NEW YORK/HAMBURG (Reuters) – Wi-Fi in the sky is taking off, promising much better connections for travelers and a bonanza for the companies that sell the systems.
With satellite-based Wi-Fi, Internet speeds on jetliners are getting lightning fast. And airlines are finding that travelers expect connections in the air to rival those on the ground – and at lower cost.
HAMBURG, April 10 (Reuters) – Ever fancied seeing your name
in lights as you boarded a plane? A hologram to take you through
your in-flight entertainment options? Or how about something
simpler, like an easy place to rest your tablet?
Exhibitors at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg
demonstrated these ideas and more as they sought to win airline
customers with new seats, lighting and entertainment systems.
DARMSTADT, Germany (Reuters) – Europe on Thursday launched the first satellite of its multibillion-euro Copernicus Earth observation project that will supply valuable images in the event of natural disasters or even a plane crash.
The Sentinel-1a satellite, which blasted off into Earth’s orbit from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana at 5.02 p.m. ET, will be used to monitor sea ice, oil spills and land use and to respond to emergencies such as floods and earthquakes.
FRANKFURT/BERLIN, April 3 (Reuters) – Pilots on strike at
Lufthansa faced withering criticism across Germany and
even from their co-workers for demanding higher pay and early
retirement terms even though they rank among the country’s
Political leaders joined newspaper editorials and TV
commentators in lambasting the 5,400 pilots who have all but
shut down Germany’s largest airline and disrupted 425,000
passengers during their three-day walk-out until midnight
FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A three-day strike by pilots at Lufthansa over early retirement, which has grounded Germany’s largest airline, shows no sign of ending early after management said there would be no further talks during the strike period.
Lufthansa has cancelled 3,800 flights during the strike, which runs until the end of Friday, and says the stoppage will cost it tens of millions of euros.
FRANKFURT, March 28 (Reuters) – Pilots at Lufthansa
will hold a three-day strike next week in a row over
retirement conditions, their union said on Friday, bringing more
disruption to travellers after a spate of industrial action at
The pilots’ strike, which will run from 2200 GMT on April 1
until 2159 GMT on April 4, is likely to cause the cancellation
of hundreds of flights, and will be the third strike to hit
Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third-largest hub and Lufthansa’s
home base, in six weeks.
FRANKFURT, March 21 (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa
is facing more strike woes after pilots voted to
bolster their demands for better pay and working conditions with
More than 90 percent of the German flagship carrier’s pilots
voted in favour of going on strike, union Vereinigung Cockpit
(VC), which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, said on
FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The unexplained fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has thrown the spotlight on some satellite technologies that will make it easier in future for authorities to track and communicate with aircraft over water and uninhabited areas.
The plane vanished from radar screens on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Investigators believe it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean.
FRANKFURT, March 13 (Reuters) – Lufthansa,
Germany’s largest airline, restored its dividend payout and
forecast operating profit would rise more than expected this
year, as cost cutting and restructuring at its passenger
business bear fruit.
Shares in the group jumped almost 8 percent in early
Thursday trading to their highest level since the end of 2007.
BERLIN, March 10 (Reuters) – Dozens of small European
airports, which blossomed with the advent of no-frills flying,
face cutbacks or even closure as traditional airlines become
more competitive and regulators clamp down on state aid.
After years of suffering at the hands of budget airlines
such as Ryanair and easyJet, carriers including
Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France
have cut costs and consolidated to close the price gap
on short-haul European routes.