The industry continues to see consolidation among airlines and IFEC suppliers as well. Last year eyebrows were raised when Rockwell Collins acquired ARINC and subsequently announced the launch of a new product, “The Cabin Connect Suite” combining inflight entertainment and connectivity. At last year’s APEX EXPO, Steve Harvey spoke with Duc Huy Tran, Director of Marketing and Business Development to find out more about the Rockwell Collins strategy.
From October this year, airlines will be liable for fraudulent use of credit cards when used for inflight purchases unless they adapt to the latest chip and pin technology. The rule change could cost the airlines millions or more in lost revenue if they decide to switch off redundant credit card readers. Michael Planey of HMPlaney Consultants explains what’s happening to Steve Harvey.
We take it for granted these days that new wide bodied aircraft will have screens fitted in every seat to keep passengers entertained. However the narrow body market is a very different matter with only 30% of new aircraft supplied with a personalized entertainment system. Competition is heating up to offer a relatively inexpensive IFE system on the remaining 70%. There are no less than 16 companies competing to stream content to smart phones and tablets. One of the first was Lufthansa Systems BoardConnect which launched back in 2011. Since then more airlines have signed with BoardConnect. To see what the company is up to now, Steve Harvey met with Senior Vice President BoardConnect, Norbert Mueller.
It’s the holiday season and, in many parts of the world, homes and buildings are decorated with millions of twinkling lights. They look fabulous, or at least they do if you can actually see them. Thousands of people, can only imagine these lights because they are blind. ORBIS, the official APEX charity, flies teams of doctors, nurses and surgeons in a specially converted aircraft to treat people in countries with limited medical resources. In many cases, they have been able to cure their damaged vision. At this moment teams of technicians and engineers are working hard to convert the newest addition to the ORBIS fleet, an MD10, donated by FedEx. APEX member SIE Inc. is just one of the firms working on the project and President Dr.Matthew Creager and Program Manager John Courtright are Steve’s special guests on today’s PME Interview.
Inflight connectivity has gone main stream – at least in the USA. Internationally – well that’s another story. That’s the conclusion of respected industry commentator Mary Kirby who joins Steve Harvey to discuss the latest developments in connectivity and whether the reality matches the hype. Mary also has some pretty strong observations regarding the new slim-line seats being developed for the 737Max and A320neo. Good for the airline bottom line – but not necessarily for the bottom!