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2016-06-27_10-14-53Over the course of an hour, the team will share insights into recent market developments, the funding outlook, and technological and operational disruptions to watch in the coming period. Alongside key market trends and analysis, we will share early results from our just completed survey on global competitiveness and innovation.

In addition, we are pleased to be joined by our colleagues from AirInsight, Addison Schonland and Ernie Arvai, who will offer perspectives on hot-button issues facing the commercial aerospace industry.

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Many in the west have pooh-poohed Russian aviation,  despite the Sukhoi Superjet being a credible competitor, doing well with Mexico’s Interjet and now in service with Dublin-based CityJet.  We suggest people do not under-estimate the MS-21, which may turn out to be more sophisticated than either the A320neo or 737MAX.


The MS-21, which stands for Magistrany Samelot 21 veka, translated to airliner of the 21st century, when written in the Cyrillic alphabet.  With so many in the west calling it MC rather than MS, Irkut has given up the fight and now calls it the MC-21 after so many incorrectly named the aircraft, being ignorant of the Russian transliteration.  Irrespective of what you call it, this aircraft truly is a 21st century design, using both innovative materials and technologies.

The engine choices for the aircraft include the Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan, the same engine… Continue reading

American Airlines selected ViaSat for connectivity on its Boeing 737 MAX fleet. ViaSat’s in-flight internet service has been recognized with multiple industry awards for delivering the best performing, highest-quality and fastest in-flight internet experience. The service encourages higher passenger engagement per plane by offering an ‘at home’ internet experience when in-flight – with the ability to stream movies, videos, television and music, as well as surf the web, upload pictures to social media, email large files and more.

The new American MAX fleet will tap into the power of ViaSat’s high capacity Ka-band satellite system, which includes ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellites, and has more capacity in orbit than any other in-flight Wi-Fi provider. American will leverage ViaSat’s first two generation satellite platforms, which together provide more capacity than all of the commercial satellites over North America combined. When the first ViaSat-3 class satellite platform launches in 2019, it will… Continue reading

Gogo announced it has partnered with aerospace software specialist PACE to connect PACEs’ Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer – a leading flight optimization application. Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer is a decision support tool developed for electronic flight bags (EFB) designed to continuously evaluate numerous flight data metrics. This allows a crew to optimize flight paths for maximum efficiency.

Under the partnership, the Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer application will be connected in real time using Gogo connectivity, so pilots will be able to adapt to changing conditions while in-flight, reducing fuel burn and improving on-time performance.

“By partnering with PACE, we established a direct relationship to help market and integrate with each others products while accelerating speed to market and providing a clear path for adoption of this valuable fuel savings tool into airline operations,” said Andrew Kemmetmueller, Gogo’s VP of connected aircraft services. “Gogo continues to move beyond the passenger connectivity… Continue reading

Delta is increasing its commitment to 2Ku, Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi technology, by at least 350 aircraft. This brings Delta’s 142006total 2Ku commitment to more than 600 aircraft in its mainline fleet. Deploying 2Ku will offer customers faster speeds and bandwidth more than 20 times that of Gogo’s ATG technology, allowing for video streaming functionality.

The 2Ku installation has already started on Delta’s 737-800 and A319 fleets, and additional aircraft will be retrofitted with the new system. By the end of 2016, Delta will operate more than 35 aircraft with 2Ku, which offers reduced antennae drag and fuel burn compared to other Wi-Fi systems. Delta has completed installation of Ku-band satellite Wi-Fi on nearly all of its wide-body international fleet – including 747, 767, 777 and A330 aircraft as well as 757 aircraft operating on long-haul routes – and will be 100% complete by September 2016. 2Ku service will be offered… Continue reading

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