What’s the most popular form of inflight entertainment? Movies? TV? Music? If your answer was anyone of these then you’d be wrong. According to Rockwell Collins, the most popular form of inflight entertainment is watching Airshow. The product has come a long way since it was launched in the early ‘80s but even now you still have to watch it on an embedded airline screen. That’s all about to change as Steve Harvey discovered from today’s guest on the PME Interview, Cathleen Collett, Senior Manager at Airshow Marketing.
Inflight Canada has been in business for nearly 40 years yet due to their relatively low profile, few people in our industry are aware of what they do and how they do it. To set the record straight, Steve Harvey travelled to Inflight Canada’s home base in Montreal to meet founder and CEO, George Smallhorn.
Playing games on airlines is big business, especially for DTI, the market leader in inflight gaming. Just about everyone in the industry knows of DTI but very few know how the company was founded and how it first managed to break into the inflight market. To find out more, Steve Harvey met with the founder and CEO, Louis Belanger-Martin, in the week that DTI, along with Row 44 and the Inflight Alliance became part of the publicly listed Global Entertainment group.
It may be freezing cold in Europe but you can bet your life there’ll be plenty of hot air emanating from the Hamburg Messe next month as Aircraft Interiors Expo gets underway. “Bigger and better than ever” say the organizers and, for owners of smart phones, there’s even a brand new Aircraft Interiors app to help you make the most of the show. Event Director Kate Murphy is the subject of this week’s PME Interview.
Every airline wants their content on board the first of the month and at the same time, the very latest movies and TV shows. Airlines pay big bucks for content; in addition there are management fees, technical charges including encoding, metadata, integration, quality control and finally delivery. Panasonic’s Matthias Walther believes that some of these steps can be eliminated saving both time and money. Reasonable or unrealistic? Judge for yourself in this week’s PME Interview.