Contact the Victorian State Branch office for further details.The Touch Football Victoria website: www.victouch.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERROTORY (ACT)Play # 6 ACT Summer Competition Grand FinalsThis week sees the Grand Finals of the ACT Touch 07/8 Summer Domestic Season. The best of the 265 nominated teams will play off for competition honours in various divisions. Winning teams will receive a prize voucher that entitles them to a discount off next season’s nomination fees, or vouchers towards the purchase of uniforms or trophies. In what has become a tradition, all referees participating in the finals will be treated to a meal and refreshments each night after the final timeslot – this is just one of the ways that ACTTA says thanks to our valued whistleblowers. Best of luck to all grand finalists this week…To those teams not making the Grand Final, ACTTA hoped you enjoyed the season and is looking forward to seeing see you back in Winter season.Other Events: The ACTTA 2008 Winter Season will commence on 7 April 2008. Nominations are now open. To download a nomination form, please visit the ACTTA website. There are several great pricing incentives so don’t hesitate – nominate a team today.Enquiries should be directed to ACT Touch Association on (02) 6212 2880 or email@example.comThat’s it for this week’s edition of “a Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s website for all the latest information, news, and views in Touch Football from around the nation. Victorian State Women’s U20 Head Coach. Touch Football Australia brings you the third edition of “A Set of Six” for 2008 with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around Australia. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks brings you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s “A Set of Six” – Volume Three for 2008.NORTHERN TERRITORY (NT) Play # 1Premiers Flex their muscles in Darwin Touch Football CompetitionLast week in the Men’s Division One competition, reigning Premiers Crocs inflicted another loss on Palmerston Bulls. Crocs played with the confidence and poise of the champion outfit they are when they produced s polished performance to record a comfortable victory.Crocs came out firing; with their youthful stars showing the way with some well executed set plays to demoralize the Bulls.The Bulls are still trying to find some form after losing a few key players this season, but their task will get no easier with the undefeated Dream Team their next opponents.Dream Team disposed of Honkers 10 –1 in an emphatic display.Crocs will confront the ever-improving TCU Incredibles who lost a tight 5-4 tussle with Bundy Bears last week.Bundy Bears will play Honkers in what should be a close, entertaining clash.In the Women’s Competition, Scorpions have continued their winning start to the season accounting for Palmerston Bulls 4-3 in a closely contested battle. This week Scorpions will be out to keep their winning record alive when they take on All About Us in the early game. Palmerston Bulls will take on Crocs who showed they would be a force to reckon with this season after a comfortable 8-1 victory over Divas last week. Divas come up against Legless Emus and should account for the new girls on the block but will need to tread carefully with the young guns only just going down to the more experienced All About us 2-1 last week.Other Events: NT Touch would like to extend their congratulations to three players on their selection in the Australian Indigenous Touch Team to tour New Zealand from 1-7 April 2008. Congratulations to Scorpions duo Jordan Ahsam and Courtney Bailey, as well as Alice Springs player Kirstin Pearson.The Northern Territory website: www.nttouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) Play # 2Beach Touch Finals Cap Summer of FunBeach Touch has been one of the highlights of TouchWest’s Summer of Touch. The “Sunset Series” involved teams playing from 6pm until sunset at Leighton Beach, Fremantle, The 3 attackers versus 2 defenders concept was played over four Friday nights. In the Division One Final, Leighton Creation defeated Snow Bunnies.Whilst in Division Two action, Craig Mostyn Group defeated Nice Try. Participants enjoyed the modified competition that will hopefully lead players into other TouchWest affiliated competitions.Other Events: WA Trainee Game Development Officer, Claire French, has completed her Certificate III in Sport and Recreation through Central TAFE. Claire has been completing her studies while working for TouchWest through an AFL Sportsready Traineeship. TouchWest congratulate Claire on her achievement and thank her for all the hard work she has done over the last twelve months. Claire will continue working for TouchWest and will commence her Certificate IV in Sport and Recreation in 2008.The TouchWest website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA) Play # 3Recognition for Mallee CoachJeff Topp of Mallee Touch Association, was awarded Coach of the Year at the Mallee Sports Assembly Annual Dinner and Presentation Night on Friday, 8th February 2008.Jeff was recognised for coaching Chaffey Secondary College’s school teams in the local Mallee Touch Competition and school tournaments. His association team is the current B Grade Affiliate Premiers in the Mallee Competition, and his school teams are current champions in all three divisions of the TFSA All Schools Mixed Championships.Other Events: Adelaide Shores Recreation Grounds received the thumbs up as a venue last night from players, officials, and spectators involved in the last of the minor rounds of State League. TFSA hope to secure the lush fields, clear markings, and fresh facilities for the State League finals to give TFSA’s elite participants the superior conditions they crave. The highly anticipated Finals Series begins this Friday, 22 February 2008 with Elimination Finals.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD) Play # 4Brisbane City a hive of ActivityIt’s a busy time in the Brisbane City Region this weekend.On Saturday 23 February 2008, a Level 1 Coaching Course will be conducted at Cavendish Road State High School.On Sunday 24 February 2008, Level 1, 2, and 3 Referee Courses will be held at the same venue.Junior BMTA Mustang representative team trials will be held this Sunday from 11am-1pm at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association fields, whilst the Brisbane City Cobras will be conducting a Training Day for all National Touch League Teams this Sunday from 2-5pm at the BMTA venue after the Juniors strut their stuff.Other Events: The Sunshine Coast Junior Regional Championships, postponed last weekend due to inclement weather, will be conducted this Saturday 23 February 2008 at the Caboolture Touch Fields at Morayfield.The Queensland Touch Association website: www.qldtouch.com.auVICTORIA (VIC) Play # 5Elwood Park Grand Finals produce a ThrillerThe Elwood Park Sunday summer season wrapped up with a day of scintillating grand final action. The rest of the Elwood Park Affiliate Grand Finals are on this week at Elwood and Fawkner Parks.The highlight of the Grand Finals was undoubtedly the Men’s A Grand Final that went down to a thrilling drop-off before Saivans (8) prevailed over Te Te’ Hunters (7).FULL RESULTSWomen’s BHot Ice te Maro (2) def Hands Off (0)Men’s DSouthern Pirates (7) def Premium Staffing (6)Men’s EOD2 (3) def Phantoms (2)Men’s BWestern Touch (5) def SBFDTC (4)Men’s CSharks (7) def Amateurs (6)Women’s ASynergy (7) def Tsunami (2)Men’s AMaori Saiyans (8) def Hot Te’Te Hunters (7) – DropoffOther Events: Football Victoria is currently seeking written applications from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches for the following positions: Victorian State Men’s U20 Head Coach
Liverpool boss Klopp’s Christmas Message: Why these players so specialby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to his players in his Christmas Day message.Klopp says a key to their success so far this season is the ability of his team to ignore “the noise” of the media and press.He told Liverpoolfc.com: “This is my fourth Christmas as the manager of this incredible football club and although I am not the kind of guy to allow myself to look backwards, I think it is fair to say we have had an incredible ride in 2018 with some real highs and a couple of disappointments.”That’s what gives me the confidence and belief there is more to come from these boys in 2019, that there is more to come from this journey we are all involved in.”We can – and should – all be proud of what the team have done so far this season, but this is only the beginning and there is still such a long way to go, both this season and in terms of what this group of players can achieve.”The best thing about these boys, and what has helped us have such a good start to the season, is they do not listen to the noise; they are 100 per cent every single day in training and every single matchday. We know when we say ‘one game at a time’ some people might consider it football talk, but that really is the way for us. It is the philosophy that has got us to where we are currently.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom French container carrier CMA CGM has decided to add a new service to directly connect Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.The new INDIGO line will provide a weekly direct service on the market and reduced transit times between Mexico and the Caribbean, according to the company.As part of the new service, CMA CGM will add a call in Kingston and a new port of call at Progresso in Mexico.Additionally, the service will allow access to the Cuban ports of Mariel and Santiago de Cuba.CMA CGM said that the new rotation will be as follows: Progreso, Altamira, Veracruz, Mariel, Kingston, Rio Haina, Kingston, Mariel, Progreso.The new service was announced less than a week after the company made a number of changes to its offering as it launched EUROSAL XL, a new service connecting the West Coast of South America and Northern Europe, and upgraded its Moroccan coverage by deploying six services linking the country with Russia, Europe and the Middle East.Furthermore, CMA CGM earlier said that it would enhanced its FEMEX service between North Europe and Turkey by adding new ports of call in Felixstowe, Valencia and Piraeus.Image Courtesy: CMA CGM
The global travel and tourism industry is one of the most dynamic economic powerhouses on the planet. It not only creates jobs, but connects businesses to markets, drives exports, is a catalyst for prosperity and generally helps people enjoy better lives worldwide. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) estimates that the sector accounts for 10.4% of global GDP and 313 million jobs, making it one of the largest contributors economically in the world. The connectivity provided by international air and rail transport is one of the key factors in facilitating its growth.It is estimated that over half of international tourists travel by air, meaning aviation plays a crucial role in supporting one of the globe’s most important economic sectors. And according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), it contributes an enormous €2.3 trillion with more than 120,000 flights taking off daily – transporting more than 10 million passengers worldwide.It’s clear that the aviation sector is thriving, and the global rail market is also in a period of growth according to the 2018 Worldwide Market for Railway Industries Study. Since 2016, its value has grown from €169 billion to €183 billion, with the rate outstripping forecasted growth of 2.3% two years ago, to 2.8%.This strong growth has resulted in changes across the air and rail sectors with a greater focus on improving customer satisfaction levels through innovations in onboard service and environments. For example, a new raft of commercial aircraft models from leading manufacturers Airbus and Boeing has forced airlines to refine the offering they provide to passengers, while developments in onboard catering and cutting-edge technology are attracting passengers to travel operators that have a modern and unique approach to travel. The key to sustaining this success lies in being aware of – and acting on – key trends without being outmaneuvered by competitors.The spotlight is on passenger experienceThis year’s Passenger Experience Week, taking place in Hamburg from 1-4 April 2019, brings together four leading events that aim to provide ideas, inspiration and solutions for air, rail and cruise buyers looking to improve the experience they offer to their passengers. Comprising Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE); Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS); and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC), the series of events will showcase the latest cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, passenger comfort, catering, retail offerings and technology software that will ultimately transform the experience passengers receive on a plane, train, coach or cruise ship.Over 950 exhibitors will be on hand throughout the week to showcase their innovations to 18,000 attending industry professionals. Of these, more than 2,000 will be VIP guests – leading decision makers representing the world’s major air and rail operators – looking to find those unique, new-to-market products that will set their business apart from the rest. Face-to-face buying, selling and networking will dominate proceedings across the Hamburg Messe throughout the week.Learning from industry visionariesMarking the start of Passenger Experience Week 2019, the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC) will bring together thought leaders from across the global aviation, rail and cruise sectors, who will share new ideas and discuss the next steps in the evolution of the passenger experience from onboard environments to services.Delegates joining this year’s conference on 1 April will be able to hear speakers from Airbus; Seymourpowell; Diehl Aviation; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Collins