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Day: February 29, 2016

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NASA is All Over That New Supersonic Jet Your Heart Desires

The new Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) passenger jet which NASA will design and develop will have a “heart beat” instead of a big boom. With a “low boom” design specification, the QueSST jet, will be quieter and more environmentally friendly […]

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#Airline Passenger Experience#Aviation Matters#In-Flight Connectivity#Technically Speaking

New Modem Will Be Big Boost to Wi-Fi Performance, Gogo States

Gogo says users should expect “significantly” better W-Fi connections as a result of the upgrade to the satellite modem used in its Next Generation 2Ku and Ku satellite technologies.

The new modem “will significantly increase throughput from the satellite to end users” Gogo states, promising speeds of up to 400 Mbps to an aircraft. The modem will also support streaming of films and television programming viewed on the internet.

#Airline Passenger Experience#Airlines#Airports#Lounging Around#Terminal Fascination

SAS Announces Air Travel Experience Improvements at LAX Terminal

As SAS prepares for the launch of its first flight from Stockholm to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on March 14, the airline announces recent improvements at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) which will make check-in and pre-departure more seamless and comfortable for customers.

With recent improvements by the Star Alliance at TBIT passengers flying on member airlines, like SAS, will find a single check-in zone with new automated check-in kiosks available.

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DFW Airport Releases New Apple Watch App

“More than 90% of DFW passengers are carrying smartphones and want information regarding their travel instantly,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer of DFW Airport. “The DFW Mobile App and our new Apple Watch app allow us to provide customers real-time information tailored to their particular journey, and another example of how we are leveraging the use of technology to provide an overall customer experience that is warm welcoming and efficient.”

#Airports#Aviation Sustainability#Terminal Fascination

The 4 Most Environmentally Friendly Airports in North America

The five airports recognised have demonstrated industry leadership though their environmental and sustainability programmes.

Each year, since 1997, ACI-NA has recognised airport members for their efforts to protect and preserve the environment through specific programs, initiatives, or projects.

Airports can win one of four award categories.

Environmental Management;
Mitigation; Outreach/Education/Community Involvement; Innovative/Special Projects

#Airline Passenger Experience#Aviation Matters#In-Flight Connectivity

Thales Will Build Inmarsat’s EU High-Speed Inflight Wi-Fi Infrastructure

Thales will develop and build a Complementary Ground Component (CGC) terminal for Inmarsat’s new European Aviation Network (EAN) high-speed inflight connectivity (IFC) solution.

Inmarsat first announced its interest in building a hybrid network in Europe which would capitalise on both satellite and cellular tower infrastructure to make high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi connections more readily available in the European skies back in 2014, announcing a projected launch date for the end of 2016.