Mercedes: Formula One champion Nico Rosberg retires from racing

first_imgOn the day he is set to collect the trophy for winning his first drivers’ world championship, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg has announced that he is to retire from Formula One racing.“Since 25 years in racing, it has been my dream, my ‘one thing’ to become Formula One World Champion,” said Rosberg via social media. “Through the hard work, the pain, the sacrifices, this has been my target. And now I’ve made it.“I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right. My strongest emotion right now is deep gratitude to everybody who supported me to make that dream happen.”Rosberg, who won nine Grands Prix this year en route to the title, said he began contemplating his future at October’s Japanese round, and then made his decision within 24 hours of last weekend’s thrilling finale in Abu Dhabi, where he secured the podium finish he needed to become champion.“When I won the race in Suzuka, from the moment when the destiny of the title was in my own hands, the big pressure started and I began to think about ending my racing career if I became world champion,” he continued.“On Sunday morning in Abu Dhabi, I knew that it could be my last race and that feeling cleared my head before the start. I wanted to enjoy every part of the experience, knowing it might be the last time… and then the lights went out and I had the most intense 55 laps of my life.“I took my decision on Monday evening. After reflecting for a day, the first people I told were (wife) Vivian and Georg (Nolte, from his management team), followed by (Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport) Toto (Wolff).”Source: Formula1.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is ready for new adventures. Her family cannot keep calm

first_imgMiss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is finally coming back to her homeland, India, after crowning her successor in Sanya, China.The Miss World 2018 finale took place at Sanya City Arena on December 8 and Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the crown.The month-long pageant saw Manushi going around attending different events with all the contestants and sharing her experience with them.Now that the pageant is over and the new Miss World has been crowned, it’s time for our queen to come back home and she is very excited.She posted a picture on Instagram and the caption was heartwarming. Take a look:Manushi wore a very sexy yet comfy outfit for her journey back home. She was in a snug hoodie dress and sports shoes which he paired with cat-eye sunglasses.Manushi is a part of Beauty With A Purpose project and we are sure she will indulge more in her menstrual hygiene campaign now that she has passed on the baton of her Miss World duties to Vanessa Ponce.ALSO SEE | The answer that won Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon the Miss World 2018 crownALSO WATCH | Throwback: Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar has been crowned Miss World 2017advertisementlast_img read more

Eletson Acquires Three Panamax Product Tankers

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location Eletson Holdings Inc. has entered, through subsidiaries, into definitive agreements to acquire three Korean built 2004 Panamax (LR1) product tankers for a price of $66.3mil.The expected delivery dates of the vessels are end January 2014, end March 2014 and early April 2014. These acquisitions were funded by proceeds from the Company’s recent 9.625% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes and own funds.Peter Kanelos, Chief Financial Officer of Eletson Corporation, commented: “This acquisition is consistent with our strategy of fleet expansion in what we believe is an opportune time in the product tanker cycle. With our proven business model delivering best in class operating metrics, we are confident these units will make a positive contribution to our cashflow while serving our blue chip customers.”center_img Print  Closelast_img read more

Decision on Elbe Dredging Urgent

first_imgzoom Court decision on the implementation of the widening and deepening of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe is urgently needed this year, according to the Port of Hamburg officials.The widening and deepening of the channel is of particular importance especially having in mind that forecast growth in freight traffic, according to Ingo Egloff of Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Executive Board.The urgency of the situation is further stressed by the fact that in 2014 ultra large containerships made 507 calls in Hamburg. “So we had around 24 percent more calls by containerships with slot capacities of over 10,000 TEU than in the previous year. Even the most obstinate opponents of modification of the channel must slowly recognize that to re-route such a large number of ocean-going ships to other ports would be by no means simple,” stressed Egloff.In Egloff’s view transport routes to the seaports must rate top priority in the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan agreed this year. For Egloff, functioning transport routes properly equipped to handle further volume growth are a guarantee for smooth supplies for the country’s industry. These are also in the interest of the national economy as a whole.“Around 260,000 jobs throughout the country, 110,000 of them outside the Hamburg Metropolitan Region, are directly or indirect related to the Port of Hamburg. Countrywide added value of almost 20 billion euros means that the Port of Hamburg’s significance extends far inland,” emphasized Egloff.Action is also urgently required, on the repeatedly delayed finalization of the Elbe Concept for inland waterway shipping, Egloff said. Latest reports suggest that this has been shelved until 2017.“It is unacceptable that inland waterway shipping in our country should operate only on the Rhine and in the West, with the Middle and Upper Elbe remaining neglected and under-developed as a waterway. We cannot afford to completely overlook existing transport infrastructure that would be useful for coping with increasing volumes requiring transport, or to ignore this in planning transport routes,” he went on to say.last_img read more