Aerospace; and Passenger Experience Week supporting organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA).Opening the conference, Joe Leader, Chief Executive Officer of the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and International Flight Services Association (IFSA), will provide the inside track on the strategies that will deliver more competitive cabins. He will offer insight on how to deliver greater value for passengers and improve revenue for airlines; the transformative approaches to making the journey better; and how to integrate new technologies and tools every step of the way.Following the day’s keynote sessions, three breakout streams will focus the discussion on key trends shaping the future of the industry – The Competitive Cabin, Digital: The New Reality, and Revitalising the Journey.The Competitive Cabin stream will help delegates understand how suppliers are innovating products and services to deliver a better passenger experience and increase revenue. The session will explain the importance of technology collaborations in creating innovative interiors solutions that enhance the journey of all travellers – including those with mobility, visual or hearing impairments.With a digital revolution underway in the travel sectors, Digital: The New Reality will explore the importance of integrating technology across the entire journey to create a seamless and connected environment. Speakers will explore the role of automated and digital/mobile self-service; how biometric technologies are opening up opportunities through airports and on aircraft; and how the food and retail experience onboard can be digitalised to improve engagement and passenger enjoyment.In the final stream, Revitalising the Journey, speakers will address how new sensory technologies can help passengers navigate their journeys. From sensory touchpoints – sonic branding, voice technologies, haptic feedback – to augmented and virtual reality, delegates will learn more about the opportunities to improve experiences, while tackling new challenges in cabin design. Sessions will encourage delegates to rethink both the physical and onboard experience, from understanding how biometric technologies, such as facial recognition, are transforming passenger experiences in a world of self-service; to the opportunities to deliver outstanding personalisation, helping passengers to arrive at their destinations feeling relaxed and refreshed.20 years of cabin innovationWith the global aviation industry going from strength to strength, it’s no surprise that the airline interiors industry is also booming. The market for aircraft interiors is predicted to hit €13.9 billion by 2020 according to market research by Industry Arc, thanks to a dramatic surge in air travel and the accompanying upturn in passenger expectations as a result.For two decades, AIX has played a pivotal role in helping the world’s premier airlines source the latest cabin innovations, technologies, inflight entertainment and connectivity solutions that have transformed their offerings and helped turn them into the leading global players they are today. The 2019 instalment sees the exhibition reach its 20th anniversary with a celebration of the cutting-edge innovation that is continually propelling the industry forward.More than 500 businesses – including industry players both, large and small – will showcase their latest products and services aimed at enhancing the cabin, in-flight entertainment and connectivity onboard. These include materials suppliers such as Zotefoams, a world leader in cellular materials technology, which is confirmed to showcase its ZOTEK F foam. The material is manufactured from specialist PVDF engineering polymers to meet the exacting standards of aviation manufacturers. Helping to improve inflight hygiene, Mankiewicz will present its second-generation interior paint featuring antimicrobial effective additives. Its ALEXIT PureGuard paint contains special chemicals that hinder the spread of mould and unpleasant odours, helping to reduce the microbes and bacteria which accumulate over the course of a flight.And, with the industry’s leading seat manufacturers present, attendees will be able to discover the latest seat configurations from Safran SA; Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG; STELIA Aerospace; and Adient Aerospace, which will showcase its Ascent Business Class at the show. Molon Labe Seating will also join the line-up, revealing the launch customer for its S1 staggered short-range economy class seat.Visitors can also explore mock-ups of the new Boeing 777X – the largest and most efficient twin-engine jet in the world. The cabin interior, which will be on display at AIX 2019, is inspired by the comforts and conveniences of the 787 Dreamliner, with larger windows, a wider cabin, new lighting and enhanced architecture – all of which will be custom-tailored for a unique in-flight passenger experience. The 777X is one of many topics explored by Boeing’s Blake Emery and PJ Wilcynski on the newly launched PAX Week Views podcast. The podcast brings together a host of leading industry experts from across the aviation, rail and cruise sectors to share their thoughts on the future of the passenger experience industry. It is now available to download or stream via iTunes or Spotify here: http://bit.ly/2BopFfhAirline buyers looking for suppliers to support Maintenance, Retail and Overhaul (MRO) operations, will find a host of businesses that will be demonstrating the importance of cabin refurbishment services. Exhibitors, including Delta TechOps, Etihad Airways Engineering and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, will explain how they deliver the highest quality interior maintenance and refurbishment of seating, monuments – comprising galley, lavatory, closets, overhead bins and sidewall panels – IFEC solutions and unit load devices (ULDs).What’s on at AIXIn addition to the smorgasbord of innovations on display on the show floor, there will be a whole area dedicated to the very latest developments in inflight entertainment technology. According to IATA’s 2018 Global Passenger Survey, people now prefer to watch digital content on a seatback device (54%) rather than a personal device (36%).This technology and more will be presented in The IFEC Zone, which aims to keep visitors abreast of the latest developments in inflight technology solutions. It will feature everything from servers and OTT systems to 5G and VR, with more than 100 leading providers of state-of-the-art entertainment and communications solutions on display, including AirFi BV, Astronics, Panasonic, SITA OnAir, Thales and Kontron.Demonstrating how cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) can transport premium passengers to their own private movie theatres, SkyLights will reveal how operators can set themselves apart from the competition and enable passengers to enjoy the latest releases in 3D, 2D and 180° VR with its AlloSky VR Headset. Bluebox Aviation Systems will highlight the latest innovations in tablet-based and wireless IFE solutions including its Bluebox aIFE – an accessible IFE solution for passengers with sight loss that Virgin Atlantic launched in December 2017; while Gogo, the in-flight internet company, will demonstrate its next-generation satellite technology for global in-flight connectivity: Gogo 2Ku.Meanwhile IFEC technology will, for the second year, be recognised in the Crystal Cabin Awards, enabling visitors to quickly identify the most innovative new launches. Eight categories in total will be awarded, all of which celebrate innovation in the aircraft cabin. Innovations across the eight categories will be on display, with winners announced in the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar Theatre.Held within the theatre, the CabinSpace LIVE Seminar programme, offers a place for attendees to listen and learn from industry leaders, and discover the latest challenges and trends impacting the industry. Curated to help airlines grasp the opportunities and navigate the challenges posed by the ever-evolving air travel industry, this year will feature free-to-attend forecast sessions exploring a wide range of hot topics. The rapid evolution of connectivity, IFEC and tools for engagement; the outlook for the aircraft interiors industry; and IFC trends in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) will all be covered.Airbus BizLab, a global aerospace accelerator, will also lead a panel discussion on the future of flight, questioning how factors such as demographic and economic growth, tourism trends, oil prices and the development of new and existing routes help shape air transport mobility. With a particular focus on innovation in aircraft interiors, a panel will discuss how global macro trends can change the future of aircraft-based mobility, moderated by Reymound Buckman, Airbus BizLab Campus Leader in Hamburg.As ever, there will be plentiful networking opportunities at AIX, focused particularly on helping to develop strong working business relationships between airlines and suppliers. The Airline Club Lounge, exclusively reserved for members of airlines, bizjets and lessors, is designed to provide a space to escape, relax, work or network away from the show floor.Serving up innovation at WTCEFor the past two decades, AIX has become the global meeting place for airlines to source innovative technologies and solutions to improve the passenger experience. In more recent years, it has been joined by sister exhibition, the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), which has also grown significantly in its own right to become the leading global event for travel catering, onboard retail and passenger comfort.This year’s instalment, which sits alongside AIX at the Hamburg Messe in halls A1-A3, is set to be one of the biggest to date, thanks to continued demand for the very best onboard experience the world’s leading airlines, rail companies and cruise liners can provide.Indeed, according to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the worldwide market for in-flight catering services is projected to reach €15.5 billion by 2020, driven by ever increasing – and demanding – passenger traffic and an abundance of service innovations by airline operators. And with more than five million meals served onboard flights each day, it’s no surprise that businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to improve their onboard offerings and attract new customers.Many airlines are already switching things up when it comes to their catering. Take Emirates for example, which has announced it is building a vertical farm to grow food for its meals with less impact on the environment. Meanwhile, Delta Airlines is trialling a new three-course meal plan served with sparkling wine; Air France has added a new ‘healthy’ meal option to it’s a la carte menu, while conversely, Swiss Air has added new hot cheese fondue to its menu. Whatever the innovation, its clear there is a place in the market for new ideas when it comes to onboard catering, and this year’s WTCE is the place to find them.What’s on at WTCEThe free-to-attend exhibition houses over 350 suppliers of onboard products and services, including more than 180 dedicated to food and drink. These include The Barilla Group, which will showcase its dedicated line of Italian food solutions for foodservice professionals under its most famous and well-loved brands, Barilla and Mulino Bianco. Cuisine Solutions, an industry leader in the expert development and manufacturing of premium, fully cooked foods using the sous-vide method, will also be present, demonstrating its slow-cooking technique that was pioneered and perfected by its Chief Scientist Dr. Bruno Goussault.WTCE will once again present visitors with a host of new products for complimentary in-flight and buy onboard menus from cheeses to chocolates. Companies such as Brazzale Spa, the oldest Italian family business in the dairy and cheese-making industry; Butlers Chocolates, Ireland’s premier family-owned firm dedicated to the craft of exceptional chocolate-making; and Dr. Schär Group, the European leader in gluten-free products, will all present the latest food and beverages suitable for onboard consumption.Visitors can also see products from a broader range of categories including hygiene, transport and logistics, packaging, travel retail, passenger comfort and toys and games, with many launching products that have never been seen before. This year, visitors will have the opportunity to view products from the full spectrum of airline and rail suppliers – large and small – including LSG Group, Matrix, Bayart Innovations, dnata and gategroup, as well as those from more than 100 new exhibitors that have not previously launched into the industry.The New Exhibitor Village gives companies that are new to the industry the opportunity to reveal their services or products to more than 200 international airlines and rail operators. With a dedicated, stand-out area on the show floor, participants will benefit from a unique platform to market their innovations.Companies already signed up to showcase their products in the Village include Belberry Preserves, Belgian-based purveyors of fruit preserves; Chum Fruit Snacks, 100% healthy fruit snacks featuring the simplest purest ingredients; Farmhouse Biscuits, biscuits baked from traditional, old-family recipes; Nature Frais, an agri-food company which specialises in the cutting of fresh vegetables and fruits; and frozen bread producers Novepan.Elsewhere, there will be a selection of designated areas to enable visitors to easily identify products and services that are of interest to them. Giving airtime to brand new products will be the What’s New Onboard showcase that will feature products and innovations launched to the market in the past 12 months or less.The growing Focus on World Travel Retail will return to Hall A4 to showcase products that can help drive revenue opportunities onboard. In the cut-throat travel retail industry, operators need