to the Thales booth, please contact: Suzane Treneer at +1 949-331-2873.


19.09.12 | Panasonic Avionics Corporation announces 10‐year contract with AeroMexico for technical services

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in in‐flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), today announced a 10-year contract with Aeromexico for technical services that will support the airline’s fleet of 737‐800 BSI aircraft.

Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will provide unlimited spares and repairs for 10 Aeromexico aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s eX1 IFEC system.

“At Aeromexico we strive to provide an improved flight experience and state of the art entertainment in collaboration with leading technology partners. We are very proud to feature Panasonic’s highly innovative equipment in our fleet and count on their support and service as part of this new alliance”, affirmed Raúl Sáenz, Aeromexico Chief Operating Officer.

“As Mexico’s global airline, our goal is to satisfy our customers’ needs and provide best on‐board service with impeccable and unique in‐flight entertainment. With Panasonic, we can make this a reality”.

Panasonic Technical Services’ mission is to ensure the highest levels of post-delivery reliability and passenger satisfaction through its global network.

Its technical services team delivers unique expertise, global maintenance support and customer service.

With a wide range of solutions from turnkey full service maintenance programs to materials management, each Panasonic Technical Services support program is tailored to meet an airline’s individual needs.

“We are very excited to announce AeroMexico as a customer for our eX1 system and for Panasonic Technical Services,” said Sean Gavin, Executive Director of Panasonic Technical Services, Panasonic Avionics Corporation.

“eX1 is our most advanced single aisle IFEC solution, and by combining it with our technical services, we can ensure that passengers onboard AeroMexico flights always have an amazing entertainment experience.”


19.09.12 | Gulf Air Selects AMP International

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain has selected AMP International (AMP), a division of the Post Modern Group, to provide content management services. Under the terms of the agreement, AMP will be responsible for programming for all systems, effective with January 2013 play dates.

“We are honored and delighted to have been selected by Gulf Air, one of the region’s most pioneering and innovative airlines, as their IFE content service provider”, commented Amir Samnani, Managing Partner/COO of the Post Modern Group. “Our employees in our Middle East offices as well as in Irvine, California look forward to assisting the Gulf Air team in the continuous development of their in-flight passenger entertainment experience.”

Gulf Air operates a fleet of 39 aircraft to 48 cities across 30 countries from Europe to Asia and boasts the largest network in the Middle East. The company has developed a reputation for outstanding and innovative onboard products and services; recently becoming the first airline in the world to offer full on-board connectivity to passengers.

To find out more about AMP services, please access the company’s website at


19.09.12 | Gogo to Expand Gogo Vision on Delta’s Entire Two-class and Delta Connection Fleet of Gogo Equipped Aircraft

Gogo, a leader of in-flight connectivity and a pioneer in wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, announced today that it will expand its wireless in-flight entertainment product – Gogo Vision – across the entire two-class and Delta Connection fleet of Gogo equipped aircraft.

Installations are expected to begin in 2012 on Delta’s domestic fleet, with completion expected by 2013 and new international Wi-Fi service including Gogo Vision competed by the end of 2015. When complete, Delta will have more than 950 aircraft equipped with Gogo connectivity and Gogo Vision.

In addition to the installation of Gogo Vision, Delta has also committed to upgrading its fleet to Gogo’s next generation connectivity solution, ATG-4, which is expected to enhance its existing air to ground network and improving capacity to the aircraft.

“Delta is a leader when it comes to offering their passengers connectivity related services and we are excited to work with them to bring Gogo Vision to their passengers,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “As we begin updating their fleet with our next generation ATG-4 connectivity service, we will also add the Gogo Vision product to those aircraft.”

Videos for Gogo Vision are stored on an internal server on the plane and streamed to passengers’ own Wi-Fi enabled device. Introductory prices will range from $.99 for television programming per show to $3.99 for full-length movies from major Hollywood studios. Customers can sort titles by genre, length of feature, movie or show and other categories. They can also preview programming before they purchase.

Gogo currently has more than 200 aircraft operating with Gogo Vision on American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. More than 1400 aircraft are expected to receive Gogo Vision on Delta, American and US Airways by the end of 2013.


18.09.12 | Delta to Offer In-Flight Entertainment Options on 800 Aircraft

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is adding new, industry-leading on-demand entertainment options onto its entire fleet of more than 800 Delta and Delta Connection Wi-Fi-equipped aircraft.

Customers will access the Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal while in flight which will allow streaming television and movie options directly to their laptop or tablet. The content will be accessible for at least 24 hours after their flight. Unexpired content will be available for playback on the ground by using the same device and browser used onboard. All 800 aircraft will be equipped with this new on-demand technology by the end of 2013.

“Delta continues to innovate through the use of technology and this newest addition means customers can count on having numerous in-flight entertainment choices available, whether they’re flying internationally or domestically,” said Tim Mapes, Delta’s senior vice president – Marketing. “Bringing this technology to our Wi-Fi enabled fleet is just the latest way we are making flying better for Delta customers.”

Introductory prices will range from $.99 for television programming per show to $3.99 for full-length movies from major Hollywood studios. Delta Connect will enable customers to sort titles by genre, length of feature, movie or show and other categories. Trailers are available for complimentary viewing prior to rental. Wi-Fi purchase is not required to access Delta Connect content or the on-demand service.

Delta also has begun efforts to upgrade to Gogo’s ATG-4 connectivity solution on its entire domestic fleet of Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, enhancing the existing air to ground network and improving capacity.

Delta recently announced plans to add Wi-Fi service on more than 150 international aircraft. As these new installations come online, Delta Connect will enable customers to utilize both in-seat systems and their personal device when they travel which will add even more entertainment options on widebody aircraft.

The expansion of Delta’s in-flight entertainment is the latest in the airline’s more than $3 billion investment in enhanced global products, services and airport facilities through 2013. In addition Wi-Fi entertainment on demand, Delta recently announced that it will add recharging stations at more airports, has added more First Class seats and in-flight entertainment to its domestic product; offering full flat-bed BusinessElite seats with direct aisle access on its entire international widebody fleet; recently completed the system-wide roll-out of Economy Comfort on all two-class aircraft; adding personal, in-seat entertainment for both BusinessElite and Economy class customers on all long-haul international flights; updating Delta Sky Clubs throughout the system; and upgrading new terminal facilities for international customers at its two largest global gateways – the new international terminal in Atlanta now open and the expanded international terminal opening next May at New York-JFK.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. During the past year, Delta was named domestic “Airline of the Year” by the readers of Travel Weekly magazine, was named the “Top Tech-Friendly U.S. Airline” by PCWorld magazine for its innovation in technology, won the Business Travel News Annual Airline Survey and was the recipient of 12 Executive Travel Magazine Leading Edge Awards for U.S. airlines. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 320 destinations in 60 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. A founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Delta participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 13,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. The airline’s service includes the SkyMiles frequent flier program, a world-class airline loyalty program; the award-winning BusinessElite service; and more than 50 Delta Sky Clubs in airports worldwide. Delta is investing more than $3 billion through 2013 in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and review flight status at


18.09.12 | Air Transat Selects AMP International AMP will supply Movies, TV and Audio Programming

Air Transat has appointed AMP International (AMP), a division of the Post Modern Group, as its Content Services Provider. Under the agreement, AMP will be responsible for programming for all systems.

“We are delighted to have been selected by Air Transat as their IFE content service provider”, commented Christelle Cuenca, Executive Vice President of AMP International. “We are looking forward to helping the Air Transat team provide in-flight entertainment that is in tune with their passenger demographics.”

“We are pleased to be working with AMP”, said Caroline Soegtrop, Manager, Customer Experience, Inflight Service at Air Transat. “As Canada’s leading holiday travel airline we serve a diverse group of passengers, primarily to vacation destinations. It is important to us to provide a memorable entertainment experience for our passengers that will complement their holiday experience.”

