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
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marcia Gilbert-Roberts; and Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy in Jamaica, Eric Khant, signed the agreement on Thursday (May 31) at the Ministry’s New Kingston headquarters. Mrs. Gilbert-Roberts, in her remarks, said that the objective of the partnership is to save Jamaican children and at-risk youth from being trafficked. Story Highlights The Governments of Jamaica and the United States of America have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, which is aimed at combating the trafficking of children in Jamaica. The Governments of Jamaica and the United States of America have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, which is aimed at combating the trafficking of children in Jamaica.Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marcia Gilbert-Roberts; and Chargé d’Affaires, United States Embassy in Jamaica, Eric Khant, signed the agreement on Thursday (May 31) at the Ministry’s New Kingston headquarters.As part of the agreement, the United States will provide Jamaica with funding valued at US$4.5 million for projects and other related activities over a period of four years.Mrs. Gilbert-Roberts, in her remarks, said that the objective of the partnership is to save Jamaican children and at-risk youth from being trafficked.“One of the most valuable assets for the future of any country is its young people – our children. We are pleased, therefore, that Jamaica was invited by the Government of the United States to participate in this project,” she noted.She said that the MoU signing represents another milestone in Jamaica’s relations with the United States.“Without partnerships of this kind, our journey towards achieving our targets under the sustainable development goals and Vision 2030 would certainly be more extensive and arduous,” she said.Mr. Khant, for his part, said his Government is pleased to be partnering with Jamaica on this initiative, and stressed that human trafficking is a very serious offence which must be eliminated.“Approximately 2.5 million people are victims of human trafficking every year and many of those victims are children. This type of modern-day slavery should not exist in our society…because of that, we work closely with our international partners to fight this heinous crime, and we’re delighted that we can now partner with Jamaica under this Child Protection Compact Partnership,” he noted.Mr. Khant said the four-year agreement will help to strengthen Jamaica’s ability to prosecute and punish traffickers, identify and provide comprehensive services to victims and prevent these crimes from happening.“Our hope is that together, we will be able to eliminate child trafficking altogether in Jamaica and the wider region,” he added.Jamaica is the fourth country to have been selected for a CPC Partnership and the first country from the Caribbean region. The others are Ghana, Peru and the Philippines.The Government has been tackling human trafficking through public education and training and capacity-building measures under the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons.The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit, set up in 2005, has been making gains, with 76 victims rescued and 19 persons arrested and charged for violations. Millions of dollars in fines have been secured.These initiatives will be strengthened when they are merged with activities under the CPC Partnership.
Think back to your last flight. You walked through the busy airport, down the jetway, or up the aircraft stairs. You entered the aircraft, turn right (or infrequently left), find your seat, and the clock starts: the airline has just about thirty seconds to impress you.Did it do so on that flight? Did the seat and its environment look welcoming, comfortable, interesting, and attractive? Or was it bland, blue-grey, poorly lit, and generic? If it was on a low-cost carrier, did it look cheap and cheerful, or cheap and nasty? If it was a full-service airline, did it look and feel premium, distinctive, or stylish? Did it meet the design, branding and experience expectations that the airline set for you in its advertising, booking process, and the #PaxEx so far?In economy and premium economy, the first impression we see is often set by the lighting. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the very latest in programmable lighting along the lines of that used by Finnair or Icelandair or Philippine Airlines. But it should at the very least be something more than the bright stark white that so many airlines still use, or the tired dim beige that screams thirty-year-old aircraft.Light-colored neutrals aren’t necessarily a problem if they can be coloured by light. Image: John WaltonThe seat fabric used is also key, and it’s a shame that so few airlines make the most of it. After all, it’s practically invisible once passengers are sitting on it, but there’s an opportunity for real fun and differentiation on first sight. Does it break up the serried ranks of seats? Does it catch the lighting, and does it harken back to the airline’s brand? Or is it row after row of dark blue or grey material that could belong to dozens of airlines?Could you name this airline from the cabin design? If not, does that create a problem for a carrier like Scoot? Image: John WaltonAll of those factors from economy are relevant in business and first class too, of course, where passengers paying premium fares are increasingly expecting a premium look and feel. But here there’s more space to work with — and correspondingly more design opportunities to grasp or to squander.Crucially, there is the factor of in-cabin seat shells to consider up front. Walls of greige thermoplastic should sound a cautionary note unless there is thoughtful, consistent lighting that ups the interest level, and a materials choice that works with the lighting rather than against it.Walls and cabin monuments, too, are growing in importance, as is the work done by companies like ABC International alongside design houses to brand cabins and give them a premium feel.Increasingly, the thought given to how the soft product for a flight is presented is a shibboleth for good design and good passenger experience in business class.How are the blankets, pillows, duvets, mattress pads, amenity kits, headphones slippers and other items presented? Are they squeezed into a shrink-wrapped plastic bag and shoved into the footwell? Do you end up with so much plastic wrapping to throw away that you wince in guilt for the future of the planet? Are the seat and side-table surfaces so covered with bits and bobs that you can’t put your hand luggage down to pull out the few things you need for takeoff and landing?Just how much plastic wrapping is truly required of soft product? Image: John WaltonOr have the headphones been discreetly hung on their special hook, the slippers slipped into the magazine rack, the amenity kit positioned attractively, the pillows arranged to look plump and inviting, the duvets tucked out of the way, the mattress pads stored overhead until it’s bedtime?A legitimate question for passengers – just where do you put all that stuff? Image: John WaltonOnce you’re seated, is the screen on and showing something attractive, informative, fun, or otherwise eye-catching? Is what you’re looking at interesting or swanky enough to take a quick snapshot for your family and friends on social media? Or are you staring at a featureless seatback and a dark screen?Is what you see when you sit down worthy of a snap with your cameraphone? Image: John WaltonThere’s a strange mirror dichotomy between designing for a first impression looking down at a seat and, by contrast, for the fact that passengers might be looking at the other side of that seat for nearly twenty-four hours. Getting it right — designing a seat that does both well — takes a long time and much expertise.Related Articles:Towards designing Instagram-worthy modern premium PaxExItaly’s ABC International takes cabin branding to the next levelIs the future of seatback thermoplastics really greige?Finnair’s London A350 is a refreshing change from Eurobusiness normLift explores cabin lighting as a brand canvas and revenue streamBetter flight in amber: is it time to bring warmth back to cabin colors?Gulf Air gets to the heart of identity with rebranding effortCabin designers lavish praise on new airframer-branded cabins
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.”
