LUFTHANSA SELECTS PANASONIC AVIONICS Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has been selected by Lufthansa to provide its NEXT in-flight entertainment (IFE) system and enhanced connectivity solutions for the carrier’s flagship Boeing 747-8 fleet. Panasonic Avionics’ NEXT IFE system will be retrofitted on Lufthansa’s 19 Boeing 747-8s, with the first due to be rolled out in summer 2024. This higher performance system will provide Lufthansa’s passengers with a superior, immersive cinematic experience using the latest 4K screen technology, with faster... [Read more]

BAMBOO AIRWAYS SELECTS PANASONIC IFEC Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics)  announced an agreement with Bamboo Airways to provide its industry-leading in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems (IFEC) for the Vietnamese airline’s widebody fleet. Panasonic Avionics is installing its award-winning eX3 in-flight entertainment system on the airline’s Boeing 787-9 fleet, with the aircraft entering service on its intercontinental routes to Europe and Australia in recent weeks. Passengers throughout each aircraft will enjoy an immersive, cinematic experience... [Read more]

Global Policy Will Remove Headaches From International Travel Led by Saudi Arabia, the Harmonizing Air Travel policy will transform the traveler experience by creating a single, trusted source of information on entry requirements for international travelers  The global aviation policy has been developed in cooperation with the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) The Harmonizing Air Travel policy seeks to boost the recovery of the global aviation sector The policy framework was unveiled at the Kingdom’s inaugural Future Aviation Forum and will... [Read more]

Boeing Reports Increased Stability and Growth for Aircraft Finance Sector For second consecutive year, 100% of Boeing deliveries were financed by third parties with the top sources of delivery funding coming from cash, capital markets and sale leasebacks. Capital markets continued to play a key role in shoring up liquidity for the sector, close to pre-pandemic levels for most issuers as spreads tightened throughout the year. Boeing Capital Corporation released the 2022 Commercial Aircraft Financing Market Outlook (CAFMO) showing improving financing stability as the industry... [Read more]

Safran Passenger Innovations Delivers RAVE IFEC for China Airlines A321NEO Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI) is thrilled to announce the delivery of China Airline’s A321NEO. This aircraft is equipped with the latest RAVE Ultra displays in 13.3” and 15.6” as well as the newest software platform, RAVE OS. China Airlines is very excited to offer their passengers a cutting-edge experience with full cabin Bluetooth audio paired with Safran Passenger Innovation’s RAVE OS platform. This first-rate experience is complete with 4K picture quality, second screen, multi-tasking,... [Read more]

Spafax’s Future Screen Podcast Are you interested in the latest IFE licensing trends? Do you want to discover the hot new shows? Tune into Spafax’s Future Screen which is available on Spotify. Future Screen is hosted by Spafax’s Andrea Whyte. This issue features interviews with Vince Cruz, Vice President Non-Theatrical Sales at Paramount, Meera Sharma, Non-Theatrical Sales Manager at Paramount Global and Mark Horton, Head of Worldwide Sales at Cinesky. Listen to Future Screen here. Boeing The Boeing Company announced major program deliveries across its... [Read more]

FINNAIR SELECTS PANASONIC AVIONICS FOR WIDEBODY IFE UPGRADE Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic Avionics) has been selected by Finnair to upgrade the in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems across the airline’s widebody long-haul fleet. The IFE upgrade is an integral part of the Nordic cabin enhancements being introduced by Finnair across its long-haul fleet, including the introduction of a brand new Premium Economy cabin. Panasonic Avionics is installing its latest eX3 system in all cabins on Finnair’s eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft – upgrading them from its... [Read more]

INMARSAT WINS ‘SATELLITE OPERATOR EXCELLENCE’ ACCOLADE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR AT AVIATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS Inmarsat has taken top honors at the Aviation Achievement Awards, after being crowned winner in the ‘Satellite Operator Excellence’ category for the second consecutive year. The prestigious accolade was presented during an awards ceremony in Dubai, with special praise from the judging panel for Inmarsat’s ‘exceptional leadership, innovation and resilience’ over the past year. As the aviation industry continues to recover from the unprecedented... [Read more]

