Airbus has completed installation of the first set of ‘Sharklet’ wing-tip devices on the company’s A320 development aircraft.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity, including broadband Internet and live TV, for the airline’s existing widebody fleet and for all the widebody jets which Etihad has on order.

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A full-scale flight deck demonstrator for the all-new Bombardier CSeries aircraft has made its world debut at the Dubai Air Show. Visitors to the CSeries aircraft dome, situated at P1, will experience first-hand the most advanced flight deck demonstrator in the industry.

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Alaska Airlines and sister carrier Horizon Air will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States partly powered by biofuel, starting on November 9. The flights will link Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon.

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Now available on all Virgin Atlantic Airways flights, the new meal service is intended to create a more restaurant-like environment, using a redesigned menu which aims to offer a fresh approach to dining at 30,000 feet.

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Bombardier says the final results of a five-year wind-tunnel test program have validated the CSeries airliner’s aerodynamic design and support the manufacturer’s predictions that the CSeries family will deliver a 20 per cent fuel-burn advantage over comparably sized existing jets.

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Megabus.com will offer service from Atlanta to Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery in Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville in Tennessee; and Gainesville, Jacksonville and Orlando in Florida.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft is teaming with Korean Air to showcase a full-scale cabin demonstrator for the manufacturer’s new CSeries airliner at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition from October 18 to 23.

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Starting in November, Bahrain-based Gulf Air will offer Sky Hub in-flight technology, making broadband connectivity and live TV service possible for passengers during their flights – even on intercontinental sectors.

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At the National Business Aviation Association convention in Las Vegas on October 10, Boeing Business Jets unveiled the latest BBJ to enter the Chinese charter market with operator Deer Jet.

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The additions include Delta Connect, a new in-flight portal that will be available exclusively to all customers using Wi-Fi on Delta aircraft; wireless movies and television on demand on Boeing 757-300s; and a more user-friendly design for Airbus A330 in-flight entertainment systems, which includes more content choices.

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Air China, Austrian and Lufthansa will be the first Star Alliance member carriers to install the new economy-class seats on their long-haul fleets. Deliveries of the seats from B/E Aerospace are scheduled to begin in 2012.

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Costing $1.99 to buy, the ‘Onmaway’ app automatically lets other people know a user’s location over time, whether it be their spouse while the user is away for 20 minutes or the user’s social network for the length of a cross-country or international trip lasting months.

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The online application has been designed to be user-friendly and to allow customers to create their own SkyTeam Round the World itineraries, using the networks of all 14 SkyTeam member airlines.

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Panasonic’s broadband Ku connectivity solution eXConnect will be installed on JAL’s fleet of Boeing 777s and introduced on routes between Japan and its gateways in Europe and North America.

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American Airlines is expanding ‘entertainment on demand’, the airline’s inflight streaming video product, to approximately 400 Wi-Fi enabled aircraft by the end of 2012.

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According to a recent study conducted by U.S. in-flight connectivity company Gogo, one in five users of the service say they have switched from their preferred airline to be on a flight equipped with in-flight internet.

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The first Delta Connection regional jet equipped with Wi-Fi departed on September 7 from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with scheduled stops in Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and White Plains, New York throughout the day.

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Previously, the ability to perform specific seat selection in SIA’s Economy Class was exclusively available to customers who booked their flights via the Singapore Airlines website.

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