Friday, August 21, 2015

Recaro Fort Worth plant makes 200,000th BL3520 seat

Celebrating the production milestone at Recaro Aircraft Seating: Dr. Mark Hiller,
 CEO and Shareholder, Edward Pauly, Director Engineering, Bill Papan,
Director Quality and Process Management (back, from left to right),
Denis Martineau, Director Operations, Sunitha Vegerla,
General Manager, Jim Cangiano, Vice President Sales and Marketing (front, from left to right) 

Recaro Aircraft Seating recently noted a production milestone at its site in Fort Worth, Texas with 200,000th seat rolled off the assembly line August 20.

The seat was BL3520 economy class model for WestJet Airlines. 

“With its proximity to Boeing and to Airbus’s future final assembly line, as well as the world’s largest airlines, the location in the United States plays a strategic role in our international production network,” explains Dr. Mark Hiller, Chief Executive Officer and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating. “The 200,000 seats produced so far during the existence of this plant are evidence of the remarkable development undergone in the past 17 years by Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas, Inc.” 

Since the plant’s opening in 1998, Recaro Aircraft Seating has continually expanded its facilities and manufacturing capacities in Fort Worth. In 2013 the company doubled the production space from 108,000 to 248,000 square feet. The expansion became necessary after numerous orders from airlines in North and South America.

“Over the past years, we have received a number of large orders from this market for our successful BL3520 product – so it’s also appropriate that we’re now marking our production milestone with this economy class bestseller. By boosting our manufacturing capacity up to more than 45,000 seats per year in the near future, Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas, Inc. will become the largest facility in the Recaro network in terms of output. This gives us the flexibility and strength we need to serve our customers in the Americas,” says Sunitha Vegerla, General Manager of Recaro Aircraft Seating Americas, Inc.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ruggers part of Air New Zealand safety video

Air New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks rugby team and a line-up of the sport's  greats to tackle the airline's latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders.

Inspired by the Columbia Pictures Men in Black movies, Air New Zealand's latest safety installment features All Black's Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as Men in Black agents.

Starring alongside the two long-serving All Blacks is Coach Steve Hansen, teammates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside Kiwi musician Stan Walker.

American actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black. 
Credit goes to the airline for agreeing to add some rivals to the cast. Among the group are Australian Wallabies great David Campese and former Argentina Captain Agustin Pichot and Martin Johnson, former England Captain shared his sentiment.

The video was created in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment's Content Licensing group, with additional support from Sony Pictures Imageworks and Sony Pictures Entertainment's Archives & Collections.

Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says the airline is crazy about rugby making the All Blacks the perfect partner for its latest safety offering.

"We've worked with the All Blacks on previous safety videos and thought it would be fun this time around to have them step into the shoes of the other highly trained Men in Black. The result is not only entertaining but makes people sit up and take notice of the key safety messages," she said.

"The All Blacks are staunch rivals of the Pumas making it especially fun to play the role of their nemesis in Air New Zealand's new safety video," says Pichot.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Panasonic notes install milestone, usage figures

Panasonic Avionics announced yesterday it has delivered the 800th aircraft equipped with its global broadband connectivity service, eXConnect. The company expects to deliver its 1,000th connected aircraft by the end the year.

The system was installed on a 757-200, delivered in mid-July to United Airlines. The 757-200 was also the 332th connected aircraft that Panasonic has delivered to United.

Since 2008, Panasonic says more than 50% of all commercial airlines have chosen eXConnect for inflight connectivity. Last year Panasonic increased its backlog to more than 2,300 aircraft, and is expected to have more than 12,000 aircraft connected the global network within the next 10 years.

“The demand for connectivity onboard commercial aircraft has grown exponentially,” said David Bruner, Vice President, Global Communications Services for Panasonic Avionics, in yesterday’s announcement. “In the past 90 days alone, we have delivered more than 1.2 terabytes of traffic over our network each day. Today’s passengers today are consuming from 1.3 to 20 gigabytes of data per flight using eXConnect.”

Last year, 1.4 million passengers watched the FIFA World Cup aircraft equipped aircraft eXTV. According to Panasonic there was also high volume traffic as passengers tuned in to the Woman’s World Cup and Wimbledon tennis tournament. 

eXPhone service, offered in conjunction with Aeromobile, has also seen higher volume usage year over year. Over the last 12 months, there was 40% increase in passengers using the service, 41% more calls, a 35% increase in voice call minutes, almost 40% more SMS being sent and a 232% increase in data traffic for email, web browsing, and other applications.”