Our lead story could not be better titled because we just found the news of Panasonic’s gift in the fight to wipe out one of the most devastating diseases that plagues Africa, and mankind for that matter, but especially today in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone – Ebola.
Our story begins only about one year ago when a small boy was infected with the parasitic virus in a village in Guinea in West Africa – he died and so did his family and thus began the infection of Guinea. No vaccine yet exists for the disease and since then, some 200 medical workers have died along with 6300 citizens. The scary part is that each month the number of cases double. Today, it is unknown how many are infected with the parasitic virus but at last count some 18,100 were, and its natural carrier is still unknown. It is in this demonic environment that an IFE company and an airline saw fit to make a donation that might just be one of the causes that breaks the chain of misery; it aids in the transportation of health help, and facilitates the removal of the sick. We owe Panasonic and Lufthansa a debt of gratitude for their gift of transportation and communication that will aid in the fight to defeat this monster. To get a better story on the “what” and “why’s” of their gift after we found a short news release, we talked with David Bruner, Vice President, Global Communication Services, Panasonic Aviation Services, and here is what he told IFExpress.
Q: David, as with every news release, there is a much bigger story underneath, could you expand a bit?
A: Panasonic Avionics is providing critical communications on board a high-tech flying hospital used to transport Ebola patients from Africa to overseas care facilities. An Airbus A340-300 aircraft, which is chartered from Lufthansa by the German Foreign office, has been converted into a hospital aircraft with isolation chambers for patients diagnosed as suffering from the disease.
Q: We want to know what Panasonic is providing to help this aircraft in such an important and eleemosynary event? How much is Panasonic spending out of pocket to help this work? What exactly is Panasonic providing to the plane, the crew and the aid workers? When is it planned to be in service? What will the plane be used for?
A: I think that it’s really important to acknowledge Lufthansa and the German Foreign Office who were the main drivers behind this fantastic humanitarian effort. This aircraft, which is an Airbus A340 that had been scheduled for retirement, was one of the first Lufthansa aircraft to be equipped with our Global Communications Service. We’re just happy to be involved in it and help the world deal with this outbreak of the Ebola virus, but it’s really Lufthansa and the German Foreign Office that deserves credit for the creation of this flying hospital. This is one of those good news stories where its not about profit, its really about how this airline, the German Government and Panasonic are working together to use this great technology to improve people’s lives.
Q: What is the Panasonic solution going to provide… how, with what?
A: We’re providing the latest generation of our Global Communications Service for the A340. With eXConnect, the on-board crew and medical staff will be able to access Wi-Fi Internet and email service for air-to-ground communications during emergency flights. With eXPhone, the crew will also be able to perform in-flight calling and texting, if necessary.
Further, with these connectivity and mobile phone services, the crew will be able stay in constant contact with the ground-based personnel to provide updates on a patient’s condition and allow hospitals to be prepared as much as possible for the patient’s arrival.
Q: How about a little more… who bought the plane, who buys the gas, who controls the plane schedule? Is there a back-story or two here? Should we thank Lufthansa? Anybody else?
A: The aircraft will be operated by the German Foreign Office. They were the ones who worked in close cooperation with the Robert Koch Institute in Germany to replace a number of airlocks and add a hermetically sealed isolation tent, which allows caregivers to treat patients with a lower risk of infection.
Our role is strictly providing the communications services onboard the aircraft. As I said previously, the credit really goes to Lufthansa and the German Foreign Office.
Q: What are the implications of this effort, in your mind, on the greater commercial aircraft industry and connectivity?
A: The use of the system for this operation is just one example of how operators are starting to expand the use of aircraft connectivity.
Today, in-flight Wi-Fi is often seen as a passenger amenity, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. We’re working with airlines on really leveraging the value of this service for services like this one, and to leverage their own IP systems while the aircraft is airborne. With that, we think the industry has something really valuable.
