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Visiting Dublin for IATA AGM – Airline Executive Playbook for Success

As many of the world’s leaders in aviation gather in Dublin this week for the IATA AGM, being held in the RDS, 1-3 June, 2016, the Arconics crew presents this short and sweet guide to the very best our glorious city has to offer…

Oscar-Wilde-Arconics-software-dublin-iata-agm2016.jpg1. RDS location, proximity to city centre

The RDS is located in Dublin 4, the city’s most affluent and expensive inner suburb. On exiting the RDS main hall, turning right will bring you south, towards Blackrock, Dalkey, lots of lovely beaches, mountains and glorious County Wicklow. In need of some fresh air between sessions? Exit the RDS and go right, then take your first left to go to Sandymount, a mere 15 minute walk to the sea. Yes, the sea! Turning left brings you to the city centre, passing the US Embassy, the Grand Canal and to Merrion Square (featuring a statue of Dublin’s most famous wit, Oscar Wilde) and Trinity College (which is right beside Arconics HQ).

2. Dublin nightlife

Dublin has a justified reputation as a party capital of the world. Why is this? Mainly because people are out in town every night of the week. Weekends are manic, certainly, but any midweek night still offers a wide selection of buzzing bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Just follow the crowds. Temple Bar is a leading destination for visitors but, with the area’s bars very much geared towards tourists with traditional music sessions and high prices, you won’t find many Dubliners here. Try heading towards Wexford Street instead, with a a great strip of bars and restaurants, including Whelan’s, a legendary bar and live music venue. For a classy drink, we recommend the bar at the Shelbourne Hotel on St Stephen’s Green.

As you enjoy sampling Dublin’s nightlife, let us paraphrase Oscar Wilde for you: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the contrails.”

3. Software tech hub

All the world’s leading software companies have major operations in Dublin. The area around the docks on the south side of the River Liffey is so crammed with tech businesses, it’s been dubbed Silicon Docks. And that’s where you’ll find Arconics airline software so, if you’re on a tour of Silicon Docks, give us a call and drop by for a coffee! The dockside area has plenty of beautiful, panoramic views of the city and lots of cool eateries.

4. Art and culture

Three art galleries worth a look are the National Gallery of Ireland on Clare St, which boasts old masters, including a prized Caravaggio. There’s currently an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings which is free, but requires online booking: http://www.nationalgallery.ie/en/Exhibitions/Leonardo.aspx

Caravaggio_The_Taking_of_Christ_1602-1.jpgThe Hugh Lane Gallery, on Parnell Square at the top of O’Connell St, the city’s main thoroughfare boasts an amazing collection of Impressionist masterpieces and Irish contemporary art, including Manet, Monet, Renoir’s Umbrellas and Francis Bacon’s complete studio.

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) is in Kilmainham, to the west of the city and features new talents juxtaposed alongside key names in modern art. IMMA is adjacent to Kilmainham Gaol, a leading visitor attraction that educates about the 1916 Easter Rising, the centenary of which is commemorated this year.

Guinness is not just one of the world’s most iconic brands, it is also part of the essence of Dublin. You can learn why at any of the city’s bars, but the Guinness Storehouse offers the complete history and experience. It’s also the city’s leading tourist attraction.

5. Shopping

The best shopping area is around Grafton Street, in the south city centre. Here you can find high end department stores, such as Brown Thomas, as well as good quality souvenir shops – try Kilkenny Design – and plenty of great restaurants and bars. There’s also shopping around Henry Street on the northside (mass market fashion, mainly) and in Dundrum Town Centre, a short trip from the RDS and one of the largest shopping malls in Europe. Dundrum features lots of high end fashion, with stores by Harvey Nichols, House of Fraser and Hamleys.

6. Dublin essentials

For fast and easy access to taxis, try downloading the HAILO app. It’s possible to walk to the city centre from Ballsbridge and once you’re in town, travelling by foot is the best way to experience Dublin’s soul. Want some high end food? Try Restaurant Patrick Gilbaud on Merrion St, Ireland’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars. Best bar in Dublin? That’s a big ask, but we recommend Whelan’s, the Pavilion in Trinity College on a sunny evening (especially if there’s a cricket match on!), the Shelbourne Hotel bar, Toner’s, the Long Hall, the Palace, the Stag’s Head and Kehoe’s.

