Friday, 21 September 2012

Delta Airlines to offer streaming entertainment options ©


Delta Airlines is rolling out The Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal on 950 aircraft enabling passengers to stream television and movie options directly to their laptop or tablet while in-flight. Streamed content will be accessible for 24 hours after a flight and available for playback on the ground through the same device used onboard.

Delta Airlines Senior VP Marketing Tim Mapes said "Delta continues to innovate through the use of technology and this newest addition means customers can count on having numerous in-flight entertainment choices available, whether they're flying internationally or domestically".

This new technology will be installed on Delta's international fleet in conjunction with previously announced plans to install international Wi-Fi service on more than 150 widebody aircraft, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.  This will allow customers to use both their personal device to stream movies and television shows, as well as current in-seat systems.

Introductory prices will range from $.99 per show for television programming to $3.99 for full-length movies from major Hollywood studios. Delta Connect will enable customers to sort titles by genre, length of feature, movie, show and other categories. Trailers are available for complimentary viewing prior to rental. Wi-Fi purchase is not required to access Delta Connect content or the on-demand service.

Delta Airlines operates year round services from Dublin to Atlanta and New York JFK and a seasonal Summer service from Shannon to New York JFK.

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Air Canada weeks away from New LCC launch ©

Air Canada is proceeding with plans to launch it's new LCC (Low cost carrier) said Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau,  with a branding announcement expected to come “within a couple of weeks", operating routes to Europe that currently aren't cost competitive for Air Canada and to allow it be more competitive on Caribbean and some U.S. destinations. Air Canada studied several different models around the world.

The Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau said "The model will be 100 percent (owned), separate leadership.It will have a separate management group because we want to ensure that we maintain the low-cost mentality."

The yet un-branded LCC from next year plans to gradually build up it's fleet to 30 Airbus A319s and 20 Boeing 767-300ER's, with plans to increase seat capacity by 20% from 225 to 275 on the Boeing 767 fleet to drive profitability. Air Canada is hiring 200 new staff for the LCC including 150 cabin crew and 50 pilots.

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