Next, in this pre-Holiday edition of IFExpress we thought it also prudent to get an update on one product we have been watching closely for the last six months – VT Miltope’s revolutionary nMAP2 wireless aircraft router. If you remember in our earlier announcement the device will change the way airlines think about serving wireless clients… basically a solution that increases the passenger bandwidth inside the airplane and does so via newly developed router “smarts’ called CHT – Cognitive Hotspot Technology. Built-in technology helps the router to actively determine the best wireless solution for each seated user on the plane. Nothing like this has ever been seen for aircraft, as far as we know, and that is why IFExpress is keeping tabs on this device. Look at it another way, how else are airlines going to keep up with passenger devices that are used to faster and faster wireless solutions on the ground? Don’t believe us? We asked the same question (and a number of others) to Bob Guidetti, VT Miltops’s VP of Commercial Products and he told IFExpress: “Miltope developed nMAP2 to meet the ever increasing demands for wireless throughput and client associations in the cabin. As the highest performing wireless access point, nMAP2 will truly become the benchmark for the industry.”
Q: Is it too early to tell exactly how much better the nMAP2 product will be with CHT?
A: We are currently testing nMAP2 without CHT to establish baseline performance, but note that CHT testing verification is an ongoing effort. Once we have established baseline nMAP2 performance without CHT, we then plan to continue CHT baseline performance verification tests in January 2015. Your readers need to stay tuned for this one.
Q: We hear that there is a lot of interest in the nMAP2 by airlines who see the value in better performance in their wireless systems on board. Is that true?
A: Yes, and our goal is to double the number of client associations of existing wireless access points running at a minimum of 1 Mbps throughput.
Q: So far, how is the testing going?
A: With respect to performance, verification testing of nMAP2 has verified improved performance over nMAP without application of CHT. CHT will provide additional improvements to wireless performance as I mentioned before. After that, Qualification testing is to start 1st week of January and be completed by end of January. Qualification testing will be performed to RTCA DO160 G.
Q: Lastly, can you give our readers a sneak peek into what VT Miltope will be rolling out at the next industry show?
A: We are currently developing another wireless product called cTWLU that will provide cellular in addition to Wi-Fi wireless ground link for the aircraft. Both the cTWLU and nMAP2 will be on display at the 2015 Interiors in Hamburg.
On another note, we received a news release in about free inflight texting: “Applications in-flight: If passengers are on a Gogo equipped flight, there are applications they can take advantage of free of charge. All T-Mobile customers can take advantage of free in-flight texting and voice mail services on all Gogo equipped U.S. airline aircraft. To access, customers must activate Wi-Fi calling on the ground prior to the first use of the free service. Passengers do not need to purchase Internet connectivity to take advantage of unlimited texting and voice mail allowing passengers an additional outlet to stay connected in-flight.”
Further, they offered the following; “Location sharing based application Glympse allows passengers to send their location at 30,000 feet via SMS, email or social media in-flight. Passengers traveling during the holidays can utilize Glympse to give loved ones an accurate arrival time, perfect in case you run into any last minute flight delays.” Readers, this is just the beginning of inflight data communication deals that we expect to come along and it looks like the US T-Mobile customers are the first to reap the benefit.
- American’s investment in the travel experience will provide customers with the largest Wi-Fi-connected regional jet fleet
Fort Worth, Texas | December 2014– As a part of its $2 billion investment to give customers a world-class travel experience, American Airlines will upgrade its regional fleet by adding Gogo inflight wireless services to all two-class regional jets. Nearly 250 of American’s regional aircraft will have inflight wireless Internet service installed by 2016. With this installation, the world’s largest airline will have the largest fleet of connected regional jets.
“We’re investing in a more competitive and consistent customer experience across our regional, domestic and international network,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “Adding inflight Wi-Fi to our two-class regional jets will give our customers what they want – comfort, connectivity and a world-class travel experience. We have new regional aircraft entering our fleet every month, and combined with the amenities and services we’re adding to our existing fleet, American is going to deliver a regional product that’s better than our competitors.”
American currently has nearly 850 aircraft with Gogo services and leverages Gogo’s air-to-ground (ATG) service and its next generation ATG-4 technology. Approximately 70 of these 850 aircraft are two-class regional jets.
“As the first airline to offer our inflight Wi-Fi, American knows customers value being able to remain connected and entertained while flying,” said Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO. “We’re excited be a part of American’s efforts to enhance the customer experience by expanding our connectivity services to more of its regional aircraft.”
