2016 NTL Grand Final Coverage

first_imgBy Eden RichardsMen’s T LeagueThe South Queensland Sharks may not be able to fit all their trophies onto the plane home as they claimed another title – defeating the Central Queensland Bulls (A) in a thriller. A Central Queensland fightback just fell short as the Sharks (A) claimed an 8-7 victory. The Bulls trailed 5-2 at halftime but five touchdowns in the second half from Central Queensland levelled the scores at 7-7. It was not enough, with doubles from Marcus Holm, Kingston Lamberg and Tyler Ward guiding the Sharks to another win. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 8 (Marcus Holm 2, Kingston Lamberg 2, Tyler Ward 2, Coen Fielding, James Sharp touchdowns) def. CENTRAL QUEENSLAND BULLS (A) 7 (Daniel Gill, Harrison Griffin, Connor Harvey, Brandon Hegarty, Jack Leonard, Jacob Vanzanden, Alex Western touchdowns).Referees: Smith, Calahria, Schwerdt.Men’s 40’sThe Hunter Western Hornets defeated the Brisbane City Cobras 7-4 in a comfortable win. A 5-5 draw between the two teams in the regular season pointed to the final being a thriller but this was not the case.The Hornets were quick to assert themselves on the game and take control – leading 4-3 at the break. They then turned on the defence in the second half as they continually denied the Cobras any scoring chances. A double from Calvin Mitchell cemented the victory in what was a complete 40-minute performance from the Hornets. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 7 (Calvin Mitchell 2, Ifthcah Ahmad, Patrick Doyle, Wayne Gleeson, Matthew Stanton, Dean Wilbow touchdowns) def. BRISBANE CITY COBRAS 4 (Adrian Lam, Gerard O’Keefe, Steele Tallon, Ben Warren touchdowns).Referees: McNamara, Frost, Taylor. Women’s T LeagueVictoria have caused a huge upset in the Women’s T League Grand Final by defeating the Hunter Western Hornets in a last minute thriller. Victoria crossed the line in the dying seconds to clinch a dramatic 7-6 victory in front of a packed Coffs Harbour crowd. The Hornets had not lost a Women’s T League match since 2014 but that streak is now broken. Victoria trailed 4-3 at halftime and fought back courageously to take the title in the final 30 seconds of the game. VICTORIA 7 (Annie Buntine 2, Rachel Davine, Tamia De Araujo, Isabel Kahan, Lachsley Parton, Eliza West touchdowns) def. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 6 (Victoria Aoake, Pihuka Duff, Natasha Hall, Rachel Jeffs, Charmayne Nathan, Aalyah Paki touchdowns).Referees: Saldern, Littlefield, Maruta. Men’s 50’sThe South Queensland Sharks continued their dominance in this year’s NTL by claiming another title.The Sharks dismantled the Sunshine Coast Pineapples 8-1 in what was a dominant display.The game was all but over at halftime as the Sharks stretched out to a 5-1 lead.Peter Sheppard and captain Steven Green scored doubles. Michael Boyd put on a performance of a lifetime to finish with a great hat trick. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 8 (Michael Boyd 3, Steven Green 2, Peter Sheppard 2, Brett Allen touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Stuart MacArthur touchdowns).Referees: McKee, Muller, Murray. Senior MixedThe Senior Mixed competition came down to the wire as the South Queensland Sharks (A) defeated the Southern Suns 11-10. Defence went out the window in what was a free-flowing encounter.It was close throughout with the Sharks hitting a 6-5 lead at the interval. James Harrington ran a riot – scoring four tries in what was a clinical performance that sealed the win for the Sharks. South Queensland have well and truly asserted themselves as the dominant region for touch football in Australia with a very successful 2016 NTL campaign. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS (A) 11 (James Harrington 4, Kylie Bellingham, Jasmine Best, Riki Best, Helen Bower, Daniel Brown, Scott Mulligan, Stefan Te Amo touchdowns) def. SOUTHERN SUNS 10 (Krystal Ward 3, Brad Elbourne 2, Tim Robinson 2, Hayley McDonald, Darren Reynoldson, Karen Short touchdowns).Referees: Searston, O’Donohue, Connolly. Women’s 40’sThe 2016 NTL has been one to savour for the North Queensland Tropical Cyclones as they added another title to their list. The Tropical Cyclones defeated the South West Queensland Swans 5-3 in a topsy-turvy match.The game looked over at half time as the Tropical Cyclones hit a 4-1 lead. The Swans didn’t give up however, scoring two of their own in the second half to give the Tropical Cyclones a real scare.Vicki Dodd crossed for a double for the Swans as she tried her best to guide her team to victory but it wasn’t enough.It was a great team performance for the North Queensland team with five different players crossing the line. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Robyn Campbell, Kelly Condon, Teresa Chaillon, Lee Nolan, Paulina Raitilave touchdowns) def. SOUTH WEST QUEENSLAND SWANS 3 (Vickie Dodd 2, Kaye Broadfoot touchdowns).Referees: Garner, Quinn and Sullivan. Men’s 55The North Queensland Tropical Cyclones have gone back to back in the Men’s 55’s division. They defeated the Sydney Mets 5-1 in a one-sided affair.It was a team effort by the Tropical Cyclones with the highlight being Allan Jenkins crucial double touchdown effort. At halftime the game was locked tightly at 2-1 but the Tropical Cyclones hit another gear in the second half as they crossed the line three times to seal victory. NORTH QUEENSLAND TROPICAL CYCLONES 5 (Allan Jenkins 2, Ray Downes, Tony Phillips, Graham Telfer) def. SYDNEY METS 1 (Mick Pearsall touchdowns).Referees: Kidd, Myers, Walters.Men’s 30’sThe South Queensland Sharks made it three titles for the day with a resounding 11-6 victory over the Sydney Scorpions. It is now three Men’s 30’s titles in a row for the Sharks as they assert their dominance onto the competition. The Scorpions were the victims of an attacking master class as the Sharks led 6-3 at half time. A hat trick to Willie Bishop was the only highlight for the Scorpions.Troy Nichols of the Sharks cancelled out Bishop’s efforts as he scored a hat trick of his own and led his team to victory.  SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 11 (Troy Nichols 3, Leon Skinner 2, Robert Brehaut, Remus Anthony Gentles, Brag Griffin, James O’Neill, Darren Robson, Ty Russell) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 6 (Willie Bishop 3, Paul MacPherson, Jason Scharenguivel, Adrian Vallelonga touchdowns).Referees: Blechynden, Pearson, J.Taylor. Men’s 45’s The South Queensland Sharks have added a second title to their 2016 NTL campaign with a 7-5 win over the Sydney Scorpions. The Sharks dished out revenge for last year’s 8-4 loss to the Scorpions to make it an even sweeter victory. A 5-2 first half lead laid the platform for the win as the Sharks came out ready to play. Andrew Willett starred for the Sharks – scoring a grand final hat trick. A double from Scorpion Brandon Grant McDonald wasn’t enough to see his side home. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 7 (Andrew Willett 3, Ian Jordan, Bruce McDonald, Scott Notley, Brent Saddler touchdowns) def. SYDNEY SCORPIONS 5 (Brandon Grant McDonald 2, Jeffrey Cheung, Scott Collins, Alex Ferro touchdowns).Referees: Chan, Couper and EdmondsonWomen’s 27’sThe South Queensland Sharks have defeated the Sydney Rebels in the Women’s 27’s grand final.The top two teams at the end of regular fixtures put on a tight contest with the Sharks scoring a late touchdown in the first half to lead 2-1 at the break. The game began to open up in the second half and that benefited the Sharks team greatly. The girls from South Queensland put their foot down to run out 5-3 winners in what is their first title in the division. SOUTH QUEENSLAND SHARKS 5 (Tamara Duggan, Krystel Joyce, Shilo Monland, Katie Shaw, Rachelle Waetford touchdowns) def. SYDNEY REBELS 3 (Brienna Anderson, Alexandra Mecham, Kelly Stewart touchdowns).Referees: Marsh, R. Ward and Leung.Women’s 35’sThe Hunter Western Hornets are champions of the Women’s 35’s after defeating last year’s champions, the Sunshine Coast Pineapples, 4-1 in a hard fought defensive encounter. Runners-up in 2013, three touchdowns from Janine Law sealed the Hornets their first title in the 35’s competition. 3-1 at the break – the Hornets shut out any chance of a Pineapples comeback in the second half. The Pineapples couldn’t put it together in attack, with Ann-Marie Duncan scoring their only touchdown. HUNTER WESTERN HORNETS 4 (Janine Law 3, Amanda Hollis touchdowns) def. SUNSHINE COAST PINEAPPLES 1 (Ann-Marie Duncan touchdowns).Referees: Miller, Weier and Kent.Related LinksNTL Grand Finalslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European future

