Archive | March, 2008

Mum about the gun: US Airways explains silence

Why has US Airways been so quiet about that accidental gun discharge incident? The carrier seeks to answer that question in its latest employee newsletter (key phrases bolded below). Do you think this will make it all go away? I’m guessing not. “Here’s some background on the Federal Flight Deck Officer’s (FFDO) program that may […]

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Go Go Gadget: AirCell’s cool new video and branding

I couldn’t let the weekend begin without giving a big shout-out to AirCell, which has branded its ATG connectivity service Gogo, and released an awesome online video. Check it out at Also take a look at the initial routes that will feature the Gogo service. I’d fly an American Airlines Boeing 767 coast-to-coast for […]

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Details from NSR’s hot new report on satellite communications

Want to know what level of satellite bandwidth demand is likely to be required in each regional market? Get in line, baby. That’s the $64 million dollar question that market research and consulting firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) tackles in a new report on aeronautical satellite communications. It’s also a question I dared to ask […]

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What you should know about Starling and Qest before you head to Hamburg

About seven weeks ago this blog revealed that the new antenna being offered under a partnership between EMS Technologies and Israel’s Starling Advanced Communication is a mature product. I also believe I suggested you stay tuned to Runway Girl for more information. Don’t say I didn’t keep my word but you can, of course, call […]

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A green conference hiccup and an airline embrace

I recently highlighted two aviation conferences as part of my Paddy’s Day blog about the latest parade of industry greening efforts – the Green Skies Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, and the Eco-Aviation Conference in Washington DC. The events were scheduled to occur one month apart, starting with Green Skies on 21-23 May. Fast-forward […]

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Spotlight on AAR as opportunities abound

Several companies are starting to look well-positioned to benefit from what is, according to some analysts, a looming downturn in the industry. AAR appears to be one of those firms. Headquartered in Wood Dale, Illinois, AAR operates four segments – aircraft sales and leasing; aviation supply chain; maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO); and structures and […]

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Ready, set, chat: AeroMobile supports commercial voice-call first

I haven’t written about one of my favourite subjects – in-flight connectivity – in what feels like ages. But I couldn’t let the opportunity pass to say a big word of congratulations to Arinc/Telenor joint venture AeroMobile, which is now enjoying visible gains from its hard work after the first authorized in-flight mobile phone call […]

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Give a hand for a little leg

Will folks pay more money to secure a bit of extra legroom on a JetBlue Airbus A320 or Embraer 190? I feel fairly certain that long-legged fans of the carrier’s service will be happy to do just that. JetBlue today confirmed it will allow A320 customers to pay extra for greater seat pitch; rows two […]

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But the drama could just be beginning…more from JPMorgan

Boeing, Boeing 787, 787 delay, Randy Tinseth, Greg Hayes, UTC, United Technologies, Hamilton Sundstrand

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Big 787 drama is over, says UTC executive

United Technologies (UTC) remains confident the Boeing 787 “is going to fly soon” and believes that “the big drama is behind us”. So said the firm’s VP of accounting and finance Greg Hayes this morning at the JPMorgan Aviation and Transportation Conference in New York. While Hayes could not comment on Boeing’s latest schedule (the […]

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