Bluetooth Technology, 2020 Crystal Cabin Awards, and An IFE Order From Kuwait Airways


Note: “The British Airways B747 subsonic flight between New York and London was flown in 4 hours and 56 minutes – in a flight that normally takes six hours and 13 minutes! Interestingly, the flight speed was 825 mph (1327 (km/h))” – Bob Bogash
British Airways Sets Speed Record, Crossing The Atlantic In Under 5 Hours : NPR


The addition of Bluetooth technology to the IFPL portfolio is an exciting development. As a world leader in passenger connectivity, IFPL products deliver high-quality sound, reliability and provide an enhanced customer experience. Powering PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices) is now an important requirement in support of the passenger experience. AdPower (patent pending) is a unique way to provide passengers with in-seat USB power that can be monetized by airlines.

Battery anxiety is recognized as an area of potential stress and concern for travelers. Therefore, on-board USB power offers passengers a solution to this new issue.

AdPower can be used in two ways; either by watching a short advert on-board or purchasing in flight power prior to boarding. This provides an additional income stream that complements airline revenue strategy. Being embedded within the airlines App, AdPower can be tailored to each carriers’ individual requirements.

IFPL invites you to experience their truly innovative solutions, the latest integrated USB power and Bluetooth audio products at AIX 2020.


Astronics announced that it is on the 2020 Crystal Cabin Awards shortlist for its Sierra portable inflight entertainment (IFE) and Edge cabin network platform. Finalists for the awards will be selected in early March, with the winners announced at a ceremony on March 31, 2020 at the Aircraft Interiors trade show in Hamburg, Germany.

The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, recognizing significant improvements in passenger comfort. This year, 105 concepts from 21 countries made the shortlist.


Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) announced that it will be providing inflight entertainment (IFE) for Kuwait Airways’ new fleet of eight Airbus A330-800neo aircraft. Kuwait Airways will become the first airline in the world to operate the A330-800neo aircraft, starting in the second quarter of 2020 when it joins the airline’s existing fleet of Airbus A320 and Boeing 777-300ER aircraft which are already equipped with Panasonic’s X series IFE experience.

With Panasonic’s full HD touch screens, touch video handsets, electronic device charging facilities, both universal and USB charging and more, together with comfortable seats and space, both Business and Economy class passengers will have a pleasant experience onboard Kuwait Airways.

Kuwait Airways has been flying in the Middle East region and worldwide since 1954, and this year celebrates its 65th anniversary. With optimum safety and an inflight experience that provides excellent passenger satisfaction, Kuwait Airways is a major leader in the aviation industry.

Ken Sain, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, said: “As Kuwait Airways develops its long-haul network with the introduction of its new A330-800neo fleet, Panasonic Avionics is honored to be their partner of choice in enhancing their inflight passenger experience. “Our X Series inflight entertainment systems are the most-awarded in the industry and we are confident that the memorable inflight experiences they create will help Kuwait Airways further increase passenger engagement and loyalty.”


Lufthansa Systems announced that it won the contract to implement its NetLine/Ops ++ operations management system as a strategic IT partner to the Lufthansa Group. The airline IT specialist came out on top against the competition in a multi-stage bidding process. Now that the multi-year agreement has been signed for the use of NetLine/Ops ++, the migration will soon begin to the operations control platform developed by Lufthansa Systems. To start with, six group airlines – Lufthansa, Lufthansa CityLine, Lufthansa Cargo, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss – will benefit from extensive functionalities and harmonized processes that reduce costs and ultimately improve the passenger experience.

One major advantage of NetLine/Ops ++ is a platform architecture that enables integrated management through multiple Operations Control Centers (OCC) within the Lufthansa Group. NetLine/Ops ++ makes it possible to evaluate data intelligently in order to predict potential operational restrictions on the day of operations. The solution proactively suggests countermeasures to minimize the effect on operations. Following the principle of “airline operations ahead of time”, forecasting systems are used to calculate potential disruptions, simulate various solutions and help operations controllers make fast, cost-efficient decisions.


Airbus logged net orders in January for 274 commercial aircraft from its A220, A320 and A350 XWB product lines in activity that included two new customers for the A220, additional market traction for the A320/A321 as reference products in the single-aisle segment, and further endorsements for the A350 XWB with repeat orders from two customers. During the month, 31 deliveries were made from the A220, A320, A330 and A350 XWB aircraft families.
The single-aisle new business was led by the purchase finalization by Spirit Airlines of the U.S. for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, involving 47 A319neo, 33 A320neo and 20 A321neo versions and U.S.-based Air Lease Corporation’s 102-aircraft order for 50 A220-300s, 25 A321neo versions and 27 A321XLRs (becoming a new customer for this extra long-range version).

Airbus revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 2 metres long and 3.2 metres wide, with a surface area of about 2.25m², MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design, that has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up-to 20 percent compared to current single-aisle aircraft. The “blended wing body” configuration also opens up new possibilities for propulsion systems type and integration, as well as a versatile cabin for a totally new on-board passenger experience. Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the flight-test campaign has been on-going and will continue until the end of Q2 2020. Airbus is using its core strengths and capabilities of engineering and manufacturing, in close collaboration with an extended innovation ecosystem, to accelerate traditional research and development cycles. By doing this Airbus is able to achieve proof of concepts, at a convincing scale and speed, thereby driving forward maturity and increasing their value. Through AirbusUpNext, a research program, Airbus is currently working on a number of demonstrator projects in parallel; E-FAN X (hybrid-electric propulsion), fello’fly (v-shaped “formation” flight) and ATTOL (Autonomous Taxi Take-Off & Landing).


Boeing will highlight its broad range of commercial and defense products, services and technologies at the 2020 Singapore Airshow, which runs February 11-16 at the Changi Exhibition Centre. The company’s presence and activities at the show will underscore its commitment to safety, global partnerships, sustainability and innovation. Boeing will feature the ecoDemonstrator program and its 777 flying test bed, which is evaluating 50 technologies with the potential to improve passenger comfort, safety and environmental performance.

BBAM and Boeing announced the lessor has ordered three 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF), underscoring the growing e-commerce and express sector of the air cargo market. BBAM has one of the world’s biggest Next-Generation 737 fleets and has chosen the BCF program to convert three airplanes in its existing fleet. The 737-800BCF is built on the Next-Generation 737 platform, well known for its reliability and efficiency. The airplane carries up to 52,800 pounds (23.9 metric tons) of payload with excellent operating economics to maximize operators’ profits. BBAM is the world’s largest dedicated manager of investments in leased commercial jet aircraft providing over 200 airline customers in more than 50 countries with fleet and financing solutions over the last three decades. BBAM currently has more than US $27 billion of assets under management and employs over 150 professionals at its headquarters in San Francisco and in additional offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Zurich, Dublin, and Santiago.


PLEASE NOTE: Government of Singapore increased the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level from Yellow to Orange over Coronavirus outbreak, and recommended that all large-scale events be canceled or deferred; however, as of now, the Singapore Airshow will take place as planned on February 11-16, albeit with lower-than-projected attendance.

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