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri convinced by Hudson-Odoi potential: Big European futureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri insists he wants Callum Hudson-Odoi to stay.The winger is the subject of intense interest from Bayern Munich this week.But Sarri says, “He is a very good player, the potential is for becoming a great player, and now he has to improve.“He has to improve I think in movement without the ball. As a winger, he has to improve in the defensive phase, but he has the potential to become a very important player, not only for English football I think but for European football.”Sometimes there are one, two players in Barcelona from the academy, sometimes one, two in Real Madrid, zero in Juventus, zero in Paris Saint-Germain. It’s not easy. “We are lucky. We have [Ethan] Ampadu, [Andreas] Christensen, Hudson-Odoi. We have three or four players from the Academy. It’s really very good.“In Europe there are few players of 18 with eight matches at this level. Hudson-Odoi this season played six, seven official matches. He is not lucky, he is good.” last_img read more

Disneys New DreamBigPrincess Campaign Pairs Aspiring Young Filmmakers With 20 Trailblazing Women

first_imgAhead of International Day of the Girl (October 11), Disney launched a new global video series offering advice and inspiration on achieving success for the next generation of young leaders around the globe.The #DreamBigPrincess video series, produced and directed by young women from the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative, shares the stories of 20 trailblazing women across technology, entertainment, medicine, law, sports, arts, science, fashion and politics to show the next generation what’s possible if you dream big.“Dreaming big is one of the most important things any of us can do – to keep aiming higher,” says Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, who was interviewed for the series by Maud Webster, age 16, from the UK. “The #DreamBigPrincess series is giving a voice to a group of talented young women, helping them tell stories that kids can learn from, whatever their ambition.”Disney provided mentorship support for the 21 Girl Up leaders from different corners of the globe as they captured the stories of a diverse group of role models in digital shorts. Each video will be shared across Disney’s global media platforms (www.disney.com/dreambigprincess) as part of a campaign to unlock up to a $1 million donation to Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation to support girls’ leadership.“We have the responsibility to hand that baton of self-belief and positivity to the next generation,” says Jo Malone CBE, Entrepreneur and Founder of Jo Loves, who was interviewed by Bethel Kyeza, age 16. “Storytelling can help us believe that no matter who we are or where we come from, we have every right to write the story of our own life and fulfill it.”“There’s a line in Mary Poppins where she says anything is possible, even the impossible. I think that really symbolizes what dreaming big is all about, the idea if you want something big enough that the universe is going to conspire to give it to you,” says Emily Blunt, Golden Globe Award-winning actress who was interviewed by Marisa Torre, age 17.Spanning a host of professions, an accomplished roster of women share their tips for success in the 20-part series: Asmaa Boujibar – Research scientist and the first Moroccan woman in history to join NASA Johnson Space Center. Ashima Narain – Photographer, filmmaker and former photo editor for National Geographic Traveler India. Blanca Treviño – President and CEO of Softtek, the leading IT services company in Latin America, champion for entrepreneurialism, IT and the role of women in business. Emily Blunt – Golden Globe Award-winning actress and star of upcoming Disney movies Mary Poppins Returns and Jungle Cruise. Celina Caesar-Chavannes – Canadian member of Parliament who served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister of Canada. Jennifer Lee – Chief creative officer at Walt Disney Animation Studios, writer and co-director of Disney’s Frozen for which she won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. Jo Malone CBE – Founder and creative director of Jo Loves, responsible for creating some of the world’s most-loved fragrances, awarded a CBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for her services to the British Economy and the GREAT Britain campaign. Karen Jonz – Brazilian skateboarder, designer and musician who won the 2008 X Games women’s vertical and the World Cup Skateboarding Championship four times, first Brazilian to win the title of World Champion. Karen Walker – Designer with a global, multimillion-dollar eponymous fashion label,awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Meritfor her services to fashion design in 2014. Kathleen Kennedy – Film producer and president of Lucasfilm, has produced more than 60 films, including three of the highest-grossing movies in motion picture history. Leia Mi – Art director for Shanghai Disneyland who creates concept designs and provides art direction for Shanghai Disney Resort, was a creative designer at Walt Disney Imagineering. Maria Teresa Ruiz – Chilean astronomer, the first woman to study astronomy at the University of Chile, the first female scientist to receive a PhD in astrophysics from Princeton University and the first woman to receive Chile’s National Prize for Exact Sciences. Martina Stoessel – Actress and singer who played the leading role on the internationally successful Disney Channel telenovela Violetta, first Argentine singer to reach one million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours for her single “Te Quiero Mas.” Monica Lopez Hidalgo – Accomplished professor and researcher of neuroscience, one of the winners of the L’Oréal Unesco Conacyt AMC 2017 Scholarships for Women in Science for her research on the deterioration of cognitive functions related to age. Dr. Ndifanji Namacha – Medical doctor and assistant lecturer of public health, Malaria No More UK youth ambassador, delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 Malaria Summit in London. Paola Carosella -Award-winning chef and restaurateur, opened her first restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2001, has appeared as a judge on MasterChef Brazil since 2014. Robin Roberts – Award-winning broadcaster and co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Susan Prescott – Vice president of product marketing at Apple with more than 25 years of experience in the computing industry. Virginie Delalande – Founder of Handicapower, first deaf person to become a lawyer in France. Victoria Arlen – Accomplished motivational speaker, actress, model and swimmer, won three Silver medals and a Gold medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, joined ESPN as one of the company’s youngest on-air talents.“The #DreamBigPrincess series documents a host of inspiring stories and diverse experiences, but the common message is clear,” says Zenia Mucha, Senior Executive Vice President, Communications, The Walt Disney Company. “Having a big dream is the first step on the path to success, and positive role models are critical in helping you continue on that journey – whether that’s a fictional entrepreneur like Tiana or a real-world success story like any of the women in this series.”The aspiring filmmakers embarked on their creative journeys back in July, with ongoing mentorship from Disney, Apple and female-led production company Summerjax ahead of the series debut. Each video was shot on iPhone X and edited using Final Cut Pro X running on MacBook Pro.“It’s important to have role models – and by role models I mean the 21 girls that are part of the ‘Dream Big, Princess’ project – out there to inspire other girls,” says Susan Prescott, Vice President of Product Marketing at Apple, who was interviewed by Jessica Zhang, age 16. “I think it’s important to recognize their talents, let them have a voice and show the great things they can do.”Through Disney’s collaboration with Girl Up, the #DreamBigPrincess campaign aims to make a tangible difference for girls who face challenges in achieving their dreams. For each like or share of a video or photo posted publicly with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up in support of girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million). This charitable initiative kicks off today and runs until November 20, 2018.“Last year’s donation from Disney has already had a huge impact, allowing us to extend our network of Girl Up clubs outside the US by more than 50%, giving more girls the leadership skills they need to advocate for themselves and others,” says Girl Up Co-Executive Director, Melissa Kilby. “We’re so proud of the series that our young Girl Up leaders have created and hope people around the world will play their part in supporting the rights of girls by liking and sharing them on social media.”This year’s video series builds on the success of the #DreamBigPrincess Global Photography series, which saw 19 female photographers from 15 countries capture inspiring stories of real-world women and girls to encourage kids to reach for their goals. The campaign reached millions of families around the world unlocking a $1 million donation to Girl Up in less than five days. The images from the multi-award-winning campaign were also honored with an exhibition at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.The initiative is part of Disney’s ongoing Dream Big, Princess campaign that encourages kids everywhere to dream big by highlighting key story moments and inspiring qualities that each Disney Princess showcases through her adventures, such as Merida’s bravery, Cinderella’s kindness or Tiana’s perseverance. Disney is committed to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming, of which this campaign is an example.last_img read more

