Posts by Howard Slutsken

Illustration: Marcelo Cáceres

Credit History: The Birth of the Air Travel Card

“Putting it on plastic” has become second nature, but it all started with airline customers showing their metal. Beginning in 1936, passengers on American Airlines were the first to “buy now, pay later” using a new concept: the Air Travel Card. Conceived by the airline… Read more


Viasat Introduces Gen2 Ku/Ka Connectivity

It’s been over a year since Viasat-2 went into service, bringing seamless Ka-band connectivity to the North Atlantic and the Caribbean. Passengers on El Al and Neos airlines are enjoying the benefits of capability of the world’s most powerful communication… Read more

Big Data Drives FlightPath3D’s New Apps

FlightPath3D’s new apps bring destination content up a notch by using big data to provide passengers and airlines with dynamic insights. The Favorite Places app lets passengers investigate any location for travel inspiration and the Where We Fly app displays… Read more

Airline Playing Cards

Deal Me In: The History of Airline Card Decks

Before movies, Wi-Fi or live bands, playing cards were offered as in-flight entertainment. The earliest playing cards were used over 1,200 years ago during China’s Tang dynasty. It took about another 500 years for card games to find their way… Read more

Vogue models wearing pneumatic headsets, which were à la mode in the 1960s. Image via Getty Images

Sound Tube: The Surprising History of Airline Headsets

Before earbuds and noise-canceling headsets, passengers used stethoscope-like devices where sound traveled through a hollow plastic tube. The jet age brought smooth, fast and comfortable intercontinental travel to the world. It also saw the introduction of early in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems that relied on fragile 16mm film and temperamental… Read more

[PHOTOS] CR929 Mock-Up Unveiled at Airshow China

China and Russia made another major marketing leap forward in their multi-national push to develop a wide-body passenger airliner to rival Airbus and Boeing. Mock-ups of the CR929’s cabin and flight deck were unveiled this week at the China International… Read more

Vietnam Airlines Sticks With Thales for 787-10s

Vietnam Airlines has announced that it has selected the Thales AVANT in-flight entertainment system for installation on board its fleet of eight new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners. The selection of the AVANT IFE system further extends the relationship between Thales and… Read more

True Blue Powers Up Dash 8 and Q400 Emergency Lighting

Adding to its line of advanced lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries, True Blue Power has introduced its new TS60 Series Emergency Battery Power Supply. Designed as a drop in replacement for legacy nickel-cadmium alternatives, the TS60 has received a Supplemental Type Certificate… Read more