that all-important competitive edge to set their business apart from the rest and win customers. Exhibitors taking part this year include Schäfer Travel Retail GmbH, a supplier with more than 10 years’ experience supplying a wide selection of brands and products to over 60 airlines and 40 airports worldwide; Chateau d’Esclans Whispering Angel, a leading producer of a renowned range of Côtes de Provence rosés; Lemonaid Beverages, fairtrade lemonade made from fresh, organically grown ingredients; MeMento, a blend of distilled aromatic waters filled with the scents of the Mediterranean; and Gebr. Heinemann, one of the top players on the international travel retail market. Visitors will also have an opportunity to sample new products and engage with other attendees at the Gebr. Heinemann networking bar.The Spotlight on Travel Apparel feature, sponsored by Egret Aviation and MODUS, will return to the exhibition’s central entrance to showcase the latest onboard clothing. Operators looking to update their brand or source new uniforms will find plenty of inspiration and ideas in this area. Further examples of the latest uniforms, crew luggage and travel accessories can be found on the show floor, with new companies CREATION & IMAGE Paris, GATE8 Luggage, OX’BRIDGE and Sky Soles joining the exhibition.Also providing visitors with unrivalled inspiration for their air, rail and cruise operations will be this year’s Taste of Travel Theatre. Run in association with Onboard Hospitality magazine, presentations and live demonstrations – delivered by leading consultants, industry experts and award-winning chefs will aim to educate the audience about the future of the sector, encourage them to think about current and upcoming trends and urge them to understand how they can best enhance the passenger experience. Taking place across all three days of the show, the sessions will focus on a diverse range of trends including sustainability, packaging, food waste, pre-ordering and wellbeing.Sustainability in the air is one of the current industry hot topics and will feature prominently in this year’s Taste of Travel programme. Matt Rance of MNH Sustainable Cabin Services will lead this important debate in a session entitled Sustainable Thinking as he examines how suppliers and airlines can work together to provide cradle-to-grave thinking for onboard products.Phil Chadwick, editor of Packaging News magazine, will also chair a debate around the challenges of plastic and sustainability onboard, in a session entitled Less Plastic in the Air. Taking a look at current hot packaging innovations, a further session entitled Best Sustainable Packaging will invite five exhibitors to give a quick-fire pitch to three expert judges on how their solutions are the most environmentally friendly.Wellbeing is another hot topic that is sure to provoke lots of lively debate in the Taste of Travel Theatre. Tied to this is the theme of gut health, which will be addressed by Marc Warde, culinary consultant to the airline rail and cruise industries, as he explores the new generation of meat-free, gluten-free and allergy-friendly meals suitable for health-conscious passengers. Ariane Van Mancius of Now/New/Next will also examine the habits and hang ups of passenger eating habits in her session entitled ‘How Generations Y and Z eat’. She will look at the influences of these ‘new kids on the block’, and in particular how the rules are being re-written through social media and Instagram.Other themes that will be covered include ‘Dine on Demand’ by Werner Kimmeringer and Craig Devoy of Yates+Partners; how consumers are using technology to personalise their food, health, travel and lifestyle by Mariette Abrahams of Mariette Abrahams Consulting; ‘Pre-ordering’ by Delta Airlines Executive Chef Christian Hallowell; and a session on ‘Best Rail Dining in Europe’ by two members of the Junior National Team of AKC (Czech Chefs Culinary Association) who will also demonstrate the latest dining concepts on Czech Railways. In celebration of its centenary year, representatives from British Airways will also present some of the airline’s new menus along with samples.Returning to facilitate meetings on site, WTCE’s Business Meeting Hub provides the perfect place to do business at the show. Private meeting rooms will be available, enabling VIP airline and rail attendees to arrange meetings with existing or new suppliers. Also aiding relationship building is the improved My Event tool that allows visitors and exhibitors to pre-arrange meetings, so they can maximise time spent at the show.Embracing the digital revolutionLaunched last year to great acclaim, the Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) event will provide a new way for the aviation and rail sectors to improve passenger experience by bringing together some of the world’s most exciting and technologically advanced solutions. This year, the show is back, bigger and better, and ready to provide the perfect platform to showcase game-changing technologies to the world’s leading airlines, airports and rail operators.What’s on at PTS?Trends in technology impact all industries and travel is no exception. To stay competitive, the industry is turning towards the latest solutions to offer customers a better travel experience.Artificial Intelligence (AI), biometrics, blockchain, machine learning and Virtual Reality (VR) are all transforming the way people travel and developments in these areas are showing no sign of slowing down. And with airlines preparing to increase investment in IT by 3.6% as a percentage of their revenue, now couldn’t be a better time for the second edition of PTS, where it will move from the A Halls to Hall B4 Upper of the Hamburg Messe.The move positions the show closer to the popular In-flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) Zone in the co-located Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) and demonstrates the growing importance of big data analytics, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) solutions in personalising the passenger experience and delivering innovative in-flight entertainment services.Exhibitors at this year’s event will be showcasing a whole range of products, from ancillary revenue optimisation systems, CRM and Ecommerce Systems to IT solutions and mobile apps. These include Aviget Ltd, a technology start-up developing multi-platform chatbots, that helps airlines improve customer engagement. It enables passengers to get an instant answer to any question, book a flight, check-in online, get flight status alerts and even rebook cancelled flights without the need for human interaction. Also exhibiting at PTS, ECR Retail Systems, one of the oldest mobile EPoS providers in the UK, will demonstrate its in-flight mobile point of sale (MPoS) systems; TouchStar OnBoard Retail will introduce attendees to NovoStar, a software solution that facilitates the sale of in-flight duty free, catering and ancillary products; while Black Swan, will return to highlight the importance of data-driven passenger experience software solutions.In addition to the revolutionary technology on show at this year’s PTS, there will be a new feature taking centre stage with the aim of generating further cutting-edge innovation at the event. The Pax Tech Hack – Passenger Experience Week’s first ever Hackathon – will see teams of international developers, designers and marketers battle it out to create revolutionary new solutions that will improve the end-to-end passenger journey.With backing from the official supporting organisation, International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Pax Tech Hack will kick off with a selection of challenges that are currently facing the travel industry. Participating teams will be given just 48 hours to develop a functional concept, with a strong practical application, that will utilise new technologies to tackle issues and help shape the future of the global passenger experience industry.With the first two days of the hackathon devoted to non-stop development, the teams will then be given an opportunity to present their working concepts to judges on the show floor on the final day of PTS. With an audience of passenger experience professionals from airline and rail operators watching on, the winning team in each challenge will receive €5,000.This year’s event will include an exciting free-to-attend educational programme – the PTS Seminar Theatre. A host of industry experts will introduce and explore the latest smart solutions and innovative technologies, data tools and digital solutions that will transform the travel experience. The focus will be on how to enable more seamless and connected experiences, create new business models and increase engagements.Luke Miles, Co-founder and Creative Director of New Territory, will run a workshop on ‘Using emerging technologies to provide truly bespoke passenger experiences.’ The session will explore how airlines can offer more bespoke onboard services at both ends of the plane and achieve continuity between classes. He will present a suite of emerging technologies and examples that are shaping the future of the passenger experience and encourage discussion on the next steps for integration by operators across the air, rail and cruise industries.Speaking about the session, Luke commented: “I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in this year’s PTS Seminar Theatre. The industry is fast approaching a turning point, which will see the passenger experience undergo a technologically-driven period of advancement. The topics covered in the programme – biometrics, bespoke onboard services and blockchain technology amongst others – will be central to this shift and I’m looking forward to hearing the ground-breaking ideas presented.”A further session titled ‘Flying in 2025 – a holistic approach to passenger engagement’ will be led by Dr. Stathis Kefallonitis, Founder and President of Branding.aero and Noesis Analysis labs. This interactive panel discussion will highlight the perspectives of aircraft manufacturers, technology providers, catering and culinary experts, behavioural scientists and passengers, providing a unique viewpoint on future passenger trends.It will also explore the deployment of the latest technological capabilities, focusing on the role of new aircraft and cabin designs; data analytics, augmented reality, co-branding, collaborations and new product development; passenger-journey customisation and passenger engagement via behavioural and biometric analyses.In another session, Anne De Hauw and Anne-Celine Donkersloot, from IN Air Travel Experience, will take part in a discussion on ‘Transforming the travel ecosystem: Why today’s digital travelers need you to be there’ beyond the flight’, while a session on blockchain technology will evaluate the potential opportunities and challenges that the burgeoning technology can offer the travel sector.Also under the spotlight, sessions will explore the power of biometrics and how it can remove stress and bottlenecks from the travel journey, for passengers and operators alike. Here, Pierre Charbonneau, Director, Passenger Experience & Facilitation from International Air Transport Association (IATA) – Passenger Experience Week’s supporting organisation – will join a panel to discuss One ID, IATA’s visionary concept that introduces a collaborative identity management solution, meaning passengers need to confirm their identity just once, eliminating repetitive ID checks at security, border control and the gate. And finally, during ‘Digital Visionaries’, industry-leading chief digital and passenger experience officers will present exclusive insights on how they are transforming passenger/traveller engagement within their organisations.Katie Murphy, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, said: “We’re delighted to return to Hamburg this April to mark the 20th anniversary of AIX and the continued growth of co-located events, World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo, Passenger Technology Solutions and the Passenger Experience Conference.“More than ever, we’re seeing a clear need for collaboration and cross industry pollination as operators look to transform the passenger experience and learn from best practice across the industry. And, with digital technologies connecting services on the ground and in the air, our four events will help the aviation, rail and cruise sectors transform the passenger experience by sourcing the most innovative products and services and learn from the brightest minds from across the travel industry.”Passenger Experience Week 2019 returns to Hamburg from 1-4 April comprising Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX), World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE), Passenger Technology Solutions (PTS) and the Passenger Experience Conference (PEC). The four leading events in one location – the Hamburg Messe – share one goal: to shine a light on the latest innovations and services available to enhance the travel experience and improve the onboard comfort and wellbeing of passengers.About Passenger Experience WeekFour leading events – the Passenger Experience Conference, Aircraft Interiors Expo, World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo and Passenger Technology Solutions – one week, one destination. Delivering content, driving innovation and developing connections to transform your business. Showcasing the latest in cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment and connectivity, onboard technology, passenger comfort, catering and travel retail to create the ultimate passenger experience. Taking place 1-4 April 2019 in Hamburg, the events attract more than 18,000 visitors including 2,000 buyers and decision makers from major full service, regional and charter airlines and rail operators and offers the opportunity to meet face to face with suppliers and manufacturers covering the full spectrum of the industry.About Reed ExhibitionsReed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customer across industries.
