Archive | November, 2008


Slim seats for Embraer E-Jets within two years, reveals Chiessi

Embraer plans to offer new “slim seats” as standard across its E-Jets family within the next two years. The project is part of a list of improvements planned for the E-170/175 and E-190/195. A new generation seat, developed by C&D under Embraer specification, the slim seat improves the passenger living space – specifically the knee distance […]

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The definitive Thales TopSeries list and a revelation about #28

As promised, the good folks at Thales have sent me their full list of announced TopSeries customers. To date the in-flight entertainment (IFE) giant has secured TopSeries deals with just over 40 airlines, which have committed to over 1,000 TopSeries systems. The 31 carriers named in the list below are the ones that have given […]

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Aircell and the biz jet side of the equation

For the folks paying ultra-close attention to Aircell’s goings on (you know who you are), check out the US FAA’s “notice of proposed special conditions” concerning the Colorado-based firm’s 15 March 2007 application for a type design change to an existing STC to install additional equipment on Dassault Falcon 2000 series airplanes. “These airplanes, as […]

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Cheap and easy – Aircell proves it’s no broadband virgin

Virgin America’s decision to launch its in-flight broadband service Gogo with a plane-load of journalists and bloggers – while tying the experience into the YouTube Live event – was a bloody public relations coup. The airline, along with service provider Aircell, has received rather significant press coverage since Saturday’s flight and most of it is very positive. I only wish American […]

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Live blogging from Virgin’s Gogo launch flight (and a scoop)

Hello there RWG readers, Virgin America has just launched its in-flight connectivity service, Gogo, I’m writing this blog from 30,000ft. The aircraft is packed with journalists and we’re all putting Gogo through it’s paces. Suffice it to say that speed is just what Aircell promised – as fast as on the ground. I linked up […]

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BOB disappearing act at US Airways sees LSG lose big

US Airways dropped a proverbial buy-on-board (BOB) bomb this week, after revealing that nearly half of all the food that LSG Sky Chefs provides for BOB is never accounted for – it’s lost, dropped in the trash before it gets back to the kitchen or eaten by people that didn’t pay for it. In its […]

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Richard Branson won’t be in San Fran but everyone else will

Okay, I’m not going to hide my disappointment that Sir Richard isn’t attending Virgin America’s 22 November launch of Aircell’s Gogo service, which will support the first-ever live air-to-ground video transmission as part of a larger “YouTube Live” event happening in San Francisco. “Richard really wanted to join us, but unfortunately, his schedule did not […]

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Upturned bathtubs…Lufthansa may fly Connexion replacement in ’09, says CEO

Lufthansa CEO Wolfgang Mayrhuber yesterday told a roundtable of journalists at the Wings Club in NY that the German operator is still in negotiations with various Ku band-based connectivity providers but that it could offer in-flight Internet “as early as next year”. It is no secret that the launch customer for now-defunct Connexion by Boeing […]

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Finnair’s crystal ball sees cool exteriors, hot interiors in 2093

What will aircraft look like in 85 years? Finnair, which is celebrating its 85th birthday, seeks to answer that question on its fun new web site Departure 2093 at One of my favourite of five visions for future aircraft is the so-called A600-850M “wide-bodied, zero-emission supersonic aircraft”. This 600 to 850-seat aircraft – which […]

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BA rocks it with Thales pick…plus the TopSeries widebody list

British Airways (BA) yesterday revealed a mammoth deal with Thales to outfit its Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and new Boeing 777-300ERs with the firm’s TopSeries in-flight entertainment (FE) system. BA has traditionally flown Rockwell Collins IFE on its long-haul fleet, even upgrading from Rockwell’s TES to digital dTES on its Boeing 747s, 767s and 777s. […]

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