Press Release Aireon announces key support for new line of business

first_imgAireon today announced that Jonathan Astill, from NATS, has been tapped for strategic support and expertise to develop the new Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) Services line of business for Aireon.Astill, will act as Vice President and General Manager of ATFM Services and will develop Aireon’s ATFM business line, closely collaborate with introductory customers and establish a channel of partners to ensure a smooth rollout of the company’s offering. Aireon is deploying the world’s first and only global space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) aircraft surveillance and tracking service, providing real-time aircraft visibility anywhere on the planet.“Jonathan brings deep knowledge and expertise to Aireon at such a crucial moment for our company, as our system nears full operational status,” said Don Thoma, CEO, Aireon. “His extensive experience, working across multiple facets of the aviation industry, offers a unique perspective for this new line of business. We are thrilled that he will be working with our team.”Prior to taking on this new role, Astill served as Director of Alliances, Airline and International Affairs for NATS, the United Kingdom’s leading Air Navigation Service Provider, where he was responsible for NATS’ global engagement across the aviation industry. His career with NATS spans 30 years, with the first 10 years of his career as an operational Air Traffic Controller.In the Aireon role, Astill will be responsible for all aspects of Aireon’s ATFM services, leading technical support, business strategy, operations, business development and service rollout.“I am excited to assist the impressive Aireon team and help usher in this next era of global air traffic surveillance,” said Astill. “When I was in my previous position at NATS, Iworked with Aireon very closely on the deployment of their service in the UK and truly believe what Aireon is doing will change air traffic management and the aviation industry as a whole. I am honored to be working with Aireon at such an important time and look forward to getting started on their new business line.”On January 11, 2019, the final Iridium NEXT launch successfully took place from SpaceX’s west coast launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Each Iridium NEXT satellite hosts an AireonSM ADS-B payload. On February 6, 2019, Aireon formally took control of the final six payloads from Iridium Communications. With the final launch and payload handoff complete, Aireon is set to go live with its air traffic surveillance service in early Spring 2019.About Aireon LLCAireon is deploying a space-based air traffic surveillance system for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft throughout the entire globe. Aireon will harness next-generation aviation surveillance technologies that are currently ground-based and, for the first time ever, extend their reach globally to significantly improve efficiency, enhance safety, reduce emissions and provide cost savings benefits to all stakeholders. Real-time ADS-B surveillance will cover oceanic, polar and remote regions, as well as augment existing ground-based systems that are limited to terrestrial airspace. In partnership with leading ANSPs from around the world, like NAV CANADA, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), Enav, NATS and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications, Aireon will provide a global, real-time, space-based air traffic surveillance system to all aviation stakeholders.last_img read more