Following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 after takeoff from Addis Ababa this weekend, as an aviation journalist who writes regularly about safety, the answer one is always supposed to be able to give when asked if I trust the regulatory experts and would board a Boeing 737 MAX is an unqualified “yes”.But I could not give that unqualified “yes” if asked whether I would happily fly on a 737 MAX yesterday, and even less so today with a growing number of jurisdictions expressing concerns by grounding the aircraft while ET302 is investigated.Civil aviation authorities in Europe, the UK, Australia and Singapore have issued bans on the 737 MAX, and the numbers of airlines and jurisdictions refusing to allow the aircraft to be flown continue to grow. It remains unclear precisely what the regulators and airlines are looking to assess. Reading between some lines, it’s possible to speculate that, with the ET302 black boxes now found, they are looking for either similarities or differences to the JT610 crash five months ago. Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software, the way it works, and how (or even whether) pilots have been trained to use it, will be under particular scrutiny.“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has been closely monitoring the situation,” said a spokesperson. “As we do not currently have sufficient information from the flight data recorder we have, as a precautionary measure, issued instructions to stop any commercial passenger flights from any operator arriving, departing or overflying UK airspace.”EASA has suspended all 737 MAX operations, saying in a statement: “As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe. In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.”In suspending MAX operations, Australia’s CASA said: “This is a temporary suspension while we wait for more information to review the safety risks of continued operations of the Boeing 737 MAX to and from Australia,” CEO and Director of Aviation Safety, Shane Carmody, explained. “CASA regrets any inconvenience to passengers but believes it is important to always put safety first.”In the United States, airlines continued to fly the aircraft – and have expressed confidence in the type – but the Association of Professional Flight Attendants representing American Airlines cabin crew confirmed to its members that they are not required to fly on the aircraft if they have safety concerns: “I contacted management again this morning with safety concerns of our Union and members flying this aircraft. Their current response is they will follow the normal fear of flying procedures. It is important for you to know that if you feel it is unsafe to work the 737 MAX, you will not be forced to fly it,” said APFA National President Lori Bassani in a statement. “You must contact crew schedule and your flight service manager who will remove you with a Personal Off (PO). While I have requested that the PO be non-chargeable, details must still be worked out. You may make up the flying via the regular methods available.”Any matter of aviation safety is a dread risk, the ultra-low probability, ultra-high impact events for which airline crashes are often used as the perfect example. Humans are notoriously poor at assessing dread risks, because the impact outweighs the likelihood in our minds, especially when we are not able to control the likelihood.That’s part of why fear of flying is common, yet fear of driving is much less so, despite the hugely greater likelihood and equally lethal impact potential of road traffic accidents. Even this journalist who could not give an unqualified “yes” to the 737 MAX would have few qualms about driving to the airport, objectively a more dangerous activity. But the fact is that travelers are worried about flying on the MAX, and to dismiss those worries as irrational misses the point.Having flown on the MAX, would I knowingly do so again right now? Image: John WaltonThe shrinking number of airlines who are still flying the MAX refuse to allow passengers to opt out without paying significant change fee penalties. The aircraft is perfectly safe, argue those airlines, and they are awaiting regulators’ directions. But it cannot be both acceptable for flight attendants not to be penalized for avoiding the MAX and for passengers to be penalized for doing so.It is easy for those within the industry to issue the standard line — with or without a tinge of derision about the great unwashed panicking over nothing — about waiting for the experts before jumping to conclusions. It is especially easy to do so from behind a keyboard rather than staring at the door of an aircraft that multiple regulators have grounded.Regulators are experts, and while there are of course geopolitical questions at play in certain regulator geographies, with the motives of China and Indonesia in grounding fleets possible to ascribe at least partly to wider contexts, it is hard to suggest that multiple uncoordinated regulators in the UK, Australia, Singapore and elsewhere have much to gain from grounding the MAX, let alone the growing numbers of airlines who have done so.From my perspective as a journalist who deals regularly with certification and regulators on safety issues, I have professional concerns about the level of regulation in a number of areas: from seat testing and passenger safety to emergency egress certification, the levels of real-world vs computer testing required, the amount of read-across that is permitted when certifying derivative models of airframes, the amount of self-certification that is allowed, and so on. Many of these concerns have been raised here by Runway Girl Network journalists, myself included.It would seem illogical and inconsistent if, having concerns about some aspects of the job safety regulators are doing, I did not apply that to other areas. Yet it’s equally illogical and inconsistent that I was driving and being driven in the Lazio region around Rome at speed last weekend, let alone crossing the road in that city, both activities that are much more likely to result in fatal injuries than getting on a 737 MAX.That combination of illogical and inconsistent approach is precisely why we need to wait for the experts to collect, analyze and report on the data: because we humans are bad at doing so.But the crux of the matter is this: are the concerns about the airworthiness of the 737 MAX sufficient to ground the aircraft while we await answers or not?The FAA, and most North American operators say no. A substantial part of the rest of the world says yes. That leaves travelers making an incredibly hard decision on whether or not to fly it, and in the age of passengers being increasingly mobile, social and vocal, it seems short-sighted for the diminishing numbers of airlines still operating the 737 MAX to put them there.Related Articles:North American carriers express confidence in MAX; union wants probeNTSB calls on FAA to fill the safety gap on Part 135 operationsExit row seating raises safety questionsNo room for error: How the design of cabin safety equipment worksAircraft seat size in the spotlight as FAA passes FAA reauthorizationFlyers Rights questions FAA evidence for not setting seat standardsPassenger rights gets a boost as EU interprets guidanceLion Air crash should remind us not to rush to judgmentAir accident cluster makes travelers fearful; should they worry?
Appointed as CEO of Brussels Airlines in April 2018, Foerster says her biggest achievement so far is creating a stronger synergy with parent Lufthansa Group. “We’ve now fully integrated our sales and cargo operations, so we’re now using the power of the entire group. We’re no longer just focused on Belgium,” she notes. “We also just launched our new long-haul product on the Airbus A330 fleet.”As one of a handful of female airline CEOs, Foerster says she has delved into the topic of women in aviation, and has served as a mentor to others in the industry. She feels there are different reasons why we don’t see more women represented in airline C-suites.“One thing is I think women question themselves too much and it hinders them. Taking over an executive role is like having a child. You can only say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and move forward. And you don’t know what the future will hold,” she says.Another issue is work/family balance. “In Europe, there’s the question of how you bring a family and being an executive together. I see a lot of mothers and I completely understand the lack of time for networking because they have to balance their responsibilities in life. I think all of these things are contributing factors.” But Foerster says she sees a climate where diversity is being taken more seriously. “I think that has contributed to more representation.”Her advice for women at the beginning of their aviation careers is to take a chance and join an “incredible” industry. “[Aviation] is so varied and really exciting. It bridges the world, which I think is great. I think young women should just jump right in.”In the pioneer days of aviation, men and women both contributed equally, notes Foerster. “But as aviation became bigger and there was more relevant technology after [World War II], that’s when participation by women got reduced. It’s a pity that the pioneering spirit is not there. I hope it comes back.”Related Articles:Air France commits to further improving gender diversity and equalitySITAONAIR’s Evi Dougali talks digitization and staying the courseWILL Rise: How UTC is preparing women for leadershipOp-Ed: A woman’s place is in the flight deck and the C-SuiteAviation and tech company chief seeks to increase women in both fieldsPursuing Leadership: Delta SVP Allison Ausband’s advice to womenCharlie Bravo Aviation CEO to women: Push beyond your comfort zoneTAM Airlines CEO Claudia Sender on harnessing a culture of diversityFly Blue Crane CEO on breaking the aviation glass ceilingAge not a barrier to success for Novaport deputy CEO in Russia Christina Foerster, the CEO of Brussels Airlines, credits her success with lessons learned from her parents while growing up in the Canary Islands. Now she’s urging other women to “go for it” in their careers.“My father ran a small soccer club, and we always went to the bar after games. When talking to the team, you had to fast with your words and quick-witted,” recalls Foerster in an interview with Runway Girl Network. “My mother is a feminist and believed she could always get things done. She taught me not to think about gender, but about who you are and always go for it.”Though her parents divorced, the experience didn’t hold her back. Foerster earned her B.S. at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration in 1997 and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. She started her career as a strategic consultant for Boston Consulting Group in the trade and tourism industry and also did a stint at Sheraton Hotels. This led her to Deutsche Lufthansa in 2002, where she became a project manager, handling duties including asset allocation and privatization of ATC in Germany.Foester moved up the ranks, becoming Lufthansa’s vice president of network and fleet development in 2011. In 2014, she took over the job for all the major and regional airlines under Lufthansa. “I worked with the asset management team to look at our aircraft portfolio to decide what our airlines would need in the future,” she explains.Under her watch, the group placed Lufthansa’s largest ever order of Airbus A320s in September 2013. “These aircraft have become a staple of our business and are performing well,” notes Foerster.After promotions to senior vice president of network, group & alliance development, and SVP network & partner management, she was named Chief Commercial Officer for Brussels Airlines in September 2016. The carrier is owned by the Lufthansa Group.“On the one hand, I had been in Frankfurt for awhile, so I wanted to move to a different city and shake things up,” says Foerster. “On the other hand, I wanted a job with more corporate responsibility. Being CCO gave me a much wider scope of duties, from product sales to cargo, to innovation to marketing. It let me further increase my knowledge of the industry.”Christina Foerster’s feminist mother gave her great advice as a child. Image: Brussels AirlinesFoerster credits Lufthansa for its focus on developing talent. “It allowed me to integrate everything I’ve learned in past jobs that helped me in the future,” she says. “Doing things like forging strong teams and achieving amazing things were all learned in past jobs. So I was able to handle similar issues, but on a bigger scale at Brussels Airlines.”
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering or the Group) today announced that its subsidiary Singapore Technologies Engineering (Europe) Ltd, has entered into a conditional share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% ownership in Newtec Group NV (Newtec) (the “Proposed Acquisition”), an established Belgium-based company in the satellite communications (satcom) industry.The consideration of €250m (approximately S$383m) (the “Consideration”) on a cash-free and debt-free basis for the Proposed Acquisition, subject to closing adjustments, is payable in cash.Satcom is a growth industrySatcom is a fast-growing industry with an expected CAGR of 8%1 over the next 10 years. The surge of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations will increase bandwidth capacity and reduce operating cost, thereby creating new demand. New use cases, especially to support Smart City applications such as IoT and connected cars, will drive demand for satcom services.Acquisition complementary and synergistic ST Engineering has been growing its satcom business through its U.S.-based iDirect and Singapore-based satcom product and solution business. The Group’s satcom business is an industry leader in the Aeronautical and Maritime segments and has led the industry’s transition to high-throughput satellite (HTS) managed services. It is also the technology provider for leading global satellite operators such as Inmarsat, Intelsat and SES. In 2018, ST Engineering formed a JV company named Jet-Talk Limited, with SatixFy UK Limited to develop cost-effective, high-performance flat panel antenna to address the growing demand for in-flight connectivity. The Group offers a suite of satcom solutions to provide seamless global network Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd ST Engineering Hub, 1 Ang Mo Kio Electronics Park Road #07-01, Singapore 567710 T: (65) 6722 1818 F: (65) 6720 2293 (Regn. No.: 199706274H) and bandwidth management with end-to-end integration that addresses the growing needs of enterprise, government, mobility and defence market globally.On the other hand, Newtec is a key technology provider in the satellite broadcast segment with unique ultra-high throughput capabilities and a strong presence in the European satcom market. It has a proven range of cost-effective consumer satellite terminals, and industry-leading bandwidth efficiency technology. Recently, Newtec was among the first companies to successfully test over-the-air communication via LEO satellites. LEO satellites are expected to take off with the launch of more than 5,000 satellites in the coming years. The company is also well placed to leverage the advent of IP-based satellite broadcast which is critical for real-time content distribution.The proposed acquisition of Newtec will add intellectual property, products and market access. ST Engineering will continue to invest in Newtec in Belgium to position it to be the Group’s European centre for the satcom business. The complementary and synergistic effect of this proposed acquisition will enable ST Engineering to meet demand across the full spectrum of the satcom market.Positioning for future growth With enhanced satcom capabilities, ST Engineering can better participate and lead the advancement of the satcom industry to enable Smart Cities globally. Capitalising on an enlarged IP and product portfolio, the Group will be able to:Accelerate the deployment of satcom-enabled 5G telco network, bringing high bandwidth connectivity to remote regions. This will help bridge the digital divide and enable the development of new applications such as tele-medicine and tele-education.Address the growing needs for IoT and M2M connectivity, where millions of devices and telematic sensor points are expected to be connected for surveillance, data gathering and big data analytics.Provide end-to-end solutions for the mobility segment, enabling seamless internet connectivity and remote monitoring for the aeronautical, maritime and connected car segments.“This proposed acquisition expands our satcom business in a meaningful way in an attractive industry that is high-tech and high-growth, driving connectivity advances in a world where 5G and satcom converge,” said Vincent Chong, President & CEO, ST Engineering. “It aligns with our strategy to invest in businesses that help accelerate our growth trajectory, especially in Smart City, to deliver long-term shareholder value.”“We are pleased to be able to acquire Newtec, an established satcom player with strong technology foundations. The differentiated yet complementary technologies, combined with our track record and established satcom experience, will enable us to innovate and deliver more value-added, advanced satellite products and capabilities to our customers, at a more rapid pace,” said Ravinder Singh, President, Electronics sector, ST Engineering.“This coming together of two companies will enable us to move forward together, using our deep-rooted passion for innovation to address our rapidly changing world of connectivity,” said Roald Borré, Chairman of Newtec Board of Directors. “This is an exciting and hugely significant step that simply makes sense for our customers and our staff.”Details of the Proposed AcquisitionThe Consideration was arrived at after negotiations between the parties taking into account, among other factors, Newtec’s current financial performance and future growth prospects. The Consideration translates into a multiple of 14.6 times Newtec’s EBITDA and 2.7 times revenue for the financial year ended 30 September 2018. The businesses when combined, is expected to produce about S$200m in value creation arising from revenue and cost synergies.The proposed acquisition is not expected to have any material impact on the earnings per share of ST Engineering for the current financial year but is expected to be earnings accretive from the second year post acquisition. The proposed acquisition is expected to reduce ST Engineering’s audited consolidated net tangible assets by approximately S$0.112 per share from S$0.41 per share to S$0.30 per share, assuming the Proposed Transaction has been effected at the end of FY2018. Newtec has consolidated net tangible assets (NTA) of €5.1m (approximately S$8m) and consolidated net assets of €28.4m (approximately S$44m) as at 30 September 2018.Subject to regulatory approvals and conditions that include receipt of clearance from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, Foreign Investment Review in France, and anti-trust approvals in Austria, the Proposed Acquisition is expected to complete in 2H2019.Numbers are based on in-house analysis of the third edition of Northern Sky Research (NSR) Commercial Satellite Ground Segment report (2018).Calculated based on Newtec’s consolidated net tangible assets as at 30 September 2018.ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group specialising in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. The Group employs about 22,000 people across offices in Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, serving customers in the defence, government and commercial segments in more than 100 countries. Its employees bring innovation and technology together to create smart engineering solutions for customers in the defence, government and commercial segments. With more than 500 smart city projects across 70 cities in its track record, the Group continues to help transform cities through its suite of Smart Mobility, Smart Security and Smart Environment solutions. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering reported revenue of S$6.7b in FY2018 and it ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange. It is a component stock of the FTSE Straits Times Index, MSCI Singapore, SGX ESG Transparency Index and SGX ESG Leaders Index.