AMP International was launched in 2007 by the Post Modern Group, initially as Airline Media Productions LLC, and received a resounding welcome from the airline in-flight entertainment community. As a result the company has grown rapidly and AMP is privileged to provide content management services to leading airlines, cruise lines and other non theatrical markets around the globe.

Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries. Air Transat was named World’s Best Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards, held in July 2012.


18.09.12 | Alawar games now available on Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s in-flight entertainment systems

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in in‐flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), and Alawar Entertainment, a leading multiplatform casual games publisher and white‐label solution provider, and FlightBet/Ensemble Media today announced their cooperation in bringing Alawar’s portfolio of award-winning games to in-flight entertainment.

As a result of this agreement, airlines operating select aircraft with compatible in-flight entertainment systems from Panasonic can now offer titles, such as Treasures of Montezuma, Farm Frenzy and Hotel Mogul, from Alawar’s broad portfolio of industry‐leading games.

Alawar’s games are popular with all ages and offer localized content for markets worldwide.

“Cooperation with Panasonic and FlightBet/Ensemble Media gives us an opportunity to enter a new market niche for casual games – in‐flight entertainment,” says Dmitry Tarasov, Alawar Entertainment Game Channels Development Director.

“Alawar offers high quality digital content and white‐label solutions for OEM partners, websites owners and content providers worldwide.

And this project is an exciting chance to offer our games to thousands of people around the world.”

“We are thrilled work with Alawar and we see vast new opportunities for gaming in in‐flight entertainment,” said Dan Harris, Managing Director of FlightBet/Ensemble Media. “Alawar’s portfolio of extremely popular games, designed for global audiences, will provide a much‐needed path for airlines to offer exciting, fresh new games to their passengers.” Neil James, Executive Director of Corporate Sales and Product Management at Panasonic Avionics Corporation said, “Being fast to market with games is one of the best ways
to ensure an amazing passenger experience, and with Alawar, Panasonic can now offer a massive portfolio of award-winning games right at the seatback.”


18.09.12 | Panasonic Avionics Corporation announces agreement with Airbus to line-fit its Global Communications Suite on Airbus A330 aircraft

Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the world leader in in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC), today announced an agreement with Airbus for line-fit installation of its Global Communications Suite on A330 aircraft.

“The Airbus A330 is an extremely popular aircraft with many of our customers, and we are very excited to announce this significant achievement.,” said David Bruner, Vice President of Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s Global Communications Service.

Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite provides two-way broadband connectivity to an aircraft.

It supports a wide range of passenger and crew applications including in‐flight broadband Internet access over Wi-Fi to passengers, and mobile phone service offered in collaboration with AeroMobile.

Panasonic’s in-flight connectivity service also includes the first and only global live television service to offer content from BBC World News, BBC Arabic, NHK World Premium, France 24, Euronews, IMG Media’s Barclays’ Premier League Channel, and IMG Media’s Sport 24.


18.09.12 | Management-led buy-out of Inflight Dublin

Inflight Dublin, one of the world’s leading in-flight entertainment (IFE) content providers, has been acquired by a consortium comprising former General Manager, John White and Irish private equity firm, Kish Capital. Following the transaction, John has been appointed Chief Executive, with Kish Capital having Board representation.

Founded over 25 years ago, Inflight Dublin has been at the heart of the IFE industry, providing quality products, technical excellence and superior service.

Commenting on the MBO, John said “We are delighted to have completed the buy-out, which will provide a number of benefits to the company and its clients. We will accelerate the growth of the business through investment in service innovation, new product development and client partnerships. Our operational structure will be maintained, with our focus continuing to be on delivering the highest levels of quality and service to our clients, supported by our strong supplier relationships.”

Dan Ennis of Kish Capital commented that “Kish Capital is looking forward to working with John and his management team in growing the business and exploiting future opportunities through both organic growth and acquisition”.
Former CEO, Damian Fannin is being retained by the company in a consultancy capacity.

The Irish office of leading international law firm Maples and Calder advised the consortium on the acquisition.


18.09.12 | Astronics Corporation Announces New EMPOWER® USB In-Seat Power System

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leader in advanced, high performance lighting, electrical power, enhanced vision, network systems and automated test systems for the global aerospace and defense industries, today announced that Astronics AES, the recognized industry leader in aircraft cabin power, now has available for sale, a stand-alone 5 Volt DC In-Seat USB charging system designed to charge the latest passenger electronics devices.

This latest EMPOWER® stand-alone 5 Volt DC USB In-Seat Power charging system provides power to four individual USB Outlet Units capable of simultaneously charging four iPad® devices. Astronics AES is introducing its latest innovation in the EMPOWER® product line to the commercial aviation market so the needs of airline passengers that require USB power to charge their electronic devices such as smartphones, cameras, tablets and other USB devices can be addressed.

Tablet devices presently account for 30% of technology operated on commercial flights. It is projected that an additional 300 million more tablet devices will enter the market by 2015. With the proliferation of these and other popular portable electronic technologies, the latest USB EMPOWER® system is ready to provide the charging power for commercial airlines and their passengers.

For over 15 years, Astronics AES has developed patented intelligent power management systems. The patented EMPOWER® System is currently in service with over 170 Airline/OEM customers on over 500,000 seats.


18.09.12 | Malaysia Airlines selects Thales In-Flight Entertainment System for A380 fleet

Thales, a leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC), is pleased to announce that Malaysia Airlines is now flying its first of six A380 aircraft with the Thales In-Flight Entertainment System installed at every seat.

This is an important moment for the Thales and Malaysian Airlines as they embark on their very first IFE endeavour. The newest member of the Malaysian fleet commenced thrice weekly services between Kuala Lumpur and London as of 1 July 2012.

All passengers on will be able to enjoy audio video on-demand entertainment in dual languages (Bahasa Malaysia and English), games, interactive Qu’ran, e-books and eShopping.

Other conveniences include noise-cancelling audio for high fidelity sound, USB ports for personal device connection and in-seat power for laptops, tablets and more.

The seat configuration is of 494 in total and is subdivided in 8 First class, 66 Business class and 420 Economy class seats. Guests in each cabin will enjoy the widescreen display screens that range from 23” in First class, 17” in Business class, and 10.6” in Economy class.

“The A380 is our new flagship aircraft and we are pleased to be working closely with Thales on this exceptional programme which complements our latest products and services offering to guests,” said Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines.

“Malaysia Airlines is a very special airline that has an excellent vision for its cabin services. I am confident that their passengers will enjoy the many system features that the Top Series system offers and look forward to supporting their fleet for years to come,” said Alan Pellegrini, Chief Executive Officer for the Thales In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity business.


18.09.12 | Air New Zealand selects Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXLite IFEC solution for its B777-200 refit program

Air New Zealand will be the first customer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) lowest power and lightest weight in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) system ever – eXLite.

Air New Zealand CEO, Rob Fyfe says, “Following a thorough review of all solutions available in the market for our 777-200s, we challenged Panasonic to come up with a lighter, more cost effective version of our current system. Paul Margis and team developed an innovative solution that took the weight out of the system to help reduce drag and ultimately fuel costs. With eXLite, Air New Zealand will continue to offer state-of-the art entertainment to our passengers without compromising space, energy and experience. We’re thrilled to be the first customer of Panasonic’s eXLite product.”