ThinKom Solutions, Inc., today announced the successful completion of in-flight connectivity trials of its ThinAir® Ka2517 phased-array antenna mounted on the Proteus high-altitude long-endurance aircraft.The Proteus satellite data communication package was developed as a joint effort involving ThinKom, Inmarsat Government and Scaled Composites. The trials included initial tests in Chantilly, Virginia and the Mojave Air and Space Port, California, culminating in a series of demo flights at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.The ThinAir antenna delivered a 25 Mbps return link and a 5 Mbps forward link operating at over 50,000 feet altitude through an Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band satellite in geostationary orbit. The phased array maintained connectivity to the satellite each flight, including during take offs, in-flight maneuvers and landings. Further, the ThinAir antenna was able to send the full 25 Mbps from the aircraft at an elevation angle of 25 degrees, while providing data rates of 12 Mbps at elevation angles as low as 15 degrees.ThinKom supplied the Ka2517 phased-array antenna in a low-profile 7.8-inch high radome, along with an adaptor plate, antenna controller and transceiver electronics. Scaled Composites designed and built a custom fairing to mount the radome on the aircraft’s fuselage and integrated the ThinKom system with the payload on the aircraft.Inmarsat Government developed and provided the system’s modem manager, PRO-MODMAN, designed specifically for the Ka2517 to operate on Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-band steerable beams. The PRO-MODMAN integrates the capability of a DVB S2X modem with the flexibility of an OpenAMIP configurable system controller.“These successful in-flight demonstrations further validate the ThinAir Ka2517’s capability to provide uninterrupted broadband connectivity with near-zero aerodynamic drag – an important consideration for many classes of UAVs and long-endurance missions flying at extreme altitudes,” said Bill Milroy, Chief Technology Officer of ThinKom Solutions. “I would like to thank the superb engineering teams from Inmarsat Government and Scaled Composites who worked with us to achieve this important milestone. This was truly a team effort.”“Inmarsat Government was pleased to support this important joint demonstration using the Inmarsat Global Xpress capability. The results of the trials proved, once again, that highly mobile government customers can rely on Global Xpress – a globally-available high-throughput, flexible and interoperable connectivity solution that provides coverage wherever and whenever required,” said Steve Gizinski, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat Government.Proteus is a twin-turbofan tandem-wing aircraft originally developed and built by Scaled Composites in 1998. It is currently owned and operated by Scaled Composites. The experimental aircraft is designed to carry payloads up to 2,000 lbs. at altitudes from 50,000 to 63,000 feet and remain on station more than 14 hours. It is intended to support the demonstration of piloted and UAV missions, including telecommunications, reconnaissance, atmospheric research, commercial imaging and space launch.Photo Caption: ThinKom Ka-band phased array antenna mounted on Proteus aircraft.About ThinKom Solutions, Inc.ThinKom Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative highly affordable compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the Ka-, X-, Ku-, and Q-bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable, proven technology solutions for the consumer, enterprise, first responder, civil, military and intelligence communities.About Inmarsat GovernmentThe U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government provides resilient, flexible capabilities to augment government satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world’s most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Inmarsat Government is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc.About Scaled CompositesScaled Composites is an American aerospace company founded by Burt Rutan that is located at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Mojave, California. Founded to develop experimental aircraft, the company now focuses on designing and developing concept craft and prototype fabrication processes for aircraft and other vehicles.
Diehl Aviation is enhancing its On-Site Support (OSS) station in Toulouse, France, by inaugurating a new facility in the proximity of the city’s airport and most aerospace businesses in the region. Located in Colomiers, Diehl’s new facility, covering 2,860 qm, offers space for 160 employees, who recently relocated from two former nearby locations.Worldwide, Diehl Aviation is maintaining OSS facilities close to all major aircraft final assembly lines of OEM customers in Europe, the USA, Canada and China. OSS facilities are ensuring a smooth interface between Diehl Aviation’s industrial organization, delivering parts to aircraft manufacturers, and customer facilities, where the supplier’s parts are integrated into the airframes.The prime objective of Diehl’s OSS is to ensure the highest possible customer satisfaction during the final assembly line processes, when Diehl parts are integrated into customer airframes. Any non-conformities and modifications that might arise are addressed are addressed in the shortest possible reaction time and to the highest quality standards taking into account the customer’s requirements. Diehl’s OSS facilities are the local focal point for the customer for all technical issues. Reactivity is constantly above the requested contractual targets. Also all Diehl OSS facilities worldwide are inter-connected, working to the same high service levels.Toulouse, one of the biggest and most significant locations in the aerospace industry worldwide, is playing a very important role in Diehl Aviation’s business activities: In addition to the OSS facility, Toulouse is also the location of one of Diehl Aviation’s Customer Services Centers (CSCs), providing after sales services to OEM and airline customers in the EuMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa). A total of 240 employees are working for Diehl Aviation in Toulouse.The Diehl presence in Toulouse over the years has been a history of increased efforts to enhance also its OSS facility. Initially, the company’s predecessor in Laupheim (Germany) has stationed employees for OSS purposes in Toulouse since 2001, initially starting with a headcount of ten. Since then, in various steps of growth, improvement and relocations, repair shops and other capabilities were added and enlarged, also incorporating entities that became part of Diehl Aviation during the last ten years. Today, around 160 employees at Diehl Aviation OSS in Toulouse are catering for the company’s products such as cabin interiors lining, monuments, lavatories and air ducting.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 Airbus (both airplanes and helicopters), Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, as well as airlines and operators of commercial and business aircraft.
