It has been announced that American Airlines and US Airways plan to merge their passenger reservations systems this summer after operating separately since their merger in December 2013.
The carriers plan to combine the systems over a three-month period in a bid to avoid problems with data transfers.
Passenger reservations systems form part of a vast infrastructure of airline operations necessary to maintain performance and minimise delays. Ensuring that disruption is kept to a minimum remains a top priority for the airlines, who wish to avoid similar problems experienced by Continental Airlines and United Airlines in 2012, whose passengers were unable to check in, resulting in hundreds of delayed flights.
Airline infrastructure specialist providers, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC, use the robust reliability of the AviNet network with their AviNet Airport suite, providing high-performance services for both airlines and airports for access to critical departure control systems.
Passengers flying with Asiana Airlines and Korean Air will now be able to utilise the benefits of a self-service bag drop system launched at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport.
The new technology will enable passengers to scan their boarding passes and attach their own baggage tags, eliminating queueing at traditional check-in desks. Baggage will then pass into the automated system for transfer to the aircraft after weighing, scanning and measuring.
The service, which is the first of its kind to be introduced to South Korea, will help to streamline the passenger processing system, saving time and costs with a reduced need for dedicated check-in desks. Incheon has deployed the system in partnership with SK Telecom, G-antech and Type22. Other global providers of bag drop technology include ARINC with their ExpressDrop solution.
Air Djibouti has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Iron maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, also less famously chairman of Cardiff Aviation, to help with the creation of a national carrier for the East African nation.
Cardiff Aviation is based at St Athan- Cardiff Airport Aerospace Enterprise Zone in the UK and operates from a former RAF base, providing certified MRO and pilot training.
It has just been announced that Honeywell’s latest addition to their connectivity suites will include the AMT-700 antenna for Gulfstream’s new G500 and G600 business aircraft.
Fitted as standard on all new productions, the improved service will allow business passengers greater connection speeds in the cabin via Inmarsat SwiftBroadband for internet and voice calls, while additional benefits will also be realised in the cockpit with clearer communications with the ground.
Providers of inflight Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect ensure that executive travellers can continue to conduct their business as efficiently in the air as they can in their ground-based office environments.
Honeywell have introduced a new software upgrade that promises to double inflight connectivity speeds using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service.
Honeywell expect it to be a ‘very popular upgrade’ which will also support current requirements and future mandates for safety, such as CPDLC and FANS, saving fuel and increasing safety as pilots are enabled to fly preferred routes.
The sixth hearing of the Senate committee this year focused upon the U.S’s borders security technology, perimeters and infrastructure this week.
Chaired by Mr Ron Johnson, testimony was given on the current state of borders security as the committee look forward to the next steps to be taken to increase effectiveness.
Representatives from Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies gave testimony at the hearing where it was noted the ‘DHS could do a better job of collecting data’.
Information was also shared and discussed regarding perimeter fencing of airport environments, and the use of improved technology to increase situational awareness, an area that many committee members feel is seriously lacking.
Physical security measures in airports are the ‘front line.’ These would include perimeter fencing and security surveillance equipment. Other measures that focus upon enhanced technology with biometric solutions are becoming increasingly popular around the world, particularly as passenger demand increases for greater control of their travel arrangements with self-service systems.
Most travellers do not realise how much B2B messaging impacts the entire airline process, from passenger reservations through maintenance, security and even refuelling and providing in-flight catering services.
Typically, airlines use Type B messaging for many functions, such as electronically transferring orders of meals, fuel and when turnaround times on the apron are often as tight as 30 minutes, delays can occur if just one function is out of synchronisation.
Aircraft maintenance teams also utilise B2B messaging when ordering critical parts, simplifying and streamlining what could otherwise be a complex logistical process.
Behind the scenes messaging is vital to airlines, airports and operators, needing to be reliable and swiftly delivered to ensure you, the passenger, is not kept waiting.