Tag: innovations

Futuristic Concept of ‘Flying Trains’ Could Revolutionize Air Travel

Reading Time: 1 minute A plane that lands on a runway and transforms swiftly into a train? It could potentially become a thing in the not-too-distant future. Akka Technologies has unveiled its ‘Link & Fly’ aircraft design, envisioning a modular craft that relies on a passenger pod and detachable wings to speed up the boarding process. “After cars go electric […]

‘More Comfortable’ Economy Middle Seat to Be Unveiled

Reading Time: 2 minutes Molon Labe has teamed up with BMW’s Designworks and Panasonic Avionics to create an economy-cabin design that would make the middle seat wider and more attractive. A concept model of the novel design will be unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, April 4-6. The Stagger Seat, or S2, is a variation of Molon […]

How Blockchain Technology Can Improve the Airline Industry

Reading Time: 2 minutes The airline industry – a data intensive industry with complex procedures and requirements – has much to gain from blockchain technology, an analysis from consulting firm Accenture reveals. Using cryptographic techniques and a distributed messaging protocol, a blockchain provides shared ledgers that decentralize reconciliation-based processes. Blockchain technologies differ from traditional technologies in that they are […]

Airports Ramp up IT Investments in Security

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security with 50% rating it a high priority, up from 37% last year. This is according to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey, the extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry co-sponsored by SITA and Airports Council International […]

Transforming the Passenger Journey

Reading Time: 3 minutes The International Air Transport Association (IATA) laid out a transformative vision for air travel that will enable aviation to successfully accommodate a near doubling in demand for air travel over the next two decades. According to IATA’s latest passenger forecast, some 7.2 billion air trips will take place in 2035, up from 3.8 billion in […]

Airbus C295W Demonstrates Air-to-Air Refueling Capability

Reading Time: 1 minute Airbus Defence and Space has successfully demonstrated the Airbus C295W medium transport as an airborne tanker. The C295W, equipped with a palletized air-to-air refuelling unit and associated computer control system, conducted multiple contacts with a standard Spanish Air Force C295 in a test flight on 29 September. Both crews reported extremely smooth operation at various […]

First New Standard A330 MRTT Makes Maiden Flight

Reading Time: 1 minute Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed the maiden flight of the first new standard A330 MRTT Multi Role Tanker Transport. This model incorporates a number of enhancements introduced on the basic A330 as well as upgraded military systems as part of Airbus and Airbus Defence and Space’s continuous product improvement programme. The three-hour flight […]

American Airlines Rolls Out First Retrofitted Boeing 757-200

Reading Time: 1 minute American Airlines (AA) has rolled out the first retrofitted Boeing 757-200 for its transatlantic routes to Europe and Latin America. This program is part of the carrier’s $3 billion investment, which also includes the standardization of its narrowbody fleet. The retrofit program is being carried out at AA’s Tulsa maintenance base, where 24 757s will […]

Russian Helicopters to Demonstrate New “Arctic” Version of Mi-8AMTSh

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, will feature a full-scale sample of Mi-8AMTSh-VA at a private showing during the International Military and Technical Forum ARMY-2016. The first batch of these helicopters is already being used by the Russian Defense Ministry and they are designed for a wide range of tasks in the Arctic. Compared […]

Airbus Studies Noise Reduction at a New Acoustic Lab

Reading Time: 2 minutes Airbus has a long history of pioneering advanced technology that creates new and better ways for people to fly – and now, with one new facility, innovation at Airbus has never sounded so good. This resource is an acoustic lab in Hamburg, Germany that for the first time allows it to investigate cabin noise and […]