China Southern Airlines’ first aircraft fully equipped with Recaro seats made its maiden flight on July 3rd, flying from Guangzhou to Shanghai Hongqiao. It is the first of 20 China Southern A350-900 aircraft with a full cabin of Recaro seats.Business class features Recaro’s all-new Recaro CL6710 seats, while premium economy and economy class are fitted with Recaro’s PL3530 and CL3710.On the maiden flight of China Southern’s brand-new A350-900 to Shanghai, passengers got to experience Recaro comfort in all three classes – economy, premium economy and business class.China Southern Airlines’ A350-900 business class with Recaro CL6710 seats. Image: RecaroThe business class of this new A350 is fitted with all-new Recaro CL6710 seats in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration. This gives all passengers direct access to the aisles. It is also the first linefit program for the CL6710 seat on a A350 platform. The CL6710 business class seat can be reclined into a full flatbed, offers plenty of space to the passenger and ample storage. The 18.5” monitor also provides gate-to-gate inflight entertainment.The new aircraft’s premium economy and economy class cabins are outfitted with Recaro’s PL3530 and CL3710, respectively. The PL3530 provides premium economy passengers with ergonomic seating positions, exceptional living space and additional stowage options at a very comfortable 38” pitch. In addition, PL3530’s individually-adjustable calf rest contributes to an extra measure of comfort.China Southern Airlines’ A350-900 premium economy class with Recaro PL3530 seats. Image: RecaroAt the same time, the CL3710 also offers passengers in economy class ergonomic comfort. The seat’s patented six-way headrest and neck support ensures optimal use for both shorter and taller passengers. Topped with a state-of-the-art inflight entertainment systems and USB outlets, this seat is one of the best in its class.“China Southern, the biggest Airlines in APAC, equips 20 of its A350-900 aircraft with full cabin Recaro seats; saying I am proud would be an understatement,” says Dr. Mark Hiller, Recaro’s CEO and Shareholder. “We are very happy to contribute to the satisfaction of China Southern passengers by combining lightweight design with seating comfort and quality. As two strong and reliable brands, we both aim to always deliver the absolute best to our customers – whether it be in business, premium economy or economy class.”China Southern Airlines is China’s largest carrier, with over 840 passenger and cargo transport aircraft. It operates more than 3,000 daily flights to 224 destinations in 40 countries and regions across the world.About Recaro Aircraft SeatingRecaro Aircraft Seating sees itself as a solution provider for its customers. As a global supplier of premium aircraft seats for airlines and OEMs, the company reported a growth averaging 10% over the past 15 years. Recaro employs over 2600 people worldwide and neared €600 million in sales in 2018. It is the global market leader in the economy class seating. To secure its strategic expansion, Recaro is investing hundreds of millions in product innovation in business class seating. Over the next 5 years, it will also invest in significantly expanding its headquarters in Schwaebisch Hall as well as its sites in China, Poland and the USA. With this, Recaro consistently underpins its corporate vision of “Driving comfort in the sky”.The aim: become market leader in economy and business class seating while maintaining a permanent customer focus.About Recaro GroupThe Recaro Group comprises the independently operating divisions Recaro Aircraft Seating in Schwaebisch Hall and Recaro eGaming in Stuttgart as well as the Recaro Holding located in Stuttgart. The Group’s consolidated sales amounted to 600 million euros in 2018. Currently the Group employs more than 2,700 employees at its locations around the world. The automotive seating business as well as the child seat and stroller business are operated by licensees.
Airlines creating business class products today find themselves at the complicated crest of two trend waves. First, the mission range of widebody aircraft is increasing as older jets exit the fleets of their first operators and newer aircraft like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 become more widespread. Second, as first class declines, the amount of space and amenities dedicated to business class is growing at some airlines, with certain new-design business class seats leapfrogging the functionality of what is likely to be an airline’s last international first class product.Together, these trends mean that passengers’ expectations for business class have never been higher. Passengers have never had so much information and been able to share it and learn more so readily, and airlines’ marketing of only their very best seating is setting expectations that are hard to manage.An example of this is United’s Polaris, or more accurately the “Fauxlaris” older seating that is still widely offered as the hard product in the airline’s business class after years and years of advertising the new one, even on the airline’s very longest routes and some of its newest aircraft.This creates an arms race for ever-better seating, but also a concurrent pressure for passenger experience consistency: installing the best seats on some planes but not others, and marketing only the top-notch product, is a recipe for passenger disappointment.Fauxlaris is just one example of this problem. Image: UnitedThis disappointment will only grow as the middle of the market expands and airlines grapple with what the definition of “longhaul business” is. The pushback from travelers on passenger experience grounds around the A321XLR shows how thoroughly interested they are in the #PaxEx they purchase. Expect this trend to continue as the middle of the market grows, including around the Boeing NMA. Airlines will need to choose hard product and soft product with great care.The problem is that the same seat could now be operating relatively short flights and the longest of longhaul trips. Qantas’ Thompson Vantage XL is found both on the Sydney-Melbourne shuttle and on its ultra-ultra-longhaul flights, as just one example.Qantas uses Vantage XL on its shortest and longest widebody routes. Image: John WaltonSegmentation of products to differentiate between flights lasting one and 21 hours seems like a no-brainer, but perhaps there is a particularly large gap between the eight- and 18-hour flight.It’s here where the gap between a modern herringbone or staggered seat — or even a mini-suite — and a seat without direct aisle access comes into its own.The industry is already talking about this kind of segmentation. Christophe Accolas, executive vice president for sales at Safran Seats, tells Runway Girl Network that “we believe we have four sub-segments for business class, starting from the traditional one. The second could be high-density business class seats. The super-business class seats constitute the third segment, and we do like to be believe that there is a fourth sub-segment, which is what we call the business-first class seat.”Super-business in the Safran world is the staggered Skylounge or herringbone Cirrus/Versa sort of product, while business-first looks like the new Visio introduced for ANA.And airlines are starting to offer new and different passenger experience soft product on longer flights compared with shorter flights. Yet this is often invisible: who can recall on which routes or flight timings United offers pajamas or other parts of its extensive pillow and blanket collection?Seats like the new Safran Fusio are pushing the boundaries of business class. Image: ANAThe opportunity is now to differentiate between what’s “just” longhaul, some of which may well have specific needs themselves like short sleeping windows, as seen on transatlantic flights, and the truly ultra-longhaul flights that will definitely have different requirements.That has obvious benefits for the ultra-longhaul side of things, but being clear about what would be offered on a quick overnight “Sleeper Service” — including the all-important preflight dining, but with a reduced onboard menu, perhaps on-demand dining for a minority who still want a slap-up inflight meal, and an express breakfast offering for those who want to maximize sleep — would help those passengers plan.Similarly, this helps to manage expectations when passengers experience a longhaul hard product on a domestic service. Virgin Australia used to use “Coast-to-Coast” to differentiate its transcontinental services. On a westbound afternoon flight, airlines could create a service branding that highlights a leisurely tasting menu, limited-time surprise-and-delight beverage selection, or local delicacies from its arrival and departure airports.It’s this mix of seats that can legitimately be used on longer routes and soft product branding designed to set expectations that could serve airlines well as they seek to navigate between what their passengers want and what the rest of the #PaxEx industry can deliver.Related Articles:The surprisingly unexciting business class seats on the longest flightsSafran reveals details of new Fusio business suite on ANARanking 2019’s best business class seatsDesign for longhaul: aspirational flyingBA’s new Collins Club Suite opens Pandora’s Door of questionsHow will A321XLR longhaul travel compare to golden age 707 flying?Ranking 2018’s top ten business class seatsBoeing hedges on NMA/797 PaxExUnited’s 787 Fauxlaris shows glimmers of promise through dark spotsSelling “wellness” in premium cabins on ultra-longhaul flightsZodiac talks next-gen Cirrus with ergonomic and storage updatesDelta goes Thompson Vantage XL with new A350, 777 biz suitesJamco poses questions about the future of business, first classDoing Business: the staggered business class seat renaissanceDoing Business: whither the herringbone business class seat?The zero-sum problem with staggered business class seating