Curling up contentedly on a sofa in comfy pyjamas with a cosy rug, a warm mug of hot chocolate, in a warm room with soft lighting, and perhaps candles or a crackling fire: this is hygge, the Danish and Norwegian concept of relaxation, wellness and quiet happiness that doesn’t easily translate into English.“Hygge is a feeling of complete comfort and contentment,” Alessia Giardino, lead CMF designer at JPA Design, explains to Runway Girl Network. “It is associated with a lifestyle attitude, the contemporary way of living that invites you to unplug, decelerate, disconnect from everyday life, embracing a sense of calm, balance and a healthy lifestyle.”But how do airlines bring that feeling of cosy contentedness into the aircraft, a place that can be crammed with hard white surfaces, glaring lights — and, in fairness, hopefully a complete absence of fires?Some airlines do it really well: mood lighting is well named in that it allows airlines to truly set the tone for a flight, especially as the circadian rhythm benefits of orange light rather than blue light become increasingly familiar. The flickering LED candle in some airlines’ business class meal place settings, including Turkish Airlines and Qatar Airways, is also an excellent example. And Qantas has long offered a cosy cup of hot chocolate throughout the aircraft during its long overnight flights.“The use of ambient lighting is now more prominent and increasingly becoming the focal point within premium cabins,” notes Giardino. “Such ambient lighting has the ability to reflect materials and surfaces, suggesting an interaction. Equally cabin lighting and bulkhead features can make a space more personal and human.”Understanding how direct and indirect lighting — such as Etihad’s Business Studio lamp — can create a mood is crucial to achieving hygge. Image: John WaltonBut it’s not just up front: on Brussels Airlines’ new Airbus A330 premium economy and economy cabins, designed by JPA, “a specially created digital artwork and complementary mood lighting evoke both the morning and evening natural light on the Nordic sea.”So how do you get to hygge?“Hygge should be seen as a target state of mind,” Daniel Baron, managing director of Lift Strategic Design, tells RGN. “It’s a method of embracing warmth and comfort and positivity through tactile qualities of one’s surroundings. Inside the aircraft, it’s the tiny details in seat fabrics, for example. A small pattern in warm tones, pronounced stitch lines, foams with generous cush factor, large wings on headrests that say ‘you’ll feel relaxed here, like you’re at home’.”On the A330, the new configuration means single seats on the starboard side of the aircraft. Image: Brussels AirlinesBaron explains that, in his well-received work for Philippine Airlines’ Thompson Aero Seating Vantage XL business class, he (and industrial designers Factorydesign), made the most of the softly curving shapes of the hard product rather than right angles. Materials, too, helped: a piece of Kydex thermoplastic from Sekisui SPI that glows when the light touches it required “many samples to achieve ‘stunning’, but it was seriously worth it.”Fabric is almost a no-brainer in adding warmth to a cabin, and here Baron used a calming blue that avoids some of the coldness often found in aviation seat fabric, with a low contrast to keep the sense of calmness. A darker blue-grey nomex fabric features both inside the seat shell and in the stowage area. The effect, Baron says, is calm, cozy, comfortable, caring. A lot of thought went into realizing hygge with a Filipino touch.”Closer to hygge’s home, JPA Design’s Alessia Giardino highlights that the design house’s “recent work with Finnair in terms of aesthetic and material choice is in tune with the hygge principle: crafted fabrics, encapsulating clean colors and creating fine texture, suggest warmth, a tactile feel and surface quality.”Rounded shapes create a more friendly and human feel, while integrating technical or technological elements within the seat using lower profiles, soft chamfers and bezelling can help the seat feel more like furniture rather than the industrially designed piece of transportation architecture that it is. Creating materials in different textures, too, adds hygge-friendly tactility, and soft product can help enormously here: it’s the difference between a threadbare thin acrylic fleece and a warm woven natural fibre.Say what you will about United’s linen mountain in Polaris, it does a lot to add cosiness to the space. Image: UnitedDesigning Hygge into interiors is not rocket science — it’s almost the opposite. But while it takes some planning, it’s worth thinking about for airlines, especially as they continue to seek to fly longer nonstop routes and the amount of time that passengers are in their seats increases.Related Articles:The Nordic values behind the sensory design of Europe’s Northern airlinesExploring business class trends for 2019Better flight in amber: is it time to bring warmth back to cabin colors?Factors driving the perception of inflight comfort and discomfort“Wellness” trend expands into premium hard product at APEX EXPOLift explores cabin lighting as a brand canvas and revenue streamLift designs thoughtful, elegant cabins for revitalised Philippine AirlinesJPA’s Alex Duncan considers continuity of design in air travelJPA Design leads the way in narrowbody #PaxEx with flydubai MAX 8Brussels Airlines retains own brand, goes three-class with JPA DesignPhilippine Airlines’ new three-cabin A330 wows with detailsProliferation of mattress pads proves airlines take sleep seriously
FlightPath3D, the global leader in moving map innovation and technology announced today that it is launching two new big data driven apps.The Favorite Places app allows passengers to see what destination experiences are trending or search for new ideas in any location. An interactive route map called Where We Fly promotes airline destinations and provides rich data insights to help analyze flight demand.Experiences are prioritized based on billions of travelers’ social records to show what’s popular, make recommendations and create a traveler wish list.Favourite Places. Image: FlightPath3DFlightPath3D President Duncan Jackson said, “There are literally billions of experiences being consumed each year driving demand for travel. Instagram, for example, has 100 million new photos every single day. Airlines that leverage this rise in available data can create a competitive advantage that will leave other airlines behind.”Showcase Your Routes with Where We Fly At the heart of every airline is its network of destinations and routes. Every route of an airline’s network needs to contribute to the bottom line. Jackson continues, “We’ve designed a simple, playful interactive experience to showcase routes and allow passengers to plan their next trip. It’s easier and faster to plan a trip visually – giving passengers the experience to view and play with routes and flight durations right from their seat.”Where we fly. Image: FlightPath3DWhere We Fly can filter flights and routes for a passenger-specific search and show the flight schedule and daily flight times within a calendar view. Flight and route data are stored aboard the aircraft eliminating the need to constantly stream data. With inflight connectivity passengers can see pricing, seat availability and make flight bookings.“The data gathered from passengers’ searches can help an airline plan routes, rank destinations, and find out what’s important to passengers when booking a trip,” says Jackson.See What’s Popular and Trending with Favorite Places The Favorite Places app allows passengers to see what is trending or to search for new ideas in any neighborhood. Passengers can now see what is going on below them or in their destination or any location on the globe. We apply proprietary algorithms and analyze billions of traveler reviews, photos, visits and other social records to identify and rank over 400,000 landmarks, locations, activities and experiences.Favourite Places. Image: FlightPath3DPassengers see the most popular attractions that dynamically change based on any neighborhood they choose to explore using our patent pending social ranking algorithm. Use the favorites function to create a bucket list of what to do when the aircraft lands or as part of planning another trip. Share favorites and inspire others onboard, or publish using a social media platform.Today FlightPath3D helps more than 275 million passengers know where they are and when they will land. Says FlightPath3D CEO Boris Veksler, “We’ve been working hard in our labs using billions of data sets to make the passenger feel more understood and allow airlines to collect valuable data from those same passengers.”About FlightPath3DFlightPath3D is the IFE industry’s most compelling and innovative interactive 3D Moving Map experience enhanced with relevant and engaging ‘geotainment’ information services. We enhance your passenger’s In-Flight Experience with entertaining and informative solutions designed for the entire family.Any Aircraft. Any Platform. Any Device. A truly fleet-wide IFE system agnostic moving map solution for airlines.Betria Interactive LLC (dba FlightPath3D) has the industry’s largest specialized map team providing customized map software development and maintenance. They deliver reliable, highly customizable inflight map experiences built from the ground up especially for the airline business with an upgradeable path to the connected future.Betria Interactive LLC is headquartered in Lake Forest, California. For additional information, please visit http://www.FlightPath3D.com
Lufthansa Systems today announced that it is presenting an expanded BoardConnect portfolio at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg. The airline IT specialist is responding to changing demand in the market and the different needs of airlines and partners.“BoardConnect is the perfect open platform for combining all of the features desired in the field of inflight entertainment & connectivity (IFEC) to further improve the passenger experience. We work with various partners to offer airlines exactly what they are looking for,” said Jan-Peter Gänse, Head of Passenger Experience Solutions at Lufthansa Systems. “In order to meet customer requirements even more precisely, our portfolio will now distinguish between solutions for airlines and partners.”BoardConnect DockWith its new BoardConnect Dock solution, Lufthansa Systems is providing technology, content and financing partners with a BoardConnect framework for creating their own onboard program. Depending on the partner, this might include a connectivity portal, classic IFE content or a platform with booking options and targeted advertising to generate additional revenue. This approach is reflected in successful projects carried out with Epteca at AirEuropa and Mahata Aero Teknologi for Citilink, and Garuda Indonesia.For its refinancing models, Lufthansa Systems is additionally working with providers such as WhileFly and repay.me. In terms of content providers, its partner network includes Touch, Lasker, IMM and PXCOM, and is supplemented on a technical level by IMD, optile, INADVIA, RIM and Lufthansa Technik.BoardConnectBoardConnect is Lufthansa Systems’ complete solution for the digital passenger experience that continues to address airlines of all sizes with different business models. In addition to traditional IFE features such as moving maps, movies, music, games and destination information, customers can choose the content they want from a wide range of services available through Lufthansa Systems’ strong partner network. This content can also be provided simply and easily from the cloud if desired.Visit Lufthansa Systems from April 2 to 4 at AIX at stand #4B11.Caption (Copyright: Lufthansa Systems): For an even better passenger experience – Lufthansa Systems presents new BoardConnect portfolioAbout Lufthansa SystemsLufthansa Systems GmbH & Co. KG is a leading airline IT provider. Based on long-term project experience, a deep understanding of complex business processes and strong technological know-how, the company provides consulting and IT services for the global aviation industry. More than 350 customers worldwide rely on the know-how of IT specialists at Lufthansa Systems. Its portfolio covers innovative IT products and services which provide added value for its customers in terms of enhanced efficiency, reduced costs or increased profits. Headquartered in Raunheim near Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Lufthansa Systems has offices in 16 other countries.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) has today unveiled Insights – a cloud-based data analytics platform, and the latest solution set of its NEXT platform.Insights harvests onboard and third-party data from a wide range of touchpoints including inflight entertainment, connectivity, social media, location and weather monitors. It analyses this data in real-time to provide airlines with actionable insights, enabling them to create a two-way loop between them and their passengers.Insights empowers airlines to make smarter business decisions, improve the onboard passenger experience, make operational savings, pre-empt maintenance needs and ultimately drive additional revenue. Airlines will also have access to seasonal and temporal trends data with the ability to benchmark their performance against industry averages and KPIs.Insights will be accessible for airline personnel via a secure dashboard available on mobile devices including mobile phones, laptops and tablets. It has two main components, a Software as a Service (SaaS) application and Consulting.The SaaS application offers descriptive, predictive and prescriptive insights. These enable airlines to understand what has happened by looking at usage and media trends, what could happen through using sophisticated modelling techniques and targeted advertising, and what the possible outcomes could be of business decisions based on predictive analytics, price and content optimization and product recommendations.Consulting has been developed to offer airlines bespoke solutions that both help them achieve their specific objectives, and solve their unique business challenges. Consulting will also release monthly trends reports based on analysis of Panasonic’s global data which will be available on a subscription basis.David Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “Airlines today have access to more data points than ever before, and Panasonic’s Insights solution takes all the leg-work out of analysing and leveraging that data.“By fully integrating Insights across every aspect of their passenger experience, airlines will be able to use the information it delivers to optimise their passenger experience and business performance.”“It is solutions like this that will enable airlines to remain competitive in the saturated market place and continue to grow their market share.”Insights will be available in the second half of 2019.About Panasonic Avionics Corporation Panasonic Avionics Corporation is the world’s leading supplier of inflight entertainment and communication systems. The company’s best-in-class solutions, supported by professional maintenance services, fully integrate with the cabin enabling its customers to deliver the ultimate travel experiences with a rich variety of entertainment choices, resulting in improved quality communication systems and solutions, reduced time-to-market and lower overall costs.Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations, it has delivered over 14,300 IFE systems and over 2,200 inflight connectivity solutions to the world’s leading airlines.
