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Qatar completes first natural gas flight

Qatar completes first natural gas flight

13 October 2009 Airline News

Qatar Airways has made a major breakthrough in airline fuel technology by operating the inaugural paying-passenger flight powered by natural gas, with a flight between Gatwick and Doha. The move is regarded as an important step in the industry’s attempts to reduce its dependence on oil-based fuel.

Lufthansa to relaunch inflight internet

Lufthansa to relaunch inflight internet

13 October 2009 Airline News

Following a deal with Panasonic, Lufthansa is set to relaunch FlyNet, its on-board broadband Internet service, after a three-year hiatus. From the middle of 2010, customers will be able to communicate via the internet and the new service will also permit inflight data transfer over standard GSM/GPRS mobile networks.

Airline emissions cap urged for Copenhagen summit

Airline emissions cap urged for Copenhagen summit

9 September 2009 Airline News

The UK government is to raise its initiative against airline emissions as part of a new international treaty on climate change. The Committee on Climate Change, which was set up last year, is urging world leaders to agree on an international treaty at Copenhagen in December to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions from aviation are no higher than 2005 levels by 2050.

Dreamliner to fly by year’s end

Dreamliner to fly by year’s end

28 August 2009 Airline News

Boeing has said the inaugural flight of its Dreamliner would take flight by the end of the year, with delivery of the first plane toward the end of 2010, two years behind schedule. It will also cost the aerospace giant an additional $2.5bn to get the revolutionary aircraft airborne.

BTN Spotlight: Richard Thorne, Innovata

BTN Spotlight: Richard Thorne, Innovata

24 August 2009 Focus

Travelling the world is becoming easier with revolutionary booking tool developed by Innovata. BTN caught up with Richard Thorne, who heads up its Aviation division, to find out what new technology the company has planned.

easyJet lifts lid on mobile check-in plans

easyJet lifts lid on mobile check-in plans

24 August 2009 Airline News

easyJet has revealed plans to introduce mobile check-in using handheld machines by as early as October. The low-cost carrier is also planning mobile scanning of boarding passes in a bid to reduce airport queues and staffing costs.

UK fronts £350m to develop Airbus carbon A350

UK fronts £350m to develop Airbus carbon A350

14 August 2009 Airline News

The UK government is to provide Airbus with a launch aid package worth £350m to develop the A350 XWB, a carbon-fibre aircraft that aims to rival Boeing’s Dreamliner. The package amounts to roughly half what Airbus was seeking from the UK to develop the wide-body jet.

OnAir wins Airblue deal

26 November 2008 Press Release Travel Technology News

OnAir has announced an agreement with Airblue, Pakistan’s fastest growing airline, to launch Mobile OnAir voice and data services on up to 12 of its Airbus A320 aircraft beginning in 2009.