The first thirty seconds designing that first PaxEx impression

first_imgThink back to your last flight. You walked through the busy airport, down the jetway, or up the aircraft stairs. You entered the aircraft, turn right (or infrequently left), find your seat, and the clock starts: the airline has just about thirty seconds to impress you.Did it do so on that flight? Did the seat and its environment look welcoming, comfortable, interesting, and attractive? Or was it bland, blue-grey, poorly lit, and generic? If it was on a low-cost carrier, did it look cheap and cheerful, or cheap and nasty? If it was a full-service airline, did it look and feel premium, distinctive, or stylish? Did it meet the design, branding and experience expectations that the airline set for you in its advertising, booking process, and the #PaxEx so far?In economy and premium economy, the first impression we see is often set by the lighting. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the very latest in programmable lighting along the lines of that used by Finnair or Icelandair or Philippine Airlines. But it should at the very least be something more than the bright stark white that so many airlines still use, or the tired dim beige that screams thirty-year-old aircraft.Light-colored neutrals aren’t necessarily a problem if they can be coloured by light. Image: John WaltonThe seat fabric used is also key, and it’s a shame that so few airlines make the most of it. After all, it’s practically invisible once passengers are sitting on it, but there’s an opportunity for real fun and differentiation on first sight. Does it break up the serried ranks of seats? Does it catch the lighting, and does it harken back to the airline’s brand? Or is it row after row of dark blue or grey material that could belong to dozens of airlines?Could you name this airline from the cabin design? If not, does that create a problem for a carrier like Scoot? Image: John WaltonAll of those factors from economy are relevant in business and first class too, of course, where passengers paying premium fares are increasingly expecting a premium look and feel. But here there’s more space to work with — and correspondingly more design opportunities to grasp or to squander.Crucially, there is the factor of in-cabin seat shells to consider up front. Walls of greige thermoplastic should sound a cautionary note unless there is thoughtful, consistent lighting that ups the interest level, and a materials choice that works with the lighting rather than against it.Walls and cabin monuments, too, are growing in importance, as is the work done by companies like ABC International alongside design houses to brand cabins and give them a premium feel.Increasingly, the thought given to how the soft product for a flight is presented is a shibboleth for good design and good passenger experience in business class.How are the blankets, pillows, duvets, mattress pads, amenity kits, headphones slippers and other items presented? Are they squeezed into a shrink-wrapped plastic bag and shoved into the footwell? Do you end up with so much plastic wrapping to throw away that you wince in guilt for the future of the planet? Are the seat and side-table surfaces so covered with bits and bobs that you can’t put your hand luggage down to pull out the few things you need for takeoff and landing?Just how much plastic wrapping is truly required of soft product? Image: John WaltonOr have the headphones been discreetly hung on their special hook, the slippers slipped into the magazine rack, the amenity kit positioned attractively, the pillows arranged to look plump and inviting, the duvets tucked out of the way, the mattress pads stored overhead until it’s bedtime?A legitimate question for passengers – just where do you put all that stuff? Image: John WaltonOnce you’re seated, is the screen on and showing something attractive, informative, fun, or otherwise eye-catching? Is what you’re looking at interesting or swanky enough to take a quick snapshot for your family and friends on social media? Or are you staring at a featureless seatback and a dark screen?Is what you see when you sit down worthy of a snap with your cameraphone? Image: John WaltonThere’s a strange mirror dichotomy between designing for a first impression looking down at a seat and, by contrast, for the fact that passengers might be looking at the other side of that seat for nearly twenty-four hours. Getting it right — designing a seat that does both well — takes a long time and much expertise.Related Articles:Towards designing Instagram-worthy modern premium PaxExItaly’s ABC International takes cabin branding to the next levelIs the future of seatback thermoplastics really greige?Finnair’s London A350 is a refreshing change from Eurobusiness normLift explores cabin lighting as a brand canvas and revenue streamBetter flight in amber: is it time to bring warmth back to cabin colors?Gulf Air gets to the heart of identity with rebranding effortCabin designers lavish praise on new airframer-branded cabinslast_img read more

