The Open Skies debate in the U.S. heats up, Ryanair pulls off the ultimate fake-out, Vueling’s Wifing rocks, Finnair gets finer with its own Wi-Fi announcement, and other interesting developments both in the air and at the airport.
Bag tracking has becoming a key point of dialogue for the aviation industry, as IATA’s resolution 753 mentioned in this APEX article moves towards its deadline date of 2018.
Big Data is a Big Priority for Airports, Says Thales, APEX Digital
I was pretty psyched to get this rendering of Ryanair’s new cabins before the rest of the world which was revealed exclusively here to Flight Chic readers.
It is a significant improvement over the existing cabin (though I confess some emotional attachment to that project–story for another time).
And then, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, this happened:
And much too soon for April Fools Day, this happened:
What is there to say? The more things change…the more it comes down to planes. Ryanair didn’t really say it wouldn’t start Transatlantic service, only that it would only do so under a separate airline brand. But we’ll have to see whether that other brand gets the aircraft it needs to fly these longer routes, and whether it can overcome some of the same Open Skies strife affecting the Gulf carriers and Norwegian. This is one to watch..patiently.
It’s always rewarding to highlight the achievements of women in the aviation sector, and this interview with Maria Cardenal at Vueling was just delightful.
I was very impressed by the clarity and confidence with which she answered my questions. She is a consummate professional, with a great mind for technology and for marketing. She understands the product and the passenger, and she projects that same well-grounded optimism which characterises the Vueling brand. The Wifing experiment is an exciting development for In-Flight Connectivity in Europe. We hope it will be the beginning of a new era where accessing the internet in flight will be as common here as it has become in the U.S..
Finnair is making a meal of its new A350XWB. Rightfully so, it’s going to be a beauty and it’s a major development for a European carrier to be the first to fly this aircraft. It’s also a treat for passengers, and Wi-Fi is just the icing on that cake. Can’t wait to see it fly.