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Could British Airways celebrity curated IFE spark a trend?

February 27, 2014

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With everything from the paintings hanging in the airport lounge to the onboard wine and cheese menu being carefully selected by a host of art world insiders, big-name sommelliers and celebrity chefs these days, well-travelled passengers are by now very familiar with the trend towards so-called “curated spaces”. And while passengers may have grown accustomed […]

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Higher bandwidth key to British Airways’ selection of Panasonic for inflight connectivity trial

August 9, 2013

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British Airways chose Panasonic Avionics as its partner for a planned inflight connectivity trial on a Boeing 747 later this year because it wanted to offer a high bandwidth connection to gain a truer understanding of how its customers would use onboard Wi-Fi. The London Heathrow-based carrier is installing Thales’ TopSeries inflight entertainment (IFE) system […]

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Airbus to broaden IFE options on A350 XWB; chief salesman John Leahy weighs in

July 15, 2013

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Airbus is still planning to expand the options for inflight entertainment systems offered on the A350 XWB through a call for tender for “light” IFE solutions, a move that will be welcomed by airlines keen to see a greater choice of suppliers in the A350 catalogue. As it stands, airlines can choose between Thales and […]

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British Airways to begin inflight connectivity trial on 747 later this year; admits nervousness

July 5, 2013

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LONDON: British Airways plans to carry out an inflight connectivity trial later this year on one of its Boeing 747s, but is undecided on whether to eventually roll out onboard Wi-Fi because it believes that there remains “lots of nervousness” around the issue. The London Heathrow-based carrier will begin a 12-month connectivity trial on an […]

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BA places strong emphasis on premium passengers with new A380

July 5, 2013

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LONDON: British Airways is confident that strong premium demand from its London Heathrow base will justify its decision to configure its Airbus A380s with a stronger emphasis on the upper end of the market than most other operators of the type. The carrier, which took delivery of its first A380 yesterday, has chosen to configure […]

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British Airways rolls out on-board recycling programme to inbound long-haul flights

April 18, 2013

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We’re all used to separating our recyclables from our waste at home, but have you ever felt a pang of guilt on an aircraft when all your on-board waste is often collected in the same refuse bag? In a bid to address this issue, British Airways has just started a programme to collect and recycle […]

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Destination-specific programming for IFE expects to pay millions in revenue share to airlines

December 6, 2012

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Inflight magazine publishers have been doing it for years – offering airlines a slice of the revenues generated from advertisements in the magazines they publish on their behalf. The inflight magazine model has proven to be a win-win-win for airlines, advertisers and passengers, as it puts products and services in front of some of the […]

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Aircraft engineers, modification facilites tackle business bonanza as airlines upgrade their fleets

July 17, 2012

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For an engineering services company that carefully manages growth and describes its business model as “pretty conservative”, Northwest Aerospace Technologies’ decision to more than double its employee numbers over the last 18 months speaks volumes about the level of demand today for commercial aircraft retrofit work, including interior reconfigurations and inflight entertainment (IFE) and connectivity […]

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American insists sliding seats on 777-300ER will give “feeling” of more space; talks premium economy

June 29, 2012

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American Airlines is confident it has made the right decision in selecting a 10-abreast configuration with articulating (read sliding) economy-class seats for its new Boeing 777-300ER widebody aircraft, saying the slimline design should create a feeling of more space for customers compared with the older economy-class seats that have a thicker density. By contrast American […]

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Airlines have grape expectations for onboard wine

June 20, 2012

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For most of us, a glass of wine with our meal is something to look forward to on a flight. It’s celebratory: you’ve made the flight, you’re on your way, you have few distractions, and now there’s not much else to do but relax. But you’ll have doubtless noticed that wine, like food, tastes different […]

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