This month we heard from ARINC, the world’s leading provider of managed IT services and support for airports and airport facilities, that the Hilton Philadelphia Airport has implemented the ARINC microFIDS(TM) flight information system to enhance customer service and revenue at its location adjacent to the Philadelphia International Airport.
ARINC microFIDS technology enables the hotel to deliver focused information to both types of guests: at-a-glance flight info for airport travelers and promotional and events-focused content for longer-term guests.
Providing on-site flight status information, the hotel makes it easy for guests to spend any delays in the comfort of the hotel rather than the airport. The addition of ARINC’s patented iSMART technology makes it easy for the hotel to add customized content and promotions that drive traffic to hotel services and increase revenue.
ARINC offers solutions to business aviation users, as well as large scale operations. In Europe ARINC Direct offers a whole host of flight planning and flight support services to business jet owners and operators. Including everything from in-flight broadband for passenger communications to mission critical messaging and other flight deck communications to fuel planning and graphical weather ARINC Direct aim to keep pricing affordable through unique pricing structures for this market. More details can be found at www.business-flight-planning.com.
ARINC Flight Information System Selected for Hilton Philadelphia Airport
In general business aviation news we saw that the Oxford Aviation Academy based at Oxford Airport near Kidlington has been bought up by Canadian company CAE for £195m. Training hundreds of pilot each year the Oxford Aviation Academy has nine other sites around the world.
CAE president Marc Parent said: “We are very excited about this acquisition as it enables us to offer customers more locations as well as a new service for pilot and maintenance crew sourcing.”
Business Aviation News – Oxford Aviation Academy bought by CAE
Airbus has been making appearances at more aviation events than ever – 11 planned this year.
Currently at EBACE with an ACJ319 ACJ is showing off the impressive cabin to as many potential buyers as possible. The ACJ319 carries 19 passengers and has two private rooms that convert to bedrooms, one with an en-suite bathroom.
Airbus has secured 60 orders for VIP versions of its widebody airliners since the mid-1980s, and 110 narrowbodies since launching the Airbus Corporate Jet family in 1997.
The business jet market continues to perform well in most countries, despite the current economic conditions, but owners and operators are becoming increasingly conscious of economic constraints.
In order to create a more effective operation many owners and operators of business jets are turning to ARINC Direct solutions for flight planning, flight deck communications and flight support.
ARINC Direct offers unsurpassed reliability and 24/7 support to its customers who benefit from simple pricing structures. For more information please visit: www.business-flight-support.com
Airbus Corporate Jets Moves to Push Sales
The fast track proposal to allow foreign airlines to invest in domestic airlines by the Government ended its Parliament session on May 22. In January 2012 that the Ministry for Civil Aviation announced a “broad consensus” in the Government on allowing foreign airlines to acquire an up to 49 per cent stake in domestic airlines. However, the proposal is yet to be approved by the Government.
When the sector was first opened in the early 1990s, the Government allowed foreign airlines to invest in domestic airlines.
It is rumoured that a number of domestic airlines have informally approached the Ministry of Civil Aviation, seeking that the proposal be pushed through at the earliest.
Besides, a number of global private equity funds that traditionally have a stake in several leading international airlines have also been making discreet inquiries from the Ministry on the issue. Official sources said that foreign investment in Indian carriers is being given a thrust right now because most domestic airlines are bleeding and banks in India are reluctant to fund most of them. So, there are only a few options left to keep them afloat. Even as the Government starts the process of implementing a change in policy, there has been a steady stream of chief executive officers and owners of global airlines visiting the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
Each proposal by a foreign airline will have to be cleared by the inter-ministerial Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). With the Ministry of Home being a part of FIPB, any proposal considered against India’s security interests will be blocked, officials said.
Last week we saw the BBC cover this topic in depth.
Onboard internet has been a reality for a while, but not many passengers use it at present, because of a mix of limited availability, speed and cost.
As interest in onboard wifi increases in line with the popularity of mobile devices we heard that Inmarsat plans to launch three new ka-band satellites into orbit in the coming years, with the first in 2013.
Onboard internet is delivered by various methods. In Ka-band passengers are offered a higher speed, and the antennas required for the aircraft are smaller, but the service is vulnerable to bad weather conditions, and fewer satellites are available. In Ku-band there are more satellites but frequency and spend is reduced.
ARINC are one supplier that offers aircraft internet services to the aviation industry. Branded as Cabin Connect they are able to offer enhanced bandwidth by Inmarsat SwiftBroadband and ARIN. Airline passengers can now surf the internet, send and receive email, and use universal messaging all through their own laptop, iPad or Playbook, smart phone or portable gaming devices.
ARINC says “Supporting various commercial models, ARINC can work with airlines to find the best unique solution to offer to your passengers, creating differentiation and increased value that can help to promote passenger loyalty.”
Contact ARINC Cabin Connect to find out more.
Keeping up with the theme of international aviation we turn to Vietnam. An increase in foreign airlines, new routes & increased frequency of flights to Vietnam caused the sector to grow 14% last year.International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General and CEO Giovanni Bisignani is reported to have told one publisher that by 2014, the country would have become the third largest market for international passenger and cargo transport after China and Brazil.
In addition, the Ministry of Finance has decided to slash a number of service fees with the highest reduction at up to 50 per cent for the first airlines to open air routes to Viet Nam and for those that engage in operating air transport for the first time, and in May Finnair officially declared its presence in Vietnam.
Other airlines have continued to increase their flights and open new routes to Vietnam.
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Yet again this month we heard about the on-going debate between the EU and US on passenger name records.
The agreement allows US authorities access to data collected by airlines including passenger names, addresses, credit card details and seat numbers. There are provisions in the agreement limiting the use of PNR, and individuals will have the right to access their data, to have incorrect data corrected and the right to redress under the agreement.
Passenger name records and Advance Passenger Information (API) is obligatory in the USA and all EU member states. The information must be sent to the destination country’s border security department for effective border management. Failure to supply API can land airlines with fines of up to $5,000.
For the business aviation market cost effective solutions that fully comply are a must. ARINC offers a cost effective and reliable solution, called AviSec Messaging.
AviSec offers airlines Advanced Passenger Information & Passenger Name Records (PNR) systems to allow them to comply with current regulation and implement air transport security measures.
ARINC processes 25 million messages each day – over 50% of the world’s operational Type B traffic. For more information please visit: avisec-messaging.com
AviSec Messaging – Passenger Name Records