“We are very excited to partner with Air New Zealand to launch our new eXLite solution,” said Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer for Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “eXLite is a lighter, easier to install IFEC solution with an compromising passenger experience from a vendor with global support and a long term stake in this industry. We are proud to have worked so closely with Air New Zealand to align their business needs to our new eXLite solution.”

eXLite, is designed to deliver the highest quality experience for passengers, and is Panasonic’s lowest power and lightest weight IFEC solution ever. It leverages Panasonic’s Eco series monitors, which enable an elegant industrial design, seamless interior integration, capacitive touch, proximity sensors, incredible viewing angles, and next-generation processors. It also has a streamlined architecture that reduces weight and cost. Depending on the configuration, the system can weigh as little as 3.2 pounds per passenger seat. Like all Panasonic X Series solutions, eXLite features a flexible architecture that lets airlines customize the passenger experience by cabin class.


18.09.12 | Popcap’s plants vs. Zombies™ boards flight through agreement with DTI Software

DTI Software, the world’s leading in-flight game developer and integrator has extended its agreement with PopCap Games, a division of EA, to adapt that company’s latest blockbuster franchise, Plants vs. Zombies™, for in-flight entertainment.

Released in May 2009 and with over 120 million installations to date, Plants vs. Zombies is a hugely popular casual game which lets players strategically defeat mobs of fun-loving zombies with an arsenal of plants such as peashooters, wall-nuts and cherry bombs. The game has a global appeal, equally targeting both genders and all ages, as it blends simplicity and fun with the skill required to strategically position plants in order to defeat the zombies.
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PopCap’s games are an important component of DTI Software’s product lineup and the companies have been partners for nearly five years with PopCap titles such as Bejeweled® 2, Zuma®, InsaniQuarium! ™, Peggle® and Chuzzle® already available on a variety of airlines. This latest agreement will see DTI Software roll-out a light in-flight version of Plants vs. Zombies by Q2 2013 for airlines wishing to add the game to their entertainment catalogs on both seatback and handheld Android in-flight entertainment devices.

“The Plants vs. Zombies franchise is internationally recognizable and branded games are very popular amongst passengers,” explained Lisa Linnenkohl, Vice President Licensing & Business Development at DTI Software. “We’ve also noticed similarities between the profiles of Plants vs. Zombies players and airline passenger demographics, indicating that the game is likely to appeal to a large number of passengers who seek fun and stimulating entertainment during their flight.”

“PopCap’s agreement with DTI will soon allow airborne players everywhere to enjoy another of our most popular franchises,” added Dennis Ryan, VP of worldwide publishing at PopCap. “By taking Plants vs. Zombies to the skies, we’re providing fun entertainment to players everywhere they like to play, and that’s one of our primary goals as a company.”


18.09.12 | Avion Award for BoardConnect from Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems received the aviation industry’s coveted Avion Award at a gala ceremony during the APEX EXPO 2012 in Long Beach last night. The IT provider’s wireless in-flight entertainment system, BoardConnect, was voted Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience (Vendor) by a jury of experts from the airline passenger experience industry and members of the media, ranking it first in a strong field of “game-changing” services and solutions. The jury praised BoardConnect as the single most important innovation influencing the passenger experience in the last year.

Norbert Müller, Head of Program Management BoardConnect at Lufthansa Systems, stated, “This prize is an accolade for our efforts to develop a true innovation enabling an entire aircraft full of passengers to access wireless entertainment right from their own mobile devices. Today we have aircraft in regular operations where more than 250 passengers stream content to their PEDs at the same time, and this is not the end. The award shows that our idea has landed in the industry.”

BoardConnect is a wireless in-flight entertainment system that comprises a server on board the aircraft and a few wireless access points throughout the cabin. BoardConnect offers audio and video on demand on wireless-enabled passenger electronic devices as well as embedded screens in the aircraft cabin. This innovative solution is extremely cost-efficient and reliable, and it enables airlines to offer a wide range of information and entertainment that can be updated quickly and easily. BoardConnect also opens up the opportunity for new personalized on-board services and new ways of generating revenue through in-flight sales, for example.

Since no wiring is required to transmit data in the cabin, airlines can install Board Connect during routine maintenance or night stops without the need for additional ground time. The solution is also extremely reliable and incurs much lower operating costs than previous systems. The elimination of wiring and data transmission hardware can reduce the weight significantly which also result in fuel savings.

The Avion Award is the second major industry award for BoardConnect this year. At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg in March, the solution already won the prestigious Crystal Cabin Award 2012.


18.09.12 | THAI Launches eXPhone Onboard Service

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) announces its use of exPhone onboard installed by Panasonic Avionics Corporation (PAC) and AeroMobile on the 14 Boeing aircraft type B777-300ER and B747-400.

Mr. Krittaphon Chantalitanon, THAI Vice President of Product and Service Development Department, said that THAI expected to meet the customer’s need by providing services with world class product for splendid travel experience to the passengers. The In-Fight Connectivity service allows passengers to use their mobile devices in the air with the same ease as on the ground.

Mr. Pal Bjordal, CEO of AeroMobile, said: “To win a commitment from such an established Asian carrier as THAI is a major milestone for AeroMobile, and underlines our position as the supplier of choice for flag carriers of the world.”

The eXPhone enables passengers to use their own mobile phones, smart phones and BlackBerry devices onboard to make and receive calls, send and receive SMS text messages, and use GPRS services such as email and internet access, in exactly the same way as when roaming internationally for calls, text messages social media, internet and e-mail.

Once the aircraft has reached 6,000 meters in altitude, the AeroMobile network will automatically activate. The service can be used as long as the aircraft is at cruising altitude; however, passengers should disable this function if they do not intend to use their mobile phones.

On aircraft that are equipped with the exPhone, passengers can find more information on in-flight connectivity in their seat pocket. For more information, please visit


18.09.12 | IFP’s Leigh Mantle Receives APEX Lifetime Achievement Award

Leigh Mantle, IFP’s Chief Operating Officer, has been awarded the APEX Lifetime Achievement Award at the APEX Expo Awards Ceremony in Long Beach California.

Starting his career as a sound recordist in the music industry, Leigh has played a pivotal role in IFP’s development and success since 1987 when he joined what would become IFP. Throughout the years, he has helped build the company’s technical expertise and expand IFP’s global footprint with the opening of offices in North America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Leigh’s technical savvy allowed IFP to meet the transition from analog to digital aircraft entertainment systems through the introduction of digital services. Leigh also supervised the implementation of new encoding and data management systems which have shaped the IFE industry, such as the Digital Rapids tool which IFP helped implement and is now the industry standard for encoding systems.

Leigh has also contributed to the APEX organization as a board member of the APEX Committee for three years, Chairman of the APEX TV Market Conference Task Force for two years and an ongoing member of the Technology Committee.

“Leigh truly deserves this award in recognition for the many years he has contributed to not only spearheading the industry’s leading forward-thinking Content Services Provider, IFP, but also for his commitment to pushing the IFE industry into the digital arena,” commented Wale Adepoju, Chairman of IFP.

On behalf of everyone at IFP and its sister companies in the AIA Group, we extend our congratulations to Leigh Mantle for his well-deserved APEX Lifetime Achievement Award.


18.09.12 | LAN Airlines becomes new customer for A320 Space-Flex cabin option

LAN Airlines has placed an order for Airbus’ Space-Flex PRM (Persons with Reduced Mobility) lavatory option to equip 52 new A320 aircraft. LAN joins TAM Airlines in selecting Space-Flex which creates more passenger comfort. This brings total orders for Space-Flex to equip 101 A320 Family aircraft.

LAN and TAM, which recently merged to form LATAM Airlines Group, is among the biggest Airbus customers in the world with nearly 400 orders aircraft combined, more than 200 aircraft in operation and an outstanding backlog that exceeds 180 Airbus aircraft.
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“We are pleased to offer our passengers an innovative lavatory on the LATAM new A320 Family aircraft,” said Fernanda Toro, LAN Travel Experience Director. “Space-Flex allows us to maximise the cabin, using space in the aircraft that was previously unused, while providing more flexibility.”