And you’re probably asking: “Is it always this sunny in Dublin?” Of course it is! Enjoy!

Contact Arconics by phone on 01 611 4625 or email hello@arconics.com


 

Photo credits

Oscar Wilde statue, Merrion Square – Arconics Crew

The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio, 1602 – National Gallery of Ireland

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Meet Arconics at EFB Users Forum, Munich, 24-26 May 2016

Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Users Forum and Expo

Hosted by Lufthansa Systems

Hilton Munich Park

Co-Chairman: Captain Philipp Haller, Austrian Airlines; Co-Chairman: Captain Will Ware, Southwest Airlines

Cathay Pacific selected Arconics because they are able to deliver a tailored solution in a timely manner. Arconics was able to work with our enterprise architecture and security teams to create the perfect configuration for our needs. Our initial deployment used BYOD devices across Boeing and Airbus fleets. The pilot feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are now rolling out company-issued devices to crew across the airline and our subsidiaries. We have chosen AeroEFB as part of the solution for our A350 – our first paperless cockpit. Arconics software gives Flight Ops the reporting and compliance management that we need. Arconics were able to enhance the product based on our requirements. We have been delighted with Arconics and the software they have delivered to us.”

- Mark Hoey, General Manager Operations, Cathay Pacific

 

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Discover the power of AeroEFB at EFB Users Forum, Munich, 2016

Goal: The goal is to coordinate development of EFBs among airlines, airframe manufacturers, suppliers, and regulators. The forum will also identify operational and technical trends to find standardised solutions while improving EFB services. In combination with coordinated development, this will help achieve the ultimate goal of a wider range of products, harmonised regulations, expanded capabilities, and lower cost for the benefit of all.

Scope: The EFB Users Forum was chartered by its original APIM 09-009 in October, 2009. This activity provides a unified forum for airlines, system integrators, hardware and software providers, regulators, and other interested parties to present and discuss topics of interest to the EFB user community. This includes but is not limited to EFB subjects such as:

  • Regulatory changes.
  • Communication interfaces (including media, provider, connectivity).
  • Data input devices, terminals, displays, and interactive devices.
  • Hardware and software development.
  • Electrical interfaces and power supply.
  • Operational issues.

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Arconics will exhibit our AeroEFB electronic flight bag software at the EFB Users Forum and Expo, and it would be great to meet up and show you why our EFB viewer is considered best-in-class by airline pilots all over the world. The AeroEFB viewer was the world’s first native EFB viewer for iPad and its design has been led by the pilot user experience. We will be unveiling our native Windows Surface EFB viewer at the forum, so you can be among the very first to experience this exciting innovation.

Among the many benefits of Arconics AeroEFB

AeroEFB is a modular solution, which can integrate easily and efficiently with any other element of your IT structure. Our Electronic Flight Bag takes flexibility to new heights, offering a robust central control and viewing experience, with complete freedom in the choice of modules.

AeroEFB can be integrated with aircraft data systems and ground control using Arinc protocols, enabling dynamic updates and reporting. AeroEFB delivers FCBP (Flight Crew Briefing Packs) to crew devices. The system captures flight-related data from the crew during flight and returns the data to the ground systems in XML format. Our software provides the secure management and controlled distribution of briefing items such as OFPs (Operational Flight Plans), NOTAMs, Weather and Flight Logs.

AeroEFB electronic flight bag software delivers on the promise of digital and the benefits of the paperless cockpit, giving pilots the world’s most effective tools and the best possible flight experience. AeroEFB is the market-leading solution for delivery of FCOMs, ops manuals and documents into the paperless cockpits of nextgen aircraft such as the A350 and the B787.

Why not request a demo of Arconics AeroEFB?

We can organise a web demo for a time that’s convenient for you. Or, if you’d prefer to meet the the EFB Users Forum, let us know and we’ll save a slot for you – just click here.


Useful links

AeroEFB info: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

APIM 09-009B: EFB Users Forum (pdf, 38K)

EFB Users Forum Procedure Guide (pdf, 34K)

EFB Users Forum Presentation Guide (pdf, 175K)


 

 

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Arconics Airline EFB Software Congratulates Aer Lingus on 80th Anniversary

Arconics to attend EFB Users Forum in Munich to demo AeroEFB, as deployed by Aer Lingus, and to gain further insight into electronic flight bag market needs

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

19 May 2016

 

Hundreds of airline delegates will gather in Munich, Germany, from May 24-26 to discuss EFB issues. Arconics, the world’s leading airline software provider in EFB, document management and Wireless IFE, will demonstrate the AeroEFB modular electronic flight bag, which is used by Aer Lingus across its fleet of 46 Airbus aircraft, with 12 on order, including 9 A350-900s.

