The briefing on connected aviation

The news, views and numbers you need to know this month

The briefing on connected aviation

The news, views and numbers you need to know this month

News in numbers


The percentage of global fuel burn that could be saved with real-time weather apps, equating to 3.39bn litres of fuel per year


Connectivity, which allows airlines to improve navigation and avoid adverse weather, could deliver annual cost savings of $1.3bn


Connectivity could deliver a 66% reduction in crew-related scheduling delays, adding up to $2.4bn in annual savings


Weather is responsible for 70% of all flight delays and is a contributing factor in 23% of aviation accidents


By 2035, inflight telemedicine could save airlines up to $10bn


The annual savings that could be reached by 2035 by consolidating the advantages of connected aircraft

In quotes

Dr Alexander Grous, author of ‘Sky High Economics’ report:

IP-enabled aircraft are an essential step in facilitating growing demand for air travel, while meeting vital safety requirements.

Frederik van Essen, senior vice president, market and business development, Inmarsat Aviation:

The connected aircraft is a shrewd commercial decision; unrivalled access to real-time data is reducing airlines’ bottom-line operating costs while reducing emissions and improving safety.

Kristin Slyker, vice president, Connected Aircraft Honeywell Aerospace:

The airline industry is beginning to seriously invest in connected aircraft technology to proactively improve daily operations. The result is airline employees performing their daily roles more effectively, while also delivering the kind of service that passengers expect…

Top stories

Over 23,000 commercial aircraft will offer connectivity to their passengers by 2027, up from just 7,400 in 2017, according to a new report from satellite market research specialist Euroconsult. In January this year, approximately 90 airlines had either installed or committed to install inflight connectivity solutions.

Source: Aviation Week

Honeywell’s Boeing 757 ‘Connected Aircraft’ testbed will collect crucial weather data across Southeast Asia over the next three weeks. Weather data is picked up by a radar with a detection range of 320nm. This data is then analysed by Honeywell radar scientists and meteorologists to help calibrate the GoDirect Weather app, which provides pilots with real-time weather data on their flight path and predicts potential turbulence.

Source: Aviation International News

Caribbean Airlines will deploy Bluebox Aviation Systems’ portable wireless streaming platform, Bluebox Wow, across its Boeing B737-800 fleet for routes across the Caribbean and North and South America. The technology will enhance the airline’s in-flight service by delivering a free in-flight entertainment service streamed to passengers’ own devices.

Source: Get Connected

A survey carried out by Turkish Airlines in India has revealed that 50% of respondents prefer air travel to other modes of transport, with 73% of them ranking in-flight connectivity and onboard mobile phone calls as high on their preference list. The majority expressed an interest in using the services if charges were only slightly higher than normal usage tariffs.

Source: Times of India

In-flight mobile phone service provider AeroMobile has partnered with telecommunications operator Etisalat to reduce the cost of using mobile phones during flights. AeroMobile’s service allows subscribers to stay online, make and receive calls, and listen to voicemail on connected aircraft at no extra cost.

Source: Aircraft Interiors International

Singapore Technologies Engineering and SatixFy have established a new joint venture targeting the in-flight connectivity market. The new subsidiary, Jet-Talk, has been established in the UK with a share capital of $20m. JetTalk will develop a satellite antenna system for the delivery of in-flight connectivity for the commercial aviation sector.

Source: Telecom Asia




Emirates to introduce service between Auckland and Bali

Dubai-based airline Emirates is planning to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland, New Zealand, through the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Starting from June 2018, the new service complements Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch through Sydney. Emirates will offer a total of three daily services to New Zealand to global travellers.

The airline’s two existing daily services are currently operated by a Boeing 777 300-ER in a two-class configuration.

Emirates Airline president Sir Tim Clark said: “We are confident that our year-round service between Auckland and Bali will be well-received by our customers, not only in New Zealand and Indonesia, but also from our global network particularly from markets like the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.”

The new service is expected to provide better connections for London and other major European cities.

Welcoming Emirates’ announcement, Auckland Airport aeronautical commercial general manager Scott Tasker said that the new service will add more than 250,000 seats to the route.

Tasker added: “Bali continues to grow as a popular holiday destination for Kiwis, who can now fly there non-stop, year-round. Additionally, this new service provides an option for European travellers to stopover in Bali when flying to and from New Zealand.”

The new service is also set to provide 20t of cargo capacity between New Zealand, Bali and Dubai.

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