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002 HKG - Air Force One dash 8, Skymark bankrupt, Qantas virtual reality, smart carry-ons

Episode Summary

Flight 002. Air Force One goes 747-8, Skymark goes bankrupt, carry ons go smart, Qantas goes virtual, safety videos go mobile and in-flight entertainment goes into the future.

Episode Notes


I. News of the week

The new Air Force One will be a 747-8
AF Identifies Boeing 747-8 platform for next Air Force One — U.S. Air Force

Gatwick's ambition to cut down queues to a minimum
'Queues will be a thing of the past', Gatwick claims — Lizzie Porter, Telegraph

Skymark files for bankruptcy
Japan's Skymark Airlines files for bankruptcy protection — Adrian Schofield, ATW

Why did AA change its First Class cookie?
American Is Replacing Their Unpopular First Class Chocolate Chip Cookie. Here's Why That Matters. — Gary Leff, View from the Wing

Qatar Airways buys into IAG
Qatar Airways acquires 10% stake in IAG — Anne Paylor, ATW

Managing Airlines as Hotels
Hotel Management Model As An Alternative For Flagship Airlines


II. Innovation in AirTech, PaxEx and Design

Hopper promises to tell you when best to book your flight
Hooper's New App Throws Down the Gauntlet for Flight Predictions — Nikki Ekstein, Travel + Leisure

Qantas and Samsung partner on inflight VR goggles
Qantas Virtually Entertain Us — Jonny Clark, TheDesignAir
Airbus Invents Immersive Seat Helmet to Make You Forget You're Flying

Life Vest App
New inflight safety apps seek passenger attention and retention — Tomas Romero, Runway Girl Network

US airlines lead world for inflight wifi
There's more in-flight wi-fi than ever — Ryan Tomme, Briefly Today
The Sorry State of In-Flight Wi-Fi — Nick Bilton, The New York Times
Gogo gets FCC nod for 70Mbps in-flight WiFi tech — Nate Swanner, Slashgear

A carry-on gets smart
Bluesmart: World's First Smart,Connected Carry-On — Indiegogo


III. App of the Week



IV. Debate of the week

The Future of IFE
New Budget Airline Seats Swap Screens For Built-in Tablet Holders — Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo
Panasonic's High-Tech Airplane Seats Bring Luxury Amenities To Coach — Les Shu, Digital Trends
In-flight entertainment's future may be on your tablet — Kate Davidson, Marketplace
Alaska Airlines to offer Windows 8.1 tablets for passengers on long flights — John Callaham, Windows Central
Lufthansa will let you watch in-flight movies on your own tablet — Todd R. Weiss, CiteWorld


V. Question of the week

How can you tell the age of an aircraft you're flying?


VI. Airport of the week

HKG. Alex reminisces about the amazing feat that was the big move from Kai Tak to the new Chek Lap Kok.