Having ordered more than 500 new aircraft – with nearly two planes arriving each week through 2016 – American will offer customers the youngest fleet of any U.S.-based network carrier. New aircraft deliveries include 90 large regional jets, the Embraer 175 and Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen. These modern and fuel-efficient 76-seat jets provide customers with a top-tier regional product with First Class, Main Cabin Extra and Main Cabin seating, larger overhead bins, more spacious lavatories and leather seats with adjustable headrests.
The American Eagle and US Airways Express regional networks operate about 2,600 daily flights for American Airlines and US Airways, respectively. These flights serve 240 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Mexico. Eventually all regional service will be operated under the American Eagle brand and livery.
American marked the one-year anniversary of its merger earlier this week by announcing more than $2 billion in investments to give its customers a world-class travel experience. These investments include expanding inflight entertainment and connectivity. The airline is adding satellite-based Internet access to its international fleet including all Boeing 777s and 787s, Airbus A330s, and retrofitted Boeing 767-300s and 757s. New 737s, nearly all new A321s, as well as retrofitted A319s also will have power ports in every row. All new widebody deliveries, including 777-300ERs and 787s, come with power at every seat, allowing customers to charge their laptops and personal electronic devices from gate to gate. American also will be investing in fully lie-flat seats, more inflight entertainment options, a new, modern design for Admirals Club lounges worldwide, and an upgraded assortment of complimentary healthy food, cocktails and more.
- Carrier to benefit from even lower operating costs for long haul services
France | December 15, 2014– AirAsia X, the long haul affiliate of Asia’s largest low cost airline, has placed a firm order with Airbus for 55 A330neo aircraft. This is the largest single order to date for the best-selling A330 Family and reaffirms AirAsia X’s position as the biggest A330 airline customer worldwide, having now ordered a total of 91 aircraft. The announcement covers the firming up of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 50 A330neo signed during the Farnborough Air Show in July 2014, plus an additional five aircraft. Deliveries of the newly-ordered aircraft will begin in 2018.
“This latest deal with Airbus will enable AirAsia X to consolidate its growth rate in 2015-2017 before ramping up deliveries from 2018 onwards.” said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Co-Founder and Director of AirAsia X. “The A330 has proven itself to be exactly the right aircraft for our business model, combining low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are extremely excited about the even greater levels of efficiency that will come with the A330neo, which will play a key role in enabling AirAsia X to maintain its position as the long haul low cost leader.”
“This order from AirAsia X is a major endorsement of the A330neo as the most cost-efficient aircraft in its size category,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “With the A330neo in its fleet, AirAsia X will benefit from even lower operating costs as it expands it network and reach, enabling more people to fly further more often than ever before. We look forward to AirAsia X becoming one of the first operators of the latest version of the highly successful A330.”
Building on the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330ceo, the A330neo will incorporate latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. These advances will make the aircraft the most cost-efficient in its size category, with a reduction in fuel consumption of 14% per seat, an increase in non-stop flying range of up to 400 nautical miles and the lowest possible maintenance costs.
The A330 Family is part of the world’s most modern and comprehensive widebody product line, which also includes the larger A350 XWB and double deck A380. Together, the various versions of the aircraft efficiently cover all airline widebody requirements for regional, medium and long haul operations, seating from 250 to over 500 passengers and sharing unique levels of operational commonality.
- New Canadian ultra-low cost carrier starts building its fleet
Seattle, WA | December 15, 2014–Boeing [NYSE:BA] and Jetlines today announced an order for five 737 MAX 7s as the new Canadian ultra-low cost carrier builds its future fleet. The order, valued at $438 million at current list prices, includes purchase rights for an additional 16 737 MAXs.
“This agreement with Boeing is a major milestone for Jetlines,” said Jim Scott, CEO of Jetlines. “We are thrilled to be partnering with Boeing and look forward to introducing the 737 MAX 7 into our fleet.”
The new airline, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, plans to tap into passenger demand by offering low cost airfares on routes that avoid direct competition with other airlines.
“Boeing is proud to partner with Jetlines as it begins a journey to offer low airfares to passengers across Canada,” said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 MAX 7 is perfectly suited to the airline’s needs, and we appreciate the confidence Jetlines has in the airplane.”
