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July 13, 2021



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Porter Orders Up to 80 E195-E2s

Porter Airlines has announced a firm order for 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets and options for a further 50 in a deal worth $5.82 billion at list price. When it takes delivery of the first E195-E2 in the second half of 2022, Porter will become the launch customer for Embraer’s E2 aircraft family in North America. The carrier intends to deploy the jets to destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico and the Caribbean from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto Pearson International Airport. The agreement with Embraer includes the flexibility to convert its options to smaller E190-E2 aircraft. 

Fly Porter | Related Porter Airlines orders up to 80 new planes, will start flying out of Toronto's Pearson airport – CBC



Panasonic Activates Asia Pacific XTS Coverage

Panasonic Avionics has activated its extreme high throughput (XTS) satellite coverage over China and the Asia Pacific region. 90 spot beams from its APSTAR 6D satellite have gone live through teleports in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Perth, enabling airlines to benefit from 50Gbps Ku-band capacity. APSTAR 6D is part of Panasonic Avionics’ third-generation communications (Gen-3) network, to which over 800 aircraft are connected across 21 carriers in the Asia Pacific region. 

Panasonic Avionics | Related XTS Satellite Enters Service for Panasonic’s Next Generation IFC Network in Asia Pacific – Aviation Today



NetForecast Launches QMap Service to Monitor IFC Experience

NetForecast’s QMap Inflight Internet Experience Monitoring service continuously measures and reports on passengers’ in-flight connectivity (IFC) experience from personal electronic devices and notifies airlines when it goes below predetermined thresholds. It can also locate problem areas along the network path. Rebecca Wetzel, NetForecast’s president, said, “As members of APEX’s Connectivity Working Group, we collaborated with the industry to create a specification that provides guidance for measuring and assessing passenger in-flight Wi-Fi experience quality. We are excited to put that industry guidance to work.”  

Netforecast | Related How to Measure the Quality of the In-Flight Connectivity Experience – APEX Media



FAA Flags Issue with Undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliners

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has found an issue “near the nose” on undelivered Boeing 787s. An FAA spokesperson said, “This issue was discovered as part of the ongoing system-wide inspection of Boeing’s 787 shimming processes required by the FAA.” They added that while it poses “no immediate threat to flight safety,” Boeing will fix the aircraft before they are delivered. The FAA will also now inspect whether manufacturing changes should be made to 787s that are already in commercial service. 

Al Jazeera | Related Air France-KLM Approaches Airbus And Boeing For 160 New Aircraft – Simple Flying



Capital One Reveals Airport Lounge Details

Capital One has revealed that its first airport lounge, which is set to open at Dallas Fort Worth Airport later this year, will have an original soundscape and will feature more than 55 pieces of original artwork by local artists curated by The Tappan Collective. It will also include a cycling and yoga room with Peloton bikes and resistance bands. The company plans to open lounges at Washington Dulles and Denver airports in 2022. Each one will offer an in-lounge dining experience as well as a selection of “grab and go” food and beverages with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. 

One Mile at a Time | Related Capital One partners with Streetsense to develop F&B programme at airport lounges – Moodie Davitt Report



Intelsat Drops Gogo Commercial Aviation Branding

Gogo Commercial Aviation has officially become Intelsat following the latter’s purchase of Gogo’s commercial aviation business in December 2020. Looking to the future, John Wade, Intelsat’s president, Commercial Aviation, has hinted that the 2Ku product name introduced by Gogo could also change. “It is less about the antenna as a technology than it is about the network. We’re now part of a satellite company. We might have had a cool antenna, but now we’ve got an even cooler network, so that’s really where we want the conversation,” he explained. 

PaxEx.aero | Related Gogo Commercial Aviation officially becomes Intelsat – Runway Girl Network



Delhi Duty Free Introduces Delivery to Passengers’ Gates

Passengers at Delhi International Airport that have over 45 minutes until their flight departs can scan a QR code to access a digital Delhi Duty Free platform boasting 5,000 products that can be delivered to their departure gate. The platform, which features liquor, perfume, cosmetics, skincare and souvenirs, allows for payment online or on delivery. All users will receive 5% off regular prices when using the service, plus 10% cashback if they pay with a Citibank card. The platform is due to be extended to Delhi Airport’s Plaza Premium Lounge in the near future.

Moodie Davitt Report | Related Delhi Duty Free focuses on the power of its people during crisis – DFNI Online





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