Aircell’s air-to-ground broadband Internet service is poised for significant growth following the announcement that Delta Air Lines plans to equip its entire mainline fleet of 330 airplanes with hardware needed to access the service, as well as the news that Aircell is about to install the system in the first customer business jet.
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As the presidential election enters the home stretch, still looming is the thorny question of reauthorizing FAA funding for the next four years and the even thornier question of user fees.
The new president of Bombardier’s fractional ownership and jet card programs has brought a unique perspective to the Canadian manufacturer’s Flexjet and Skyjet operations. Fred Reid, who took the helm on August 25, is the former CEO of Virgin America and has spent more than 25 years working within the commercial aviation sector.
Arinc (Booth No. 2273) is promoting a new onboard Internet service for laptop computer users called Oi that the company launched last month for the commercial air transport market and is now targeting to business aircraft operators.
The next time you hop on a commercial flight–or a business jet, for that matter–to come to an NBAA Convention, you might have the opportunity to access Aircell’s air-to-ground broadband Internet service from the comfort of your seat.
The prospect of instituting near-term ATC improvements as industry waits for the arrival of NextGen in the 2020s seems now to have been delayed for at least another year, and probably longer, by the possibility of political change after November’s presidential election.
The FAA’s approach to Airworthiness Directive (AD) compliance was a significant feature in the Department of Transportation’s Independent Review Team report on “Managing Risks in Civil Aviation.” The team was formed after the FAA suffered what the report called a “perfect storm” earlier this year during AD compliance issues with Southwest Airlines and American Airlines.
Midwest Airlines will replace all but nine of its Boeing 717s with 12 Embraer 170s flown by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways as part of an effort to restructure its fleet and fend off bankruptcy. As part of the deal, Midwest announced that Republic flight crew would fly the 12 E170s as Midwest Connect, temporarily replacing Midwest Airlines Boeing 717 crew until they receive training on the Brazilian equipment.
A new jet ownership and charter business called JetSuite is preparing to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 next April and has unveiled details about its business model.
The Austrian government has decided to sell its share of Austrian Airlines and has published advertisements in the financial press offering its 42.75-percent share of the flag carrier. The government has attached a number of conditions to the sale, including an obligation to maintain Vienna as a hub, to maintain the name Austrian Airlines and to leave a minority share of 25 percent of the total stock capital in Austrian hands.