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ARINC have announced that long-time customer Aegean Airlines, Greece’s largest full service airline, have chosen their AviNet Airport solution for three major European airports that the Airline operate from – London Heathrow (LHR), Munich Airport (MUC) and Brussels Airport (BRU).

Many airlines in the Europe Middle East African (EMEA) region choose ARINC, as they require ultra-reliability and cost-effectivity when it comes to high speed access to their Amadeus ALTEA Departure Control Sysytem (DCS).  ARINC’s AviNet Airport integrated network solution offers this level of reliability with the vMUSE platform.

The commercial benefits to AviNet Airport are realised by Aegean airlines and other airlines with the reduction of in-house resources needed for implementation of the services, as ARINC manage the ALTEA customer services, flight management and DCS network access.  The common-use, self service platform gives greater flexibility for passengers and the airports, speeding up passenger processing with seamless integration with the DCS.

The corporate jet subsidiary of Qatar Airlines, Qatar Executive, already a leader in maintenance services in the Middle East, has been granted approval to conduct base maintenance services for Bombardier Challenger 604 & 605’s and their Global series of aircraft, further strengthening its position and a large part of the business’s expansion strategy.

Qatar Executive will now offer, in addition to its existing services, heavy maintenance checks at a dedicated 6400 sq metre hangar at Doha International Airport, with the first checks already completed last month on the Global 5000 and more scheduled for this and next month.

Their maintenance service is enhanced by its spare parts service and aircraft exterior and interior washing, deep-cleaning and bright work polishing, to further enhance the reputation of the service, private jet aircraft appearances and client expectations.  The service operates on a 24/7 basis and prides itself upon high standards throughout.

Officer Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways C.E.O. and head of the private jet division said, “The upgraded authorization expands our business aviation service portfolio significantly and is an important step towards establishing Qatar Executive as a premier private jet maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in the Middle East.”

It has recently been announced that the FAA have issued new requirements for International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) flight plans for all border crossings, even for flights within the U.S. airspace, VFR or IFR. Most GA operators will be able to operate within the US borders, but the FAA have still said that they would still prefer an ICAO flight plan to be issued.

The ICAO flight plan form, updated in November and implemented in March of this year in the Aeronautical Information Publication, is now required for any flight that crosses any International border or flies above 29,000 feet, operating with RSVM.  The changes were published in the Aeronautical Information Manual concurrently.

Bombardier, the third-largest aircraft manufacturer in the world, experienced a rise in business jet orders during the first quarter.

Rising production costs have caused a fall in profits, but the company is well-placed for the future, according to their Chief Executive, who said “We’re very well positioned for future growth.”

Bombardier has delivered 10 more aircraft than last year at this point, with 39 business aircraft already and a further 13 commercial aircraft, an increase from 6 this time last year.  This all spells good things for Bombardier, making them a serious contender in the business jet market, currently dominated by Airbus and Boeing.

The Company also build high-speed, commuter and regional trains and currently have an ongoing joint venture in China with the new ‘Zefiro 380 high-speed train’, reaching speeds of 385 kph during last month’s testing.

After the devastating events of 9/11, the demand, and subsequent investment in airport perimeter security skyrocketed with an estimated 650 million U.S. dollars spent in that sector between 2001 and 2011.

Although the FAA shelled out $58 million in grants to improve safety, a recent Frost & Sullivan report expects a steep drop in demand for perimeter security in terms of new fencing and security systems in airports, as no new airports are expected to be built in the U.S. in the foreseeable future.  Most works in the perimeter security sector will be repairs and refurbishments over the next five years and those will mostly be granted to local firms and suppliers, it is estimated.

“You will see some stagnation and a decline [in the market],” said John Hernandez, Frost & Sullivan senior aviation industry analyst, “It will never go up to the point it went up to after 9/11.”  Mr Hernandez added that the security enhancement area of the industry sector, the area that provides security cameras, sensors and monitoring, could, “Look rosier.”

It has been recently discussed that passenger data, if utilized and analyzed properly, could improve profitability for the airline industry.

Of course, this is a highly debatable subject in some sectors, due to concerns over security and data-sharing, not just passenger data, but all kind of data ranging throughout global industry.

However, passenger data is already accessed via a ‘cloud’ by government and security agencies and is carefully tagged to ensure the passenger data or any other information does not fall into ‘other’ hands.

The implementation of a ‘Data Lake’ could be the answer, enabling secure access to passenger data and related data that could be used by authorized analysts to weigh up the global aviation industry possibilities for improvement and increased profitability.

So, What is a ‘Data Lake’ & How Could it Affect Passenger Data?

A ‘Data Lake’ is basically a common storage pool with each piece of data being tagged with appropriate security information.  This will, through the use of metatags, control who is able to access the information, be it passenger data for an airline or fuel prices, for example.  The security information will stay with the data, tagging it in with certain criteria for analytical value.

The idea will place analytical information within fast and easy, but above all, secure and controlled reach of analysts, with those security tags firmly in place!

ARINC have announced that Michael DiGeorge MD of ARINC’s Asia Pacific will speak at the Future Travel Experience Conference, hosted in Hong Kong’s Asia World Expo.

ARINC will be exhibiting their latest developments in Common Bag Drop solutions and innovations such as Roving Agent and VeriPax, the Passenger Reconciliation System.

Mr DiGeorge will moderate a working panel session to highlight the theme of the event, which is ways to facilitate rapid passenger growth, while enhancing the passenger experience by speeding up processing of those passengers and their baggage.

ARINC’s common bag drop solutions include the Self-Service Baggage Drop desks, which give the passenger greater control of their journey, enabling them to check-in online, and then process their own baggage at these dedicated points, used for multiple airlines.  Passengers can tag their own baggage, drop their baggage and save time queuing, also helping airport terminals to save valuable space and giving them greater flexibility with staffing, removing the need for airline dedicated desks.

Mr DiGeorge said, “I am pleased to be sharing strategies to help airlines and airports make the best possible decisions regarding passenger and baggage processing methods.”

Canada’s fourth largest airport, Calgary International (YYC) has announced it will extend its current contract with ARINC, providing via the successful vMUSE platform, Common-Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) for a further 10 years.  The Calgary Airport Authority agreed the extension of the system with the addition of BagLink, the passenger-friendly, Common Use Self Service system and Local Departure Control on the vMUSE platform.

ARINC has been working with the YYC and CAA for 10 years and are looking forward to providing their existing and future passengers with an enhanced travelling experience for the next decade, especially with the addition of the new terminal, currently under construction and expected to be in use by 2015.  The new terminal will incorporate ARINC’s pioneering common-use technology, seamlessly integrating into the existing operations of the airport.

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