By making more efficient use of the volume at the rear of the cabin, two lavatories plus a galley can now be efficiently accommodated in this space, generating the following advantages:

· Freeing-up space for more passenger comfort, as with this new arrangement the revenue space of the cabin is maximized;
· Offering two lavatories each of comparable size to existing A320s i.e. larger than competitor lavatories;
· Providing a full PRM lavatory for the first time in a single-aisle aircraft. The ‘PRM-friendly’ lavatory is facilitated via a simple conversion process: two single Space-Flex lavatories are convertible into one PRM enclosure in a similar manner to those delivered on Airbus wide-body aircraft.

With around 8,600 A320 Family aircraft ordered, and over 5,200 aircraft delivered to over 370 customers and operators worldwide, the A318, A319, A320 and A321 make up the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family and are the preferred choice with traditional airlines and passengers, as well as with the fast-growing low-cost carrier market for which it is now the reference. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS company.


18.09.12 | Air India flies its new B787 aircraft with Thales In-flight Entertainment Systems

Thales, leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) systems, is pleased to announce Air India has introduced into revenue service the first of its 27 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners equipped with the Thales TopSeries In-Flight Entertainment System.

Air India is the third airline to take delivery of the newest Boeing platform, with six further Dreamliners scheduled to enter into revenue service with the airline across 2012. All Dreamliners will be equipped with Thales’s groundbreaking new IFE technology including a host of interactive capabilities through an easy-to-navigate graphical user interface including full Audio & Video on-demand (AVOD), games, shopping catalogues and a new interactive ASXi Moving Map application.

Mr. K.M. Unni, SBU Head – MRO of Air India commented: “Our airline is very excited about adding a fleet of B787 to our operation. It is a very special aircraft that we know will generate exceptional passenger appreciation. The Thales IFE system adds to the greatness of this aircraft and we know Thales will be there to support us as they do today on many other aircraft”.
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Commenting on the milestone, Alan Pellegrini Chief Executive for the Thales In-flight Entertainment business said: “In-flight entertainment systems can have a direct and lasting impact on customer perception of the service excellence of an airline. We are therefore very proud of the continuing confidence placed in our systems by such an important customer as Air India.”

Eric Lenseigne Thales India Country Director added: “Air India and Thales have an excellent history together. The airline today equips a large portion of its modern fleet with the Thales TopSeries system and we are proud of the significant milestone we have reached with this delivery. It is a special time for both Thales and Air India. We look forward to working closely with Air India to support their operations for years to come”


17.09.12 | StoreBox™ and AirCloud™ team up to develop a game changing Wi-Fi Inflight Entertainment System

StoreBox Inflight and AirCloud, Inc. today announced that they will be collaborating as a team to offer a turnkey hardware and content entertainment system for commercial airlines. The Companies intend to introduce the new system at the upcoming annual, worldwide APEX Expo (Airline Passenger Experience Association) on September 17-20.

The total system utilizes the AirCloud™ Wi-Fi Entertainment System. According to Brad David, Co-founder and President, “It can provide a very broad menu of items for free or purchase; movies, music, games, books as well as a wide variety of shopping items for passengers to purchase all providing incremental income to the airline.

The companion, FAA approved IFE server and WAPs weigh less than 20 pounds, uses a server the size of approximately 2 MCU and the appropriate number of WAPs for the size of the cabin.

The Companies are developing a financing program to minimize an airline’s initial capital outlay with a small fee on equipment installation, monthly payments and per flight fee for the frequently changing content and merchandising program. According to Web Barth, CEO, StoreBox InFlight, “We focused on developing a turnkey IFE system for a fraction of the cost of a conventional VOD seat back system.”

The entertainment system recognizes the fact that more and more passengers (70%) are already carrying Wi-Fi enabled personal entertainment devices; laptops, smart/cell phones and rapidly growing numbers of tablets. The Companies are introducing the program at APEX as a turnkey solution for airlines, especially those who have never had inflight entertainment due to initial and ongoing costs, installation down time, fuel, weight penalty, space, or for small regional jets where IFE has never been practical, or for supplementing or replacing older, obsolete systems on all aircraft including wide bodies.


17.09.12 | LAN Airlines to Fly with the Thales Wireless Streaming Media Solution

Thales, a leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC), is pleased to announce that LAN Airlines, is outfitting one of their Airbus A320 aircraft with the newly introduced TopSeries AVA™ system. The system is the latest evolution in Thales’ TopSeries product line that allows passengers and crews to use their own wirelessly enabled portable electronic devices to access rich content and applications resident on the Thales TopSeries® head-end servicer via wireless access points in the cabin.

The aircraft will start the trial in December 2012. LATAM Airlines Group (airline group that includes LAN Airlines and its affiliates, and TAM Airlines and it subsidiaries) currently operates the largest South American fleet of A320.

Beyond wireless within the aircraft, LAN will use the Thales GateSync™ system, a secure ground network for aircraft communications and content loading.
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GateSync relies on proven Wi-Fi (802.11), WiMax (802.16) and GSM connectivity frequencies and can stream content and data across all three networks simultaneously or individually. The combination of TopSeries AVA, GateSync and other Thales services creates a unique, fully connected endto- end platform.

“This is an exciting trial for us at LAN, as we are on the cutting-edge of technology in South America and it reinforces our leadership in the region, This trial in the regional market is aligned with our vision of giving our passengers the best possible travel experience and shows that LAN is always looking at the latest trends in technology” said Fernanda Toro, Travel Experience Director at LAN Airlines.

LAN and Thales have been gearing up for this A320 trial since early 2012 bringing together every detail including the captive portal seen by the passenger once logged into the system.

The portal reinforces the LAN brand and allows passengers to access a wide range of capabilities that includes flight map, films, short subjects, music, latest news, games, eReader and a special version of LAN’s website. “The launch of AVA is a natural progression in our TopSeries product line that gives airlines another option in terms of how they interact with passengers. We are thrilled about this program and anticipate that our industry will take a leap forward with the use of wireless connectivity,” said Alan Pellegrini, Chief Executive Officer for the Thales In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity business.


17.09.12 | Inmarsat SBTV brings in-flight On-Demand TV to passengers’ own wireless devices

Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, has announced the launch of SBTV, a new platform that enables airlines to provide real-time and updated on-demand entertainment content to passengers’ own devices. News, sports and other video content is transmitted to the aircraft over the SwiftBroadband network and then distributed wirelessly to passengers’ own devices, which can include smartphones, laptops, tablets and other personal media players.

In today’s on-demand, multi-screen TV world, viewers are increasingly choosing to watch the latest shows streamed across IP networks to a variety of connected devices, enabling them to enjoy the content they love whenever and wherever they choose. Now with SBTV, airline passengers can access the latest news and entertainment in the same way, mirroring the viewing experience at home.

David Coiley, Inmarsat Vice President, Aviation, said: “SBTV has been designed to reflect the way TV content is now consumed by people on the ground, enabling more viewer choice thanks to the ability to consume on-demand content on PCs, tablets and smartphones. SBTV provides an opportunity for airlines to leapfrog the limitations of rolling broadcast news services by allowing passengers on-demand access to the latest news and sports programming on their own, to choose what they watch and when they watch it.”

SBTV enables airlines to select and tailor the volume and variety of content they offer their passengers, uniquely enabling customisation for specific routes or regions, providing a strong product differentiation opportunity. Content can be uploaded live, and updated as often as the airline chooses. SBTV can be deployed quickly, at low cost to the airline, and may be integrated on existing WiFi or IFE systems.

The appetite for on-demand viewing is growing rapidly across the globe. According to the most recent research results from comScore’s Video Metrix, more than 180 million US Internet users watched 33 billion online content videos in June 2012, up from 6.9 billion the previous year.

