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Today at the Farnborough show, Rolls Royce, Microsoft and Singapore Airlines announced a plan to collaborate on something called “TotalCare Digital”.  The idea is to take best in class solutions and add together the data flows from advanced analytics  and the “Internet of things” (henceforth called IoT) and roll this into Rolls-Royce TotalCare services offering.  It is hoped the outcome will reduce costs while improving on-time performance – essentially providing the customer with better value.

Microsoft will bring its Azure cloud and its IoT suite to collect data from “disparate sources” and then allow its Cortana Intelligence Suite to uncover insights.  This is basically Big Data as we have seen and heard about before.

Singapore Airlines hopes this solution will reduce its fuel burn, fly routes more efficiently and monitor its Rolls-Royce engines better.  Even engine washes will be monitored.  Since 4% of an… Continue reading

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.

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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.

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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

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