The cabin and avionics specialist Diehl Aviation has delivered the largest, fully 3D-printed part for passenger aircraft to date which is installed on an A350 XWB.The module is a Curtain Comfort Header – a complex enclosure for the curtain rail, that can measure up to 1140 x 720 x 240 mm.The curtains separate the classes from one another within the cabin. Qatar Airways will be the first airline to use the 3D-printed Curtain Comfort Header on board its aircraft. In a joint project, Diehl Aviation and Airbus developed the curtain header in close co-operation. With only 12 months between the first improved concept until delivery of the first ready-to-use model the project always was on the fast lane.Curtain Comfort Header Shark fin. Image: DiehlThis new production method solves several problems for Diehl Aviation: Until now, these modules were formed from numerous layers of laminated fiberglass, each of which required its own individual, complex aluminum tool.Incorporating further functions was also an added, arduous task and could include anything from the simultaneous integration of cable channels, through emergency escape route signage, to specialized retaining clips.One complete Curtain Comfort Header is comprised of up to 12 component parts – all produced by a 3D printer and simply glued together when complete. This new production procedure has made many of the old, individual tools – which had previously been absolutely essential for manufacturing these parts – redundant.Curtain Comfort Header Exit. Image: DiehlGiven these many advantages, Diehl Aviation is now only producing Curtain Comfort Headers for the A350 XWB with the 3D printing method. This procedure offers several advantages for the airline too: The shorter production processes and significant lead time reduction are particularly beneficial to airlines under pressure from quick turnaround times. Furthermore the parts themselves require less reworks and can easily be removed for repairs or replacement, contributing to even shorter waiting times during repair works. Also, the modules can easily been customized for retrofit solutions. Passengers benefit from the precision-made parts that lead to dampen noise and allow better integration in the cabin.The 3D-printed Curtain Comfort Headers already have the requisite approvals and are certified by the EASA. Diehl Aviation will be exhibiting the Curtain Comfort Header at its booth 7D20 at this year’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.Diehl Aviation is a division of Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG and combines all aviation activities of Diehl Group under one roof. In the aviation industry, Diehl Aviation – including Diehl Aerospace (a joint venture with Thales) – is a leading system supplier of aircraft system and cabin solutions. Diehl Aviation currently has around 6,000 employees. Its clients include leading aircraft manufacturers like Airbus (both airplanes and helicopters), Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as well as airlines and operators of commercial and business aircraft.
Emergency egress questions about business class mini-suites? @SafranSeats’ solution is the flexible door, which I’m calling the #KoolAidModel: you just burst through the wall. This is smart #PaxEx design and updated from what we saw last year. #AIX19 #avgeek pic.twitter.com/eRCHeStdKy— John Walton ✈️ 💺 (@thatjohn) April 3, 2019 In true Virgin style, the reveal of Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350 interiors at its headquarters near Gatwick was slick, design-oriented and mood-lit. Upper Class’ Safran Cirrus NG herringbone, new lounge space replacing the previous bars, premium economy’s Collins MiQ, and Recaro’s CL3710 are all great products that represent an advance on the current state of Virgin’s passenger experience. But, crucially for an airline that comes in for criticism of being branding style over hard product substance, the new business class lacks a door.A privacy divider extending perhaps 20-30cm (8-12 inches) over the arm space instead of a door is a considered decision on Virgin’s part, and indeed the airline’s executives were all fully on-message in highlighting the airline’s belief that its #PaxEx is inherently social.“For us, what was really important was having a privacy divider to be able to give you privacy between you and customers who are sitting diagonally from you,” Daniel Kerzner, vice president for customer experience, told Runway Girl Network, highlighting also that the carrier had tested a variety of options with focus groups of passengers. “In a lot of the research that we did we found that the door actually became a barrier between you and the service on board. But it also in most cases is a partial door anyways. When we looked at the possibility, either in the seat that we have or in other seats that are on the market, the door, being a partial door, didn’t give you full privacy.”Yet the professed logic from the airline around the reasoning behind not selecting doors was not entirely consistent.“When you’re in the cabin, whether that privacy divider went the full way or not, if crew members or other passengers are walking by, they can still see you in that door,” Kerzner said. “What was really important was that we had the privacy that you need when you’re sitting in the seat but not getting in the way of what the service offering is, with the exception of the airlines that are flying a full cabin where you have a floor-to-ceiling door.”RGN sought to understand the logic that the door wasn’t useful both because the crew could still see in, and the door cut off contact with the crew. And so, RGN continued to dive into the details with Gareth Salt, A350 programme director, and Mark Croucher, head of customer experience and CRM at Virgin Holidays, newly moved over from the A350 programme.“In reality,” Salt noted, “we want to promote interaction with our crew. Even with a full door, in reality you don’t have a private space unless it’s floor-to-ceiling. We didn’t feel a value in the full door because we felt it prohibited that exchange.”The Cirrus NG’s privacy divider, here at its full extension, is not a door. Image: John WaltonContinued Croucher, “One of the things that we pride ourselves on with our current Upper Class Suite is the openness of the cabin. Of course, over time that’s become something of a challenge for us: privacy is becoming more important. For us, the seat we’ve got now is the perfect place to be for us.”RGN raised the question of the flexible “flappy door” offered by Safran and shown at the Aircraft Interiors Expo as an option. “It’s a fair point,” Croucher said. “I’m not sure the flappy door really is the most sophisticated solution. The door is a conversation point for many people. It’s very on trend. It’s a standard offering. But the flappy door for me just wasn’t — or isn’t — sophisticated enough. When you look at the cabin design we’ve put in, all of the trim and finish you can see the level of detail and attention that we go down to. There’s no way of making that door work in that scenario, keeping that social angle and the trim and finish that we’ve got, and keeping the cabin as open.”The V-shaped centre section is similar to what Virgin offers on its 747 today. Image: John WaltonOpenness, Virgin execs said, was also the reason behind the airline choosing what is for now a unique configuration, with the seats in a mixed herringbone layout featuring the centre section pointing towards the aisle and the windows.“There were two big factors” towards this decision, Kerzner explained. “One, people wanted to have the light, the experience of facing outwards, whether it was a window or facing towards the window. The other big factor in this was the centre seats actually give you the possibility to be closer together to the person beside you, because your legs are facing out towards the aisle and out towards the window, so your bodies are actually closer together if you wanted to be able to have a dialogue, to be able to share a meal together, and you still have the privacy with the privacy divider. What we found is the experience of people who are traveling together is better, and the experience of people who are not traveling together is not negatively impacted by that configuration.”Virgin is the first airline to have all seats in the cabin pointing towards the windows and away from the centreline. Image: John WaltonVirgin Atlantic’s in-house design team has apparently spent three years with Safran (and indeed Zodiac prior to the takeover and rebranding) working to “create a product that is different than others have”, Kerzner noted. Yet none of the Virgin Atlantic executives had a ready answer for why they put trust in Safran to develop what is at this point a relatively highly customized seat on time, to a decent quality and to an acceptable reliability.Given Safran’s history of leaving United 777s stuck on the tarmac at Boeing awaiting Optima seats, and Cathay Pacific’s ongoing problems with its Cirrus III A350-900 seats, the true first test of the product will be in achieving deliveries on time and to quality for the expected first flight in August — which has already slipped from “early 2019” at the time of ordering at the Farnborough Air Show three years ago.Will Cirrus NG escape the industrialisation problems of Cirrus III? Image: John WaltonVirgin Atlantic provided economy class intra-Europe travel and accommodation in Crawley for this event.Related Articles:Ranking 2019’s best business class seatsExploring business class trends for 2019Regulations covering doored business class mini-suites evolveEvolving business class suite privacy beyond just adding a doorHow many doors do you really need, asks Jamco’s Spread Your WingsCathay still fixing Safran seats, lavatories on even new A350sIf you liked it, then you (should) have put a door on itJamco poses questions about the future of business, first classThe premium cabin trend du jour: privacy doorsAmerican reveals post-Zodiac business class plan for 787, 777-200ERDoing Business: whither the herringbone business class seat?Virgin Atlantic scraps A330 Upper Class Dream Suite
While the majority of the attention around Virgin Atlantic’s new Airbus A350 aircraft is perhaps understandably on its doorless but nonetheless improved Upper Class seats, there are also positive passenger experience improvements in the premium economy and economy sections, with customization of Collins Aerospace’s widely used MiQ seat in Virgin’s Premium Economy cabin, and Recaro’s increasingly popular CL3710 seat in economy.The Premium cabin is Virgin’s largest ever non-leisure cabin with 56 seats: while the Gatwick-based Boeing 747 fleet used for holiday destinations has 66 seats, the Airbus A340-600 which the A350 is set to replace offers 38. “In comparison to the aircraft it’s replacing, certainly on the New York route, the premium cabin is 30 percent bigger now,” Gareth Salt, A350 programme director, explained to Runway Girl Network. “Premium economy is one of our most popular cabins.”Daniel Kerzner, vice president for customer experience, highlighted that Premium is not just popular: it’s profitable. “It’s our highest-performing cabin when it comes to a customer satisfaction standpoint, and so for us there’s more of a demand for the premium product that we put out there, not less of a demand for that.”Yet Virgin Atlantic will be installing eight-abreast, not seven-abreast, Collins MiQ seats on its A350, in the tighter 2-4-2 configuration. Crucially, the question of comparison with arch-rival British Airways is yet to be answered: BA, too, will offer 56 seats, but that means either seven rows of eight seats or eight rows of seven.RGN asked Kerzner and Salt about whether 2-4-2 premium economy was a large enough “comfort canyon” between the A350’s wide 3-3-3 economy seats, and the 34-inch pitch with which Virgin plans to outfit its extra-legroom economy in particular, and Premium, but the line taken separately by both executives referred back to the existing fleet, which is 2-3-2 on board the A330/A340 and 787 cabins.