Coiley continued, “With the introduction of GX Aviation in early 2015, GXTV will become available, which will further increase the volume and range of real-time content that can be made available, delivering the ultimate solution for customised TV content delivery, including the ability to provide multiple broadcast IPTV channels.”

This is the latest innovation in Inmarsat’s long history as the premier satcoms partner for the aviation industry. For over 20 years, Inmarsat has provided communications for aircraft. Over 11,000 commercial and non-commercial aircraft currently rely on Inmarsat services. More than 24 leading airlines around the world have selected Inmarsat technology for inflight connectivity, including British Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, and TAM Airlines. More than half of the world’s A380 fleet is equipped with Inmarsat SwiftBroadband.


17.09.12 | OnAir Cements Distribution Partnership with Inmarsat for Global Xpress GX to provide high speed Wi-Fi and true live TV

OnAir and Inmarsat have signed the official contract finalising the appointment of OnAir as the first Aviation Distribution Partner for Global Xpress (GX), the first global Ka-band network to provide inflight broadband connectivity for the aeronautical market. GX will provide passengers with ultrahigh-capacity Internet connectivity and will allow true live TV transmission.

OnAir currently uses Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) to provide the connectivity for Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir, and has been jointly working with Inmarsat on a seamless deployment path from SBB to GX. In preparation for the introduction of Global Xpress, OnAir has already started to secure customers for the launch of the satellite service.

Scheduled for service introduction in late 2014, Global Xpress will offer unprecedented data rates and bandwidth, backed by Inmarsat’s quality standards, performance and global reach. It will provide up to 50mbps outbound and up to 4.4mbps inbound to and from the aircraft, providing the same experience as terrestrial broadband. It is the only Ka-band network designed to provide consistent global coverage. Combined with OnAir’s unique network of over 80 regulatory approvals and more than 350 roaming agreements with mobile network operators, OnAir is the only inflight connectivity provider to offer coverage across the world.

“We are delighted to be working with Inmarsat to bring passengers the next generation of inflight connectivity, with the introduction of live TV being one of the highlights,” said Ian Dawkins, CEO of OnAir. “The provision of a consistent global service is particularly important for our customers, so that they know exactly what to expect, wherever and whenever they fly.”

“We have a very strong history with OnAir,” said Leo Mondale, Managing Director of Inmarsat GX. “OnAir was appointed our first SBB Distribution Partner back in 2006, and in 2009 was given an award for being the greatest contributor to SBB growth. We have every confidence that OnAir will deliver value to airlines and passengers with Global Xpress in the same way.”

This new agreement enables OnAir, now a leading provider of global SBB and GX services for commercial aviation, to remain at the forefront of the sector, while ensuring that the business becomes the benchmark for industry solutions.


17.09.12 | Saudia Airlines chooses Thales as a key partner in the airline’s long-term transformation project

Thales, leader in In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) systems, is delighted to announce that Saudia Airlines has signed a new IFEC agreement to install the TopSeries system on a total of 54 aircraft. This is a major step forward for both Thales and Saudia that introduces the award winning TopSeries AVANT® system, TopConnect suite of Connectivity and brand new TopSeries AVA™ adding wireless content streaming to the airline’s future aircraft.

TopSeries AVANT® is an Android® based, next generation system which combines the strengths of earlier platforms with advanced technologies, such as high definition video, solid state drives and faster processors, to deliver an enhanced passenger experience never seen before.

This latest arrangement between Thales and Saudia covers A320, A330, B777 and 787 fleets. In addition, the airline is soon to deploy a new passenger interface that affords exceptional performance, new capabilities and stunning visuals. The coordination and mutual commitment this project entails makes Thales one of the airlines’ key strategic partners in a long-term transformation project.

Since its start in 1945, Saudia Airlines has received many industry awards and is recognized as a favorite local and international carrier, and recently became the newest and first Middle East member of the Skyteam Alliance.

Mr. Tarik Sindi, Vice President Marketing and Product Management of Saudia Airlines commented: “Passengers across the region are fast becoming extremely discerning and demand ever evolved the levels of service excellence and technology offering from their in-cabin experience. Our goal is to truly take our place amongst the new breed of major global carriers for passenger satisfaction and customer service. This project is designed to achieve that aim with our choice partner Thales who will provide our passengers with the best in-flight entertainment system available in the skies.”

Commenting on this very significant project, Alan Pellegrini Chief Executive Officer of the Thales In-flight Entertainment business said: “In-flight entertainment systems can have a direct and lasting impact on passenger perceptions of an airline’s service excellence, and carriers such as Saudia are now leading the world in designing and deploying the very best cabin experience. This is a bold and ambitious project, and we are very proud of the confidence placed in our systems and people by such an important customer as Saudia.”


12.09.12 | Inflight Productions Deploys Signiant to Accelerate and Manage the Delivery of Airline Entertainment Programs

Signiant, the market leader in intelligent file movement software for the media and entertainment industry, today announced that UK-based Inflight Productions (IFP) has deployed Signiant’s Media Exchange™ and Managers+Agents™ software to accelerate the production and distribution of inflight entertainment programs. As a leading provider of engaging, tailored video content for airline passengers, IFP has implemented Signiant’s solutions as part of a broader effort to reduce, and eventually eliminate, tape from its digital production and distribution workflows.

IFP’s efficient digital workflows depend on Signiant for the secure, reliable and accelerated movement of entertainment content between the company’s London and Los Angeles locations and business partners worldwide. Workflows include content acquisition from the major studios, distributors and broadcasters who supply cinematic and television media; additional processing such as transcoding, dubbing and subtitling; and final delivery to a variety of IFE (inflight entertainment) platforms.

“Signiant’s solutions were the only ones that ticked all the boxes in meeting our file movement requirements, one of the biggest being the ability to provide iron-clad security for transferring full-resolution Hollywood movie assets. By moving away from tape, we’ve been able to reduce our costs by as much as 50 percent, and our business processes have been improved across the board,” said Andrew Beer, Vice President of Technology, IFP. “At a strategic level, Signiant’s file transfer capabilities have enabled us to take a more global view of our business and push critical tasks out to remote partners that are better equipped to handle them, such as regionalization of content. We’re also looking at Signiant as the digital delivery mechanism for packages of content that we can resell to other types of customers, such as smaller airlines and train operators, and targeting presentation platforms that will help us drive entirely new revenue streams.”

IFP has deployed Signiant Managers+Agents to facilitate the acquisition of cinema titles from The Lab, a post-production house that distributes inflight assets from a major motion picture studio. Panasonic Avionics, a leading supplier of the digital playout systems installed on aircraft, has Signiant software installed in Lake Forest, CA, and will be adding nodes at its regional media centers. In London, Signiant Media Exchange is used to manage exchanges of non-cinema content with the Los Angeles office and to acquire television assets from content providers worldwide, including the BBC.

In Los Angeles and London, secure Signiant servers manage the acquisition of movie titles and television shorts, moving them into clustered video storage where they can be accessed by IFP personnel for downstream processing according to the specifications of each airline client. Depending on the audience and the region of travel, the video might require editing to remove offensive language and images, and the title may need to be dubbed or subtitled into many different languages.

With Media Exchange, IFP is able to transfer the material rapidly and seamlessly to vendors in many different parts of the world to access services that are not only more cost-effective, but can provide cultural expertise for the target audiences; for instance, a localization agency in Hong Kong that applies Cantonese-language subtitles, or a team in Singapore identifying material that might be objectionable to a specific audience. If the content is to be delivered to the newer digital inflight playout systems, Signiant is also used to transfer the edited video to transcoders for conversion to the required formats, and then final delivery to an integrator or directly to an airport hub.

“Among the many ideal applications of Signiant’s technology is inflight entertainment – with requirements for the secure, automated global movement of content from multiple sources to be delivered in many different formats and versions,” said Matt Thomas, Director of Sales, Signiant. “IFP has a tremendous forward-thinking strategy for leveraging Signiant solutions to reduce the expense and delays of tape delivery processes and, in the bargain, develop more streamlined business processes and new revenue streams.”


