On the Ground

Features, Initiatives // Apr 2015

How social, consumer and technological developments are shaping the traveller of 2030

Oculus Rift

FTE speaks to Future Foundation and Amadeus to find out how mobile technology, virtual reality, robotics and social media will shape future traveller needs.


Lounges, Gates & Boarding // Apr 2015

American Airlines announces biggest ever airport lounge upgrades

Admirals Club lounge bars - American Airlines

The expansive airport lounge makeover programme will start with major upgrades to Admirals Club lounges in Phoenix and São Paulo.


Immigration & Arrivals // Apr 2015

Australia’s departures e-gate rollout to start in June 2015

Border Control

The installation of 92 SmartGates at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Cairns and Darwin airports will commence this summer.


Mobile & Wearable Technology // Apr 2015

Singapore Airlines launches new smartphone and Apple Watch apps

Singapore Airlines app

A contextual homepage, Passbook integration and simplified booking and check-in are among the new features on Singapore Airlines’ Apple and Android apps.


Initiatives // Apr 2015

Free Wi-Fi, charging points and flight countdown screens now in place at London Stansted

London Stanstead

Phase 2 of London Stansted Airport’s £80 million investment is now complete, bringing about a number of improvements to the passenger experience.


Initiatives // Apr 2015

Cees de Vos – KLM veteran, innovation bastion and key FTE collaborator – retires today

Cees de Vost

We send our best wishes to Cees de Vos, Director Innovation Outstations & Partnerships at Air France-KLM, who retires today.


Initiatives // Apr 2015

Data sharing transformation driving kerb to gate improvements at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport

FTE explores how daa is improving data sharing between stakeholders to improve operational efficiency, queue management and resource allocation.

Up in the Air

Passenger Comfort // Apr 2015

ANA and Toyota team up on new ergonomic economy seat

ANA and Toyota team up on new ergonomic economy seat

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has teamed up with Toyota Boshoku Corporation to develop a new economy class seat, which will be rolled out in June 2015.


IFE&C // Apr 2015

Arkefly leverages BYOD to offer in-flight and at-the-gate entertainment

Arkefly leverages BYOD to offer in-flight and at-the-gate entertainment

AirFi Boxes will be installed on nine aircraft and in the gate areas at various airports to offer Arkefly’s passengers a “fully connected experience”.


Personalisation & Ancillaries // Apr 2015

Finnair empowers crew with tablet-based onboard retail solution ahead of Wi-Fi rollout

Finnair empowers crew with tablet-based onboard retail solution ahead of Wi-Fi rollout

Finnair has equipped its flight attendants with tablets, which can be used to process onboard F&B and retail purchases and payments.


IFE&C // Apr 2015

Emirates’ latest IFE investment focuses on audio enhancement

Emirates’ latest IFE investment focused on audio enhancement

Emirates has unveiled new, redesigned headsets, which will be introduced from the end of June on all A380s and Boeing 777s to improve audio quality.


Features, Passenger Comfort // Apr 2015

Passenger comfort high on the agenda, but could travellers be set for a big squeeze?

FTE at AIX

FTE takes a look at how Airbus’ 11-abreast A380 seating, Boeing’s future cabin vision, and the latest products from Jamco and STG could impact passenger comfort.


IFE&C // Apr 2015

IFE vendors deliver cross-cabin innovations – embedded, wireless and a combination of both

FTE at AIX - IFE

We explore the Panasonic and B/E Aerospace ‘Jazz’ IFE/seat concept, Lumexis’ iPAX system, Thales’ immersive seat and a selection of other standout IFE solutions.


Passenger Connectivity // Apr 2015

Aircraft e-enablement, the connectivity ecosystem and Ka versus Ku

gogo

FTE takes a closer look at the latest launches from the likes of Gogo, Rockwell Collins, Thales, Inmarsat, Honeywell, ViaSat and GEE.

Initiatives

Features, Initiatives // Apr 2015

How social, consumer and technological developments are shaping the traveller of 2030

Oculus Rift

FTE speaks to Future Foundation and Amadeus to find out how mobile technology, virtual reality, robotics and social media will shape future traveller needs.

Initiatives // Apr 2015

Free Wi-Fi, charging points and flight countdown screens now in place at London Stansted

London Stanstead

Phase 2 of London Stansted Airport’s £80 million investment is now complete, bringing about a number of improvements to the passenger experience.

Initiatives // Apr 2015

Cees de Vos – KLM veteran, innovation bastion and key FTE collaborator – retires today

Cees de Vost

We send our best wishes to Cees de Vos, Director Innovation Outstations & Partnerships at Air France-KLM, who retires today.

Initiatives // Apr 2015

Data sharing transformation driving kerb to gate improvements at Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport

FTE explores how daa is improving data sharing between stakeholders to improve operational efficiency, queue management and resource allocation.