AeroEFB is a portable app, built as a native iOS app for iPads, so Arconics delegates will be particularly interested in the discussions around mobile applications and EFB operator experiences. The users forum is an excellent opportunity to learn more about real world experiences around the use of EFBs and the transition to the paperless cockpit.

Aer Lingus, now part of IAG, celebrates its 80th anniversary on May 27, 2016, and every Aer Lingus pilot uses the full range of AeroEFB modules. We are proud of our close association with Aer Lingus and look forward to working with the airline to continue delivering the best possible experience to flightcrew, while maintaining end-to-end control of the safety and compliance process.

Ends

Enjoy a short video about the inaugural Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to LAX, with an all-female crew using AeroEFB:
http://www.irishtimes.com/cockpit-view-as-aer-lingus-return-to-los-angeles-1.2645260

Learn more about Arconics EFB software, AeroEFB: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

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For further information, please contact:

Gary J Byrnes, Digital Marketing Manager, Arconics

T: +353 1 611 4625

M: +353 87 249 3051

E: gary.j.byrnes@arconics.com

W: www.arconics.com

Arconics online press kit: https://www.arconics.com/media-kit/

 

Notes for editors

About the EFB Users Forum

The forum is designed to coordinate activity among airlines, cargo carriers, other aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers, regulators and EFB suppliers. General discussion topics include regulations, operational issues and experiences, connectivity and security, mobile apps and human factors.

Learn more: http://www.aviation-ia.com/aeec/projects/efb_users_forum/index.html

 

About Arconics

Arconics is a world leader in enterprise software and mobile applications for aircraft operators. The company’s products include the market-leading AeroDocs platform for document management and EFB, and CloudStore, a wireless IFE platform. Arconics customers include Qatar Airways, Tigerair Australia, Cathay Pacific Airways, Ryanair, Aer Lingus, Philippine Airlines and others. Tens of thousands of pilots, ground managers and cabin crew across five continents depend on Arconics software to safely and efficiently operate their fleets. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with operations in Sydney, Australia.

Learn more at Arconics website: https://www.arconics.com

 

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Meet Arconics in Amsterdam, MRO and Flight Ops Conference, 14-15 June 2016

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Airline and Aerospace MRO and Flight Operations IT Conference, EMEA – Amsterdam, Netherlands. 14 – 15 June 2016

The Arconics team will be presenting and doing software demos and it would be great to meet up in Amsterdam to talk about how our software can solve many airline problems around document creation, control and distribution and the deployment of modular EFB with iOS and Windows apps. We’ll be at stand E3.

We had a very productive presence at the EFB Users Forum in Munich last month and we will be feeding discussions from that event into our product development roadmap. It would be great to continue the conversation in Amsterdam and also to start new conversations with our friend in the world’s most exciting industry.

Our main focus will be on AeroEFB, our modular electronic flight bag software, and AeroDocs, our airline document control software, which is available in three, tiered solutions.

AeroEFB at a glance

  1. Modular EFB solution, designed around your needs.
  2. Modules include Manuals, Flight Briefing, Forms, Weather and Read+Sign Notices.
  3. Integrates with leading flightplan and weather data sources.
  4. iOS and Windows viewers.
  5. World’s leading manual delivery and viewing experience.

AeroDocs at a glance

  1. AeroDocs CONTROL – Controlled PDF distribution and viewing on iOS devices. The perfect introduction to the paperless cockpit.
  2. AeroDocs COMPLIANCE – Regulatory compliance made easy, with structured XML authoring and controlled digital document distribution, including Boeing and Airbus XML manuals, on iOS and Windows mobile devices.
  3. AeroDocs ENTERPRISE – Fully customised, self-hosted solution for the creation and control of XML documents across the airline, from the flightdeck to the boardroom.

See you in Amsterdam!


Further reading

Read more about AeroEFB here: https://www.arconics.com/efb-eff-aerodocs/

Read more about AeroDocs here: https://www.arconics.com/document-control-compliance-aerodocs-dms/

Read more about the event here: http://www.aircraft-commerce.com/conferences/EMEA2016/Agenda.asp

Click on the blue button to arrange a meeting, or just drop by stand E3 and say hello!

