Archive for June, 2007

All 22 aboard were killed in Cambodia air crash

On Monday it was reported, that an AN 24 aircraft disappeared near Silhanoukville, Cambodia. The wreckage was found after a two-day search crashed into mountainous terrain on its way from Siem Reap to Silhanoukville. Officials target stromy weather as the most likely course of the disaster. All 22 people aboard were reported dead.

Read more about the air crash on

by Szafi


22 June, 2007 Paris Air Show

Here are the recent headlines from ATW Online

Airbus’s banner week continues
AirAsia to launch OnAir inflight telephony in Asia
Embraer logs more orders for E-195s
Volga-Dnepr signs up for new IL-76 freighters
AIA chief lauds growing European cooperation
Additional stories

20 June, Paris Air Show

Just a few headlines for today from ATW Online:

  • ILFC orders 52 more 787s as Boeing nears July rollout
  • Airbus adds to strong Paris showing by inking firm orders for 43 A330s
  • Gallois: ‘Airbus is back’
  • Pratt signs second airline for CFM56 parts program, confirms Asian customer
  • IAE secures V2500 engine orders, aftermarket agreements valued at up to $1.77 billion
  • CFM wins $690 million in CFM56-5B orders
  • Honeywell to provide 747-8 FMS

by Szafi

19 June, Paris Air Show

The first bunch of news are gathered here for your convenience.

  1. Headlines from ATW Online
    • Airbus order book overflows on first day at Paris
    • Bombardier, AVIC I agree to cooperate on ARJ-21, CSeries development
    • Emirates expects major widebody order later this year
    • Lion Air orders 40 additional 737-900ERs valued at $3 billion
    • GECAS orders six additional 777Fs valued at $1.4 billion
    • Carson: ‘Unbelievable’ demand driven by nontraditional markets
    • Embraer wins E-Jet orders from Lufthansa, JAL
    • Boeing denies 787 problems
    • ATR confirms 53 orders this year
    • Additional stories

  2. An article on Business and Technology about the show.
  3. Headlines on Financial Times
  4. A nice article about the show on English version

I hope you will enjoy reading the articles.

By Szafi

Paris Air Show 2007

The Paris Air Show 2007 started today. In the next posts we will try to keep you informed.

In the meantime here is the official site of the event.

A royal aircraft

The king of Jordan is in Hungary at the moment. He arrived this morning – naturally on his own aircraft. Take a look at the following photo report. Photos were taken by an ex-colleague, Viktor Laszlo.

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RFID usage at airlines or airports

RFID is a relatively new technology and not too many industries have adapted to it, but aviation – as always and early adaptor of new IT trends – has already invented some good ways to use this very cheap and useful technology.

What is RFID?

RFID means radio frequency identification. As in case of all radio frequency communication, RFID also requires a transmitter and a receiver. The communication is 2-ways, so the transmitter can be receiver and the receiver can be transmitter as well. RFID can be used best when there are numerous objects or people you would like to monitor and keep track of their location. RFID’s effective radius is low, it means that the objects or poeple need to be quite close to each other. For example you can keep track of goods in a warehouse or you can keep track of baggages, mail or people at an airport. These functions can be served with by the same system. There needs to be a central station that sends out and receives signal to and from small radio frequency chips built in either loyalty cards or bag tags. These chips can be easily implanted into such small cards and they are cheap as well, so it is perfect for mass use.

What is it good for?

The most typical areas where RFID is used in the avation industry is baggage and cargo tracking. RFID bag tags are included in IATA’s Simplifying the Business programme. For more information please click here.
The main advantages of RFID baggage tracking are the following:

  • you can easily organize loading
  • if someone misses the plane it’s easy to find and offload the baggage
  • if a baggage gets lost somewhere in the airport, you find it easily
  • you can track the status of a certain baggage: checked in, security checked, loaded, offloaded etc
  • you can easily find a certain baggage or cargo item in a warehouse or cargo base

Although it is not that commonly used and supported, we have already seen solutions for using RFID for CRM purposes. The following vision is not a vision at all. It was taken from real life.

  • The passenger holds a loyalty card containing RFID chip
  • Whenever he or she arrives at the airport, the chip gives radio signals to the central station that transmits the signal to the CRM or check-in system
  • The DCS (departure control system) checks the passenger in and he or she receives an SMS saying “you are checked in to flight XY. Your gate will be C21.”
  • If the passenger has a baggage, he or she can check it in at the bag drop off counter
  • If the passenger’s loyalty card makes it possible, he or she can walk in to the business lounge, where no registration will be needed as the CRM system will recognize the customer by the RFID signal.
  • If the passenger gets lost womewhere at the airport, there is no need for last calls, the gate agent can take a look at the monitor that shows where the passenger is and can send somebody to go and find him or her.
  • When the passenger boards, there is no need for a boarding card, the central receiver will send the status update to the DCS.

Can you imagine such an ease at the airport procedures? It is very beneficial both for the ground handler and the passenger. I hope will meet this technology very soon at many airports. Best practices can be viewed at Amsterdam, Schipol Airport and Tokyo, Narita International Airport.

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