12.09.12 | SIA invests in next-generation in-flight entertainment systems

Singapore Airlines has signed a major agreement with Panasonic Avionics for advanced in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for more than 40 new aircraft on firm order with Airbus and Boeing.

The agreement is valued at nearly US$400 million, based on the list prices of the systems and spares.

Under the agreement, Panasonic Avionics will supply IFEC systems for 20 Airbus A350s due for delivery from 2014, as well as for 15 more Airbus A330-300 and eight more Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, deliveries of which are due to begin next year.

Singapore Airlines will be the launch customer for Panasonic Avionics’ next generation eX3 system for the A350s, as well as the first to deliver eX3 features on the B777-300ERs. In addition, SIA’s eX3 system will be the first to offer Panasonic’s Global Communications Suite on the A350s, which has the capability to provide broadband Internet services to passenger devices and the seat-back, mobile phone services, as well as a global live television service.

The eX3 is Panasonic’s most advanced IFEC system which will offer the latest video screen technology and touch-screen handsets in all classes of travel, powering the Airline’s award-winning KrisWorld entertainment system.

Customers will experience higher levels of personalisation with KrisWorld providing intelligent content recommendations based on passenger ratings and preferences. Customers can expect the latest games and applications, an e-Library containing newspapers and magazines, social networking functions, as well as an innovative new touch-screen graphical user interface.

“SIA has always been a leader in providing the best in-flight entertainment to our customers but we need to constantly innovate to stay ahead of the competition.

The contract with Panasonic Avionics will help us do just that,” said SIA Senior Vice President Product & Services, Mr Tan Pee Teck.

Panasonic Avionics CEO, Mr Paul Margis, added: “For many years, Singapore Airlines has been an important and valued customer for Panasonic, and we are honoured to once again have the opportunity to partner with one of the world’s leading pioneers in IFEC.”

Ahead of the introduction of the new systems, enhancements are planned for existing KrisWorld systems on SIA’s aircraft. These will include a wider programme selection, new and exclusive video games, as well as possible hardware upgrades.

The newly-signed contracts are part of a major investment programme to enhance the Airline’s IFE and connectivity offerings. Last week SIA formally introduced in-flight connectivity services as part of a separate US$50 million investment. Under this programme the Airline’s A340-500, A380-800 and B777-300ER aircraft are being equipped with wireless Internet and mobile data services over two years, enabling customers to stay connected even at 35,000ft. Fourteen aircraft have been equipped to date.


12.09.12 | New Exede Internet for Commercial Airlines from ViaSat Designed to Deliver 12 Mbps to Each Passenger In-flight

ExedeSM Internet, the fast-growing high-speed consumer broadband service, is expanding to serve commercial airlines. Exede in-flight Internet service from ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq:VSAT) is designed to eclipse the service quality and speeds of other in-cabin airline broadband services. The more favorable economics of the ViaSat system enable airlines to specify a high-speed service level to each passenger, rather than simply an aggregate amount of bandwidth to the plane that leaves passengers competing for service. The system is capable of delivering 12 Mbps or more to each connected passenger.

The major differentiator for Exede Internet is an innovative Ka-band satellite system, featuring ViaSat-1, the world’s highest capacity communications satellite. The high-capacity ViaSat system has the ability to offer significantly higher transmission speeds, more bandwidth for each passenger, less network congestion, and more attractive airtime pricing than other in-flight Internet access alternatives. The full aircraft system, the first of its kind for commercial aviation, is undergoing certification by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Compared to air-to-ground and traditional satellite in-flight networks, the improved capacity and economics of our Ka-band system enable airlines to finally bring a high-speed home or office Internet experience to passengers,” said Mark Dankberg, ViaSat CEO and chairman. “Customer feedback on our Exede home Internet service has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re eager to prove that the in-flight experience can be just as good.”

ViaSat is already under contract to install its in-flight system, working together with partner LiveTV, onto 370 aircraft operated by JetBlue and one other U.S. carrier. Installations are expected to begin later this year with all 370 aircraft scheduled to be online by the end of calendar 2015.


11.09.12 | Singapore Airlines continues to rely on Lido/Flight from Lufthansa Systems

Lufthansa Systems today announced that Singapore Airlines will continue to optimize its route planning using the leading flight planning solution Lido/Flight. Lido/Flight uses a variety of factors to calculate the optimal route for an aircraft. This can decrease an airline’s fuel costs by up to five percent. The airline is extending its long-term agreement with Lufthansa Systems for another eight years. Singapore Airlines has also significantly expanded the scope of this agreement by adding a number of additional Lido/Flight modules, including aircraft performance solutions. The route planning solution has also been deployed by the airline’s subsidiaries Singapore Airlines Cargo and SilkAir.

With its modern technology and user-friendly design, Lido/Flight takes into account all aspects of flight planning. The system automatically calculates the best route, taking into consideration all current flight-related information such as weather data or aeronautical restrictions. Lido/Flight, which has been deployed by leading airlines around the world operating in different business models, provides dispatchers with many optimization options regarding flight time, fuel consumption or the cost of each flight.

Singapore Airlines uses the Lido/Flight TFR (Traffic Flow Restrictions), InflightMonitor and FreeFlight modules, among others. While Lido/Flight TFR opens up a host of new route options by considering time restricted airways, Lido/Flight InflightMonitor automatically informs the dispatcher about all notifications relevant to flights which have been calculated but not yet completed. Lido/Flight’s FreeFlight module is the first solution to calculate flight paths using geographical coordinates instead of waypoints. This makes it an efficient planning solution for air spaces without a finely meshed network of airways. During a demonstration green flight, carried out under the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE) programme from Los Angeles via Tokyo to Singapore that was planned with FreeFlight in 2010, Singapore Airlines was able to cut its flying time by 30 minutes compared to a regular flight and lower its fuel consumption by just under five tons.

“We are very proud that our long-standing customer Singapore Airlines has once again opted for our IT solution so that we can continue to contribute to the airline’s commercial success,” said Olivier Krüger, CEO Asia/Pacific at Lufthansa Systems.

Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s leading airlines, is based in Singapore and is a member of the Star Alliance. From its hub at Singapore Changi Airport, the airline serves 63 destinations in 34 countries with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft.


11.09.12 | OnAir opens Wi-Fi Internet Service in Australia

Having satisfied all the pre-conditions stipulated by Australian regulations and Authorities, OnAir has been granted authorization for its airline customers to provide Internet OnAir, the inflight Wi-Fi service, within Australian airspace.

OnAir’s customers currently operating WiFi services on flights to Australia, including Emirates, Qantas and Singapore Airlines, can now capitalise on this new authorization, meaning passengers can use Wi-Fi throughout the flight, including over Australian airspace.

“Airlines who want their passengers to enjoy inflight connectivity wherever they travel need OnAir,” said Ian Dawkins, OnAir CEO. “Our expertise in securing regulatory approvals means we have a network of more than 80 governmental authorities and over 350 roaming agreements with mobile operators. OnAir is the only provider able to offer inflight Wi-Fi and GSM mobile phone services on a global scale.”

OnAir has, for the past seven years, led the industry’s work in building strong relationships with national telecommunications regulators and ensuring its inflight connectivity solutions meet their requirements. This has been a significant contributing factor to the growth of inflight connectivity, and in particular in OnAir’s market leadership.


10.09.12 | LATAM Airlines Group reports preliminary monthly statistics for August 2012

LATAM Airlines Group S.A. and its subsidiaries, (“LATAM Airlines Group” or “the Company”) (NYSE: LFL / IPSA: LAN / Bovespa: LATM11), the leading airline group in Latin America, today reported its preliminary monthly traffic statistics for August 2012 compared to August 2011.