GÖZEN HOLDING ORDERS 100 VX4 AIRCRAFT FROM AVOLON TO BRING ZERO EMISSIONS AIR TRAVEL TO TURKEY Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces that Gözen Holding, one of Turkey’s leading aviation conglomerates and owner of Freebird Airlines, has committed to purchase or lease up to 50 VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon, with the option to purchase or lease up to 50 additional aircraft. As a result of this announcement, Avolon has now placed its entire 500 VX4 eVTOL aircraft orderbook, with the orderbook being oversubscribed by 50 options. As part of the... [Read more]

INMARSAT AND ORBIT With record demand for premium business aviation connectivity, the compact tail-mount terminal is progressing towards type approval on Inmarsat’s Ka-band satellite network   The business aviation market will have access to a new compact and lightweight terminal for Inmarsat’s market-leading Jet ConneX (JX) inflight broadband solution from early next year, after the company expanded its partnership with Orbit Communication Systems, a leading provider of airborne communication solutions.  Orbit’s AirTRX30 terminal is progressing towards type... [Read more]

MEDIA CARRIER & EVA AIR Just in time for the beginning of the Chinese “Year of the Tiger”, Media Carrier is pleased to announce a new airline customer from Asia: After Singapore Airlines, the Taiwan-based airline and Star Alliance member EVA Air has adopted the company’s first-class, digital infotainment offer as well as its customer-specific add-on IT solutions. The Munich-based digital media expert provides a customized collection of around 520 digital, predominantly Asian premium titles from its digital media library Media Box, which comprises a total... [Read more]

SAFRAN Safran Passenger Innovations (SPI) Launches New IFE Software Platform SPI is excited to announce the launch of Safran’s latest software platform, RAVE OS, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, STARLUX on A330 and A321, and Virgin Atlantic on A350 amongst other airlines. RAVE OS offers a modern user interface with features such as pinch to zoom, picture in picture, and multi-tasking capabilities creating a passenger experience comparable to that of the latest consumer technology products. RAVE OS also features the ability to run 3rd party applications,... [Read more]

GOGO Gogo Business Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA for its 5G aircraft antenna. “Receiving STC and PMA for the 5G antenna marks the next important milestone in the development of Gogo 5G,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation. “Our team has been hard at work to bring Gogo 5G to life and we remain on track and on budget to launch service in the second half of 2022.” The STC for the multiband belly-mounted 5G antenna was completed by Duncan Aviation... [Read more]

AVALON Avalon and AirAsia partner to create a transformational ride sharing platform in Southeast Asia AirAsia Aviation Group orders 100 VX4 eVTOL aircraft 90% of Avolon’s VX4 order book now placed Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, announces that one of the world’s leading airline groups, AirAsia Aviation Group Limited (‘AirAsia’), has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to lease a minimum of 100 VX4 eVTOL aircraft from Avolon. These eVTOL aircraft will allow AirAsia to further revolutionise air travel by providing advanced air... [Read more]

Today’s Image : JetBlue Firms Up Order For 60 Airbus A220-300 Aircraft ANUVU Anuvu Secures Major Capacity Deal with Telesat New agreement provides Anuvu with 10 Gigabits of Ka-band capacity, the largest acquisition so far in Anuvu’s Bridge to LEO strategy Anuvu (formerly GlobalEagle) and Telesat announced the largest yet in a series of satellite capacity deals, providing Anuvu and its customers with new Ka-band connectivity over the Southeastern US, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and Central America. Under the agreement, Anuvu will add approximately ten gigabits... [Read more]

AGEAN AEGEAN, the airline that knows Greece best, proudly announced that its onboard experience will accelerate further with the introduction of high-speed inflight broadband, powered by the European Aviation Network (EAN). The award-winning connectivity solution, provided by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, will be installed on all existing and new AEGEAN Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft by 2025, with the first seven entering service as of today. AEGEAN passengers have access to three different Wi-Fi packages, including a free 10-minute “try before you buy” service to... [Read more]

