Delta CEO Declares Free In-Flight Wi-Fi Is Coming

Delta CEO Declares Free In-Flight Wi-Fi Is Coming

Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said free and faster Wi-Fi are things that his customers want. Bastian believes free Wi-Fi would also produce a large step-change function in the connection “between our customers and the airline” for purposes of...
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Regulators Mandate More Frequent CFM56 Fan Blade Inspections

Regulators Mandate More Frequent CFM56 Fan Blade Inspections

Boeing 737NG operators must conduct more frequent inspections of engine fan blades as regulators move to mandate a CFM International-recommended reduction in the repetitive-check interval needed to ensure cracks are not forming at the blade roots. The European...
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World’s First Automated Steam Cleaning System for Engine Heat Exchangers Goes into Operation

World’s First Automated Steam Cleaning System for Engine Heat Exchangers Goes into Operation

Lufthansa Technik AG has put the first automated steam cleaning system for engine heat exchangers in the world into operation. The system is an in-house development that makes it possible to clean all heat exchangers found in common engine types without the....
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5 Ways an Emirates – Etihad Merger Would Transform the Airline Industry

5 Ways an Emirates – Etihad Merger Would Transform the Airline Industry

Here are five ways a tie-up would transform the airline industry: Higher fares Passengers in Europe and Asia can expect ticket prices to rise, according to Bloomberg Intelligence analysts, as the merger partners take capacity out of the market. That...
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Tired of Being Stuffed in an Airplane Seat? Congress Is Trying to Help

Tired of Being Stuffed in an Airplane Seat? Congress Is Trying to Help

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The reg...
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BA improves connection services

BA improves connection services

British Airways (BA) has introduced a number of measures at Heathrow to enhance services for passengers with connecting flights, saying it wants to improve their journey. New ideas include ensuring flights with a large number of connecting passengers are direc...
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Cordless power tool sparks fatal hanger fire

Cordless power tool sparks fatal hanger fire

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that some cordless electric tools can be hazardous in an aviation environment. An FAA presentation describes a hanger accident in which a man using a brush-type cordless drill died in an explosion...
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Inmarsat, Panasonic to Develop New GX Aviation Terminal

Inmarsat, Panasonic to Develop New GX Aviation Terminal

Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics have agreed on a strategic collaboration, for an initial 10-year period, enabling them to combine services to offer broadband in-flight connectivity (IFC) paired with solutions and services to customers in the commercial aviatio...
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Brexit: Passenger flight compensation rights up in the air

Brexit: Passenger flight compensation rights up in the air

Most airlines have now released their summer flight schedules, which include a number of “Cinderella flights” – flights that leave the Britain while the UK is still an EU member but will arrive at their destination post-Brexit. This means that...
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The Future Of MRO Is Human-Machine Teaming

The Future Of MRO Is Human-Machine Teaming

The first and most important point is that, “AI is a tool to assist human beings in making better decisions”, stressed Rob High, chief technology officer for IBM’s high-powered Watson system. That rule is likely to apply in aircraft maintenance,...
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