System passenger traffic increased 9.1% as capacity rose 1.3%. As a result, the Company’s load factor for the month increased 5.6 points to 79.3%. International passenger traffic accounted for approximately 52% of the month’s total passenger traffic.

Domestic passenger traffic in LATAM Airlines Group´s Spanish speaking operations (Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia) rose 16.4%,as capacity increased 13.8%. As a consequence, the domestic passenger load factor increased 1.8 points to 79.9%.

Domestic passenger traffic in Brazil rose 12.6%, as capacity decreased 2.8%. As a consequence, the domestic Brazil passenger load factor increased 10.2 points to 74.4%.

International passenger traffic rose 5.2%, while capacity increased 1.4%. Accordingly, the international passenger load factor for the month increased 3.0 points to 82.7%. International traffic includes international operations of both LAN and TAM on regional and long haul routes.

Cargo traffic for LAN decreased 1.2% as capacity decreased 1.9%. As a consequence, the cargo load factor increased 0.5 points to 68.3%. The decrease in traffic is driven by weaker imports into Latin America.


10.09.12 | El Al Selects Bluebox Avionics To Deliver Inflight Entertainment via iPad

Bluebox Avionics today announces that Israel’s flag carrier, El Al, has selected the Bluebox Ai portable inflight entertainment system to provide its customers with a superior inflight entertainment experience using iPad. The Bluebox solution will provide El Al customers with access to the latest Hollywood early window content as well as a range of other movie, TV, audio, reading and gaming content. This will replace the current portable solution that is nearing the end of its life.

Tal Kalderon, Inflight Entertainment Manager at El Al, believes that passengers will be delighted with the features and content of the new system. “The iPad sets the global standard as the preferred device for the delivery of portable inflight entertainment. The Bluebox Ai solution provides access to a rich content set in a package that is engaging to use and intuitive for passengers while being very easy for us to manage.”

“El Al set a very high standard for the customer experience it wanted to deliver with its new IFE solution so we’re delighted that Bluebox Ai has been chosen to deliver on their vision,” said David Brown, joint Managing Director of Bluebox. “El Al joins a rapidly expanding community of airlines that have selected Bluebox Ai. We’re seeing airline partners experiencing utilisation rates of 100% on some flights which is an unprecedented statistic in the world of portable IFE and clear proof that passengers are greatly enjoying our inflight iPad solution.“


07.09.12 | Diehl Aerosystems exhibits its avionics and aircraft cabin interiors product portfolio at ILA airshow 2012

Diehl Aerosystems, a “First Tier Supplier” and a partner for electronics and cabin integra-tion to the big aircraft manufacturers, will be present at this year’s ILA airshow in Berlin, Germany, taking place between 11th and 16th September, as part of a joint stand with Diehl Defence (No. 2322 in Hall 2).

According to the motto “innovative.reliable.worldwide.”, Diehl Aerosystems will display in-novative technology that stands for global reliability, matured products and readiness for series production. As a leading aerospace supplier, the company demonstrates its exper-tise both in the field of avionics and in aircraft cabin interiors. The highlights on this year’s stand will be a cabin mock-up and a cockpit demonstrator. The cabin mock-up will show-case product samples covering lining, cabin illumination, lavatories and galleys, whereas the cockpit demonstrator will feature the Diehl capabilities in the fields of cockpit and dis-play solutions, graphic generation (including three-dimensional displays) as well as ground maneuvering guidance for pilots.

In addition to this stand, Diehl Aerosystems will be represented at the ILA Career Center in Hall 7 as well as with a display in the German Armed Forces Pavilion in Hall 3. The Career Center is open on Friday and Saturday for visitors seeking job opportunities. Moreover, all four units of the division are taking part in the exhibition covering ideas for aircraft cabin and cargo compartment solutions of the future under the umbrella of the BDLI.

As in 2010, Diehl Aerosystems and Diehl Defence will hold a joint media breakfast. On Wednesday 12th September, starting from 09.00 h in the Diehl chalet (23-24), Rainer von Borstel, President of the Corporate Division Board Diehl Aerosystems and Member of the Executive Board of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG will be available for journalists. Diehl Aerosystems is a Corporate Division of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG and covers all aero-space activities within the Diehl Group. With its Business Units Diehl Aerospace and Diehl Aircabin, both joint ventures with Thales, as well as Diehl Service Modules and Diehl Com-fort Modules, Diehl Aerosystems is a leading systems supplier of avionics and cabin solu-tions. The Corporate Division currently has around 3,500 employees. Amongst its custom-ers are leading aircraft manufacturers (OEMs), such as Airbus, Boeing, Eurocopter and Embraer.


06.09.12 | M-Net jets new African programming to APEX EXPO 2012

M-Net – the multi-channel Pan-African content provider – is taking over 110 hours of African content to showcase at this year’s APEX EXPO in California where it will be exhibiting. Its catalogue will feature a diverse variety of programming including a new reality show, a travel series, and a cutting edge documentary.

Mandy Roger, Head of Sales, Acquisition and Business Development, M-Net said: “As first-time exhibitors at this year’s APEX EXPO we are looking forward to showcasing our portfolio of high-quality African content to the in-flight entertainment market. M-Net is dedicated to promoting Africa’s rich content to new markets and our catalogue of diverse programming is a testament to this and a true reflection of the talent and diversity of African producers.”

Highlights from M-Net’s catalogue will include:

Culture Shock (18×48’) is an unscripted reality show that is all about getting to know your neighbour. In each episode two people from two different families are swapped to experience a completely different lifestyle for two weeks, highlighting the melting pot of cultures in South Africa. The swapped family members may only use shops, transport, money and modes of communication that their hosts would use. The show not only follows the drama of the swaps, but also features interviews with the participants who share their thoughts and feelings on the experience.

Travelling Unplugged (23×24’, 1×48’ Season Finale) is an exciting new youth-reality series that follows the epic journey of Byron Taylor, a young aspiring film director from South Africa, as he travels around the world for an entire year. Season one highlights include Dubai, India, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, USA, Canada, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Switzerland, France, Italy and Austria.

Mashariki Mix (52×30’) is a weekly lifestyle series which spotlights the greatest places to shop, eat and celebrate in South Africa. The contemporary magazine show will also profile the top entertainment and social personalities in the region, from musicians and models to television divas and business icons.

Cool Earth (6×72’) is a cutting edge documentary that provides an African perspective on global warming. The series investigates stories from around Africa and the rest of the world with the aim of increasing awareness about the environmental crisis we face.

Jara (71×30’), a brand new reality talk show packed with fun news and information, direct from the thriving heart of Africa’s busiest film hub which looks at Africa’s Nollywood directors, producers and stars, showing them at premieres, awards shows and at work. The Series is presented by two of Nigeria’s hottest stars…popular and sociable Big Brother All Stars winner Uti Nwachukwu and sensational entertainment personality Helen Paul.

Other highlights in M-Net’s catalogue include: Great Africans (5×52’), a documentary series that delves into African history to celebrate the lives of its leaders; Rhythms from Africa (4×52’), a documentary which explores the ways in which music has given hope to South Africa; Crimes Uncovered (13×44’), a riveting docu-drama crime series that takes viewers on a journey through real-life South African crimes that have resulted in the successful capture and prosecution of the perpetrators; Playing the Enemy (1×54’) an acclaimed documentary that tells the real story behind the South African rugby team, the Springboks’ miraculous road to glory at the 1995 Rugby World Cup; 53Extra (40×30’), a lifestyle show which focuses on the African entertainment industry; Kwela Funnies (400×1’ clips), a light-hearted show that features a compilation of hilarious short amateur video clips; and Goal Diggerz (26×26’), which provides an in-depth look at Africa’s football heroes, from what they eat to what they drive, everything is covered.