Provincial I3 Technology StartUp Competition Launched

first_imgNova Scotia start-ups have a chance to compete for up to $200,000 in investment through Innovacorp’s provincial I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, launched today, Sept. 13. The I-3 competition finds and supports high-potential, early stage knowledge-based companies, and encourages entrepreneurial activity across the province. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to sustaining a thriving economy in Nova Scotia,” said John MacDonell, acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Innovacorp’s I-3 competition supports the goals of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy.” The competition will take place in five geographic zones across the province. Each zone winner will receive $100,000 in cash and in-kind business building services with the second-place zone winners getting $40,000 in cash and services. An overall provincial winner, selected from the five zone winners, will be awarded an additional $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp. Innovacorp ran a pilot I-3 competition in Cape Breton in 2006, and provincial competitions in 2007-08 and 2009-10. Over the years, the competition has received 270 start-up company submissions. “I’m encouraged by the vibrant level of entrepreneurship across Nova Scotia, and we look forward to seeing the new ventures the I-3 competition uncovers,” said Clifford Gross, president and CEO of Innovacorp. Zone 1 includes Cumberland, Colchester, Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough counties; Zone 2 includes Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties; Zone 3 includes Digby, Annapolis, Kings and Hants counties; Zone 4 includes Halifax Regional Municipality; and Zone 5 includes Victoria, Cape Breton, Inverness and Richmond counties. A six-person judging committee in each zone will consider the quality of the idea, the strength of the management team and the clarity and persuasiveness of the written and oral presentation. Entrepreneurs have until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, to submit entries. The five zone winners will be announced Jan. 26, 2012, and the provincial winner will be announced Feb. 8. Submissions can be completed online at . Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s agency committed to helping high-potential, early stage companies succeed in the global marketplace. The organization is internationally recognized as a leader in technology commercialization, combining venture capital investment with business mentoring and incubation facilities.last_img read more

CM to inaugurate 44th Book Fair on January 29 next year

first_imgKolkata: The 44th International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 29, 2020. The venue for next year’s book fair will be Salt Lake Central Park, with Russia being the theme country.”In 2020, the IKBF will start two days earlier than 2019. The Chief Minister has assured us that she will formally inaugurate the fair on January 29,” said Sudhansu Dey, director of Publishers and Book Sellers Guild, which hosts the IKBF every year. Dey met Banerjee at her chamber in the state legislative Assembly on Tuesday and finalised the inauguration date. The fair will be held for 12 days. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersIt may be mentioned that the IKBF 2019 that started from January 31, witnessed a record sale of books worth Rs 21 crore and witnessed a turnout of 23 lakh visitors. Guatemala was the theme country for this year’s book fair. Several countries from across the world attended this year’s edition of IKBF, which witnessed participation of authors from Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Scotland, Australia, Argentina, Bangladesh and Guatemala. It may be mentioned that the IKBF had shifted to the Salt Lake venue in 2017, with the state government taking up a total renovation of the Milan Mela ground opposite Science City, which used to be the venue earlier.last_img read more

Ranveer Singh goes quirky with orange shoes neon green bag

first_imgLondon: Actor Ranveer Singh’s quirky fashion statements never cease to make headlines. Now, a photograph of him wearing orange sneakers and sporting a neon green bag has become talk of the town. Ranveer on Thursday posted a photograph on Instagram in which he can be seen sitting beside a lake. Dressed up in blue jeans with a matching T-shirt, the “Padmaavat” actor aced up his look with orange sneakers and a cross-body neon green bag, teamed with white sunglasses. Ranveer’s fans were impressed with his “colourful” look . A social media user commented: “You look like a character from Mary Poppins”. Another user called him “rangeela raja”. On the film front, Ranveer is currently shooting for the upcoming film “’83” , which will trace India’s historic victory at the 1983 cricket World Cup.last_img read more

Conservative MPs vote against committee Attawapiskat visit

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Conservative MPs voted together Tuesday against a motion to bring a committee of federal politicians on a visit to Attawapiskat, the northern Ontario Cree community that has come to embody the dire situation facing many First Nations across the country.The motion was tabled during a meeting of the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee. The Conservatives hold the majority on the committee.Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency as a result of its housing crisis last fall. Several families were living in tents and shacks with no insulation or running water.Images of small children living in industrial trailers and in homes with mould flashed across television screens and over social media across the country, turning the issue into a national scandal that put the Harper government on its heels.The government responded by imposing a third-party manager to take over the band’s finances and ordering 22 modular homes for the community.Attawapiskat’s band council has since taken the government to Federal court over the third-party manager. Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan has also been fending off opposition attacks over the slow pace of lot preparation in the community for the new homes.Greg Rickford, Parliamentary Secretary for Aboriginal affairs, said the motion to have the committee visit Attawapiskat would distract from the work needed to get things ready for the homes which are slowly making their way up an ice road from Moosonee, Ont.He also said the committee had a limited budget with other trips planned.“The opposition parties have taken their political opportunities with regards to this file,” said Rickford. “Their ideas around gotcha politics are their own business.”Rickford said three homes are arriving in Attawapiskat and with more underway, the focus should be on getting the job done.“We know we have support from the residents of Attawapiskat and a spirit of cooperation is emerging with the chief and council of Attawapiskat,” said Rickford.The motion was tabled by Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett and supported by the NDP members of the committee.Bennett said the committee needed the visit to get a clear idea of what is happening.“We’re getting mixed messages,” said Bennett.“It’s not a surprise we lost,” said NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan. “It’s pretty predictable.”Duncan said she spoke with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who said she’d welcome the committee’s visit.Bennett, however, is trying again and if the committee can’t go to Attawapiskat, she hopes to bring Attawapiskat to the committee.Bennett gave notice of motion to invite Spence, members of Attawapiskat’s council and third-party manager Jacques Marion, among others, to testify before the committee.Marion was appointed by the Harper government to take over the band’s finances.“After the (Jan. 25) Crown-First Nations Gathering what on earth are we doing having third-party managers?” said Bennett.Duncan said she was supporting Bennett’s proposed motion to get at some of the bigger issues Attawapiskat shares with other First Nations communities.“I would like to hear from her about what challenges she faces, how she is trying to face those and, in the meantime, trying to run a community that benefits the people there,” she said.Rickford said he needed to study Bennett’s motion before commenting on whether the Conservatives on the committee would givt it support.The NDP and Liberal interim leaders have visited Attawapiskat. The Conservatives have yet to make the trip.last_img read more