A new business class seat developed through a collaboration between Airbus, British Airways, Williams Advanced Engineering, JPA Design and SWS Certification, and sponsored by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), aims to tackle the flight shame movement.We’ve seen a push for lightweight interiors components for decades, as airlines operating on narrow margins had to contend with higher fuel costs. But public consciousness of airlines’ environmental impact has raised the stakes, and is moving the focus further forward on the plane.This new business class seat concept would be 4kg lighter than comparable seating. The consortium calculates that by replacing all business class seats on 12 long-haul aircraft with their new design, airlines could save 942,000kg of CO2 and $195,600 in fuel every year, based on 40 business class seats per widebody aircraft.Variations of the seat design are intended to fit multiple aircraft, from the Airbus A320 to the A330 and A350, addressing premium seating demand for long-haul narrowbody aircraft too. Image: Williams Advanced EngineeringThe weight savings on the new seat is the result of applied IP from the partners, including Williams’ ‘RACETRAK’ method for integrating unidirectional fibers and ‘223’ method for creating 3D structures from a 2D composite preform. This seat design will also require fewer parts in the bill of material, which will reduce both weight and costs.Beyond helping airlines protect the planet, the new seat design could also improve aircraft safety. The designers have specifically looked at simplifying seat elements to reduce the risks of lithium-ion battery fires when PEDs will get jammed in seat mechanisms.Williams has developed its engineering, testing and manufacturing competencies working in the competitive Formula One environment, where rapid innovation is prized. They have built up expertise in aerodynamics and advanced lightweight materials, among other competencies, which transfer well to aerospace manufacturing. The manufacturing process contributed by Williams Advanced Engineering can also be applied to other cabin structures to reduce the overall weight of the cabin.The team at JPA Design has a well-established reputation for design of modern aircraft cabins. The firm has contributed its modular monocoque design to this project, and patented cabin layouts including an adaptable ‘tub’ for aircraft seating which optimizes the use of space for passengers and their luggage.Airbus’ and British Airways’ contribution will be to help bring the product to market once it is developed. ATI’s support of the 18-month £1.4m ($1.7m) project is to strengthen aircraft interiors manufacturing competencies in the UK and create jobs.The partners are also looking at a premium economy version, with that seat configuration contributing a 2kg weight savings.“The UK has a strong existing industrial base for aircraft seat manufacture and an industrial strategy that highlights composites capability as a key area for development,” said James Park, founder and principal of JPA Design.“This aligns to the ATI’s strategic outlook, creating products ready for the next-generation of aircraft. Our market-leading design and products such as the lightweight monocoque seating system, which allows for fewer parts, lower cost of manufacture, faster production time, lower maintenance and lower cost of ownership, as well as increased passenger space and comfort, will benefit significantly from the work of this consortium in turn providing enhanced opportunities for our airline customers.”The key is modularity of components across airframes. Image: Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA DesignRelated Articles:As Flight Shame movement gathers steam, IATA focuses on environment French aviation tax and internal flight ban highlight externality risk Key ways aviation is trying to improve its environmental credentials JPA’s Alex Duncan considers continuity of design in air travelPED battery fires on 777s prompt call for actionPress Release: Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA team for #PaxEx PR Insight: The formula to deliver optimal aircraft seating
Today, at its annual Elevate Conference, ATPCO announced it has enhanced its model for dynamic pricing, now enabling airlines to complement their standard pricing (pre-filed fares) with a new, tested, dynamic pricing model. The new approaches will significantly increase the speed at which airlines can get more price points out to the market, including personalized pricing to consumers.The new model enables an airline to implement one or more different dynamic pricing approaches based on each airline’s individual infrastructure and strategy. “With these enhancements, ATPCO is able to provide the benefits of dynamic pricing with the interoperability of traditionally filed fares,” said Rolf Purzer, CEO of ATPCO.The model is made up of three different approaches. The first approach expands ATPCO’s standard pricing with pre-determined offers. It is now known as Optimized Pricing, which enables an airline to increase the number of price points with Dual RBDs or more frequent updates using machine learning and upload APIs. The second approach is Adjusted Pricing, which uses an airline’s Dynamic Pricing Engine (DPE) to choose pre-filed fares (DPE Predefined Price) or adjust a filed product (DPE Generated Price). Continuous Pricing, which is the third approach, enables fully personalized offers with minimum/maximum pricing or bid pricing. Specific terminology will evolve but the progression is as follows:“The promise of dynamic pricing is to increase yield for airlines through targeted offers that meet consumer expectations. As an industry resource we’ve had the privilege of working with academia at MIT, industry bodies, pricing experts, and others to develop an approach that combines the best of this future vision with the interoperability of today’s systems. Our goal is to provide more value to airlines and systems by enabling more choice to consumers,” said Purzer. “We are now making this vision a reality.”ATPCO initially began its industry-leading research into dynamic pricing with a white paper in 2015, and soon established the Dynamic Pricing Working Group, which includes more than 300 participants from 90 organizations. The group has defined and delivered into production over 30 implementations of dynamic pricing, with the stated goal of demystifying dynamic pricing through experimentation and trials that lead to implementation patterns that work across all channels, and are fully compatible with traditional pricing to ensure servicing, settlement, and support are not disrupted.“Over the last two years we have supported airlines in their need to become more agile in their pricing and provide more structural support for their products. We have already seen over 30 airlines implement Optimized Pricing via the ATPCO infrastructure,” said Thomas Gregorson, Chief Strategy Officer at ATPCO. “This number will only increase with the new simplified model, giving airlines more flexibility and choice of what and how to price across a spectrum, instead of pigeon-holing them in only one system, by providing tested frameworks for each airline to innovate and change their individual pricing approaches.”ATPCO also announced that its Adjusted Pricing Implementation Guide is now live with the full package of standards being defined hand-in-hand with the industry. ATPCO and its product teams have already started supporting the new approaches and begun the implementation of the standards. The guide explains in detail how airlines can implement different versions of Adjusted Pricing.“The journey to personalization in the airline industry has begun, but this is a marathon, not a sprint, and we are just at the starting line,” said Aldo Ponticelli, Head of Distribution Strategy & Systems Support at Alitalia. “Airlines want more flexibility, but we are somewhat constrained with current systems. To see ATPCO leverage its resources to create a model and framework that gives airlines more choice means each airline can move at the pace it needs. With the help of ATPCO, the next 12 months in pricing should be an exciting one to watch and but be a part of.”ATPCO supports the industry’s strong appetite to experiment, test, learn and enhance at a fast pace. To continue expanding the choices available to industry players, ATPCO is also calling all innovators in the travel technology market who have ideas or new technologies that could help airlines price more dynamically to be a part of building the future of pricing with ATPCO and will share its latest DPE schema and resources. To access, apply and visit ATPCO’s Bridge Labs program.About ATPCOATPCO is the world’s leading provider of pricing and retailing content, tools, and services to airlines, global distribution systems, travel agencies, and technology companies. With a focus on driving innovation, reducing complexity, and delivering network economics to the entire distribution ecosystem, ATPCO continues to develop new standards and technology solutions that are underpinned by its reliable airline pricing data that lies at the foundation of flight shopping. Owned by airlines, ATPCO content and standards ensure industry-wide consistency for NDC, NGS, and dynamic pricing. With its recent acquisition of Routehappy, its retailing solutions are also setting the standard by which airlines differentiate their products using compelling rich content, and which channel partners are using to create informative, next-gen shopping displays.