Sign up for our Connected Aircraft Newsletter to get our report from the EFB Users Forum and all our other news around airline software and connectivity.

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IATA AGM – Dublin 2016

Dublin’s RDS hosts the IATA AGM, 1 – 3 June 2016

800px-RDS_Dublin_2008_-_main_entrance.jpgThe IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world’s largest gathering of airline leaders. This event is expected to attract almost 800 attendees including CEOs from 85 airlines, as well as high level executives from OEMs, airports, governments, ANSPs, IT providers and other stakeholders.

In 2016, the 72nd AGM will be hosted by Aer Lingus – celebrating 80 years since its first commercial flight – and will take place in Europe’s most amazing, welcoming city. Dublin is now staking a claim to being the world’s leading software development hub. Air transportation plays a vital role in the social and economic life of Ireland and the we have a proud history of contribution to the development of aviation, including the creation of aircraft leasing and the low cost model. The IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit is a unique opportunity for the industry’s top chief executives and leaders to discuss policy and share their views on civil aviation. Unfortunately, this event is not open to the public and is by invitation only, so stay tuned to Arconics social media and blog for full reports.

What is IATA?

IATA-logo.pngIATA is the International Air Transport Association, a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of around 260 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total Available Seat Kilometers air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

Safety is the number one priority for IATA. The main instrument for safety is the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA has also been mandated at the state level by several countries. In 2012, aviation posted its safest year ever. The global Western-built jet accident rate (measured in hull losses per million flights of Western-built jets) was 0.20, the equivalent of one accident every 5 million flights. Future Richard_Quest_2014.jpgimprovements will be founded on data sharing with a database fed by a multitude of sources and housed by the Global Safety Information Center. In June 2014 the IATA set up a special panel to study measures to track aircraft in flight in real time.

The IOSA certification audit is an internationally-recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally-recognised audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. Airlines are re-evaluated every two years. Registering for IOSA certification and auditing is not mandatory, so an airline that does not have IOSA certification may have either failed the IOSA audit or simply chosen not to participate. Small, regional airlines generally don’t do the IOSA audit primarily because of the cost to have the audit conducted and then to implement the likely required changes.

Paperless Cockpit and Carbon Emission Reduction

IATA members and all industry stakeholders have agreed to three sequential environmental goals:

  1. An average improvement in fuel efficiency of 1.5% a year from 2009 through 2020.
  2. A cap on net carbon emissions from aviation from 2020 (carbon-neutral growth).
  3. A 50% reduction in net aviation carbon emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels.

At the 69th IATA annual general meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, members overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution on “Implementation of the Aviation Carbon-Neutral Growth (CNG2020) Strategy.”

Meet Arconics in Dublin Around IATA AGM 2016

Richard Quest, CNN’s resident AvGeek and business correspondent, is expected to attend the AGM. Arconics invites Richard, the world’s aviation media, and all airline CEOs, to meet us for an insider tour of Dublin. Arconics HQ is in Silicon Docks, just down the road from the RDS, and we’d be delighted to show you the sights of this amazing and vibrant city. Dublin is a world-leading software development hub, with a rich aviation heritage. We’d love the opportunity to share our thought leadership in software and aviation.

Just click here to get in touch or to request more info on Dublin, host city for IATA AGM 2016.

Call us on +353 1 611 4625. Welcome to Dublin!


Find out more

Learn more about Arconics airline software: https://www.arconics.com

IATA AGM: http://www.iata.org/events/agm/2016/pages/index.aspx

Learn more about IATA: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Air_Transport_Association


Image credits

RDS main entrance – by Culnacreann, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4552513

Richard Quest – by AIB (Association for International Broadcasting) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Experiencing the Passenger Experience Conference

#PEC16, CCH, Hamburg, AIX Week, 4 April, 2016

IMG_0510.jpgThe Passenger Experience Conference was held in the Congress Center Hamburg on Monday 04 April, the beginning of AIX week. It’s an opportunity for AIX attendees to get together in a more relaxed environment, to learn about new ideas in the passenger experience space, to network, and to get primed for the three-day-hard-sell to come.

