Cathay Pacific’s first A350 arrives in Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Airways’ first Airbus A350-900XWB aircraft arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Toulouse, France on Sunday, 29 May. It is the first of 48 A350s scheduled to be delivered to the airline. The new aircraft features Cathay Pacific’s latest inflight products in the Business Class, Premium Economy Class and Economy Class cabins, enriching the experience of passengers and helping the airline to deliver on its promise of a Life Well Travelled.
Sport 24 Coverage Schedule: May 19th – 25th
Passengers flying this week can enjoy LIVE coverage of the NBA Playoffs, Bundesliga Playoffs, Roland Garros, and more on Sport 24 inflight.
The big moments ahead:
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Golden State Warriors
Toronto Raptors vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Eintracht Frankfurt vs 1. FC Nurnberg
National Rugby League (more…)
IMG Set to Launch Second Live Inflight Channel
IMG is to launch a second live sports channel for the inflight market to complement its Sport 24 channel – the only 24/7 live sports channel produced exclusively for airlines.Sport 24 Extra will launch on June 1st 2016, and take advantage of the premium live sport available in order to provide passengers with a choice of live events during busy periods in the sporting calendar.
Japan boosts in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity
A new agreement in Japan will significantly expand the country’s in-flight Wi-Fi capabilities.
Gogo, the in-flight connectivity company, has teamed up with Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation, the Asian satellite services provider, to increase capacity over Japan using the JCSAT–5A satellite, which launched on 6 May. This will improve in-flight Wi-Fi speeds on JAL flights.
Stay Connected Inflight with Social-Lite!
Value carrier Scoot has launched a low-cost inflight Wi-Fi plan named “Social-Lite”, allowing guests to stay connected at unbeatable value with friends, families and co-workers as they travel!
Optimised for messaging and chat services as well as light surfing, “Social-Lite” costs just US$5 for 20MB of data at 64kbps surfing speed. It complements Scoot’s existing inflight Wi-Fi plans on its Boeing 787 fleet, priced attractively at US$11.95 for one hour, US$16.95 for three hours and US$21.95 for 24-hours, without any cap on data consumed. Scoot is the only carrier in the world to offer inflight Wi-Fi across its entire fleet.
Sport 24 Coverage Schedule: May 12th – 18th
This week on Sport 24, passengers can enjoy watching LIVE coverage of the NBA Playoffs, ATP Tennis, Euroleague Basketball, European Rugby Champions Cup, and more right from their seat!
The big moments ahead:
Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors
San Antonio Spurs vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat
Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors
TBD vs TBD
ATP Tennis Rome
Round 3 (more…)
Flydubai rolling out in-flight Wi-Fi and live TV
Low-cost carrier flydubai now offers in-flight Wi-Fi and access to live TV on select Boeing 737 aircraft. The fleet-wide deployment of Global Eagle Entertainment’s (GEE) Airconnect Ku IFE&C system is under way and will allow passengers to connect to the internet and watch live content on their own devices.
GEE already supplies flydubai with content for its seatback Fiber-to-the-Screen (FTTS) in-flight entertainment system, and the new live TV streaming option will complement this system and present passengers with further choice. Among the channels that passengers can access in-flight are BBC World News, Al Jazeera News, MBC1 and the Discovery Channel.
British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia to adopt Gogo’s 2Ku connectivity solution
International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced that it will make use of Gogo’s 2Ku technology to provide in-flight connectivity on long-haul British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia services.
In total, 118 British Airways, four Aer Lingus and up to 15 Iberia aircraft will be fitted with 2Ku. The group says that by early 2019, 90% of its airlines’ long-haul aircraft will be fitted with a high-quality connectivity service. This includes the Aer Lingus and Iberia A330 aircraft already fitted with Panasonic’s connectivity solution.
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Leisure traveler expectations cited as Austrian eyes Wi-Fi for 777s
Traveling to Hamburg recently on United Airlines’ nonstop service from Newark, I couldn’t help but notice that while I was feverishly trying to access the Internet, the passengers around me – most of them industry executives en route to the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo – had relaxation on their mind, as they settled into their seats to watch the IFE, read, dine and sleep. Their apparent lack of interest in staying connected in-flight proved a boon, as I was able to enjoy a truly robust Internet connection and with it the ability to get a sizable amount of work done.
But if business executives aren’t using the Internet on long-haul flights across oceans, then who is using it….outside of working journalists? That question was answered last week by Austrian Airlines, when the carrier’s manager product communication Ali Farhat revealed that the FlyNet-branded inflight Internet offered across partner Lufthansa’s long-haul fleet “is more used in a touristy way, for leisure travelers” who “want to be connected to the world, social media”.
KLM Debuts the 787-9 Dreamliner in its San Francisco Route
In the April 2016 issue of Airways, Andreas Spaeth wrote about Dutch carrier KLM’s (Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij or Royal Dutch Airlines) introduction of the Boeing 787-9 into its fleet. Initial destinations served by the new aircraft included Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Rio de Janeiro, Osaka, Delhi, Hangzhou, Xiamen and Chengdu. And on May 4, San Francisco (SFO) was added to the growing list of KLM 787 destinations as the airline introduced flights 609/610 to its Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) hub. KLM held a brief ribbon cutting ceremony before the passengers boarded flight 610 for the inaugural flight bound for Amsterdam from San Francisco.
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