The model will also be displayed for the public during Dutch Design Week between 19 October and 27 October. For the uninitiated, TU Delft presents a Q&A about the program below.What’s the Flying-V? It’s a highly energy efficient aircraft design for long distance flights. It’s called the Flying-V because its passenger cabin, cargo hold and fuel tanks are integrated in the wings, creating a spectacular V-shape. The design is expected to use 20% less fuel than today’s most energy efficient aircraft (the Airbus A350) due to its aerodynamic shape. However, with more fuel efficient engines than today, the fuel consumption can be lower and using hydrogen propulsion – which might be possible – gives no CO2 emissions at all.Who came up with the idea?Justus Benad, at the time a student of TU Berlin doing an internship at Airbus Hamburg, came up with the idea. He’s currently working towards his PhD at TU Berlin on another subject. He’s very interested in our project and will participate in our talks about the research roadmap.The Flying-V presents all sorts of #PaxEx possibilities. Image: KLMWhat’s the role of TU Delft?Dr. Roelof Vos, an Assistant Professor of Flight Performance and Propulsion at TU Delft and Dr. Peter Vink, who chairs the university’s Design Engineering department, thought the design was very promising. With their multidisciplinary team including aerospace engineers and industrial design experts, they are working on further development of the design of the interior, which was shown this week to KLM. They are also working on the design of a flying scale model, a demonstrator, which is scheduled to be flying by the end of October 2019.What’s the role of KLM?KLM and TU Delft work together on a range of research and education projects, such as the corporate biofuels programme. KLM is financially supporting the development of a flying demonstrator, via the Delft University Fund.How is Airbus involved?The Flying-V is one of the research collaboration projects between Airbus and TU Delft. Currently, TU Delft’s aerospace engineering students work on the design during their internships and thesis projects at Airbus. The Flying-V is one of the options explored for future aircraft, and is not being developed to replace any of the current Airbus aircraft. The A350 is used for comparison only.Airbus has since indicated it is very interested in the project. The airframer will take part in the talks about the future research roadmap and is supporting us with the flight tests.Why is the Flying-V promising for sustainable aviation? Initial wind-tunnel tests at TU Delft have shown that the Flying-V’s improved aerodynamic shape and lower weight should lead to a 20% reduction in fuel requirements as compared to the Airbus A350, today’s most advanced aircraft.Aircraft have become a lot more energy efficient over the decades, but only as a result of improved engines. To create a step-change in energy efficiency, the shape of aircraft will need to change too. The Flying-V design can be that game-changer because of its improved aerodynamic shape and its reduced weight. It is smaller than the A350 and has less inflow surface area compared to the available amount of volume. The result is less resistance, which means that the Flying-V needs less fuel for the same distance.In addition: the Flying-V can be equipped with innovative propulsion systems or fuels, such as hydrogen. In that way it will become even more sustainable.What fuel is used for the Flying-V?It is designed now to fly on kerosene, but can easily be adapted to use more sustainable and innovative propulsion systems in the future.Will the Flying-V ever be 100% electric?The Flying-V is designed for long-distance flights. Due to the weight of current batteries it seems more likely at the moment that long-range aircraft will fly on hybrid-electric systems or alternative energy carriers such as hydrogen. For middle distance and short distance flights, 100% electric flying may be viable in the future.What will change in the interior?The Flying-V will consist of an oval shaped pressure cabin. Industrial Design engineers at TU Delft are researching how to improve the interior and the passenger experience, for example by creating more options for lying down, varying the posture while seated, or collecting food from a buffet.Will the Flying-V fit in regular airports?Although the plane is not as long as the A350, it does have the same wingspan. This allows the Flying-V to use the present infrastructure at airports, such as gates and runways, without problems. It also fits in the same hangar as the A350.What’s the size of a Flying-V?It has the same wing span of an Airbus A350, but it’s shorter from nose to tail. Its dimensions are:LENGTH: 55 metresWINGSPAN: 65 metresHEIGHT: 17 metresHow many passengers and how much cargo will it fit?The Flying-V carries the same number of passengers, 314 in the standard configuration; and the same amount of cargo, 160m3, .as the A350.When can we fly in a Flying-V?If and when the aircraft will be taken into production is a decision left up to builders such as Airbus. The development, certification and market launch of new aircraft usually takes up to 20 years. We hope to see it up in the sky around 2040.Why is it necessary to build a flying scale model?Our biggest challenge is to make sure the Flying-V can remain stable and reliable while being flown at low speeds – during takeoff and landing. It’s precisely to test and improve this that a flying scale model is necessary. We are thrilled that KLM is giving us the opportunity to build it.When are flights of the scale model expected to take place?Flight tests are expected to take place later in the year. These tests will take place with the support of Airbus on a military airport. Only a very small crew will be present. This is all for safety reasons. We will, however, record the tests and release the footage afterwards.Why was it difficult to build the scale model?The Flying-V is a radically new aircraft design. It will behave differently in the air. When building a scale model you already have to take this into account. The model – a big drone of 2,5 m long and wide – needs all the electronics and systems to operate it, and to measure the flight parametres which we need for research and optimisation of the model. This was all done by a small team of engineers, technicians and master students. For them it was also an incredible learning experience.Did anything go wrong?They’re a young team, working under incredible pressure on an experimental aircraft design. Of course there are things that do not go as planned, but we’re a university. It’s fine, because then you learn. It’s an incredible learning curve for all of us. But: the scale model is there and we hope to be testing it later on in the year – weather permitting.How does the cabin design fit into all this?Passengers will sit in the wings and from a safety standpoint the angle of the seats should not be more than 18 degrees from the flying direction. This is achieved by staggered seats in the middle of the airplane. Additionally, the interior has a complete new form. It is oval in cross-section and offers new possibilities and at the same time new challenges. First ideas for the interior are being made, but need to be developed further.What will change in the interior?The Flying-V can be fitted with more experimental cabin designs. Professor Peter Vink and industrial design engineer Thomas Rotte at the faculty of IDE have made a more experimental design combining lightweight design technology and their research into passenger experience. In the design that features four different types of seating (group seating, individual seats, lounge chairs and collapsible beds) they reduce weight, improve passenger comfort and accommodate the same number of passengers as an Airbus A350: approximately 314.How does the cabin design fit into all this?The cabin interior is designed to be as lightweight as possible, contributing to the sustainability goals of the aircraft, but is also meant to improve the flying experience for passengers while