Press Release Campaign draws attention to safety impact of unruly pax

first_imgEvery three hours the safety of a flight within the EU is threatened by passengers demonstrating unruly or disruptive behaviour. At least 70% of these incidents involve some form of aggression. At least once a month the situation escalates to such a degree forcing the plane to perform an emergency landing. *These figures are worrying as they demonstrate an increasing trend. What is particularly disturbing is that these incidents have a direct impact on both the safety of crew and passengers. Any kind of unruly or disruptive behaviour whether related to intoxication, aggression or other factors introduces an unnecessary risk to the normal operation of a flight.To reach out to airlines and passengers, EASA has joined forces with IATA to promote a new campaign, “Not On My Flight”. The campaign draws attention to examples of unruly behaviour, and the consequences that passengers face. “We are happy to team up with IATA on tackling an issue that directly affects the safety of passengers and crew. Flying should be an enjoyable and safe experience,” said Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA referring to the launch of the initiative.“Unruly passengers are a small minority but their actions can have a disproportionate impact on others. Passengers and crew have a right to a safe flight free from disturbance and harassment. The rise in serious unruly passenger behaviour is a great concern to airlines. IATA members unanimously passed a resolution at our 2014 Annual General Meeting setting out our priorities for tackling unruly incidents, which included working with stakeholders to raise awareness of the importance of this issue. We are pleased to support EASA’s “not on my flight” campaign, which we hope will focus minds on what is acceptable conduct on board, and the consequences for passengers if they fail to adhere to safety regulations,” said Rafael Schvartzman, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Europe.Together we show zero tolerance against unruly behaviour. Get involved and share! (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) is the centerpiece of the European Union’s strategy for aviation safety. Our mission is to promote and achieve the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation. Based in Cologne, the Agency currently employs more than 800 experts and administrators from all over Europe.IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic. Follow IATA at for news specially catered for the media.* Occurrences involving Unruly Passengers from the European Central Repository that were reported by operators from the EASA Member States in accordance with the definitions in Regulation (EU) 376/2014.last_img read more

Press Statement Boeing says MAX alert was not activated as intended

first_imgThe following statement was issued by Boeing on 29 April 2019, after news reports suggested the airframer didn’t initially disclose it had deactivated 737 MAX disagree alert.We want to provide a response to several news stories yesterday and today reporting on the disagree alert on the 737 MAX.Boeing included the disagree alert as a standard feature on the MAX, although this alert has not been considered a safety feature on airplanes and is not necessary for the safe operation of the airplane. Boeing did not intentionally or otherwise deactivate the disagree alert on its MAX airplanes.The disagree alert was intended to be a standard, stand-alone feature on MAX airplanes. However, the disagree alert was not operable on all airplanes because the feature was not activated as intended.The disagree alert was tied or linked into the angle of attack indicator, which is an optional feature on the MAX. Unless an airline opted for the angle of attack indicator, the disagree alert was not operable.On every airplane delivered to our customers, including the MAX, all flight data and information needed to safely operate the aircraft is provided in the flight deck and on the flight deck display. This information is readily accessible to pilots, and it always has been.The air speed, attitude, and altitude displays, together with the stick shaker, are the primary flight information indicators in the flight deck. All recommended pilot actions, checklists, and training are based upon these primary indicators, not on the AOA disagree alert or the angle of attack indicator.As the MAX safely returns to the air after the software modifications are approved and certified, all MAX production aircraft will have an activated and operable disagree alert and an optional angle of attack indicator. All customers with previously delivered MAX airplanes will have the ability to activate the disagree alert per a service bulletin to airlines.We are confident that when the MAX returns to the skies, it will be one of the safest airplanes ever to fly.last_img read more

