Lufthansa Group said it plans to become the “most digital aviation group” in 2017, chairman and CEO Carsten Spohr said at the company’s digital aviation forum Jan. 10. ATW joined a special A319 flight Jan. 10 from Frankfurt, flying over Luxembourg and France, and returning to Frankfurt.
Southwest Airlines plans to have a fully Wi-Fi-equipped fleet by the end of 2017, and has entered into agreements with inflight connectivity providers to significantly increase the speed of its onboard Wi-Fi services starting next year....More
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing that airlines and ticket agents should be required to inform prospective customers in advance if an airline allows passengers to make mobile phone calls onboard the aircraft....More
Global mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat and Air New Zealand have signed a contract to provide Global Xpress (GX) connectivity—GX for Aviation—across the airline’s long- and short-haul fleets....More
Global air transport IT specialist SITA’s connected aircraft business SITAONAIR will partner with satellite provider Aireon and flight tracking data specialist FlightAware beginning in 2018, the companies announced Nov. 29....More
Satellite specialist Inmarsat, telecommunications provider Deutsche Telekom, mobile phone company Nokia and airline technology firm Thales have completed a program of European Aviation Network (EAN) broadband test flights....More
Airbus secured net orders for 731 aircraft in 2016, while deliveries were up 8% at 688 aircraft, exceeding its full-year target. By comparison, Boeing logged net orders for 668 aircraft and delivered 728....More