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Sep 24, 2007

The next generation of global positioning system satellites will allow the government to reduce the accuracy of GPS signals within a much smaller area, according to the Defense Department. The change will give the U.S. the ability to limit the accuracy of navigation devices for security purposes without inhibiting the overall accuracy of GPS signals for commercial purposes. "While this action will not materially improve the performance of the system, it does reflect the United States' strong commitment to users by reinforcing that this global utility can be counted on to support peaceful civil applications around the globe," the Pentagon said. Sep 20, 2007

Major players in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) and communications industry are witnessing a substantial rise in airline expenditure for premium onboard services, as the entire cabin environment becomes a "driving force of airline business success", the former head of IATA says. After years of sluggish innovation, carriers "have recently begun to pour millions of dollars into improving their cabin product, elevating first and business class to new heights, while reducing the back-end of the airplane to a flying merchandise mart", said Pierre Jeanniot in a keynote address at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Toronto. Though difficult to quantify an exact return on investment, "investing in premium service is simply mandatory for any carrier committed to remain a credible player in that market segment", says Jeanniot, who now holds t Sep 18, 2007

Travel insurance has changed with the times, with a host of new options reflecting new realities and consumer demand. Before buying a policy, travelers should consider the policy limits, the likelihood they'll cancel the trip for reasons other than an emergency, and the possibility that they'll want to be evacuated if they need medical care. All of these scenarios and more are included if the right policy is purchased. Sep 17, 2007

AirTran Airways

Lancope said AirTran deployed its StealthWatch Network Behavior Analysis System to secure its financial transactions, protect passenger data and ensure that all information in its network is safe. Sep 19, 2007

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is planning to offer satellite-based broadband connectivity to its passengers, after inking an agreement with Row 44 that is expected to result in fleetwide installations of the California-based company[sup.1]s system. The deal, announced today at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Toronto, also marks the first publicly announced airline customer for Row 44, which is offering high-bandwidth service based on technology from satellite networks and services specialist Hughes. The two-way Ku antennas and high power amplifiers for use in Row 44[sup.1]s system are being provided by AeroSat. Under the terms Sep 19, 2007

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will this spring test a satellite-based Web-access system, and if the test goes well, the carrier hopes to roll out the system to all of its 114 planes by the end of 2009. An airline spokesman said the price of the service to passengers has not yet been set. Sep 18, 2007

CSA Czech Airlines, Swiss Aviation

Swiss Aviation Software said CSA Czech Airlines is implementing its AMOS integrated information system to help streamline MRO administration and management. Sep 18, 2007

Dallas/Fort Worth International

Airports across the country are working to offer convenient ways for gadget-toting travelers to charge up their devices. Ken Buchanan, vice president of revenue management at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said the amenity was considered pretty basic by most travelers: "It's like a water fountain," he said. "The expectation is there." Sep 20, 2007


SITA added Eclipse as a new member to its Channel Partner Program. Under terms of the agreement, the French IT distributor is allowed to sell a select number of SITA's systems to about 100 small and medium-sized airports in France handling up to 5 million passengers per year. Average passenger growth at French regional airports last year exceeded 5% to almost 40 million. Solutions and services available under the Indirect Channels label include SITA's AirportConnect CUTE, AirportConnect Kiosk, Bag Manager, Bag Message and DCS in Application Service Provider mode. Sep 21, 2007


Google registers in-house lobbyists. Internet search company Google Inc. has registered in-house lobbyists for the first time since establishing a Washington office in 2005. Up until this year, Google only had been using several outside lobbying firms, including King & Spalding LLP and the Podesta Group, to represent its federal policy interests. Google spent $580,000 in the first six months of 2007 to lobby the federal government. Sep 19, 2007


Palm predicts lower 1st-quarter earnings. Palm Inc., whose Treo smart phone is facing increasing competition from Apple Inc., Nokia Corp. and other offerings, warned on Wednesday it might see a small loss in its fiscal first quarter. For the quarter ended Aug. 31, the company expects either to report a loss of 1 cent per share or to break even. Palm will report its full financial statement Oct. 1. Sep 19, 2007

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins said it is adding several new features to its Airshow 4200 moving map display and flight information system. The additions provide passengers with an upgraded system with a complete new Atlas Style Map Set, more details on existing maps, and new features including a World Clock page and a Flight Deck Instrument Panel page. Sep 19, 2007

Sabre, Amadeus

Moneydirect, the Sabre Holdings and Amadeus new joint product will provide a solution to automatic payments in the travel industry. Moneydirect has been put together by the two travel technology giants as a means of furthering [sup.3]better payment efficiencies, increased automation, and improved interoperability,[sup.2] said a spokesperson for the operation. The payment platform will focus on travel agencies, wholesalers, tour operators, central product providers or franchises, and technology providers. Sep 20, 2007

Sabre, Amadeus

Sabre and Amadeus launched Sept. 17 its Moneydirect non-air payment joint venture, following last week's approval by the European Commission. The global distribution competitors last month said they had partnered to form the business focusing on automated, multi-GDS payment, processing, clearing and reconciliation for non-air segments, including hotel, rental car and rail. Sep 17, 2007


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