AirmontCast aims to revolutionize video streaming on bizjets

first_imgStreaming Netflix on a business jet via the latest satellite connectivity links is entirely possible, but it doesn’t necessarily make for cheap moviegoing. Add in the simultaneous broadband Internet requirements of other passengers on board and there’s a chance that someone will need to compromise or accept a reduced standard. Watching movies at a reduced quality is hardly an acceptable compromise if you’re paying big bucks for said connectivity service.Enter Airmont, a French company that provides a wide range of communication platforms for land, sea and air. Using patented encryption technology, the company’s Airmont-Cast solution is able to compress and stream media – Netflix, Twitch, YouTube, TV applications, etc – to Android, iOS or Windows 10 devices while consuming only a portion of the bandwidth available from the jet’s standard Internet pipe.During the recent European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Airmont executive chairman & founder Jean-François Gault explained how Airmont is seeking to usher in a revolution in how private jet customers view streaming content with Airmont-Cast.“We offer an over-the-top service, complementary to whatever IFE and connectivity is already available on the aircraft. It enables customers to access streaming video content from their phone or other device in a way that’s compatible with the bandwidth capability of [the] plane’s satellite links. The way we do that is by delivering their content in a highly compressed form, but maintaining quality when they view it,” said Gault.By using a fraction of the bandwidth that would normally be consumed, operators can enable multiple users on board and reduce costs, he said, noting that Airmont-Cast can also make reliable streaming available to those with smaller bandwidth packages (to wit, several years ago RGN observed Airmont’s compression and aggregation technology support live TV streams via L-band links).At this year’s EBACE, Gault provided a remarkable demonstration of the Airmont-Cast solution. First, he streamed a news broadcast at 180 Kbps, and achieved more than acceptable quality. He then did the same thing with a steadily increasing amount of bandwidth. But while the quality improved as bandwidth increased, the change was barely sufficient to warrant the extra bandwidth and, therefore, expense.Throughout the demonstration, Gault accessed Airmont-Cast through a ‘remote control’ on his iPhone, emphasizing that the solution employs the native cast compatibility of most mobile devices. There’s no Airmont-Cast app to download. Image: AirmontBy now, the system’s impressive quality and cost-saving potential was obvious to your writer… how it worked, less so. Gault explained that individual customers subscribe to Airmont-Cast, accessing their subscription through a smartphone, for example, while using the WiFi aboard a business aircraft. When content is chosen, the request passes through the Airmont-Cast Gateway via the satellite link to a server, part of Airmont’s ground infrastructure.The content then streams through a regular ground-based broadband link, via an encoder, which compresses it, and back to the aircraft via the satellite connectivity pipe. On reaching the aircraft, an Airmont-Cast decoder makes the content available for viewing on any monitor, mounted or in the palm of your hand.Two very small boxes are all that’s required on board – the Gateway and the decoder. Right now, these are standalone items, but Gault expects more versatile, permanently installed equipment to become available before the end of the year.The Airmont-Cast subscription will remain with individual customers, but aircraft operators will have the option of offering compatibility as part of their standard service.“The connectivity service providers could argue that we’re encouraging people to spend less on their connectivity by using reduced bandwidth,” Gault noted, “but we believe we’re helping more people enjoy different content on the same aircraft simultaneously, each of them using less bandwidth than if they streamed by conventional means, and that has to be good for everyone.”Even business jet operators are paying attention to the cost of streaming media via satellite connectivity. Image: AirmontRelated Articles:Airshow to Go: Why Gogo BizAv is offering popular moving map appAs 2Ku take-up grows, Gogo also sees momentum in BizAv with 4G ATGSD enables simultaneous live TV and Internet with single bizav antennaInvesting in high net worth market has broader benefit for Global EagleInmarsat, Panasonic seek to displace Yonder and ATG in bizavFace-to-face with Iridium on NEXT for safety service, bizav cabinsInflight connectivity players assess the art of the possible in BizAvPress Release: FDS Avionics and SmartSky combine IFE and IFC for BizAvlast_img read more

The good and the meh of Korean Air PaxEx aboard the 7879

first_imgOn my way to the 2019 IATA Annual General Meeting in Seoul, I had a choice to make. Flying Korean Air, I could opt to take the once cutting-edge Airbus A380 out of New York JFK, or I could go slightly out of my way to Boston to fly on the airline’s newest type, the Boeing 787-9. The Boston route was not even a month into its launch, but it was the obvious choice for this #PaxEx nerd.After a quick hop up to Boston on the American “shuttle” and a terminal change, I checked in and headed to the Air France lounge. The lounge is located near the boarding gate Korean used, but is mostly a windowless space that I wouldn’t want to spend a ton of time in. There are some decent food and beverage options, but I wanted to save my appetite for dining on board.On board the big blue 787-9, I turned left into the Prestige cabin, featuring just three rows of the airline’s newest Prestige Suite product. Row one contained Korean’s now discontinued First Class cabin, which was the same Prestige Suite with some extremely minor modifications. The intimate cabin sports an interesting take on the recent premium cabin suite craze, with seats in each row being slightly offset, providing a small passageway for passengers in window seats to access the aisle without stepping over anyone. The passageway also provided a shelf for storage of the random assortment of items people fly with these days. Each seat felt like it provided a great amount of privacy without having to add a “door” to get it done.After a quick pre-flight beverage, the 787 departed a wonderful uncongested Boston Logan for the 14-hour flight to Incheon. Just after takeoff it was time for lunch. First up was a roasted bell pepper roll with cream cheese, a seared prawn and scallop salad as an appetizer, and my choice of the Korean Bibimbap for the main course.Service of the courses was efficient but somewhat rushed, an odd feeling for such a long flight. Menus were collected after ordering, so I had to rely on a photo I took of the menu for the rest of the flight if I wanted to see the drink selection.While the Bibimap was tasty enough with enough of the hot pepper sauce sprinkled on it, I found the minced beef portion to be insufficient for a main course. This simply wasn’t going to cut it until dinner, even after the delicious and huge bread pudding dessert.At some point between the two meals I asked for a ramen noodle snack, which was prepared wonderfully and hit the spot. The shrimp dumpling noodle soup dinner was good, but with just two dumplings was once again on the small side.Without Wi-Fi installed on any of the operating Korean Air fleet (the enabled 737 MAX is grounded), all waking eyes would be glued to the Thales entertainment screens. While the system was responsive enough when controlled through the tethered handset (I only made it reboot once), the content selection was woefully insufficient.I’ve seen tons more content loaded on Delta regional jets, and this 787 operates routes that span the globe. Once again I had to bust out the trusty iPad, which I loaded with offline content in anticipation of this issue. The USB port at my seat was inoperative, so I had to rely on the AC power outlet to keep things charged up.I managed to get a few hours of sleep, aided in part by just how utterly private the seat feels. I had plenty of room to stretch out and the footwell wasn’t too compact like on some other similar seat configurations. The biggest annoyance on board was simply how warm it was. Korean did not configure its 787s with personal air vents, so passengers are at the mercy of whatever temperature the crew sets. Naturally, that was much higher than I preferred for sleeping. Being on the sunny side of the aircraft certainly didn’t help, as much as the electrochromic window shades tried to keep out the heat it just wasn’t enough. All the enhanced pressure and humidity of the 787 means nothing to me if I’m roasting in my seat.The highlight of this flight was most certainly the Prestige Suite hard product. Nothing about the catering, entertainment, or service really stood out as particularly memorable. If you can put up with the heat, though, you’re bound to get a good night’s sleep, and that’s what matters most to me on a longhaul flight.Note: This flight was provided by IATA and Korean Airlines, but all opinions and statements are that of the author. All images are credited to the author, Jason RabinowitzRelated Articles:Considering whether American Airlines Shuttle is special…or notIcelandair over the Atlantic: perfectly fine but left wanting moreAlaska versus JetBlue: A study in transcon PaxEx outside the Big ThreeFormer CBB customer Korean Air re-embraces IFC with MAX deliveriesFour strange choices make for an odd Korean Air regional first flightKorean Air picks same B/E Apex seat for 787-9 business and firstlast_img read more

