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Delta Air Lines reports it will upgrade its in-flight Wi-Fi service with broadband speeds and expanded coverage. The upgrades will extend Wi-Fi access beyond the shores of the North America for customers traveling between the U. S. and Latin America or the Caribbean. Gogo will begin updating Delta’s long-haul domestic aircraft currently using air-to-ground technology with satellite-based technology starting in 2016.

In addition, Delta will support Gogo’s efforts to develop the industry’s newest technology with Gogo’s next generation air-to-ground service for its short-haul aircraft, which will feature faster connection at broadband speeds.

More than 250 of Delta’s long-haul aircraft used on domestic, Latin American and Caribbean routes will have access to Wi-Fi when they fly over water or outside existing air-to-ground service areas with the upgrades to 2Ku. The satellite-based system will be installed on:

  • Boeing 757-300 aircraft
  • Boeing 757-200 aircraft
  • Boeing 737-900ER aircraft
  • Boeing 737-800 aircraft
  • Airbus A319… Continue reading
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A conversation with Guy Norris (Aviation Week) and Jon Ostrower (Wall Street Journal) on what Boeing does next with respect to replacing the 757 and fending off the A321LR.

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Industry followers have been seeing a lot of opinions over the past two weeks on the 757 replacement issue. The arguments are essentially that Boeing must do something, but what should that something be?

Boeing has good reason to be hesitant. The company is busy with a number of programs plus it is ramping up 737 production. There is plenty going on to keep its employees face down and focused. Of course there are the futurists looking ahead and they are concerned with some fundamental issues:

  • What do airlines want?
  • What do airlines need?
  • How large is the segment?
  • What will an offering in this segment cost?
  • What can such an offering sell for?

Here are some thoughts to add to the futurists thinking.

What do airlines want and need?
There appears to be a sizable market for aircraft between 180-230 seats. Airlines are being persuaded to up gauge from… Continue reading

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Reports indicate that Israeli national carrier, El Al, is considering replacing its 767 fleet. The airline has a fleet of 40 aircraft, of which eight are 767s. The newest of these 767s is nearly 15 years old while the oldest has been in service more than 30 years. Replacing them is obviously a key element for their fleet plan and strategy.

El Al fleet planning has been a somewhat limited activity in the recent past. An order for six 787s was cancelled because of financial constraints.  This is because, essentially, fleet planners at the airline have only really been able to select the Boeing product that best fits the need. As an Israeli state owned company, heavily influenced by US policies, this meant El Al bought Boeing aircraft. Airbus tried in vain to break this monopoly. Continue reading

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The Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is an international treaty that enables leasing companies to repossess aircraft, among other assets, in the event of a default by the lessor.   The protocols under the treaty work well, and facilitate leasing of aircraft all over the world.

Unfortunately, this week the Indian government again treated leasing firms with disregard.   SpiceJet is in arrears on lease payments for some of its leased aircraft, and the owners of those aircraft wish to exert their rights, under both their contract and international treaty, to repossess those assets.  But the Indian government is standing in the way, in direct violation of the international treaty protocols, taking the side of the airline rather than financiers.

This is not the first time lessors have had difficulties in recovering assets from India.  The experience with the failed Kingfisher Airlines some years… Continue reading

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2015-02-16_10-34-54There is no airline more associated with the A380 than UAE’s Emirates Airline. The biggest A380 customer by an order of magnitude, the airline and aircraft are synonymous. Even as Airbus struggles to convince airlines of viability of its flagship, the primary customer of the aircraft marvels how competitors don’t “get it”.   In Emirates’ view the A380 is fundamental to its success and the airline has deployed the aircraft into markets nobody would have thought viable – Manchester and Mauritius are examples.   Any destination of some magnitude can expect to be added to the Emirates network and as soon as it gets market traction, an A380 is potentially in its future. There is no destination that doesn’t want an A380. The volume of passengers that come with it are capable of creating a tsunami of economic impact. Particularly when considering the airline runs A380s at over… Continue reading

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