In this episode, hosts Maryann Simson and Seth Miller chat to special guest Philip Balaam, president of Inmarsat Aviation, about the company’s tie-up with Hughes to create a new in-flight connectivity solution, GX+ North America. Staying on the topic of in-flight Wi-Fi, the pair also discuss Seamless Air Alliance’s second set of guidelines for creating OpenIFC hardware.
Elsewhere, they explore the benefits of Spirit Airlines’ newly revamped Free Spirit loyalty program and mourn the closure of Cathay Dragon.
See below for a rundown of the topics discussed in this episode:
(0:46) The restructuring of Cathay Pacific and closure of Cathay Dragon
(2:36) Testing at French Airports including Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly
(3:28) Testing begins in partnership with Collinson at London Heathrow
(4:04) Inmarsat Aviation launches GX+ North America
(4:32) Interview with Philip Balaam, president, Inmarsat Aviation
(9:42) Seamless Release 2, the new guidelines from Seamless Air Alliance (12:02) Spirit Airlines’ Free Spirit loyalty program
(14:02) Emirates brings back the showers on its A380s
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