Air France/KLM Pick Gogo for In-Flight Wi-Fi

Air France/KLM has selected Gogo 2Ku high-speed satellite-based connections to offer customers new Wi-Fi connections on long-haul flights.

The new contract covers 124 aircraft, including the airlines’ Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 planes. The airlines will also have the option to install this Wi-Fi on more aircraft in future.

What Kind of Traveller Are You Really? Take the SITA Quiz

SITA Passenger Survey, man using smartphone on Airplane. Source: SITA, Getty Images.

Travellers don’t like dealing with people. That’s the conclusion of SITA’s latest Passenger Survey revealed during the Air Transport IT Summit this year.

Instead, most travellers are happiest using technology, but how passengers respond to the various self-service travel services available depends on the individual passenger type. SITA has put its Passenger Quiz on-line. Take it and find out what category you fall under.

Ryanair Reveals Always Getting Better Action Plan for Year 3

As it enters Year 3 of its “Always Getting Better” (AGB) campaign, Ryanair has revealed its 2016 customer experience initiatives which include service, digital, and inflight experience developments.

China’s Airports are Getting Smarter than Global Counterparts, Here’s Why

The drive towards higher levels of investment, compared to global competition, in smart technologies for China’s airports and airlines is driven both by the growing population of air travelers placing and by those passengers actively mobile lifestyle.

Long-Haul Luxury or Supersonic Thrill: Which Would You Choose?

Airlines launch new long-haul routes and set new records, on the same week that NASA announces new low-boom Supersonic aircraft project.

So which way are we headed around the world? The long and winding road, or fast as the meteor flies?

Air China to Launch Chongqing-Dubai Flights

With this new route, Air China becomes the first airline offering Chongqing to Dubai service. This is also Air China’s second international link to the Middle East, following the launch of its Beijing-Dubai service.

Air China currently flies from Chongqing to 25 domestic cities and five international and regional cities including: Tokyo, Seoul, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Taipei.

Flyover Day Fever: Big Picture on Qatar Airways Sydney Launch

Qatar Airways launched its service to Sydney this week in typical Qatar Airways fashion: with flyovers, a river of red carpet, stars, and an embarrassment of roses.

The Doha to Sydney route becomes the airline’s third gateway into Australia. The Boeing 777-300 serving the route will fly daily from Doha to Sydney. Qatar Airways has been served Melbourne since 2009, adding flights to Perth in 2012.

29 Leaps in Aviation Over the Past Year

Aviation works every day at getting better. Sometimes it succeeds and other times, well..it takes a leap backwards.

In honour of leap-day, I thought we could review some of the many leaps aviation has taken over the past year.

Perhaps these will inspire and encourage more innovation and improvement in future.

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.