Virgin America and Alaska Airlines

Breaking news about the Alaska Airlines purchase of Virgin America dominated the pre-event chatter, before the day kicked off with a keynote speech from Airbus A3’s Jason Chua, who spoke about how Airbus is working hard to reinvent the flying environment so that we can regain our sense of wonder around flight. It’s true. We do take the miracles of technology for granted, too much of the time.

The opportunities around the passenger experience were discussed throughout the day. Airlines often have to choose between a higher NPS (Net Promoter Score = passenger satisfaction) or new ancillary revenue streams. This can be encapsulated by the difference between the luxury of the legacy carrier experience and the LCC experience where the passenger is bombarded with opportunities to buy. Takeaway message: Why not have both? Enhancing the marketing, delivery and value of the ancillary sales opportunity can deliver more cashflow, more passenger data and new marketing tools to the airline. The challenges include working to understand passenger behaviour and how time is needed to build up trust. Airlines also need time to build relationships with the external suppliers of paxex software, such as Arconics (we’re very easy to work with, by the way!). Finally, trust around payment methods and security, including the move to contactless payments, needs to be built.

alex-lufthansa.jpgLufthansa and Inmarsat Connectivity Case Study

In-flight connectivity was the hot topic at PEC16. All sorts of stats were bandied about (read the findings from the Arconics survey into connectivity and IFE here!), including how 20 – 50% of airline passengers connect to a wireless IFE service, spending an average of over 40 minutes connected. Lufthansa and Inmarsat presented a very interesting case study about the decisionmaking process around the choice of high speed broadband for Lufthansa’s fleet. Alexander Feuersaenger, Director of Product Management, Cabin Interiors and IFEC at Lufthansa, stated that “stable, reliable internet connection is a must-have,” and “don’t just offer a service, offer an experience.” Alexander was joined by Leo Mondale, President, Inmarsat Aviation and David Coiley, Vice President, Inmarsat Aviation.

This practical session provided valuable insights into the challenges of selecting an in-flight connectivity solution and the commercial opportunities available for airlines. Passengers want to surf the internet, stream video, download files and more using their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other wifi-enabled devices. It’s not just about the connectivity speed experienced. Research shows the key to satisfying passenger demand is reliability; essentially that the service works when it is wanted. Airlines must ensure their connectivity provider not only has the right solution today, but also has a long-term commitment to keep pace with future technology developments. 100% route coverage was also critical for Lufthansa, so Inmarsat’s idea to add ground connectivity coverage on the European Aviation Network, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, sounded like a winning play. As bandwidth demand keeps rising, with no saturation point in sight, Inmarsat stated that the long-term roadmap of the connectivity vendor is increasingly important to airlines. The telecommunications network needs to look like the airline’s network and it’s very hard to offer a narrowband service to consumers in today’s broadband market.

In trying to analyse where the new value is coming from, it was agreed that connectivity offers multiple benefits. For example, Lufthansa is integrating other services around its connected aircraft, such as electronic flight bag, which helps to reduce the weight being carried by the aircraft, driving down operating costs. The business model needs to be constantly adjusted and connectivity brings a whole new value proposition to the passenger experience. These are exciting times!

Contactless Payments Technology

APEX told the conference about the Payment Technology Working Group, which aims to unify the airline industry’s approach to new payment technologies. You can find out more about the group’s activities by emailing Lauren Beneri at lbeneri@apex.aero. There’s been a 400% increase in ancillary revenues since 2008 with onboard purchases worth $1.8Bn in 2014, showing an 11% growth rate. Contactless payments are a big story, with NFC on mobile devices presenting interesting technology challenges. Thankfully, onboard fraud is negligible, because airline passengers must pass through multiple identity checks before getting onto the aircraft.

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IFEC and LCCs

A conference highlight for Arconics was our VP Entertainment, Michael Reilly’s appearance on the discussion panel around IFEC Solutions and Business Models for Low Cost and Regional Airlines. Michael talked about the recent deployment of Arconics CloudStore Wireless IFE to Tigerair Australia’s B737-800 aircraft, with the project going from contract to flight in less than three months – surely an industry record!

‘There’s no one-size-fits-all solution,’ said Michael, ‘in an industry still hamstrung by legacy IFE systems. Luckily, our software runs perfectly on any suitable hardware. While the content licensing models need to change to reflect the new IFE landscape, CloudStore W-IFE is completely flexible in terms of pre-and-post-flight content access and mixing free and paid content. Airlines are keen to have a single mobile app that covers the entire journey experience and Arconics has deployed this.’