“For us, the aircraft is a different fuselage to the rest of the fleet,” Kerzner explained. “The A350 is a wider aircraft, which actually means that you can put more seats in the aircraft without sacrificing comfort for our customers. What we’ve tried to do is put one of the best premium seats on board the aircraft. For a lot of people traveling in premium, that is their business class or their Upper Class experience.”2-4-2 means these are Virgin’s narrowest premium economy seats. Image: John WaltonVirgin Atlantic has focussed on refining the color, materials and finish of the hard product, said Mark Croucher, head of customer experience and CRM at Virgin Holidays, recently moved over from the A350 program. “We did redesign the rear shield of the MiQ, actually, working with Collins, both to get the level of quality that we want, the coloring, and the monitor arm. It’s a pretty standard seat, and they’re somewhat less inflexible than others in terms of what opportunities we have.”But will a well-designed seat make up for width, even with the clever drop-arm of the MiQ platform?Virgin Atlantic redesigned the MiQ seatback shroud. Image: John WaltonCroucher thought it will, “both from a seat and a service perspective. I think — I will be biased! — but I wholly believe it’s true that we lead in the premium economy market. We have the best seat out there, we have the best service, we have the best food, the Wander Wall, the added snacks that you get on those aircraft. It’s a really good product, and I think the A350 is going to be no exception even with a 2-4-2.”The styling rather unfortunately makes the seats look much narrower than they are. Image: John WaltonA crucial question is the differentiation from economy, where at the rear of the aircraft is the relatively small 235-seat cabin, of which 36 seats are 34” extra-legroom “Economy Delight”, with the rest pitched at 31”: the Virgin standard. The seats are the latest Recaro CL3710 fully-featured space-saving slimline, and the amount of space that the engineering behind these new-generation seats creates was truly remarkable in Virgin’s demo room, and the effort put into the fabric design and conception was equally visible.The amount of space squeezed out of the seat pitch by CL3710 is truly astounding. Image: John WaltonIt’s a fascinating contrast that at the same time Virgin Atlantic will be offering its widest-ever economy class seat and its narrowest-ever premium economy class seat, on the same aircraft. Observing passengers’ purchasing behavior and relative satisfaction when comparing between cabins on the A350 and across cabins between the Virgin fleet of A330s and 787s will be equally compelling.The Recaro CL3710 in its A350 configuration is Virgin’s widest ever economy seat. The RAVE IFE is provided by Safran (former Zii) and the inflight connectivity is Inmarsat GX. Image: John WaltonVirgin Atlantic provided economy class intra-Europe travel and accommodation in Crawley, UK for this event.Related Articles:Virgin Atlantic on design safaris and stoking the fires of brand loveVirgin Atlantic eschews doors in new Cirrus NG business classBA’s new Collins Club Suite opens Pandora’s Door of questionsPress Release: Virgin Atlantic selects Inmarsat GX for A350sVirgin Atlantic introduces three levels of economy faresNew A350 premium economy layouts offer 7, not 8, seats per rowBehind the customisation and certification cleverness of Rockwell MiQConsidering the future of alternative LOPAs and passenger comfort
Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, has certified Smart4Aviation’s Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) application, Smart MOBILE, for use on its award-winning SB-S digital aircraft operations platform.Smart MOBILE is a unique solution that allows pilots, cabin crew and other airline employees to access, complete and submit documentation quickly and efficiently on their mobile devices via a single portal, helping to increase productivity, operational awareness and efficiency. It also enables peer-to-peer communication, ACARS messaging and provides instant access to briefing packages and important flight-related information, such as up-to-date weather reports and potential load, fuel and hazard alerts.The application can be tailored to match each airline customer’s exact requirements to deliver tangible cost savings. Benefits include a reduction in the frequency and duration of flight delays, together with improvements to on-time performance. In addition, increased automation and real-time information translates to a reduction in workload, resulting in less bottlenecks for both flight and cabin crew.Smart MOBILE is the latest in a range of value-added operational and safety applications to be certified via Inmarsat’s Aviation Certified Application Provider (CAP) programme for SB-S. Other available applications include flight profile optimisation, weather information, digital navigation charts, and aircraft diagnostics and performance monitoring.Mike Lewis, CEO of Smart4Aviation, said: “We are excited about this partnership, as it allows us to take another major step forward and enhance our products within a connected aircraft environment. Inmarsat is a leading provider of satellite communications solutions to airlines, operators and passengers worldwide, keeping people and systems connected at thousands of feet in the air. Together, we will be able to provide real time situational awareness to flight crew during all flight phases. These benefits will result in more efficient decision making, leading to less disruption resulting in increased cost savings and enhanced flight safety. Together with our new partner, we are ready for the future.”John Broughton, Senior Vice President of Aircraft Operations and Safety, Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Smart4Aviation is a global industry-leader in proving best-in-class EFB technology to airlines. With the launch of Smart MOBILE on Inmarsat’s SB-S, we look forward to bringing Smart4Aviation’s innovative solutions to our commercial airline customers, driving operational efficiency and enhancing safety with a cost-effective, tailored offering.”The SB-S digital aircraft operations platform is powered by Inmarsat’s advanced global L-band satellite constellation, which has underpinned safety services for 40 years. Inmarsat is scheduled to launch two additional L-band payloads in 2020 and 2021, further cementing its long-term commitment to offering highly reliable services over this spectrum.PHOTO CAPTION: Smart MOBILE is now available on Inmarsat’s award-winning SB-S digital aircraft operations platformSmart4Aviation’s Smart MOBILE application includes the following components: BRIEF (Pilot Briefing, Navlog and Fuel Ordering), BRIEF CABIN (Cabin Crew Briefing), CREW INFO (Calendar & Roster), DOC (Operational Manuals), eFORMS (Electronic Forms) and COMM (Communication & Alerting). Learn more about Smart4Aviation and Smart MOBILE here.About 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.About Smart4AviationSmart4Aviation is a company founded to provide web based and mobile products and services to optimize, simplify and improve airline operations. The company is committed to the delivery of single, modular solutions which create a unique IT ecosystem, supporting all domains of aviation operations. Web-based applications are accessed through modern, light-weight technologies and endpoints, with the intent of providing the best possible user experience and operational benefit to S4A customers. S4A goal is to provide tools that airlines can use to solve problems, generate productivity and efficiency gains, and increase levels of operational awareness and communication for both operational staff and flight crew. Smart4Aviation is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands with its development offices located in Gdansk and Krakow, Poland. It also conducts business activity in Toronto, Canada and New York City, USA.
“You want a lean maintenance process?” Cornell asks rhetorically. “How do you consistently perform that at any maintenance facility around the world? You give explicit, clear instructions, visually, so in any language you can understand exactly where to place it.”As one example, Jamco suggests that using mixed reality can reduce the amount of consequential seat damage — all the way down to eliminating scratches caused by internal mechanisms coming into contact with the surface materials during maintenance. As an example, if disassembling a seat midflight to retrieve a cellphone, the system visually shows crew exactly how to “place the seat pan against the cushion so that you don’t scratch the paint. You’re never going to have scratched paint because we’re telling you exactly the optimal maintenance procedure,” Cornell says.Disassembling and reassembling a seat gets a lot less complex and risky if guided step by step. Image: John WaltonCrew can feel more confident carrying out rare but necessary tasks without having to dredge up training from their memories or flip through paper (or, increasingly likely, electronic document) versions of their procedures.“Something that rarely happens can be performed perfectly without having to remember training that you had twenty years ago, ten years ago, whatever it is,” Cornell notes.If a seat is stuck in one position, it needs to be blocked, costing the airline money and unhappy passengers. Image: John WaltonJamco is clear that the technology isn’t restricted to the HoloLens platform. Augmented and mixed reality are already happening on personal electronic devices like phones and tablets, with Apple’s ARKit framework enabling everything from the Ikea Place app (view furniture at real size inside the room) to a variety of gaming applications.Could the technology extend to crew PEDs? “Certainly,” Cornell says. “It doesn’t have to be a head device that you’re wearing. This gives you a hands-free methodology to do the augmented reality maintenance, but you could also have augmented reality in the iPad, and it’s pointing arrows: this is where you need to check, check this, check this. Maybe some troubleshooting steps to get you to an open seat again.”The end goal, says Cornell, is shared between airlines and seat manufacturers: “we don’t want to have any blocked seats.”Related Articles:VR could be a boon to aircraft interiors, if properly appliedGrowth ahead and innovation in cabin crew simulator marketOptech4D pitches AR, VR training and testing solutions to aviationOnboard battery fires underscore need for meaningful actionPress Release: Lufthansa Technik app identifies seat cover part numbers As airline seats become more complex, more customized and more detailed in terms of color, material and finish, keeping them fully functional for every flight — and looking as intended — is an increasingly difficult task.As a rule, that’s true for anything that comes into contact with passengers, and no matter how much seatmakers test for robustness, at some point the seat will need immediate line maintenance.Even beyond the simple failure of a component that leaves a seat immovable in one position, a passenger might drop their passport down the side of the structure, for example, or a mobile phone might slip into the mechanisms and risk an onboard fire.The production of a gaggle of cabin crewmembers all trying to remember their training on how to open up the seat to fix it, to retrieve a phone or pluck out another lost item is not only wasted time but a disruption to the rest of the cabin — and also risks further damaging the seat if the steps for disassembly are carried out incorrectly.Seatmaker Jamco has a solution: mixed reality, which it demonstrated impressively at last month’s Aircraft Interiors Expo.“Mixed reality,” John Cornell, Jamco’s manager of product research and development, tells Runway Girl Network, “is when you’re combining the physical touch — actually touching an object that’s real, but using augmented virtual reality, overlaying with the HoloLens over the physical plant that you’re touching. That allows you to move the object, place it exactly where you need to place it on the aircraft, for what we would consider optimal maintenance.”Jamco is demonstrating the technology using Microsoft’s HoloLens smart glasses, which project additional instructions, diagrams and demonstrations onto their lenses.
