Thursday, April 27, 2006

Future Flying in Hamburg

Future Flying in Hamburg
One of the biggest highlights of the show was the unveiling of the new cabin area for the Airbus a350. At a minidesk in the business corner, a passenger can get the same connectivity as on the ground.
The Airbus a350 will be able to seat more than 300 passengers in three levels when it takes off in 2010.

Airlines showed off their new passenger comforts at the Airline Interior Expo held in Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.
The Airbus a350 will already have a competitor, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, due in 2007. It will feature an on-board wireless in-flight entertainment system with a new configuration designed to reduce weight and let passengers easily conduct business and access entertainment while in flight. Windows on the Dreamliner will also be larger.
OnAir announced that it plans to release a GSM network for aircraft that will allow passengers to use their own mobile phones to send and receive calls and text messages.
TAP and Air France has signed up for the service which is scheduled to begin operations in 2007. OnAir is a joint venture of Sita Inc. and Airbus. Read the complete story here.