The 737 MAX incorporates the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets and other improvements to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX 7 will be capable of flying more than 3,800 nautical miles, extending the range over today’s 737-700 by approximately 400 nautical miles (741km).
With this order, the 737 MAX has orders for 2,562 airplanes from 55 customers worldwide.
Los Angeles, CA | December 15, 2014– Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (Nasdaq: ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, today announced that it has been selected by WestJet to manage their inflight content services. WestJet Airlines is a Canadian low-cost carrier that provides scheduled and charter air service to 91 destinations in Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
WestJet is currently overhauling its existing inflight entertainment (IFE) system and replacing it with a wireless IFE solution. Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) will provide a broad array of content that can be accessed by passengers using their personal electronic devices or tablets rented from the airline. Through this long-term agreement, GEE will provide a selection of current movies and television, including a wide catalog of engaging and entertaining programs, beginning in Q1 2015.
“We’re delighted to enable the deployment of content for WestJet’s wireless IFE program,” commented Amir Samnani, SVP of Content Services at GEE. “This is a first for the airline as it has traditionally managed content services in-house. In this strategic relationship with WestJet, we are looking forward to supporting the airline with our extensive expertise in technical services and delivery of wireless content and solutions.”
- Chairman and CEO David McGlade to Transition to Executive Chairman Role, and Spengler to CEO Role, Effective April 1, 2015
Luxembourg | December 11, 2014– Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, announced today that current Intelsat President and Chief Commercial Officer Stephen Spengler has been promoted to Deputy Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
Under the company’s succession plan, Intelsat Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David McGlade will transition to the position of Executive Chairman, effective April 1, 2015, at which time Mr. Spengler will become Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGlade will have served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer for 10 years.
Mr. Spengler has been with Intelsat in various executive positions since 2003, including serving as Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Strategy. Mr. Spengler has nearly 30 years’ experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry. During his tenure at the company, Mr. Spengler led the development of Intelsat’s global mobility network, in which Intelsat now has a leading share of maritime and aeronautical broadband services. He has also overseen the development of the company’s next generation satellite platform, Intelsat EpicNG®, of which the first satellite is expected to launch in late 2015.
In announcing these changes, Mr. McGlade stated, “Steve is a proven leader with outstanding customer and communications industry knowledge and the ability to execute a global plan. His vision has been instrumental in driving our next generation strategy, and in building new innovative services with the commercial satellite services we provide.”
“Intelsat’s role in providing global connectivity has never been more relevant than it is today,” said Mr. Spengler. “Our entire company is focused on delivering services that support the future growth of our customers. I am honored to lead our team during a period when our technology and services are poised to accelerate the spread of broadband connectivity globally.”
- SITA kiosks to increase passenger throughput by 60% at Jamaica borders
Montego Bay, Jamaica | December 11, 2014– Passengers arriving at the airports in Kingston and Montego Bay in Jamaica can look forward to faster border clearance with the launch of new automated border control (ABC) kiosks. The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) of Jamaica today announced that kiosks, supplied by air transport and government IT solutions provider SITA, will use sophisticated biometric checks to process passengers quickly and securely. Passenger throughput at the borders is expected to increase by close to 60%.
Jamaica is the first country, in the Americas to allow passengers arriving from any international location to use kiosks for self-service immigration border clearance. Other countries have experienced the benefits of biometric kiosks but have limited their use to select nationalities or those who have enrolled in trusted traveler programs.
Jennifer McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, PICA, said: “It is important that we welcome all our visitors to Jamaica in the best way we can and with SITA we had the confidence to offer this self-service to all passengers, and not just those who enroll in a trusted traveler program. SITA’s kiosks use biometrics and work seamlessly with our existing border management systems to offer this great service – fast and secure border processing for everyone.
“It was SITA’s extensive border security experience combined with its unique solution of kiosks, biometrics and border management that made it the ideal supplier to implement the system and provide the ongoing support that we need to ensure its smooth operation in the years ahead.”
Passengers of all nationalities can use the kiosks for self-service immigration. They are easy to use and the whole process takes less than 60 seconds. The passenger uses their passport to identify themselves and a camera on the kiosk captures their face biometric. The passport information and biometric captured is then cross-referenced to verify the passenger is who they claim to be and then checked against government watch lists. The passenger answers immigration questions on the kiosk touch screen and once cleared is given a receipt to show as they exit the customs hall. Passengers do not need to interact with an immigration official unless there is an error or concern.