still allowing the same number of passengers in the cabin.What is special about the experimental design?In order to increase the passenger experience the experimental interior design features several different seating types within one interior. Each seating type has been targeted to a specific travelling style, as identified by our research. The exact number of different types, the ratio between these, as well as the effect on booking, boarding and onboard logistics are yet to be investigated.Is this experimental design only applicable to the Flying-V?The Flying-V has a flat oval cross section, and an inner push-pull construction partly protruding into the cabin. The official cabin width is defined within this construction, leaving some additional space free to be used outside of the defined cabin width. The experimental interior is designed specifically for the Flying-V, utilizing the additional space in several ways in order to maximize the passenger capacity.What is the impact on the skewed seats?This should be possible as business class seats on current aircraft have the same orientation. However, airbags are used in these situations. Ideally, the seats should be in the direction of flying to reduce airbag use.What about evacuation? Has this been modeled?Passenger evacuation has not yet been modeled at TU Delft. The number of exits corresponds with guidelines: 4 pairs of Type A exits would theoretically be enough for 440 passengers. However, further study is needed to show that this indeed complies with the 90-second rule.Will the experimental cabin design contribute towards the sustainability goals of the Flying-V?Yes, we work with lightweight materials and use generative design to reduce weight as well.What other sustainable aviation projects is TU Delft working on?Sustainable aviation is a major topic for research and education at TU Delft. Researchers and students are working on aircraft for long distances as well as mid-range and short distances , developing technology and innovations ranging from full electric flight, electric hybrid systems, hydrogen, lightweight materials, climate effects, flight operations etc.What are the climate effects of aviation? Global aviation is responsible for about 2.5% of total CO2 emissions. This percentage is set to increase rapidly as the number of kilometres passengers travel each year is growing at about 4.5 to 5% per year. We’re flying increasingly often and increasingly far. This was why, in October 2018, the Dutch aviation sector presented an action plan to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management on making air travel more sustainable.Twenty transport organisations and knowledge institutions joined forces on the ‘Smart and Sustainable’ plan aimed at speeding up existing developments for making aviation more sustainable. The aim is to decrease Dutch aviation’s CO2 emissions by 35% by the end of 2030. All photos credited to TU Delft. During the International Air Transport Association’s Annual General Meeting, KLM and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) revealed a design for an alternative “Flying-V” aircraft, which would be more fuel efficient than today’s airliners. Yesterday, as part of KLM’s celebration of 100 years of history, both the airline and TU Delft showed off a 1:1 mock-up of part of the interior for the Flying-V. TU Delft presents a scale model and mock-up cabin of the #FlyingV during the @KLM 100 Experience Days celebrating the 100th birthday of KLM. #sustainableaviation #zeroemissionaviation #KLM100 #TUDelft #FlyingV Learn more about Flying-V: https://t.co/wk7PcgDy2E pic.twitter.com/LQ3aEpEC1B— TU Delft (@tudelft) October 7, 2019
Dotonbori is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka. It’s so popular that almost everyone in Japan has heard of it. But unless they are from the Kansai region, most might not know what exactly there is to do in Dotonbori. So let’s go over what to expect from Dotonbori and what makes it a perfect tourist destination. This is a must read especially for those who haven’t been there yet.Read also: Japanese Encyclopedia: Kansai RegionWhat is Dotonbori?Dotonbori is the name of the downtown area of Osaka. It is also the name of Dotonbori River, which flows just north of the downtown area. There are so many restaurants and entertainment spots in this area that you couldn’t get bored even if you spent all day in Dotonbori.The name Dotonbori comes from the merchant Doton Yasui, who begun construction of the river in 1612. ‘Bori’ from the name of this place refers to the canal that was created by digging.
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Rabat – Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) announced a deficit of MAD 4 billion for 2016 during an Ordinary General Meeting held last weekend.The company said that this outcome was due to “the achievement of exceptional provisions” totaling MAD 3.15 billion. This included “major repairs” for the motorway’s infrastructure, with the cost of these repairs estimated at MAD 2.5 billion, added ADM.The company also noted that it has restructured its obligatory debt, which was estimated at MAD 650 million. ADM announced that it has registered growth in revenue of 12 percent (MAD 2.71 billion).According to Les Inspiration Eco, this growth is explained by an increase of traffic on the Moroccan motorway network.The increase in the company’s revenue is also explained by the commissioning of the El Jadida-Safi motorway route and Rabat bypass.The completion of these two projects also marked the finalization of ADM’s 2008-2015 program contract.Despite the increase of its turnover, ADM exhibited a fragile financial situation due to its MAD 40 billion of debt, which made the company to consider a debt restructuring policy, intended to solve the deficit.
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto’s hunting grounds for celebrities grows exponentially Thursday when the 11-day long Toronto International Film Festival — or TIFF — unfurls in all its head-turning glory.So where to look for Tom Hanks (as Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Christian Bale and Matt Damon (as race car driver and auto visionary in Ford v Ferrari), Jennifer Lopez (as a stripper out to get her Wall Street clients in Hustlers), Joaquin Phoenix (the lead in Joker), Meryl Streep (as a middle-class woman who helps uncover the Panama Papers in The Laundromat), and Bruce Springsteen (in a concert film for his latest album, Western Stars), who are all headed to Toronto with their respective films?Here’s a cheat sheet of the best places to catch the stars: RED CARPETS: There’s always a fleet of black Escalades (or their equivalent) pulling up before red carpet arrivals at Roy Thomson Hall, the Princess of Wales, the Elgin and Ryerson theatres to deposit the stars and crew. The media is asked to be in place 90 minutes before the 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. red carpets (there are some afternoon red carpets too, particularly the first weekend) but typically the stars themselves don’t show up until a half-hour to 15 minutes before. Check the film schedule for red carpets daily and nightly. Login/Register With: Facebook
