Slow fleet growth will characterize the European air-transport MRO market, as airlines replace their older aircraft with new-technology models, consultants at the MRO Europe conference here this week have said.
Connectivity providers at the Airline Passenger Experience Association Expo are showing off new tools that use inflight connectivity not just to give passengers Wi-Fi, but also to streamline airline operations.
Alaska Airlines will receive its first Boeing 737-900ER with new, bigger overhead bins in October, Alaska Airlines Managing Director-Customer Research and Development Sandy Stelling said at the Airline Passenger Experience Expo (APEX) in Portland, Oregon. These taller Boeing “Space Bins” are expected to increase overhead space by about 30% and ease the boarding process, Stelling says. In addition to equipping new aircraft with the larger bins, all of the carrier’s Boeing Sky Interior aircraft will be retrofitted as well.
On the heels of announcing plans for a new European network, Inmarsat unveiled market research at the Airline Passenger Experience Association Expo in Portland, Oregon, that points to a strong demand for connectivity.
Alaska Airlines is keeping an eye on the performance of satellite Wi-Fi systems across the market as it plans to eventually adopt a new system to help it provide a more-consistent connectivity experience on its flights, the airline’s connectivity experts said at the Airline Passenger Experience Association Expo here on Sept. 28.
Aeromexico has significantly boosted connecting traffic over the last year-and-a-half at its two main hub cities of Mexico City and Monterrey as it focuses on upgauging its fleet and growing international capacity.