We would like to say that we had a plan for this IFExpress but sometimes, plans have a way of writing themselves. Instead, this week we offer an update on many things. Firstly, we thought you might like to get an update on the Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band aviation services that come out of a recent Inmarsat get-together in Florida. Next, there are just too many IFEC meetings to keep track of, so we did it for you. Be sure to check out the links. And finally there a couple of bits and bytes for your cogitation.

Inmarsat – The recent Inmarsat Aviation Conference in Miami brought to light a few facts about the upcoming Global Xpress Ka-band satellite set for launch in 2013 and service debut in last quarter 2014. Further the conference outlined the future L-band services as well. We thought our readers might like to take note of some data presented there. For example, did you know some 35 airlines have committed to Inmarsat services with some 16 operational today generating $14 M in revenue. Interestingly, there are some 13,900 active terminals with business aviation revenue almost 3 times that of airliners. The forthcoming world covering Global Xpress (GX) service is expected to add to Classic Aero I, H, H+, and Swift Broadband with the airborne hardware in development by Honeywell . We expect to get a Speakers’ Corner on this $1.2 B subject in the near future. Stay Tuned on this one!

Meetings, Meetings, Meetings!

APEX 2012 EXPO 17 – 20 September, Long Beach, CA – The IFEC event not to be missed is in Southern California once again this year. Airlines and vendors love this show, and so does IFExpress. Once again, the Long Beach Convention Center is host of the expo and with the Queen Mary nearby, what’s not to like? Here is the agenda and with any luck, we will have more on the show in coming issues.

APEX Educational Event, November 7-8, 2012 Santiago, Chile. That’s right, Chile. With Latin American poised for a growth rate of 3.6% (see Boeing Current Market Outlook) versus a world rate of 2.6%, APEX has chosen an excellent location for this event. With fly fishing in the Coyhaique and wine tasting in the Central Valley, you might not get home till December.

Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, September 25 – 27, 2012. If you are looking for a Seattle vacation, we strongly recommend the Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas, that will have a Latin focus this year. Here is what the the show folks told us; “Latin America is very much one of the bright spots of the air transport scene, with the region’s economy expected to enjoy strong growth into the 2030s.  Air travel is becoming increasingly important, with growth in passenger levels expected to exceed the global average. As a result, Airbus forecasts that the region will need excess of 2,000 new passenger planes of more than 100 seats over the next 20 years, with the overall fleet doubling from 1067 to 2491. Boeing’s prediction for the regional fleet is 3,390 aircraft by 2030. The company forecasts that the majority of deliveries over the coming 20 years will be new single-aisle aircraft for travel within the region. However the precise numbers finally work out, the prospects for the market in Latin America look excellent, with economic expansion creating a new traveling middle class. Since that middle class is predicted to grow by as much as 75% in the next 20 years…” Check out their website for more info.

Audio Books
Whatever happened to onboard book downloads – reading or audible? We predict that the upcoming onboard Wi-Fi revolution will be a new source of reading revenue. Let’s see who gets there first, Amazon, Apple or Audible?

Remember Digiboo… the folks who are making appearances at airports with movie download hubs (Your USB stick and Windows only, please) will now be offering wireless downloads to your portable device (Android coming soon).