Considering whether American Airlines Shuttle is special…or not

first_imgWhen an airline brands a route as a “shuttle”, a certain level of expectation kicks in. Frequent service, minimal time spent in the airport, and elevated onboard amenities are all expected. But as the amenities offered on board your everyday flight are elevated, does anything special remain about the shuttle flights?On a recent same day roundtrip with American Airlines Shuttle between New York LaGuardia and Boston Logan, very little stood out as elevated above the norm. As this was a same day turn, the reduced bag drop times didn’t matter, as it probably doesn’t for most business travelers. A dedicated check-in kiosk in 2019 isn’t a compelling perk, as many seasoned travelers check in and receive their boarding pass on their phone. While American does not offer a dedicated security lane for Shuttle passengers, TSA PreCheck supersedes that need for many, anyway.Another airport-based perk of the Shuttle could be boarding gates close to security and the curb. This would enable a dashing passenger to pass through security and get to the gate or out to a cab quickly, saving precious seconds. Unfortunately, American doesn’t actually seem to do this at LaGuardia or Boston.Both of my flights departed from and arrived at gates particularly far from the curb. In the case of LaGuardia, the gates were as far down the concourse as possible. Not that either of these airports are huge, but two minutes is two minutes. The American Shuttle website mentions “quick deplaning from the front or rear door”, but that didn’t happen at either end of my trip.I arrived at LaGuardia a bit early for my 8am flight, early enough to see the tail end of boarding for the 7am flight. Although there was space available, a change fee of $75 would be required to hop on board. The American and Delta shuttles don’t allow for free flight changes, further watering down the appeal of a shuttle.Boarding began a few moments after the arrival of the Embraer E190 from Boston. The E190 makes for the perfect shuttle route aircraft. A First Class cabin allows for upgrades and a sizable Main Cabin in a 2-2 economy configuration make for a comfortable ride. The E190 will be exiting American’s fleet soon, likely to be replaced with the equally comfortable but smaller E175.The E190 is perfect for shuttle operations in your writer’s opinion. Image: Jason RabinowitzThe weather was merciful that day, and both of my flights pushed back and departed without delay. Once in the air the flight attendants quickly sprang into action. One of the few tangible perks of the Shuttle is free snacks, beer and wine in the Main Cabin. I choose a cup of water on the outbound flight, while the snack was a run-of-the-mill Biscoff cookie offered on just about every other American flight. The flight was so quick that the flight attendant had to cheer me on by quietly chanting “chug chug chug” as she collected trash before landing.A quick snack for a quick flight. Image: Jason RabinowitzI enjoyed a solid Goose Island IPA on the return, along with the standard bag of pretzels common on daytime American flights. That beer turned out to be the only tangible perk of these two Shuttle flights.Image: Jason RabinowitzThe E190 features Gogo’s original air-to-ground (ATG) network and free streaming entertainment, though neither are particularly useful on this route. Flights on this route hardly spend any time above 10,000 feet, providing about 10-15 minutes of usable access.A fast connection in that it was over fast. Image: Jason RabinowitzOnce the system activated, “full flight” connectivity cost $10, which is a laughably bad deal, working out to nearly $1 per minute of usable airtime. My T-Mobile promotion for an hour of free access provided me with all the time I could get.Image: Jason RabinowitzWhen my meetings wrapped up early I decided to change to an earlier flight home. The American app isn’t the most robust out there, but this function is supported. I forked over the $75 to move from the 7pm to 5pm flight, but the app errored out while processing the change. The change was made on the backend, thankfully. With the Boston traffic Gods smiling, I made it to Logan in record time, and the gate agents for the 4pm flight allowed me to change once again since I had already paid the $75 fee.These two Shuttle flights felt like any other. The Shuttle term has become so watered down that I’m not sure if it even means anything anymore. Gone are the days of standby aircraft for full flights and a meal for all passengers. There are plenty of other routes with shuttle-like frequency as well, such as LaGuardia to Dallas. Both of my flights arrived early, and at the end of the day, that’s what matters most to me.Related Articles:Room for improvement in first class on Alaska Boeing 737-900Delta has good reason to be proud of Delta One SuitesWhy I always say yes to Spirit Airlines’ Big Front SeatAlaska versus JetBlue: A study in transcon PaxEx outside the Big ThreeDelta hits a home run with Airbus A220 passenger experienceRegional airlines up their game to meet customer expectationslast_img read more