Aircalin explains GX connectivity decision for A330neo talks pricing

first_imgEven a tiny airline like Aircalin knows it needs inflight connectivity, is well aware of the coverage gaps in its key Pacific market, and accepts that wifi has to be fast – and free in business. The airline will offer Inmarsat Global Xpress on its new Airbus A330-900neo twinjets, alongside Inmarsat’s L-band-supported cockpit communications.Within the cabin, “the system chosen by Aircalin for high-speed satellite Internet access is Inmarsat’s Ka-band technology, which offers the best coverage in the Pacific area,” the airline explained (in French; translation by the author). “The connectivity will be provided by SITAONAIR, one of the leaders in the sector.” SITAONAIR will serve as ISP, as first reported in September.This will be the first time Aircalin, the international airline of French territory New Caledonia, has offered inflight connectivity to passengers. Its Airbus A320ceo narrowbody aircraft presently offer streaming inflight entertainment within the cabin without an external connection from the aircraft.In Aircalin’s 26-seat business class cabin aboard the A330-900neo, inflight connectivity is to be offered entirely free, while the airline’s new premium economy passengers will receive a free hour of the service. In economy class, the price will be “something around” five Euros, according to chief commercial officer William Le Grand.The exact performance for this level of pricing was less clear: Le Grand spoke extensively about using the system for “relatively simple activities” like emails, work and chatting, but indicated that downloading movies was not on the cards.An Aircalin technical specialist confirmed that the GX hardware on board is the Honeywell JetWave MCS-8200 package, underneath a radome that the airline referred to as Zodiac, and which RGN therefore understands is from the Zii, part of Safran Aerosystems.Le Grand sat down with RGN to explain Aircalin’s thinking (in French; Le Grand’s remarks are paraphrased here in translation by the author) at the delivery of the airline’s first A330-900neo at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac.Aircalin chose Global Xpress Ka-band service because of its performance and because it is least affected by coverage blackspots in the Pacific region, Le Grand said. At present, both Viasat Ka and various connectivity providers’ Ku coverage suffer from gaps.Aircalin’s current A330-200s operate to Tokyo daily and less than daily to Osaka, Papeete and Sydney, but the airline has been putting out the message that it is looking to expand its longhaul operations, with particular discussion of the China market. Pacific blackspots were the reason the airline had not previously invested in inflight connectivity, Le Grand said.Aircalin executives highlighted the development of the new flat-panel antennas being developed by Zii but noted that the product was not ready by the aircraft’s delivery time. They were unable to give details of any upgrade paths between the current and forthcoming systems.For the flight deck, meanwhile, the A330-900neo has L-band connectivity, also from Inmarsat. The system is the Honeywell MCS-7200, which provides multi-channel access including up to two SwiftBroadband channels for secure data. Aircalin cited its antenna as the CMC Electronics (part of Esterline) CMA-2102, which RGN imagines will be the -2102SB version to support SwiftBroadband.Given the remoteness of New Caledonia, Aircalin’s decision makes a lot of sense – the airline is able to use the larger pipe of Global Xpress for cabin connectivity and operational benefits, and critical safety services will transmit via the L-band connection.Related Articles:Aircalin’s A330neo shines with Pacific #PaxExWhy Classic cockpit comms are being offered on new A330neo jetAirlines set to benefit as Inmarsat commits to even more GX payloadsChina market hots up for Inmarsat and Iridium cockpit commsThree birthday presents for Airbus as Inmarsat signs for GX satellitesHow Inmarsat GX resellers are offering differentiated IFC solutionsSafran expects its new antenna to be first nextgen cleared for GXHoneywell readies to support Inmarsat GX service for airlinesAirbus seeks to sell passengers on “experience” of A330neoPress Release: Aircalin to offer GX connectivity through SITAONAIRlast_img read more