Paul Houghton, SITA President, Americas, speaking at the launch in Montego Bay, said: “Jamaica continues its long tradition of welcoming travelers in the best way possible by making border processing easier, faster and more secure. PICA is a long-standing customer of SITA and is continually evaluating how technology can improve the experience at the border. SITA has used its decades of airport, airline and border security experience to provide an integrated solution of kiosks, biometrics and border management. This delivers the security and efficiency demand by PICA while providing passengers with a smooth arrival in Jamaica.”
In total 15 kiosks are in operation, at the country’s two busiest airports: Norman Manley International Airport, Kingston and Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay. Together these airports welcome close to three million passengers each year, of which approximately 1.7 million are international visitors to Jamaica. This major national investment is part of PICA’s vision to introduce innovative technologies for border processing which will help improve tourism for the country.
SITA is a trusted partner to PICA for existing border security solutions. This partnership, combined with its unique experience working with airports and airlines both within Jamaica and the Caribbean and across the world, made SITA the ideal choice for the kiosk implementation. SITA is the proven global leader in border security and identity management solutions with 36 countries and over 60 government entities using its iBorders® technology to process over 100 million passengers annually. Many international airports in the USA, including JFK New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Tampa, have biometric immigration kiosks provided by SITA.
This past week we tracked down Boeing’s Cabin Marketing Guru, Kent Craver. If you remember, he spoke this year at AIX in Seattle and discussed some of the changes going on inside commercial airline aircraft seating operations. The reason we were interested is because of an event some 6 years ago, but we will discuss that in a minute.
It is important to note that the Economy cabin seating market has been changing for some years now, in fact, the supply and demand of all classes of aircraft seating has been changing more in the last ten years than ever before. Sure, there has been a lot of flux in seat offerings, from one class in the beginning; to the common three class offerings most common today – Economy, Business, and First. Lets get right to the point: Change is occurring because of the need for more economy seats and a global demand (desire) for upgraded economy seating, the rear of the airplane is gaining seats. This is true for so many reasons, but one is that it costs less than a Business Class seat. The airlines are also seeing less demand for First Class while at the same time Economy Plus, which has been alive for some ten years, is gaining in interest by fliers, many of whom were previously Business Class fliers. The trick here is to maximize profits in filling the demand and that’s where this whole story began for IFExpress some six years ago with a marketing fellow at Boeing named Klaus Brauer, Director Passenger Satisfaction & Revenue, (who is now retired) and preceded by Mr. Craver who currently holds a similar position within Boeing. You see, Klaus did an analytic analysis of the impact of adding Economy Plus seats to answer at least one question: “How large should the premium economy cabin be?” Also, he noted in his study that the cannibalization of seat space in one section would eventually be seen somewhere else on the plane.
Klaus noted in his study: “With regard to cannibalization of business class by premium economy, it was found that only very high portions (e.g. 40% or more) of business class travelers (on international routes) buying down to the premium economy product resulted in the three-class (business / premium economy / tourist economy) configurations generating less total revenue than the corresponding two-class (business / economy) configurations.” But don’t take our word, check out his paper here. We note that the study relies on some powerful existing math models so don’t get scared… just observe the broad demand curve solutions with the application of math modeling and the surprising market insensitivity. Klaus also felt that analyzing the demand for Premium Economy was a value proposition not to be missed. Said Mr. Brauer: “The revenue gains suggested by this study are far too large to ignore. Understanding market-specific demands for premium economy service, as well as the likelihood of business class cannibalization by various products, are well worth the required research to the intercontinental carrier.”
Jump ahead six years to today and a paper presented by Kent Craver, Regional Director – Cabin Experience & Revenue Analysis, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Specifically check out the “Cabin Seating Trends Evolution” chart at the beginning of his presentation and note today’s seating evolution and the predominance of Premium Economy but, Kent fine tune’s the situation that Klaus presented with two Premium Economy variations: Standard Economy Plus and Enhanced Premium Economy. “Standard Economy Plus that uses the same seat but with more pitch (2” to 5” additional legroom) – a typical North American solution, first implemented by United in the early 2000’s.”
