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Virgin and ARINC have succeeded in various in-flight initiatives and the latest being a SwiftBroadband-enabled program that provides passengers with live audio content. The Virgin Atlantic passengers will be able to enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity to the Internet and communications products, including seatback messaging, live news and retail portals, allowing constant data connection from early 2013. The system uses a hotspot portal with bandwidth offered by Inmarsat Swiftbroadband.

“We are especially delighted that Virgin Atlantic Airways, a long-term ARINC customer for more than 12 years, is the first company to confirm it will take Cabin Connect on trial. Virgin Atlantic Airways is an airline that is internationally recognized for its strong commitment to enhanced passenger communications and as such is a perfect fit to launch Cabin Connect,” said Lee Costin, director of satellite solutions and cabin services at ARINC.

Fort more information about the Cabin Connect Solution please visit www.cabinconnect.aero.

ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defence and government customers worldwide.

ARINC Cabin Connect & Virgin

After failing European approval ‘exposed’ airport scanners scrappedAirport Scanners Scrapped

The remaining full-body X-ray technology scanners that show up hidden explosives or weapons are to be discarded after failing to receive the European approval, and are to be scrapped within the next few weeks.

The scanners, which have been tested at air terminals since 2009, scan through passengers’ clothes, creating a detailed ghost-like image of the naked body and then viewed by security staff.

Critics believed that the machines invaded passengers’ privacy and the radiation they generate can raise the risk of cancer. However, the European Commission judged that the cancer risk was ‘close to zero’.  The Brussels legislation, three-year trial period has elapsed and it has decided not to ‘prioritise’ them for permanent use across the continent.

Airports waiting for the ‘ok’ on the scanners have been left with no choice other than to remove them and change them with ‘privacy-friendly’ machines that use a technology with radio-frequency.

Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. company, in conjunction with Innotech-Execaire, Cessna’s authorized sales representative in Canada, announced an agreement with AirSprint Private Aviation, based in Calgary, Alberta, for a minimum of nine Citation CJ2+ aircraft. Indicating an agreement total value of approximately $60 million, as the present retail price per unit is nearly $6.

The addition of the CJ2+ is positioned to support AirSprint’s focus on boutique customer service and regional private air travel. John Young, Cessna vice president of regional sales said ‘the CJ2+ is a the right blend of efficiency, performance, comfort and reliability to fulfil AirSprint’s mission of providing a flying experience for their clients that is exceptionally safe and convenient for both work and leisure,’  he continued. ‘Of all the business jets purchased by the fractional/charter industry, nearly half are Cessna aircraft.’

AirSprint has operated since 1999 and is currently the largest fractional provider in Canada. They will use their CJ2+ aircraft to grow their fractional services in North America. Within the next 2 to 3 years the CJ2+ aircraft will replace AirSprint’s current Pilatus PC12 turboprop aircraft.

Chris Richer, President of AirSprint said ‘Our clients are very pleased with the balance of range, speed and efficiency that the CJ2+ offers as an alternative to our current fleet of Pilatus PC12 turboprop aircraft,’ he went on to say ‘Our clients are innovators, company builders, philanthropists and leaders in the local and global community – the CJ2+ will aid them in making those endeavours a great success. We are continuing to focus on safety, personalized customer service and making this transition in partnership with our clients. AirSprint’s experience with Cessna and Innotech-Execaire in the operation of seven Citation Excel/XLS mid-size jets gave us great confidence that we have the backing of a strong manufacturer.’

Powered by two Williams FJ44-3A power plants, each generating 2,490 pounds of thrust, the Citation CJ2+ is part of the Cessna Citation family of business jets. It holds six passengers in the main cabin and has a 1,600-nautical mile range and a top speed of 418 knots.

Virtual Airport Common Use Systems vMUSE Enterprise, the latest version of ARINC’s well-known MUSE® (Multi-User System Environment is a common use platform that offers an advanced virtual technology,  providing all in one multi-airline check-in without having to connect to on-site servers or platform software – using the private cloud of ARINC.

The benefits of vMUSE Enterprise, which has the capabilities as full-size server-based terminal, are that airlines and airports can enjoy power savings, space savings and reduced up-front capital costs. It also reduces operational and maintenance costs. Key components of vMUSE Enterprise are safely stored in the cloud so it can be quickly set up in any environment where power and the internet are available. Ideal for small and seasonal airports, airport parking terminals, rental car facilities, transit stations, and overflow use. This “pay-as-you-go” service reduces expenditure, minimises overheads with immediate access.

Existing PC’s can be converted to vMUSE Enterprise physical clients, and those who opt to replace traditional PCs with thin client workstations can realise further cost savings. With no moving parts, support costs are lower and the power consumption of thin client devices is considerably less than that of a PC.

To find out additional information view the website: http://www.vmuse-enterprise.com/

ARNIC is to implement multiple airport systems at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Ras Al Khaimah:ARINC Incorporated, has won a multi-million dollar, 10-year contract to implement multiple airport systems at Ras Al Khaimah International Airport in the UAE.

The project, which involves the design, supply and installation of ARINC’s core suite of airport passenger processing solutions, as well as advanced airport operational systems, will include common use passenger processing systems (CUPPS) and boarding operations at the expanding airport. The deal was announced on Sunday in Abu Dhabi at the 18th World Route Development Forum (World Routes) by Tony Lynch, Regional Director, ARINC Middle East & Africa, and Andrew Gower, CEO of Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.

The installation of VMuse/CUPPS, L-DCS, AirVue (FIDS), AirDB (AODB), InfoHub and Multi-Channel at RAK, in what will be the first off-site hotel check-in and bag drop in the region, will also equip the airport with future intelligence that will change the way in which people use it today.

It is anticipated that the number of CUPPS workstations and services will increase during the lifetime of the contract, as not only is the existing terminal being expanded, but there are plans for a new passenger terminal, dedicated to charter activity. Tony Lynch highlighted that ARINC won the bid through its close collaboration and consultation with the team at RAK Airport.

“We spent 18 months carefully ascertaining their requirements,” he said. “From a small hosted L-DCS the scope has been extended to the airport-wide suite of products which has now been ratified.”
“RAK International Airport’s current expansion will see the airport ready to receive the steadily increasing number of passengers over the next few years,” said Gower. “We are confident that ARINC is the right partner in this programme as their refreshing approach and industry knowledge ticks all the boxes for hi-tech, efficient, integrated airports. We needed a partner who could embrace the concept of taking the airport out into the wider Ras Al Khaimah, the resorts, hotels and the city.”

To find out more about ARINC’s vMuse product please visit their site: http://www.vmuse-enterprise.com/