For further information on these programmes, please visit:

M-Net will be on booth no. 760.


04.09.12 | TDI Develops New 2.7kW Standard Liquid Cooled Converter

TDI is excited to announce the introduction of its 2.7kW liquid cooled converter. The 2700W environmentally sealed power module is designed for use in electric or hybrid vehicles. It provides an isolated interface between a 400V DC bus and a traditional 12V electrical system.

The LiquaCore® heart of the system has an outstanding history. Electro-Magnetic and Environmental qualification tests have shown that integrated LiquaCore® solutions meet an array of vehicle requirements.

Features include:

  • Liquid Cooled
  • IP67 and IP6k9k Environmental Protection
  • 180-450VDC Input Voltage Range
  • 10 – 15VDC Output Voltage Range
  • Galvanic Isolation Input – Output
  • High Efficiency – up to 94%
  • CAN bus interface
  • Bulkhead mounting

TDI Power is a global manufacturer of Power System Solutions for the Industrial, In-flight Entertainment, Commercial Vehicle and Medical Cart markets. We have a broad range of high technology power conversion products including DC and AC Power Systems, Power Supplies, Rectifiers, Converters and accessory equipment. Established in 1960, TDI is headquartered in New Jersey, USA, has over 700 employees and three facilities located throughout the world. For more information about TDI go to


04.09.12 | No good news for European airport industry in July traffic report

The latest traffic figures for Europe’s airports released today reveal a disappointing summer season in traffic terms. Overall passenger traffic at European airports in the month of July reported growth of just +1.1%. The overall freight traffic among European airports declined by -3.2% in the same period, while aircraft movements (an indicator of airline capacity) at European airports decreased by -0.8%.

The divide within Europe remains, with passenger traffic growth at EU airports registering a totally flat result (0.0%) while non-EU airport passenger traffic continued to enjoy diminishing growth of +6.1%.

Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported for June 2012 an average increase of +0.8%, +1.1%, +2.2% and +0.6% respectively when compared with June 2011.

In terms of the year-to-date passenger traffic results at European airports, comparison with the same period in 2011 reveals an average increase of +2.5%, +2.5%, +2.3% and +1.6% respectively, across the 4 traffic groups.

Airports that experienced the highest increase in passenger traffic per group, when comparing July 2012 with July 2011, include:

GROUP 1 airports – Istanbul IST (+13.4%), Moscow DME (+7.8%),
Barcelona (+6.0%), Frankfurt (+3.7%) and Amsterdam (+1.3%)

GROUP 2 airports – Moscow SVO (+13.0%), Nice (+8.8%),
Berlin TXL (+10.0%), Oslo (+5.1%) and Düsseldorf (+4.6%)

GROUP 3 airports – Bucharest OTP (+57.5%), Charleroi (+17.4%),
Marseille (+14.9%), Toulouse (+12.4%) and Girona (+10.8%)

GROUP 4 airports – Arad (+5,854.8%), Zadar (+39.5%),
Sandefjord (+33.4%), Chambery (+31.5%) and Vilnius (+27.1%)

The ‘ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – July 2012′ includes 170 airports in total. These airports represent over 88% of European passenger traffic.


04.09.12 | LAN announces flights to Chiloe Island in Southern Chile

On November 7, 2012, LAN Airlines will initiate service to Chiloé Island. The flight will depart from Santiago with a quick stop over in Puerto Montt and finally arrives in Chiloé.

LAN made the announcement today on the Island of Chiloé, where the Minister of the Department of Public Works, Laurence Golborne, made an official inspection of Mocopulli Airport. The airport is located approximately 20 km from the community of Castro.

LAN will launch the route with four weekly flights from Santiago via Puerto Montt. Approximate flight time from Puerto Montt to Mocopulli Airport is 35 minutes. Airfares will start at USD84 (CP$42,000) plus tax for flights from Santiago to Chiloe and USD 16 (CP$8,000) (plus tax) for the Puerto Montt–Chiloe flight.

LAN CEO for Chile, Enrique Elsaca praised the announcement and pointed out that this is great news for the airline. “In launching this new route, our objective is to continue contributing to the development of Chile and its regions; to connect the country and the world. We believe that our operation in Chile will help drive the economic and touristic development of an area that is of great importance to Chile, and this makes us very happy.”

The arrival of LAN to Chiloé is will also enable people from the island to stay connected more easily. “The whole community is waiting for our flights with great anticipation. We want to respond by delivering the world class service that we are known for,” he concluded.

Flights will be operated with a modern fleet of Airbus A320 aircrafts, which have reduced noise levels and lower CO2 emissions thanks to their fuel efficiency.

LAN clients may now purchase their tickets at any of LAN’s domestic and international points of sale or at .


04.09.12 | IFE Services looking forward to APEX EXPO 2012

IFE Services, the leading in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider, is exhibiting at APEX EXPO 2012 next month in Long Beach, California.

APEX EXPO is a four-day premier event committed to elevating the airline passenger experience around the world. This year, around 200 vendors will showcase their products and services to executives from over 100 airlines.

Exhibiting on Booth 351, the content service provider will be showcasing its IFE solutions for embedded, streaming and portable systems. The company’s services include the licensing of movies, TV programmes and music as well as the production of safety films, promotional videos, GUIs and pre-recorded announcements (PRAMs). This year the IFE specialist will also be focusing on its new in-flight gaming offering and the move from analogue to digital IFE.

The event, which runs from 17th to 20th September, will incorporate educational sessions covering IFE wireless streaming, casual gaming, connectivity and trends in passenger behaviour. The Passenger Choice Awards will recognise airlines delivering the best passenger experience and a series of networking events are being held to help delegates build business relationships and strengthen partnerships.

“The agenda for this year’s APEX EXPO looks stronger than ever and we can’t wait to meet up with our clients, partners and prospects in the IFE world again,” said Andy McEwan, IFE Services’ CEO. “We have lots of innovative new products to showcase and look forward to sharing them next month in Long Beach at what promises to be another great event.”


04.09.12 | JAL and British Airways Expand Codeshare Arrangements on Tokyo-London Routes and Begin Sales of Joint Fares

Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways (BA) today announced the start of codeshare arrangements on the routes between Tokyo and London (Heathrow), as well as the sales of joint fares on applicable routes from October 1, 2012.


At present, the airlines are codesharing on a total of 23 routes connecting London with 23 other European cities, and on 8 routes between Tokyo (Narita) and 7 destinations domestically and internationally. In addition to this, both members of the oneworld alliance will begin to market each other’s services between Tokyo and London (Heathrow). JAL and BA will place their respective flight indicators on the daily service they each operate between London and Tokyo’s Narita airport, as well as on BA’s five weekly flights to/from Tokyo’s downtown gateway at Haneda, jointly offering customers 19 weekly flights between the two cities.

Joint Fares

In conjunction with the commencement of the Tokyo=London codeshare flights, JAL and BA will also begin selling aligned fares applicable for JAL and BA-operated flights on these routes, originating from either city. With these fares that will be available from both airlines, customers can also choose to use a combination of JAL and BA in a single round-trip itinerary, significantly expanding their flight options.

Customers now have the option of flying JAL one-way and BA the other, creating an itinerary that suits their needs, at fares never before available for such a combination. Historically, customers would have to buy the highest tier (Normal Fares) for an itinerary involving one-way sectors on both airlines, but from October 1, this would be possible with all aligned fares.

Reservations and ticket issuance for the new codeshare flights, as well as sales of aligned fares will begin from tomorrow, September 5, for departures from October 1, 2012.

Special Campaign Fare from Tokyo to Europe

Furthermore, to celebrate their growing partnership, JAL and BA will be offering a special campaign fare for travel from Japan to Europe for a promotional period.