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March 16, 2018



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Global Eagle Expands In-Flight Connectivity With Hughes

Improvements are coming to Global Eagle’s connectivity network. Global Eagle and Hughes Network Systems announced they are working to increase the bandwidth and performance delivered to an unnamed North American airline. Both companies said the expansion includes additional ground-based gateway terminals and associated infrastructure, in addition to increased satellite capacity. The Hughes Jupiter Aero System is also being deployed to support Global Eagle’s connectivity service on international routes.

Via Satellite | Related Global Eagle Triples SES-15 Satellite Capacity – APEX Media



AirFi Opens New Headquarters With “Innovation Day” Event

AirFi this week hosted its inaugural Innovation Day, which saw the company officially open a new headquarters in the Netherlands. In addition to exploring offline transactions using a host of digital wallet service providers like Alipay, Mynt, Ascend and others, AirFi revealed that it is working with as-of-yet unnamed antenna providers offering stable, low-bandwidth connectivity for applications like instant messaging, inventory updates for retail and real-time transaction verification. AirFi has also developed a semi-embedded solution, whereby an installed aircraft-power source supplies the AirFi boxes.

APEX Media | Related AirFi Wireless IFE Propels Samoa Airways Toward Modernization – APEX Media



American Airlines Drops Opposition to Chicago O’Hare Expansion

American Airlines has dropped its opposition to Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s planned $8.5 billion expansion. The Dallas-based carrier reached a deal on Wednesday with Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, who agreed to speed up the construction of three new gates that American would use in the future. O’Hare’s eight-year overhaul will include a state-of-the-art global terminal, dozens of new gates and several additional concourses.

Chicago Tribune | Related Gate dispute clouds expansion plan for Chicago's O'Hare Airport – Reuters



Flying Taxis Could Be a Reality in New Zealand Within Three Years

Kitty Hawk, an autonomous flying vehicle startup, reached a deal with New Zealand’s government to begin testing its airplanes as part of an official certification process. The company, which is financed by Google’s cofounder Larry Page, hopes to launch a commercial network of flying taxis in New Zealand in as little as three years. Jacinda Arden, the country’s prime minister, said the decision to work with Kitty Hawk was “about sending the message to the world that our doors are open for people with great ideas who want to turn them into reality.”

The New York Times | Related Electric self-piloted Airbus VTOL aircraft completes first full-scale test flight – New Atlas



Satellite Capacity Prices Down By 60% and Still Dropping

The price of satellite capacity has dropped by between 35% and 60% over the past two years, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR). The downward trend, which is largely due to the increase in more powerful high-throughput satellites, will continue into 2019, said Christopher Baugh, NSR’s president and founder, during his presentation at this week’s Satellite 2018 conference. “To say that it’s bottoming out and we are going to get back to $4,000 a MHz, that’s not going to happen,” Baugh said. “This market has completely changed. The cat’s out of the bag.”

Space News | Related One of the few publicly traded space companies unveils its high-speed internet satellite network – CNBC



Why China Is Investing in Georgia’s Airline Industry

Hualing Group, a Chinese investment group, will launch a Tbilisi, Georgia-based airline later this month, starting with two Boeing 737s. According to The Economist, the group plans to expand MyWay Airlines cautiously, but “its eventual goals are equally as grand” as those of HNA Group. The company will start with charter flights, followed by scheduled services to regional capitals such as Moscow, Kiev and Tehran. Within five years, MyWay hopes to deploy its first Boeing 777 on routes between Beijing and the US, and capture a share of the Asia to Europe passenger market, by offering connecting flights through its hub at Tbilisi.

The Economist | Related HNA to lead funds worth $3.2 billion for China's Belt and Road investments – Reuters



Corporate Travelers are Avoiding Basic Economy Fares

Companies are shunning basic economy fares when booking employees’ business travel. According to CNBC, three out of every four of American Express Global Business Travel’s clients have blocked such fares, and other corporate travel booking companies such as Expedia’s Egencia are following suit. Delta Air Lines’ president Glen Hauenstein said most of the airline’s corporate clients have blocked basic economy fares and the carrier is instead encouraging business travelers to upgrade to its Comfort+ fare.

Business Traveller | Related Back to Basics: Avoiding Consumer Confusion Over Airlines’ Bare Fares – APEX Media





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