Press Release JetBlue introduces new Core Experience for A320s

first_imgJetBlue today announced that its newest cabin experience has entered into service, bringing to the skies the widest seats available for this aircraft, custom-designed seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) with 100+ channels of DIRECTV and hundreds of free movies and shows, ability to pair your mobile device to the screen, easy-to-reach power sources at every seat, and expanded coverage of free Wi-Fi connectivity almost everywhere JetBlue flies.JetBlue’s Airbus A320 aircraft, which make up the majority of the airline’s fleet, are being updated for the first time since the airline disrupted the industry with onboard live television and all-leather seats in 2000.The restyling effort has been several years in the making, with the latest aircraft marking the first to receive this all-new 2019 design. The aircraft, named “If You Can Read This, You’re Blue Close,” re-joins JetBlue’s fleet today, with roughly a third of JetBlue’s A320 aircraft scheduled for restyling completion by the end of the year.“JetBlue rocked the airline industry in 2000 with seatback television and all leather seats. In our first makeover since, this incredible new onboard experience represents what the founders would have done if they were launching JetBlue today,” said Marty St. George, executive vice president and chief commercial officer, JetBlue. “The new experience brings together technology, entertainment, and comfort with the great service JetBlue customers love so much.”For most of the airlines 100+ destinations the A320 restyling will bring the upgraded JetBlue experience to their city for the first time.A major focus of the restyling is keeping customers connected throughout their flight, including a new inflight entertainment system, high-definition seatback televisions, in-seat power outlets with USB ports and continued free gate-to-gate Fly-Fi high-speed internet with an expanded coverage area – including throughout the Caribbean and Latin America where Fly-Fi had not been available until now.The Widest Seat Available For the A320In 2019, JetBlue will outfit its A320 aircraft with the Collins Meridian seat, customized for the airline’s needs and featuring a number of design elements with customer comfort in mind:Expanded seat width of more than 18 inches, the widest available for the A320.The most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (a).Enhanced cushion comfort.Adjustable headrests, a new feature for JetBlue’s A320.Contoured seatback design at knee level creating additional living space for every customer.Redesigned seatback stowage options, including an innovative elastic grid to accommodate a variety of customer items.At least two easy-to-reach power connections at every seat.“We are proud to partner with JetBlue on its A320 restyling project by supplying our Meridian Seat,” said Cynthia A. Muklevicz, Vice President, Account Management, Interiors for Collins Aerospace. “Meridian offers passengers industry-leading comfort and living space through an intense focus on ergonomic design supported by optimization of the underlying seat structure.”Inflight entertainmentAlso in 2019, JetBlue will build on its reputation as an industry leader in inflight entertainment options with Thales AVANT and ViaSat-2 connectivity. With this system, JetBlue will offer customers aboard its restyled A320s expanded entertainment choices in nearly every region the airline flies (b). JetBlue is the only major U.S. airline with seatback entertainment screens at every seat on every aircraft.10.1 inch, 1080P high definition screen at every seat.More than 100 channels of live television with DVR-like pause and rewind functionality.Expanded collection of on demand movies, TV shows and video content, plus new gaming features.Destination-specific content allowing customers to enhance their travel experience.Picture-in-picture functionEnhanced, 3D flight map offering multiple ways to track time to destination.Personal handheld device pairing capabilities for use as a remote or gaming controller.Expanded Fly-Fi connectivity, providing coverage to nearly the entire JetBlue network.“Thales is proud to have been a business partner with JetBlue since the beginning of their IFE evolution. The airline has reimagined the flying experience, and with our custom-designed AVANT IFE solution, we’ve helped JetBlue reimagine their customer experience on the A320 platform,” said Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience. “We look forward to collaborating with the airline to create new opportunities that wow their customers with a unique and personalized inflight experience.”“Thales is proud to have been a business partner with JetBlue since the beginning of their IFE evolution. The airline has reimagined the flying experience, and with our custom-designed AVANT IFE solution, we’ve helped JetBlue reimagine their customer experience on the A320 platform,” said Philippe Carette, Chief Executive Officer, Thales InFlyt Experience. “We look forward to collaborating with the airline to create new opportunities that wow their customers with a unique and personalized inflight experience.”“JetBlue continues to be an industry leader in its approach to inflight internet—bringing free, high-speed connectivity to every customer onboard,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, Viasat. “We’re honored to once again partner with JetBlue on inflight connectivity, giving them access to ViaSat-2, the world’s most advanced satellite network, enabling all JetBlue customers to enjoy fast Fly-Fi service on more routes where JetBlue flies.”Completing The 2018 PhaseThe first phase of JetBlue’s A320 interior cabin restyle began in spring 2018 and modernized the airline’s so-called “classic interiors” with products that matched those found on the airline’s newer A321 aircraft – features such as more modern seats and larger seatback TVs. More than a dozen A320 aircraft have been restyled with these products so far and several more are scheduled for completion in the coming weeks. This spring the restyling will fully transition to the 2019 version of onboard products for all aircraft going forward.About JetBlue AirwaysJetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline®, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 42 million customers a year to 100+ cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of more than 1,000 daily flights. For more information please visit jetblue.com.last_img read more

