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July 8, 2021



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IMG Media Brings Live Sports Back to the Skies

Passengers traveling with Emirates, Etihad, Turkish Airlines and others this weekend can look forward to a host of live sports content accessible via the Sport24 and Sport24 Extra channels on the carriers’ in-flight entertainment systems. From the UEFA 2020 Final between Italy and England to the Wimbledon Championship Finals, NBA Finals and more, there's something for everyone. “We pride ourselves on providing the best possible live sporting action so passengers can stay connected as they travel. This year is no exception,” explained Richard Wise, SVP Content and Channels at IMG Media. 

APEX Media | Related Emirates offers a summer of live sports and cool new content on ice for travellers – Emirates



WhileFly Enters Wireless IFE Market

Israeli startup WhileFly, which offers both battery- and aircraft-powered wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, has gone from having contracts for seven aircraft to 80 during the pandemic. The company manufactures its own servers that combine a low-power central processing unit with a unique software architecture, allowing a single box to provide streaming content for an entire narrow-body aircraft. WhileFly provides airlines with hardware, IFE content and a branded portal free of charge, but shares a percentage of the airline revenues generated by the box’s advertising and e-commerce capabilities.

Runway Girl Network | Related Moment provides wireless IFE solution aboard Air Cairo fleet – Arabian Aerospace



Hamburg Aviation Cluster to Test Ground Infrastructure for LH2

Lufthansa Technik, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research and Hamburg Airport are to design and test maintenance and ground processes using liquid hydrogen (LH2). Michael Eggenschwiler, Hamburg Airport’s CEO, said, "Climate-friendly flying with hydrogen technology is only possible if the infrastructure on the ground fits perfectly." The companies will convert an Airbus A320 family aircraft into a stationary laboratory at Lufthansa Technik's Hamburg base and, in parallel, DLR will create highly accurate digital twins. They are aiming to operate a demonstrator from 2022.

Lufthansa Technik | Related Airbus works on metallic tanks for liquid hydrogen – Electrive



Avianca Introduces IEG’s Lounge Management Solution

Avianca is deploying AIMS, a platform developed by Information Engineering Group (IEG), to optimize entry management at the Standard and Diamond airport lounges across its network. AIMS will provide Avianca with access to easy-to-understand data with a view to reducing queues and overcrowding, eliminating fraud and streamlining interline billing. “We are so excited to support Avianca’s continued re-opening and expansion efforts … [and to] enhance Avianca’s access and loyalty strategy,” said Pieter Jansons, Business Analyst, IEG.

IEG America | Related Gunnebo and IEG partner to deliver self-service touchless eGates for lounges – Gunnebo



Emerald Airlines Gears Up for Aer Lingus Regional Takeover

Dublin-based Emerald Airlines has taken delivery of two 68-seat, all-economy class ATR 72 turboprop aircraft previously flown by Virgin Australia. The startup carrier is set to begin operating Aer Lingus Regional’s domestic routes by October, and plans to add a dozen more ATR 72s to its fleet before the end of 2021. Once the aviation industry has recovered from the pandemic, it expects to contribute approximately 200,000 passengers a year to Aer Lingus' transatlantic network out of Dublin. Virgin Australia returned its final ATR 72s to their respective leasing firms in September 2020.

Executive Traveller | Related Aer Lingus Regional service set for relaunch by October – Independent.ie



SPIRIANT Rebranded as deSter

Following gategroup’s acquisition of the European operations of LSG Group from Lufthansa in December 2020, the company has announced that the SPIRIANT brand name will change to deSter, creating one united brand operating in the commercial travel and foodservice domains. “Our newly formed deSter organization represents two companies sharing one big vision,” said deSter’s CEO, Stef Van de Perre. “Our production capabilities and advanced equipment management solutions complete the portfolio of deSter and add value to all gategroup’s activities.” 

Gategroup | Related Gategroup completes acquisition of LSG Group – Breaking Travel News



RAJA, Vision-Box Create First EES Inside Schengen Area

Together with the Finnish Border Guard (RAJA), Vision-Box is implementing the first EU Entry/Exit System (EES) project inside the Schengen area ahead of the mandatory EES deadline in 2022. The system, located at Helsinki Airport, will replace traditional border controls with fully digital passenger processing and automated biometric data collection. Vision-Box is providing the hardware, which will be run using its Orchestra Identity & Border Management Platform to create an end-to-end solution.  

Vision-Box | Related ‘Little progress’ at state level for EU biometric database: report – Biometric Update





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"We've had great feedback from passengers who clearly enjoy being able to watch sporting events live during their flights."

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