Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Hear the sledges with the bells- Silver bells! What a world of merriment their melody foretells! How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night! While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;

Lines of the Poem ,The Bells´ by Edgar Ellen Poe

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Wanted: Sparkling Idea for Personalized Travel Information

Aviation Managers provide sights into the current digital practice of their companies at the Aviation Symposium in Frankfurt, November 2017/Photos: jwm

Airline managers see significant changes as well as opportunities for their companies through digitization. It is undisputed: the expectations are high. Leading airlines have long invested considerable sums in digital initiatives, but the very individual passenger information for the journey from A to B is still coming.
At the Aviation Symposium in Frankfurt at the end of November, Heike Birlenbach, Senior Vice President Sales Hub Airlines of the Lufthansa Group, Joerg Tuensmeyer, Sales Director of British Airways for Europe, Africa and Latin America, as well as Dr. Ing. Pierre Dominique Prümm, responsible for flight operations and terminal management at Fraport, provided insights into the current digital practice of their companies.
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One million tickets from 29.99 euro

Eurewings Airbus A330/Foto: Eurowings

The competition on German and European skies is picking up speed. At Eurowings, for example, passengers can now book plane tickets from € 29.99 to destinations worldwide.

The low-cost airline campaign of the Lufthansa Group will run until the second Sunday of Advent. The discounted air tickets can be booked until Sunday, 10.12.2017, via www.eurowings.com or via smartphone and tablet via the Eurowings App and redeemed until the end of April 2018. jwm

Easyjet rivals Lufthansa

Easyjet starts competition with Lufthansa/Foto:dpa

After the Berlin Air Berlin insolvency, the British budget airline Easyjet wants to fly from 2018 for the first time on domestic routes and make Lufthansa competition. The airline said that it would offer connections from Berlin to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart on a weekly basis from January 5 to a total of 250 flights.

The airline is pleased to be able to offer “more competition and lower tariffs, in particular on domestic German routes, for which there is currently only a very limited selection,” said the European business manager Thomas Haagensen.

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Europe’s aviation business models on the test bench

Tourism, low cost, regional flights – everyone wants to grow. Panel discussion in Frankfurt (from left: moderator Timo Kotowski / FAZ, Roland Keppler, Oliver Wagner and Jochen-Schadt) / Photo: Messe Frankfurt

Germany and Europe’s aviation business models are on the ,test bench´ after the bankruptcies of Air Berlin, Monarch Air and Alitalia. According to experts, further bankruptcies will follow, as consolidation in Europe is in full swing. In Frankfurt at the end of November this item was heatedly debated on this year’s Aviation Symposium und business models were presented.

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Will Industry 4.0 drive the pilots out of the cockpits?

Future control of commercial aircraft from the ground? / Image: Psibemetix.Inc.

With the fourth industrial revolution – the industry 4.0 – the interplay of man and machine changes dramatically. The symposium of the Research Network for Pilot Training (FHP), of the Technical University of Darmstadt, this year focussed on this topic.

Can, or will, the artificial intelligence drive the pilots out of the cockpits? How will Industry 4.0 affect the training of pilots and air traffic controllers and change their requirements profile? What about the security risks caused by digital automation, hardware and software failures, the effects of hacking and viruses, the automation scenarios and the cockpit constellations in the future? The following is an excerpt from the report about a two and a half day symposium in the Rheingau with scientists, pilots and training officers of airlines and the German air traffic control, who tried to find answers. Continue reading “Will Industry 4.0 drive the pilots out of the cockpits?” »

With flying skate fish into the future?

Image: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

They currently only exist on computer screens of researchers, universities and development departments of various companies, remind of Star Wars, or exist as a few meters of remote-controlled models. They look like flying skate fish and could be seen at the airports of the world in 20 or 30 years.

Professor Detlef Schulze, Head of the Department of Vehicle Engineering and Aircraft Construction at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), is one of the experts who is instrumental in the development of the revolutionary designs. Together with other professors of the HAW he is thinking about completely new construction methods. A variant in the blended wing body (BWB) is an aircraft whose fuselage flows smoothly into the wings. This creates an aircraft cabin that can transport more than 1000 passengers. Continue reading “With flying skate fish into the future?” »