Press Release STG launches flexible photoluminescent aircraft signage

first_imgLeading aircraft cabin lighting company STG Aerospace is today launching saf-Tsign® blu, the world’s first and only blue-glowing photoluminescent aircraft signage.Ideal for emergency, informational and custom signs, the unique and patented saf-Tsign® blu design combines top-class cabin aesthetics with an absolute focus on clarity and safety. Further benefits include minimal maintenance and operational costs.Dr Sean O’Kell, STG Aerospace Business Unit Director, says: “We’re really excited to be launching the world’s first flexible blue-glowing aircraft signage and cabin marking option. It’s not something you can announce every day. We are already talking to many major carriers about the extensive capability offering of saf-Tsign® blu, looking at everything from seat markings and row numbers to galley and washroom signs.”saf-Tsign® blu builds on STG Aerospace’s proven, market-leading saf-Tsign® range of easy-to-install, environmentally friendly, non-powered photoluminescent signage, available for all aircraft types.O’Kell continues: “With the new saf-Tsign® blu, we’re expanding our portfolio, building on our traditional green-glowing signage to add a cool and soothing blue look. Blue signage will also be more ‘on-brand’ than green signage for many airlines and can be easily tailored to match airlines’ CMF palettes.“Photoluminescent signs – in simple terms, ‘glow-in-the-dark’ signs – are 100% fail-safe with no running costs, which makes them perfect for commercial and military aerospace use. saf-Tsign® blu signs, for example, are fully charged by cabin lighting in minutes. The look and operation of this new product line beautifully combines our design and engineering expertise.“Blue is a very calming and aesthetically pleasing colour,” adds O’Kell. “It’s relaxing and refreshing, with an output that won’t disrupt passengers in a darkened cabin. Naturally, therefore, it’s a colour we love and we already offer a blue setting for our liTeMood® cabin lighting system and saf-Tglo blu FPM systems. This way we can offer a cohesive cabin aesthetic to customers.About STG AerospaceEstablished in 1995, STG Aerospace is an award-winning, world leader in aircraft cabin lighting technologies. Its products are currently installed in over 11,000 aircraft worldwide representing one third of the world’s passenger fleet.The company’s product range includes:saf-Tglo®, the pioneering and market-leading photoluminescent emergency floor path systemsaf-Tsign®, the leading brand of photoluminescent emergency and informational signage developed for commercial and military fixed-wing and rotary aircraftliTeMood®, an LED lighting range designed specifically to retrofit commercial aircraft cabins, including a plug-and-play, programmable, mood lighting system together with ancillary cabin lighting products.STG Aerospace has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise four times, a Boeing Best Performance Excellence Award eight times, the 2016 APEX Award for Best Cabin Innovation, the 2017 PAX International Readership Award for Best Cabin Interior Enhancement and, together with SpiceJet, the 2017 Inflight Asia-Pacific Award in the Interior Retrofit Project category.Counting hundreds of airlines, lessors and MROs among its customers, STG Aerospace is also a supplier to aircraft OEMs, including Boeing, Embraer, BAE Systems, Fokker and Saab.Privately owned, STG Aerospace has its Headquarters and UK manufacturing facilities and a Research and Development centre in Wales (UK) and an office with further manufacturing facilities in Miami serving the US market. The company also has an official presence in China with a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) based in Beijing, STG Aerospace (China) Co., Ltd.last_img read more

Press Release Inmarsat celebrates 1000th installation of broadband IFC

first_imgInmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, today announced that more than 1,000 terminals have now been installed for its next-generation inflight broadband solutions by customers in the global airline and business aviation markets.The milestone, celebrated at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg, highlights the growing market dominance and adoption of Inmarsat’s three award-winning new connectivity services, GX Aviation, Jet ConneX and European Aviation Network (EAN).GX Aviation and Jet ConneX are the world’s first and only global, high-speed inflight connectivity services delivered through a wholly-owned and operated network of high-throughput satellites, allowing airline and business aviation passengers to seamlessly browse the internet, stream videos, check social media and more during flights.GX Aviation is currently available with leading airlines such as Lufthansa, Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Norwegian, Avianca and Citilink. Earlier today, Inmarsat partner SITAONAIR announced that it has now activated GX Aviation on the majority of Philippine Airlines (PAL)’s new-generation aircraft.Jet ConneX has been the most successful launch of an inflight wifi solution in business aviation history. It is currently flying on more than 450 aircraft across the world, offering unprecedented new capabilities and reinforcing Inmarsat’s status as the number one connectivity provider to business aviation customers globally.EAN, developed in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, is a new purpose-built inflight broadband solution that is uniquely suited to the challenges of European airspace; one of the world’s most congested, with more than one billion passengers per year. The innovative network was founded upon a European Union initiative and has been developed by an alliance of Europe’s leading technology companies to deliver the fastest speeds for passengers, installation times for airlines and scalability to meet future demand.Philip Balaam, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “GX Aviation, Jet ConneX and EAN are pioneering an exciting new chapter in global inflight connectivity and we are extremely proud that the market has responded so enthusiastically. We look forward to crossing many more milestones in the future, with a large number of installations currently underway and a healthy new business pipeline of around 3,000 aircraft. To meet future demand, we have a fully-funded development roadmap that includes new satellite launches in 2019, 2020 and 2021.“Our success to date would not have been possible without the support of our industry-leading partnership network, which includes the likes of Collins Aerospace, Deutsche Telekom, Honeywell, SATCOM Direct, SITAONAIR, Thales and most recently Panasonic Avionics.”PHOTO CAPTION: A team celebration of the 1,000th installation of Inmarsat Aviation’s next-generation inflight broadband solutions at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in HamburgAbout InmarsatInmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s best global portfolio of satellite networks, specifically designed for customer mobility, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides.  Inmarsat’s long established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.  The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.   Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government and Aviation satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high quality partner to its customers across the globe.last_img read more