Where supersupplier Safran sits as airframers go vertical

first_imgHas anyone looked into the built quality of A350 lavs? This is one of the lavatories on @Delta N507DN back in March 2019, it was only 1 years old back then. The problem is not isolated as we’ve all seen worse from @cathaypacific A350s. So what’s the issue here?— FATIII Aviation (@FATIIIAviation) July 11, 2019 As recently as a year ago, the message from commercial aircraft manufacturers about the growing cadre of supplersuppliers was one of distrust and suspicion. The logic was that these growing conglomerates — Safran, UTC, and so on — were providing too much of the nose-to-tail content for their aircraft, indeed including cabins.That message may be changing at Airbus, at least. As recently as May, senior Airbus executives started to welcome the industrialization benefits that a larger company brings, partly by necessity and partly by best practice, with executive vice president for programmes and services Philippe Mhun telling RGN that “Safran buying Zodiac was good news for us because they bring also their industrial expertise to the product”.To be as blunt as many of the executives RGN has discussed ongoing seat quality problems with have been, it seems Airbus is hopeful that Safran’s acquisition of Zodiac means the former Zodiac will stop rolling out bad product. Zodiac, of course, has been the subject of much opprobrium in the production and quality of its cabin equipment in particular, and especially on the Airbus A350. We’ve extensively covered the seat and lav issues at Cathay. And criticisms about A350 lav content continue to bite. Without minimizing the build quality of the lavatories, however, it should be noted that the passenger-facing situation is not as concerning on every A350 operator. It’s unclear why Finnair’s A350s do not show nearly as much of a lavatory issue as Cathay’s (and to a lesser extent Delta’s) given the strength of in-house or in-group maintenance at all three airlines. Is it that Finnair’s digital transformation strategy and tactics mean it is more responsive to the problems?Safran’s lavatories have shown serious maintenance problems, as here on Cathay Pacific. Image: John WaltonIn any case, at the Paris Air Show, RGN interviewed Norman Jordan, chief executive officer of Safran Cabin, and asked his perspective about what appears from our vantage point as an apparent change of heart at Airbus.“The OEMs are not sitting down and running through their entire strategy with us,” Jordan said plainly. “What discussions we have had with them, what we can ascertain from our own observations: clearly they are going into more of a vertical integration mode. Clearly they’re doing that because they perceive the need, from previous issues in the supply chain, that they need to have more control of that supply chain, that they think there are some advantages both in terms of revenue and profitability — and disruption issues that they have incurred in the past.”In the context of the purchase of EnCore by Boeing and the joint venture between Boeing and automotive seating company Adient – Adient Aerospace – there are clear questions about how far this vertical integration will go, particularly within the passenger experience space, and whether there are areas that the OEMs are specifically not intending to explore. Crucially for suppliers, including supersuppliers like Safran, the hope is that they are part of that strategy rather than excluded from it.“I believe based on our more recent performance we will be a part of that strategy, but again, how much, how far, what does the competitive landscape look like two or three years from now, I think we’ll see that written,” Jordan imagined. “It’s not written yet.”Jordan posited that the passenger experience implications of the EnCore acquisition by Boeing may be limited to Boeing aircraft, unlike Airbus’ subsidiary seatmaker Stelia, which manufactures seats for both major airframers, and that Boeing is aiming both for the new-build market and for retrofit, a segment that has been gaining in importance.That may be so, but the messaging from Adient Aerospace is clear: “Adient Aerospace intends to “develop, manufacture and sell a portfolio of seating products to airlines and aircraft leasing companies. The seats will be available for installation on new airplanes and as retrofit configurations for aircraft produced by Boeing and other commercial airplane manufacturers.”Adient Aerospace is also serious about ultimately entering the economy class space. And if its economy product boasts craftsmanship as impressive as its premium seats, one would expect operators of Airbus aircraft to be keen.“Ultimately our business plan is long term and we intend to be tip-to-tail. We want to take it carefully. We want to make sure we don’t overcommit ourselves,” Adient Aerospace CEO Alan Wittman told RGN editor Mary Kirby at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. For now, Adient Aerospace has a joint marketing agreement with EnCore, and indeed the JV showed off LIFT economy class seats on its stand at AIX (it also quietly displayed a lie-flat seat prototype for narrowbodies to collect airline feedback)..Adient Aerospace also has a strategic partnership with LIFT “where they are our partner on the furniture. So working with them on both design and then ultimately the manufacturing of the furniture will be done by LIFT and EnCore in California,” noted Wittman.Meanwhile, it’s within the dual-segment linefit/retrofit context that supersuppliers like Safran are looking to raise their game, and Jordan said that a crucial part of the work they need to do to reassure the OEMs is around integration of previously disparate businesses.“Integration is something the previous company, Zodiac, didn’t do,” Jordan said. “They made many, many acquisitions — all good companies, largely — but they did little to nothing to integrate them into a cohesive unit. In some cases they were competing against each other when I came into the business two years ago. So, that’s done, and now we’re under a brand that everyone, I think, is rallying behind. That’s a big piece of it at the top.”Next steps? “The drive to do more integration and to have a vision and to bring a plan on day one that says ‘we will integrate, and here’s how we will do it’,” Jordan said. “Then when you merge that with my own strategy within Cabin to get to a more streamlined business, reducing sites, consolidating business even locally. We’ve got multiple plants locally — we’re going into a single facility to try to get synergies out of the business.”Safran, corporately, is providing the drive, the support and the resources to drive this integration, including programme and project management methodologies across the business, development strategies, and Lean manufacturing techniques.The company is also starting to benefit from a product-line reorganization within the last year, Jordan said: “Galleys, lavatories, what we call floor-to-floor; our cargo and inserts business was left intact because it was already product-focused; and then we have our engineered materials and our advanced composites; and then as part of Safran’s vision we brought back our services activity into Cabin so that we can focus on end-to-end design, production, build, delivery and aftermarket support of our products.”Safran’s Cabin product range includes ECOS, growing in popularity. Image: John WaltonAs Safran continues to look to turn the page on its well-publicized problems, the key will be to turn the growing services market into a positive provision rather than the problem-solving, service recovery sort of activity that has been characterizing much of its aftermarket activity.Related Articles:Adient warmly received for bringing design ethos to premium seatingSafran offers upscaling solution to low-def IFE content problemPress Release: Boeing, Aeroflot to modify carrier’s 777-300ER cabinsHow Airbus is accommodating Qantas A380 refitHawaiian chooses Adient herringbone, Collins Aspire for 787After engines, cabin supply chain is Airbus’ biggest A320neo blockerBoeing aims for seat market with Adient to fill nose-to-tail gapCathay still fixing Safran seats, lavatories on even new A350sPackaged deals? Rockwell Collins readies for nose-to-tail portfolioB/E Aerospace could bring Rockwell $50m more per fleet winPress Release: Boeing to acquire aero interiors supplier EnCore GroupPress Release: Rockwell Collins’ shareowners approve of buy by UTClast_img read more