Soulpepper is thrilled to once again be participating in the OAC’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program. To learn more about the program and see a list of other participating companies, Click Here. Advertisement Soulpepper has identified three priority areas of interest:Soulpepper is interested in projects that aim to share vital stories that resonate with our community, city, and province from unique, diverse, perspectives.Out of necessity, many playwrights working today are forced to limit their works to 3-4 performers. Soulpepper is unique in the landscape in being able to embrace and support projects with an ambitious sense of scale, including larger ensemble works.This program will primarily be looking for emerging professional playwrights, and nurturing unique voices in the early-mid stages of their development.Please apply using OAC’s online NOVA platform.All submissions will be reviewed by Guillermo Verdecchia, Soulpepper’s Director of New Play Development.Please include:artist CV,a one-page project description and overview, anda 3 to 5 page writing sample.Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reviewing all submissions. Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Several Special Achievement Awards were presented during the evening, including the SOCAN Cultural Impact Award for the tremendous song “Je ne suis qu’une chanson,” written in 1979 by Diane Juster for Ginette Reno, who insisted on giving the award herself to Juster after an amazing performance of the song by Mélissa Bédard. Advertisement MONTRÉAL – Many of the best songwriters, screen composers, music publishers and major players of the music ecosystem gathered at La Tohu in Montréal to celebrate the 30th anniversary edition of the SOCAN Awards Gala, where more than 50 trophies were presented to honour Québec’s creative talent.Masterfully hosted by Pierre-Yves Lord, the gala opened with the presentation of four new SOCAN Classics1 to Luc Plamondon, making him the first SOCAN member to achieve an incredible 40 SOCAN Classic Awards. Unable to attend due to engagements in Paris, he was saluted with breathtaking performances by Bruno Pelletier, France D’Amour and Martin Giroux who sang three of those classics from the musical Notre-Dame de Paris, “Belle,” “Le temps des cathédrales,” and “Vivre.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Some of the 30th annual SOCAN Montreal Awards winners (from left to right): Florent Vollant (SOCAN Classics), Geneviève Côté, SOCAN’s Chief Quebec Affairs Officer, Banx & Ranx (International Award), Coeur de pirate (Songwriter of the Year), Ousmane Traoré – Dubmatique (SOCAN Classics), Eric Baptiste, SOCAN’s Chief Executive Officer, Steve Marin (Non-Performing Songwriter of the Year). (Photo: Benoit Rousseau/SOCAN) (CNW Group/SOCAN) The exceptional composer and pianist André Gagnon received the SOCAN Lifetime Achievement Award, while Gilles Valiquette received the SOCAN Special Achievement Award for the major role he played in defending the rights of creators, notably through his 26 years of service on the SOCAN Board of Directors.Michel Rivard, Andréanne A. Malette and Richard Séguin paid Valiquette homage by singing four of his most beloved songs, “La vie en rose,” “Met un peu de soleil,” “Quelle belle journée,” and “Je suis cool,” while a myriad of artists saluted him on the venue’s big screens.Among the other major awards handed out throughout the evening were the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year given to Cœur de pirate, the new Non-Performing Songwriter of the Year award given to Steve Marin, creator of many 2 Frères hits, the SOCAN Screen Composer of the Year award given to the highly creative duo and couple James Gelfand & Louise Tremblay, and the SOCAN International Award, presented to Montréal’s producer duo Banx & Ranx.The SOCAN Publisher of the Year award went to David Murphy et Cie for his contribution to the success of many talented songwriters and his positive influence in the music ecosystem.“This 30th edition of the SOCAN Awards Gala was a snapshot of nearly 35,000 Québec-based members (out of a total of more than 160,000): touching, creative, and incredibly talented,” said SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste. “For 30 years, SOCAN has worked tirelessly to make sure that our members are paid fair and square for their music and will continue to do so every day with passion, vigilance and enthusiasm, inspired by our members. More than ever, SOCAN is proud to play a leading role in the vibrant Québec music ecosystem and is passionate about its continuing success.”Magnificent PerformancesThis year’s gala harked back to musical memories from the last three decades with the participation of ex-MusiquePlus VJs Sonia Benezra, Anne-Marie Withenshaw and Mike Gauthier and surprise performances by Johanne Blouin (“Dors Caroline”), Anick Jean (who sang the SOCAN Classics “Mimi” by Lili Fatale and Bran Van 3000‘s “Drinking in L.A.,” as well as Jean Leloup, who received three SOCAN Classic awards for “1990,” “Isabelle,” and “Cookie” and sang his magnificent song “L’oiseau-vitre” to the delight of the packed room.Extraordinary singer Luce Dufault and the SOCAN Gala’s musical director Antoine Gratton sang Harmonium‘s “Comme un sage” and “Dixie,” respectively, during the induction of the four songwriters of this legendary band – Serge Fiori, Michel Normandeau, Louis Valois and Serge Locat – into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, held for the first time during the SOCAN Gala.The winners of the 2019 SOCAN Songwriting Prize (French), Tizzo, Shreez, and Soft performed their hit “On fouette,” which won them the $10,000 cash prize attached to the popular public-vote contest last summer.Something for EveryoneIn the music category awards, the Hagood Hardy went to AfrotroniX; the Prix Jan V. Matejcek Award for new classical music went to Keiko Devaux; the Country Music award went to the new phenom Matt Lang; the Electronic Music award was given to Montréal’s ambassador of the electronic scene, Marie Davidson; and there was a tie for the Hip-Hop/Rap award, which went to both incredibly popular FouKi and Alaclair Ensemble.Popular Music and Screen CompositionA total of 10 Popular Music Awards were handed out to the songwriters and publishers of the most heard Francophone songs of 2018: “Fille de personne II,” by Hubert Lenoir; “Toutes les femmes savent danser,” by Loud, Ajust, Ruffsound, Realmind, Tim Buron & Pierre-Luc Rioux; “Prémonition,” by Cœur de pirate; “À hauteur d’hommes,” by Vincent Vallières & François Plante; “Ici et ailleurs,” by Andréanne A. Malette; “Desert Song,” by Ludovick Bourgeois & Fred St-Gelais; “Lies (v.f.),” by Domeno, Zagata & Richard Beynon; “Best I’ll never have (v.f.),” by Brandon Mig, John Nathaniel & Marianne Cossette-Bacon; “La nuit gronde,” sung by Kaïn and written by Steve Veilleux; and “Au sommet,” sung by 2 Frères and written by Steve Marin. The Anglophone Popular Music Award went to Charlotte Cardin and Jason Brando O’Farrell Ciciola for their song “Main Girl.”The gala also saluted the incredible talent of screen composers and publishers. Among the evening’s winners were SOCAN Awards Gala regular, Anthony Rozankovic, and his publishers, Cinéflix Média Inc., and Anthem Entertainment, each receiving the Music for Television (International) award and the Television Music award – Fictional Programming for Mayday. Screen composers Jean-Phi Goncalves (Le tricheur), Scott Price (Les Gags) and Rudy Toussaint (How It’s Made) all walked away with trophies for a third consecutive year. Raymond Fabi received the award in the Youth Programming category for “Arthur,” and Anik Jean won her first Film Music award for her work in the movie “Bon Cop Bad Cop 2.”SOCAN Licensed to Play AwardThe vital contribution of the businesses and organizations licensed by SOCAN to use music ethically and legally was highlighted by awarding the Festival Western de St-Tite the SOCAN Licensed to Play Award, saluting not only the event’s incredible platform for the artists from Québec and Canada who play during the event, but also the excellent collaboration the event maintains with SOCAN’s Licensing department.About SOCANSOCAN is a rights management organization that connects more than four-million music creators worldwide and more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. Nearly 160,000 songwriters, composers, music publishers and visual artists are its direct members, and more than 100,000 organizations are Licensed To Play music across Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and unique data as well as a commitment to lead the global transformation of rights management, with wholly-owned companies Audiam, Dataclef and MediaNet, and co-owners with RE:SOUND of music licensing organization Entandem, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truths that music and visual arts have value and creators and publishers deserve fair compensation for their work. For more information: www.socan.com2019 MONTRÉAL SOCAN AWARDS GALA WINNERSSOCAN SPECIAL AWARDSSOCAN CULTURAL IMPACT AWARD“Je ne suis qu’une chanson” 1979Diane JusterJust Her Music PublishingLes Éditions Musicales LMSSONGWRITER OF THE YEARCœur de pirateNON-PERFORMING SONGWRITER OF THE YEARSteve MarinSCREEN COMPOSER OF THE YEARJames Gelfand & Louise TremblaySPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDGilles ValiquetteLIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDAndré GagnonPUBLISHER OF THE YEARDavid Murphy & CieINTERNATIONAL AWARDBanx & Ranx***Each of the special awards laureates will receive the SOCAN Trophy, the industry’s only major trophy that doubles as a musicalinstrument*** Advertisement
