June 2014

Available in the USA for years, Wifi has not been available on European flights. This has been frustrating for some (and no doubt a refuge for others).

But is appears for Europeans that the tenticles of the internet will soon reach everywhere with the help of satellite communications company Inmarsat, which has plans to create a Europe-wide network by the end of 2016.

Inmarsat has announced £450m plans to send a new satellite into the stratosphere capable of talking to partner networks’ cell towers on the ground.

BA is widely reported to be in advanced discussions with Inmarsat with a view to becoming a launch partner. The ground to air network infrastructure conceptualised by Inmarsat reflects the system used in the United States through IPS like GoGo, whose service has been available on commercial jets since 2008. The new satellite will form part of a network called Europasat which will ensure the connection stays reliable across the continent.

It is also reported that Inmarsat says it also plans to allow government agencies in the need for security situations or in response to disasters.

Ten months in development, and made to taste good at 35,000 feet, the Flying Burger will be available on flights next month.

BA is one of the leaders of the “height cusine” concept, recognising that food tastes different at altitude because of the effect on the tastebuds. So Mark Tazzioli and BA have been working on a special burger recipe.

We understand that the burger is made from three different cuts of British beef (chuck, cheek and onglet) to ensure full flavour, even in an airplane cabin pressurised to about 8,000 feet.

The beef will be British, but Monterey Jack cheese will feature, as will gherkins, tomato relish, and the very trendy brioche bun.

It will be served with a side of triple-cooked chips and choice of relishes.