Press Release SAS picks Viasat IFC for A321LR and A330300E aircraft

first_imgBuilding on the strength of their three-year partnership, Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and global communications company, Viasat Inc., announced today the airline has selected Viasat’s in-flight connectivity (IFC) system for its new Airbus fleet additions: the A321LR and the A330-300E.SAS has continued to make investments to modernize its global flight routes. With the additions of the A321LR and A330-300E aircraft, SAS expects to improve its narrow- and wide-body long-haul fleet, expanding transcontinental flight routes to and from Scandinavia. Important to SAS’ expanding fleet operations is the availability of Viasat’s high-speed, high-quality gate-to-gate IFC service with advanced streaming, web browsing and other online applications.The A321LR and A330-300E aircraft will be retrofitted with Viasat’s latest Ka-band IFC kit, which is expected to provide optimal in-flight connections when flying in Viasat’s satellite coverage area, which includes Viasat’s existing and future satellite systems:First generation spacecraft (ViaSat-1, WildBlue-1, Anik F2: service over North America as well as KA-SAT: service over Europe and the Mediterranean Basin);Second generation spacecraft (ViaSat-2, service covering North America, Central America, the Caribbean, a portion of northern South America, as well as the primary aeronautical routes across the Atlantic Ocean bridging North America and Europe); andThird generation, most advanced satellite constellation (ViaSat-3, which consists of three satellites expected to provide near global coverage, with each one covering approximately one-third of the planet).“Since first working with SAS, we built a strong partnership based on delivering service quality and creating value for SAS’ passengers by enabling them to enjoy and experience connectivity in the air that was similar to what they expected on the ground,” said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation at Viasat. “Today’s announcement is a testament to the level of service we bring to each airline engagement. Extending the use of our in-flight Wi-Fi service beyond SAS short-haul flights—to now include long-haul and transatlantic routes—will help SAS meet the growing broadband demands of their passengers.”About ViasatViasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea.This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements, among others, include statements that refer to the speed, performance and quality of the Viasat IFC system and the expected coverage, availability and other features of the ViaSat-3 satellites. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: the ability to successfully implement Viasat’s business plan for broadband services on the anticipated timeline or at all; risks associated with the construction, launch and operation of satellites, including the effect of any anomaly, operational failure or degradation in satellite performance; contractual problems; product defects; manufacturing issues or delays; regulatory issues; and economic conditions affecting the global business environment or aviation sector generally. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat’s SEC filings available at, including Viasat’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.Copyright © 2019 Viasat, Inc. All rights reserved. Viasat, the Viasat logo and the Viasat signal are registered trademarks of Viasat, Inc. All other product or company names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.last_img read more