ViaSat and Aer Lingus

The conference closed with an interesting discussion, Leaders in Innovation, chaired by Andrew Doyle from Flightglobal. Andrew was in conversation with passenger experience and engagement leaders from ViaSat, Aer Lingus and SITAONAIR offering their insights on how to drive innovation.

ViaSat, a global internet service provider, delivers affordable, high-speed, high-quality internet and video streaming services to nearly 700,000 US residential subscribers and more than one million air passenger devices per month. Since launching its commercial airline IFE service in 2013, ViaSat has been disrupting the industry with innovative thinking and new business models that enable streaming of movies, TV shows, music and live events, at speeds no other service provider can offer. ViaSat’s growing list of airline customers includes JetBlue, United, El Al, Virgin America and Qantas.

The primary mission of Aer Lingus (now part of IAG and an Arconics customer) is to ‘Connect Ireland to The World’ by providing customers with convenience, choice, comfort, value and seamless transfer options. Its strategy is to offer leisure and business travellers a quality core product that can be augmented through benefit-driven a la carte paid options. Most recently Aer Lingus has launched both a new mobile app and website, with a new loyalty programme, AerClub, unveiling this summer. Michelle Lee, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience at Aer Lingus, told the audience how the airline’s “big focus is on maintaining a consistently excellent guest experience.”

don-buchman-viasat.pngDon Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility at ViaSat Inc., announced ViaSat’s planned 1 Terabit-per-second satellite broadband connection. This game changing technological leap generated a discernible gasp. And when he claimed that this would also sound the death knell for embedded seatback IFE systems, some old school jaws banged off the floor. “ViaSat-3 is really going to usher in the age of no seatback,” said Buchman. “It will enable airlines to ditch seatback altogether.”

Is Seatback Really Finished?

Niall O’Sullivan, CEO of aviation software company Arconics, joined the great debate at PEC/AIX 2016. Is seatback finished?

Niall-O-Sullivan-Arconics-AIX-2016.jpg“We believe that the future of in-flight entertainment is very much about the delivery of content, choice and connectivity to airline passengers. With the deployment of enormous satellite connectivity, such as ViaSat’s planned 1 Terabit-per-second capacity, passengers will soon be able to enjoy a connected experience as good as, or better than, what they’re used to at home. Combine this level of connectivity with the high rate of smartphone and tablet usage by airline passengers – up to 100%, according to our research – and you have a future of bring-your-own-device access to the content that people want, from live TV and HD movies, to web browsing, email and social media. In a couple of years, we will look back on the age of installed seatback IFE, with its weight, complexity and cost, and wonder how we got by without the ability to access the content we want, from our own devices. Many airlines have shown strong interest in CloudStore and wireless IFE is certainly seen as the future of in-flight entertainment. We’re committed to delivering the best possible passenger experience through software and I’m confident that 2016 will be seen as the tipping point for BYOD and W-IFE. Software delivers the magic to metal and our solutions help airlines to take back the power. Our software is flexible, adaptable and delivers freedom of choice. What a great message to take from PEC 2016.”

Finally, after a day of competitors agreeing with each other about pretty much everything, some controversy, but not just for controversy’s sake. For the legacy seatback IFE makers and walled garden content providers, cocktail time couldn’t come soon enough… 

 

We look forward to #PEC17 in Hamburg next April, to see how far these developments will travel in 12 months. This is truly a time of fundamental change in the aviation industry and the Arconics software ecosystem is just getting started!

Read the results of the Arconics online survey into in-flight entertainment and connectivity here.


Image credits

Hamburg Conference Centre. Arconics studio.

Alexander Feuersaenger, Director of Product Management, Cabin Interiors and IFEC, at Lufthansa. http://www.passengerexperienceconference.com/

From left to right: Peter Sharples, Piksel; Joan Tan, Transavia; Michael Reilly, Arconics; and Niels Steenstrup, Gogo. Image credit: Maxim Sergienko. See more at: http://apex.aero/2016/04/04/flexible-solutions-make-IFEC-viable-low-cost-carriers#sthash.10iBeZL7.dpuf

Don Buchman, Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Mobility at ViaSat Inc. http://www.passengerexperienceconference.com/

Niall O’Sullivan, CEO Arconics. Arconics studio.


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