CORNER GAS ANIMATED “The renewal and acquisition of CORNER GAS ANIMATED are testimony to the growing success of this franchise, and we’re excited to be partners with IMDb TV in growing this series,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “It’s a privilege to continue to be in business with the CORNER GAS team, as we work together on another season of this smash-hit series for CTV Comedy Channel.”“When we started producing the original sitcom CORNER GAS, we didn’t expect it to become a breakout hit with millions of viewers, multiple awards, spin-out movie and animated series, and run for over a decade,” said Creator, Showrunner, Executive Producer and star Brent Butt. “Sharing the CORNER GAS franchise with our U.S. fan base and getting a Season 3 pickup of the animated series in Canada is like a double-dip dream come true.”“Americans have asked us to bring CORNER GAS ANIMATED to the U.S. since the series launched in Canada just over two years ago,” said Executive Producer Virginia Thompson. “We told our U.S. fans we were working on it, it was coming. Today, we delivered on our promise. Add to that a Season 3 pickup in Canada and this is pretty much the best day ever in the history of the brand.”Debuting in April 2018, Season 1 of CORNER GAS ANIMATED was a ratings hit. The premiere episode was the most-watched series premiere in the history of CTV Comedy Channel, with the first season concluding as the most-watched series of the broadcast year for the channel among total viewers and all key demos. The second season of CORNER GAS ANIMATED continued to build on the success of its premiere season with audiences climbing 41%. Series Creator Brent Butt took home a 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing, Animation for the episode “Squatch Your Language.”CORNER GAS ANIMATED is an inter-provincial co-production produced by Prairie Pantoons (BC), comprised of Brent Butt and David Storey from 335 Productions; and Moving Mountoons (ON), comprised of Virginia Thompson and Robert de Lint from Vérité Films, in association with Bell Media, Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund, Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects Tax Credit, Film Incentive BC Tax Credit, Digital Animation, Visual Effects and Post Production Tax Credit, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Animation is produced by Prairie Pantoons, Moving Mountoons, and Smiley Guy Studios. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Original Programming, Comedy, Bell Media. Production Executive for Bell Media is Chris Kelley. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Original Programming, Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media..Social Media links @IMDbTV @CTV_PR @CTV @CTVComedy @CornerGas Brent Butt Gabrielle Miller Fred Ewanuick Lorne Cardinal Tara Spencer Nairn Nancy Robertson Corrine Kolso Virginia Thompson @VeriteCanada Corner Gas CTV CTV Comedy Channel Verite Films Inc. @CTV_PR @CTVComedy @cornergasofficialAbout Bell Media Original ProgrammingBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL; the record-breaking Canadian formats THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA; the original international TV format THE LAUNCH; satirical news series THE BEAVERTON; new comedy series JANN; new lifestyle series MARY’S KITCHEN CRUSH; new drama TRANSPLANT; and CANADA’S WALK OF FAME AWARDS. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; Bravo’s mystery dramedy CARTER; Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; Crave’s hit comedy LETTERKENNY and recently announced mockumentary NEW EDEN; and SnackableTV’s interactive stand-up series JOKEOFF and upcoming animated series LITTLEKENNY. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchises HIGHWAY THRU HELL, and HEAVY RESCUE: 401, in addition to new original series DISASTERS AT SEA, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.About Prairie Pants DistributionPrairie Pants Distribution Inc. is owned and operated by Brent Butt (Sparrow Media), David Storey (Aslan Entertainment) and Virginia Thompson (Vérité Films). It is the distributor of CORNER GAS ANIMATED and CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE, and the sales agent, on behalf of distributor Bell Media, of the 107-episode live-action sitcom CORNER GAS. For more information about the distribution of the CORNER GAS franchise, go to veritefilms.ca.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 18 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisement TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2019 – CTV and Prairie Pants Distribution Inc. confirmed today that CORNER GAS ANIMATED Season 1 and 2 will become available for the first time in the U.S. as an IMDb Original. On October 15, all 24 episodes of CORNER GAS ANIMATED Season 1 and 2 will be joined exclusively in the U.S. on IMDb TV by Canada’s most-watched live-action comedy franchise of all time, CORNER GAS, including 107 episodes of the International Emmy Award-nominated, six-season live action sitcom, and the 90-minute feature film CORNER GAS: THE MOVIE. IMDb TV is the free American streaming video service offering thousands of premium movies and TV shows for everyday TV viewing.In Canada, the CORNER GAS franchise is exclusively available on Bell Media platforms including CTV Comedy Channel, Crave, and CTV Throwback.The announcement comes as CTV confirms a third season of CORNER GAS ANIMATED, building on the momentum of CTV Comedy Channel’s record-breaking year. Season 3 of CORNER GAS ANIMATED features 11, all-new episodes featuring the beloved ensemble cast starring Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller, Eric Peterson, Fred Ewanuick, Lorne Cardinal, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Nancy Robertson, and Corrine Koslo. Season 3 will debut on CTV Comedy Channel in 2020. Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement
Apple Inc. announced the date for unveiling its next iPhones and potentially a slew of other products.The launch event will take place on Sept. 10 in the Steve Jobs Theater at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, according to an invitation Apple sent out. The tag line for the event is “by innovation only.” The company said it will livestream the announcement, which begins at 10 a.m. local time, on its website.The centerpiece will be the next iPhones, while the company also typically unveils new Apple Watches alongside the flagship device. Apple will announce “Pro” successors to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, as well as an upgrade to the iPhone XR, Bloomberg News reported earlier this month. Apple apologizes over Siri privacy mishaps, will no longer retain audio recordings Apple to supply parts to independent repair shops for first time How the Apple Store lost its lustre The image for the announcement features a multicolored Apple logo that may hint at new iPhone options. Bloomberg recently reported that the successor to the iPhone XR will include a new green version.Apple typically puts new iPhones on sale within two weeks following their launch and rolls out the accompanying software update a few days after showing off the devices. The new iPhones will be key to Apple’s holiday quarter. Last year, the company missed expectations on waning smartphone demand, especially in China.Bloomberg.com