Italian aircraft seats manufacturer Geven has been approved as a “Boeing Offerable Seat Supplier”, for line-fit installation of Economy Class seats on the 787 Dreamliner.This milestone is the result of a long Boeing evaluation and qualification process, involving all Geven departments, especially focused on engineering and manufacturing capabilities.During the past decade, Geven has reached and maintained high levels of performance, with outstanding on-time deliveries and after-sales support.According to Alberto Veneruso, Geven’s Managing Director, “We are very proud about this great achievement and we are looking forward in strengthening our relationship with Boeing and its customers.”Added Veneruso: “The Company has invested a lot into expanding its production capabilities and is ready for new challenges.”About GevenGeven is an aircraft seats and interiors supplier based in Naples, Italy. Reliability, dedication and professionalism make Geven an undisputed and renowned player in the circle of great leaders in the aircraft seating and interiors manufacturing industry.By constantly innovating and refining engineering acumen and industrial process Geven continues to grow.
Beginning June 1, United Airlines will launch its latest inflight safety demonstration video featuring Spider-Man in an entertaining mini-drama film. In addition to the safety video, United’s broader promotional partnership with Sony Pictures in celebration of Spider-Man™: Far From Home, in North American theaters July 2, will include one-of-a-kind Spider-Man: Far From Home-themed Polaris business class amenity kits and unique experiences for MileagePlus members to see the highly-anticipated summer blockbuster through MileagePlus Exclusives. The video highlights United’s enduring commitment to the safety of all our employees and customers who are “far from home”. In addition to United employees providing instruction on what to do in the event of an emergency, the video features MileagePlus members who bid miles for the unique opportunity to appear in the video and special appearances by cast members from this summer’s highly anticipated film. “For decades, Spider-Man has consistently shown the importance of using power to do good and to keep the public safe. We also believe that our greatest responsibility is to keep our customers and crew safe on board our aircraft,” said United’s Vice President of Marketing, Mark Krolick. “We are excited to have Spider-Man and his friends, along with our employees, bring new attention to the inflight safety video and creatively engage customers on such an important announcement.”The video begins with villains entering a corner store and causing ‘turbulence’ with their disruption to Mr. Delmar, played by Hemky Madera. The deli scene includes a framed photo of Stan Lee, honoring the immense impact he had on the Marvel community. Customers will also notice the recently announced updated United livery displayed on the animated 787-10 aircraft, prior to customers learning the locations of the exits. Next, Peter Parker’s best friend Ned, played by Jacob Batalon, shares a scene with United CEO Oscar Munoz as the villains head into a nearby theater to escape Spider-Man. In one of the final scenes, Eugene “Flash” Thompson, played by Toni Revolori, helps to demonstrate that cell phones and large devices should be put into airplane mode prior to take-off. This fast-paced and entertaining video concludes with Spider-Man ensuring that everyone is safe and settled as their journey begins. On Lee’s cameo, Gill Champion, President of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment went on to say, “Stan loved doing his cameos and would love to know they are continuing, so we were thrilled to work with Sony Pictures and United Airlines to make this happen for both Stan and the fans.”Beginning in June, United customers traveling in Polaris business class will receive a limited-edition Spider-Man: Far From Home themed amenity kit, which will feature Spidey-branded comfort products including an eye mask, socks, tissues, ear plugs, a toothbrush and a pen alongside luxury skincare products, designed exclusively for United customers. Starting today on MileagePlus Exclusives, members are able to bid award miles on a one-of-a-kind experience to attend the Spider-Man: Far From Home premiere in Los Angeles on June 26. This opportunity will give a member access for two to attend the premiere, red carpet event and afterparty. Members also have the ability to use miles to attend a pre-release screening of Spider-Man: Far From Home in one of United’s seven hub cities. United Polaris Spiderman Kit a BUZZEvery customer. Every flight. Every day.In 2019, United is focusing more than ever on its commitment to its customers, looking at every aspect of its business to ensure that the carrier keeps customers’ best interests at the heart of its service. In addition to today’s announcement, United recently announced that luxury skincare line Sunday Riley will make products exclusively for United customers to experience in amenity kits, released a re-imagined version of the most downloaded app in the airline industry and made DIRECTV free for every passenger on 211 aircraft, offering more than 100 channels on seat back monitors on more than 30,000 seats. About UnitedUnited’s shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” We are more focused than ever on our commitment to customers through a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience: Every customer. Every flight. Every day. Together, United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,900 flights a day to 355 airports across five continents. In 2018, United and United Express operated more than 1.7 million flights carrying more than 158 million customers. United is proud to have the world’s most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 779 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 569 regional aircraft. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter and Instagram or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the Nasdaq under the symbol “UAL”. About Spider-Man™: Far From HomePeter Parker returns in Spider-Man™: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man™: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Studios/Pascal Pictures production Spider-Man™: Far From Home. Directed by Jon Watts, the film is written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. The film is produced by Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Thomas M. Hammel, Eric Hauserman Carroll, Rachel O’Connor, Stan Lee, Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach serve as executive producers. The film stars Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, JB Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, with Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.About Sony Pictures EntertainmentSony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, and Sony Pictures Classics.SOURCE United Airlines
Another model is Jamco’s Quest for Elegance staggered seat, which has rather than a full door a sliding half-partition, with the assumption being that nobody really needs privacy for their ankles, and if you can save half the weight and mechanism of a door then that’s all very well and good.Jamco’s latest seat offers a sliding panel — is this the future? Image: John WaltonBy contrast, it seems unlikely to me that the curtain model from Air France’s most recent La Première seats has legs, given the requirements for unimpeded seat-to-ceiling space, at least until the regulators finally come up with chapter and verse on how they actually want to certify this kind of seat.The idea that keeps coming back, though, is something from twenty years ago: the fold-down fan from the original British Airways Club World flatbed, manufactured by one of Safran’s predecessors. Could some semi-rigid folding apparatus descend from beside the seat — perhaps, in a way, like the sun-shade on a baby’s pram? — to provide a lot of the privacy benefits with few of the weight, width or certification drawbacks? Or is the answer something else entirely?Stelia added a larger sliding panel on its Elysium update to its Equinox seat — could that have read-across to suites? Image: John WaltonRelated Articles:Virgin Atlantic eschews doors in new Cirrus NG business classRegulations covering doored business class mini-suites evolveIf you liked it, then you (should) have put a door on itDelta has good reason to be proud of Delta One SuitesWinning the zero-sum game with storage and features, not angles, doorsEvolving business class suite privacy beyond just adding a doorHow many doors do you really need, asks Jamco’s Spread Your WingsThe premium cabin trend du jour: privacy doors$500 for a door? Delta starts charging for better biz PaxEx (The #KoolAidModel reference, for those of you who aren’t familiar…) pic.twitter.com/Bu00CtQDCo— John Walton ✈️ 💺 (@thatjohn) April 3, 2019 Last year I coined the idea of the Beyoncé Model for updated business class seats with doors on the side giving business mini-suites: “if you liked it, then you should have put a door on it”. That model has since been adopted by something of a “beyhive” of airlines, from China Eastern to British Airways and others in between.But doors are complex, they take away width, they are heavy, and they are, at present, in something of a regulatory grey area.If you believe Virgin Atlantic — which decided on a Safran Cirrus NG seat without a door for its next-generation Upper Class product on the A350, citing the fact that Virgin is a “social airline” — they also prevent connections between crew and passengers.Safety regulations around doored suites are complex — and currently ad hoc. Image: John WaltonI’m not sure I buy the Virgin line, since I seek out privacy as a rare commodity when I’m fortunate enough to travel up front, but it’s possible they’re not wrong about doors.During and after the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the overall mood in the industry is that doors are a very easy answer to the question of privacy, something that many passengers want. (Those “social airline” aficionados, or those who prefer a more open cabin, of course, have the option of leaving their door open.) And airlines want to give it to them, particularly the “fast follower” airlines that may not be up for creating a product but are happy to take it once it’s designed, certified and produced.“Fast followers — maybe not the inventors — they are asking for a door, because for sure they want to follow. Other ones with experience are asking for privacy. In the end, there is still a very good solution missing,” Recaro chief executive officer Mark Hiller tells Runway Girl Network.Recaro, of course, offers a Beyoncé door on its CL6710 compact staggered seat, although that has not been publicly chosen by any customers.But Hiller is notably bullish on the idea that there’s a better answer to the privacy question.“I think what is needed is to have a concept that provides privacy on demand,” Hiller says. “That’s the reason why, so far, a door is still a good solution, because you can decide if you want privacy or not. But what needs to be figured out how to do it in a better, maybe less or more maintenance-friendly or lighter weight.”Safran’s Versa offers an integrated door. Image: SafranEnter Safran, which has ported across its flexible, magnetic-lock screen from SKYlounge where we saw it last year to Versa, its next-generation herringbone, which is not only elegant, lightweight and integrated, but also neatly solves regulatory questions in a way I’ve nicknamed the Kool-Aid Model, thanks to the large jug mascot of the eponymous beverage, who is a fan of bursting through walls. Oh yeah indeed.
GDC Technics, an industry leader in aircraft engineering, modification and completion services, announced the completion and delivery of two VVIP 787s to a confidential head of state customer.Both of these aircraft were completed with the most sophisticated VVIP head-of-state cabins that integrate cutting edge technologies along with state of the art materials and engineering solutions, which created maximum luxury only found in a VVIP aircraft.“These two aircraft are absolutely unmatched in the industry. Whether it be comfort, technology, design, aesthetics or ergonomic functionality—these aircraft have it all,” said Brad Foreman, CEO, GDC Technics. “We equipped the B787s with the latest connectivity and passenger comfort capabilities, including ARINC 791 Ka-Band Antennas (an industry first on a VVIP B787), Iridium Antennas, Satcom Antennas, forward- looking cameras, therapeutic O2 discharge ports, quad cameras, downward zoom cameras, tail fin cameras and Satellite TV Antennas.”He added: “The cabins were delivered with Sound Interface Levels (SIL) of 47.5 dB, allowing for a much quieter cabin in-flight, (ie compare to sound level on ground). Along with quieter cabins, additional humidification systems were provided to enhance the passenger experiences during long haul flights. In addition, the two B787s were completed with live television capabilities, a first for any VVIP B787. GDC has and will continue to pioneer the way for next generation aircraft and has mastered the engineering to do so, alongside our subsidiary GDC Engineering, whom partnered with Boeing on the development of the B787 aircraft.”Mohammed Alzeer, Chairman of GDC, commented on the delivery. “These B787 deliveries are a testimony to the success of our strategy focusing on developing new, innovative, engineering and production techniques. Our commitment is to ensure that the cabins that we engineer and build match the sophistication of the next generation aircraft we install them in,” he said.“We were able to achieve 20% lighter weight reductions, than industry estimates, providing our client with an operational advantage and fuel savings throughout the life of the aircraft,” added Alzeer. “Combined with state-of –the-art technologies and a custom interior, these aircraft allow for the ultimate VVIP experience in-flight.”The company recently announced its new ownership structure and shared strategic vision with new partners Oriole Capital Group, Trive Capital and MAZ Aviation. With the addition of GDC’s new ownership partners, the company plans to maintain its industry leadership in VVIP modification services, while leveraging the firm’s comprehensive capabilities in design, composite/structural engineering and certification into new markets such as commercial and military modifications, communication and avionics upgrades, structural modifications and support services.About GDC TechnicsGDC Technics is a world-class aircraft modification and technology company with extensive capabilities in design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, testing and certification of structural and system modifications for narrow and wide-body aircraft. GDC Technics has extensive worldwide reach with subsidiaries in the UK and Germany.