BOEING Boeing Launches 777-8 Freighter to Serve Growing Demand for Cargo, Enhanced Environmental Performance Qatar Airways, one of the world’s largest cargo carriers, orders up to 50 777-8 Freighters, expanding its commitment to the Boeing 777X family 777-8 Freighter will be world’s largest twin-engine cargo jet with the most payload capacity and a 25% improvement in fuel efficiency, emissions and operating costs U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and His Excellency, Ambassador Sheikh Mishaal bin Hamad Al Thani, and Director of the White House National... [Read more]

ANUVU Anuvu announced a new partnership with Asiana Airlines Inc., serving as the company’s Content Service Provider (CSP) of record beginning January 2022. As the Seoul-based airline’s CSP, Anuvu, a leading provider of high-speed connectivity and entertainment solutions for demanding worldwide mobility markets, will deliver an array of premium media and content options to flights around the globe. The new partnership expands Asiana Airlines’ inflight entertainment (IFE) offering to include worldwide films and diverse TV options. Through the partnership,... [Read more]

THALES AVIOBOOK strengthens its position as leader of the Electronic Flight Folder market with a record breaking 3 contracts signed in fall 2021. AVIOBOOK has passed a huge milestone in its growth and development, reaching over 2600 tails using AVIOBOOK’s suite of applications. Despite difficult economic conditions in the aviation industry caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, AVIOBOOK has proved that its robust and reliable suite of applications can bring concrete business benefits to airlines around the world. The company is thus positioning itself as the practical solution... [Read more]

MOMENT Air Côte d’Ivoire boosts its passenger experience with Moment’s W-IFE solution Air Côte d’Ivoire selects the Flymingo Box, Moment’s portable W-IFE system, to provide on-board entertainment. The service is available since December 24th, 2021 on selected aircraft and will be extended in 2022 to the company’s entire fleet, consisting of 9 aircraft (A320neo, A320 and Q400). Moment has signed an agreement with Air Côte d’Ivoire to provide a premium cabin experience, relying on the deployment of the portable entertainment system... [Read more]

We wish you, your families and friends a very healthy, happy and prosperous New Year! The IFExpress team thanks you for all of your support over the past 12 months and we look forward to covering your news events and working with you in 2022.   Patricia Wiseman – Publisher | Editor | Co-Founder of IFExpress    Read More →

 The IFExpress Team wishes you a happy and healthy holiday. And we wanted to take the opportunity to thank you, our readers and advertisers, for your continued support during the past year –  Patricia Wiseman INMARSAT Inmarsat ORCHESTRA, the future network for global mobility and government communications, achieved its first milestone in space with the successful activation of a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite payload. The LEO satellite is testing new concepts and system configurations for ORCHESTRA’s proposed LEO constellation, which will seamlessly integrate... [Read more]

Royal Brunei Airlines Selects Anuvu as IFE Content Service Provider Anuvu announces its partnership with Royal Brunei Airlines, serving as the company’s Content Service Provider (CSP) starting February 2022. Passengers traveling with Royal Brunei Airlines, a boutique airline based out of Brunei, Asia and operating flights between Australia, England, Japan and China, can now watch a wide range of inflight entertainment (IFE) provided by Anuvu’s Iris platform, a cost-effective and convenient IFE subscription service for airlines. The partnership will offer a wide variety... [Read more]

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SMARTSKY Flying Colours Corp. the international maintenance, repair, overhaul, and completions company, signed an agreement with North Carolina-based SmartSky Networks to act as a sales and installation facility for SmartSky’s air-to-ground connectivity equipment. Sales and installation of the advanced antennas and aircraft base radio will be available through Flying Colours Corp.’ Peterborough, ON. and St. Louis, MO. locations. The continued strengthening of the business aviation sector is driving greater use of connected services for avionics, aircraft health monitoring,... [Read more]