IFEC offering excels on Air Mauritius A330neo

first_imgTravelers flying between the two Southeast Asia megacities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have no shortage of options. Roughly ten airlines bridge the cities, everything from full service Malaysian and Singapore to low-cost carriers AirAsia and Scoot. Most carry multiple frequencies per day, often running hourly flights or more during peak times.And then there’s Air Mauritius. The Port Louis, Mauritius-headquartered airline flies a thrice-weekly circuit between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Finding myself with a free day in Singapore and a desire for adventure, I decided to try this little airline that I otherwise probably wouldn’t have the occasion to fly.The carrier operates service to a handful of destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe with a relatively new fleet of jets. It is the first in the region to fly both the Airbus A350 and the re-engined A330neo aircraft, though the southern Asia circuit is often served with a mix of A330neos, current-engine A330ceo aircraft, and an aging A340-300.I booked the flight via the Air Mauritius website. It was a smooth, intuitive process except for seat selection. I really wanted a forward window seat with an engine view for photos. I was willing to pay extra, but was pleasantly surprised to see all economy seats listed as free to choose. The system would not allow me to save anything between rows 10-16, and emails to customer service simply said they couldn’t do it. Further attempts to figure out why not and what I could do – pay extra, join their frequent flier club – went unanswered.An email, received 24hrs before departure, offered online check-in. Curiously, despite completing the entire process, a boarding pass never appeared. It simply ended, with no further actions to be taken, nor error messages suggesting something had gone wrong.Arriving at Singapore Changi Terminal 1 some 22 hours later, I checked-in via an agent. I inquired about a seat ahead of the wing, and they were able to move me up to 10H – exactly the seat I had wanted.The inbound jet, a brand new A330-900neo this day, landed on time. Continuing passengers – as most were – had to exit the plane and reclear security at the gate, turning what could have been a very quick process into a 30-minute delay.Once I boarded, I settled into 10H, a bulkhead row. The aircraft was configured in a 2-4-2 layout throughout economy. Being a bulkhead seat, a bit of the seat width was lost to the fixed armrests.The jet departed ever so quietly nearly full, with a few open seats here or there in back. Flight crews began a drink service almost immediately, though the only option available was a single type of juice box. It was named “exotic juice”. Whatever it was, it tasted pretty good.With only 40 minutes left in the flight, I dove into the Thales AVANT inflight entertainment system to have a look around. Being a virtually brand new airplane, the screen is predictably crisp and sharp. The operating system ran smoothly and without lag.Screens are located in the seatbacks, except for bulkhead, where they swing down to stow away in the armrest. They aren’t the largest out there, but that isn’t a big deal. Personally I find the move toward ever larger screens tough on the eyes, at least when the pitch doesn’t expand.A remote control was affixed to the armrest, while an international power and USB port were located under the seat.For a small carrier, Air Mauritius carries a respectable number of movies and TV shows. I’d wager the total number was near the 200 mark. The IFE system’s best feature, and obviously I’m biased here, were the two live-view camera feeds – one straight down and the other from the nose looking forward – located in the maps section.The airline offers WiFi via SITAONAIR (using an Inmarsat GX broadband link), and despite the short flight I went for it. I chose the cheapest option, a text plan, which cost me $4.95US for 15MB of data. Pricing scaled up to $19.95 for 300MB.Once paid for, it worked flawlessly, and I had just enough time to text fellow RGN contributor Jason Rabinowitz before we descended below 10,000ft. Why such a capable system is utilizing a data-based approach is a bit beyond me, but to each their own.The crew were quite proud of their airplane, and generally happy to talk about it despite coming in off of a transoceanic red-eye. An invite to the flight deck after landing was a nice treat for this aviation geek.An hour’s time isn’t enough to pass any meaningful judgment, after all there’s barely enough time for things to go terribly wrong or right. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of promise here. And the IFEC was on point. I hope to try Air Mauritius again, this time all the way to Mauritius, in the future.All images are credited to the author, Jeremy Dwyer-LindgrenRelated Articles:Why Bangkok Airways deserves its award-winning reputationSlow down, do the research for a PaxEx win on low-cost carrier AirAsia50 years after the A300, its PaxEx echoes in newest Airbus widebodiesCathay Pacific chairman John Slosar ready for LCC HK ExpressThe good and the meh of Korean Air PaxEx aboard the 787-9Simple touches don’t go unnoticed on Jin Air 777 short-hopMalaysia Airlines’ new CEO wastes no time in creating new MASlast_img read more

Agriculture Company AGCO Opens Office in Morocco

Rabat – AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, has opened a new office in the north-east of Casablanca, Morocco. According to the company’s website, AGCO’s innovative approaches are helping make more productive farms—and helping make the world a better, more sustainable place. AGCO’s philosophy says that professional farm machinery is key to boosting agricultural productivity and reducing post-harvest waste.“The opening of the Casablanca office demonstrates AGCO’s strong commitment to ‘Run Africa from Africa,’” The AGCO vice-president and general manager Africa, Nuradin Osman, said. Read Also; Agriculture Ministry Announces 19% Decrease in Cereal Production“The Casablanca office will also serve as the headquarters for Agri-Parks, which represent a significantly fresh approach for agricultural production and rural transformation,” Osman said. “The innovation of Agri-Parks is in developing infrastructure and community through agricultural mechanization.”Agri-Parks takes a holistic approach to farm production, crop storage, and processing by grouping together key activities in one location. The company’s role is to provide the technology, equipment, and expertise for this networked approach. This highlights AGCO’s product and services, which include farm machinery, grain processing, and protein production systems.Agri-Park aims to secure reliable sources of food, help create high-value jobs, and encourage satellite industries through agricultural machinery workshops and farm supplies outlets. The objective is to focus on creating an integrated value chain “from farm to fork instead of selling low-value crops.” A further aim is to develop agricultural contracting businesses to assist small-scale farmers in gaining access to modern machinery and technologies.AGCO has received several awards this year alone, including awards for its precision planting, manufacturing excellence, manufacturing leadership, and being one of the best workplaces for women.This AGCO office comes after just recently opening in Johannesburg, South Africa. “The continent is home to 60 percentof the world’s arable land and is thus expected to play a major role in future, global food security,” said Osman. “Opening the Casablanca office not only builds on our presence at a sub-regional level but also underlines AGCO’s vision and strategy for advancing African agricultural prosperity.” read more


LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter LAS VEGAS — Drake is set to say farewell to 2019 with a show on the Las Vegas strip.The Wynn Las Vegas has announced that the Toronto rapper will perform at its XS Nightclub on Dec. 30.Diplo and The Chainsmokers are also expected to play at the New Year’s Eve weekend bash. The concert is part of Drake’s partnership with the resort and casino, which is hosting a pop-up shop for his OVO brand at Wynn Plaza.The Canadian Press Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Drake performs at Wynn Las Vegas’ XS Nightclub on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The Toronto rapper is set to return for a show on New Year’s Eve weekend alongside Diplo and The Chainsmokers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Danny Mahoney *MANDATORY CREDIT* read more