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  • Premium #330 – Connectivity keeps improving

    We have been tracking demand for aircraft connectivity for some time.  There are several news stories that further underscore the point that demand for connectivity seems to have no upper limit. Icelandair will equip its 737 MAX fleet with ViaSat connectivity. The system will connect aircraft to the ViaSat-2 Ka-band satellite network over North America...

  • It’s official – the C929 is on

    Reports (here and here) indicate that COMAC and UAC have signed documents to formally register a joint venture to develop a widebody jet.  The concept was first mulled in 2014.  That announcement included an image of what the aircraft might look like.  That image looked like a mixture of an A330 and 787.  The image...

  • Premium – Emirates fleet review

    Emirates is an airline with a special role in the industry.   From an idea in 1985, the airline has grown to become the world's fourth largest in terms of passengers carried.  Emirates is the world's largest operator of the A380 and the 777.  Its special role in the industry is to be the great disruptor....

  • Premium – Japan Airlines Fleet Review

    Japan Air Lines, as it was first known at its start in 1951,  was a state-owned airline.  It remained this way until in 1987 when it was privatized.  As happened in the US, this period was the start of deregulation.  JAL, as the airline is typically known, had to compete with domestic airlines like All...

  • Another neo conversion

    Last week we saw a conversion from the A319neo to the A320neo by Avianca.  Today comes news that EasyJet is also doing a conversion; it is converting 30 A320neos to the larger A321neo.  This means a switch from 186 seats to 235 seats.  Vertical Research notes the arrangement with Airbus means the agreement will be...