Next he notes the differences with Enhanced Premium Economy offering. He states: “Enhanced Premium Economy is usually one seat less across and the seats have more ‘bells & whistles’,” he said. “Further, those seats are closer to Business Class – something very different from an Economy seat… more like what Business Class was thirty or forty years ago.” He also noted that every long haul, twin-aisle has to have a lay-flat seat in Business Class, ostensibly to differentiate even more from a Enhanced Premium Economy offering. The issue here is perceived value.
“Typically they differ,” he observes, “Standard Economy Plus is not sold as a separate class seat, but rather, passengers pay for an Economy seat and then pay a fee to move up to Economy Plus. The idea here is that there are multiple points of possible sale upgrades (kiosks, etc.) and the airlines can even offer a clubroom visit. With Enhanced Premium Economy you pay for that seat up front.”
Lastly, Mr. Craver gave an answer to the one begging question we had. There is only so much space available on the interior of an aircraft, so what gives? “First Class cabins are getting smaller or being eliminated altogether,” he said. Note the right hand column of Kent’s chart ‘Tri-class is being redefined’. Business, Premium and Economy class configurations have grown from 14% to 21% in only 5 years. Further, in that time period, First, Business and Economy Class configurations have declined from 58% to 40% in that same time period. The forecast for this trend is even more significant.
So what have we learned? As Kent put it: “With a majority of people today it’s all about price – there are a subset of the flying class that cannot afford Business Class but can afford more than economy. It’s all about growth coming at the expense of traditional three class configuration!”
Finally we had to ask Kent about the future of IFE with all this seating change activity and he told IFExpress: “I don’t believe the seating trends will be the primary driver for the future of IFE, but it will be interesting to watch the impact of IFE streaming to personal devices. Especially once the early window limitations are resolved.”
We all have not heard the last word on Economy seating status and to prove it, Christopher Elliot, who writes a lot about passenger travel, has penned a piece on what we all thought might be a future airline scenario – Economy Minus!
Dubai, UAE | December 7, 2014– Rockwell Collins will be showcasing its new portfolio of ARINCDirect flight information solutions and market-leading cabin systems at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) annual convention and exhibition.
The New ARINCDirect
This suite of flight support services for business aviation consolidates and integrates Rockwell Collins’ former Ascend Flight Information Solutions and ARINC Direct services into one industry-leading solution for flight planning, regional and international trip support, cabin connectivity and flight operations management.
Middle East customers will now experience the single most comprehensive portfolio of flight support solutions in the industry, along with reliable performance, industry-leading technical expertise and outstanding customer service they expect―all from one company.
ARINCDirect services that will be highlighted at MEBA 2014 include:
- An innovative tankering feature available through the ARINCDirect customer portal which helps business aviation operators better manage fuel costs
- An integrated weight and balance/performance feature in the ARINCDirect iPad app that provides business aviation pilots the ability to make accurate computations with or without an Internet connection
- Extensions of Rockwell Collins’ Flight Operating System (FOS) featuring new levels of integration between the ARINCDirect application and the flight scheduling and operations management software
- The latest connectivity capabilities to help keep the cabin and crew connected in-flight.
Market-Leading Cabin Systems
Rockwell Collins’ Venue HD cabin management and entertainment system has been installed on more than 450 aircraft, which is more than any other HD system available in the market. In recent years, because of the system’s flexible design, Venue has become a popular choice for the large VIP aircraft aftermarket.
Venue’s flexibility allows for integration of other cabin systems, including its Airshow Moving Map system and its Apple-enabling Skybox solution. Airshow delivers real-time flight information for passengers during their journeys through the world, both on cabin-mounted and personal devices. Skybox, as well as Venue’s embedded audio/video on-demand (AVOD) function, allows passengers to stream content throughout the cabin. Skybox is first airworthy solution to securely stream digital rights management (DRM) Hollywood-protected content.
Rockwell Collins’ Tailwind multi-region in-flight TV system offers content-rich, live programming during flight. The company recently announced new satellite reception technology for its Tailwind 550 system for large VIP aircraft. The new technology provides 25-percent greater programming coverage for all supported regions and it improves reliability when traveling between regions where satellite coverage may be weak, and flying in hot and humid areas.