Archive | December, 2008

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Row 44 sees commercial trials within weeks; eyes the Thames

Despite the apparent obstacles facing Row 44, the firm is confident that commercial testing of its Ku band-based connectivity system will begin within weeks!!! In an interview with USA Today, Row 44 CEO John Guidon says: “We’ll be deploying in North America commercially in 2009. That means very heavy rollout. We’re already working with Southwest […]

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Top five most important IFE&C moments of 2008 and some juice

1) Oneworld alliance member American Airlines launches Aircell’s broadband service, Gogo. A high-profile carrier that previously showed interest in now-defunct Connexion by Boeing, American’s launch of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) solution on 15 transcontinental Boeing 767-200s forced other legacies to think hard about whether they could afford to wait for another satellite offering to come to market […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 26)

Our IFE&C weekly news roundup is a little light on this the day after Christmas, but it’s not completely snow-flaky. HARD NEWS US Airways says that while it intends to trial in-flight Internet “at some point” it is not likely to do so anytime soon (hmmm, if this is the case can we assume that US […]

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I’ve got a jetliner cabin for you

As engineers consider interiors for new-design aircraft, it’s helpful to take a look at some of the most innovative designs of the past and present as well as concepts that have been mulled for today’s latest generation aircraft, such as the Airbus A380. To do that, I’ve received permission to publish an array of photos from what is perhaps […]

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JetBlue unit LiveTV writes FCC about Row 44 concerns

There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction we are goingThere’s no knowing where we’re rowingOr which way the river’s flowing Is it raining?Is it snowing?Is a hurricane a blowing?   Why yes it is, Willy. Yes it is. LiveTV is urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Row 44 to clearly demonstrate […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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Can we sleep together?

There is nothing new about the idea of stacked sleepers on aircraft. The Boeing Stratoliner, which boasted a near 12ft wide cabin, had plenty of room for sleeping berths. And that operated commercial flights back in the 1940s. In the mid-1980s, first-class passengers on Philippine Airlines could sleep through overnight flights in upper-and lower-level bunk […]

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Thales patent app expands on layered IFE architecture approach

Well lookie at what has just been made public at the US Patent and Trademark office. It’s a patent application from Thales regarding a system and method for expanding in-flight entertainment (IFE) and cabin functions throughout an aircraft cabin. More particularly, says Thales in its filing, the present invention “relates to implementing new services for airplane passengers […]

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Southwest will zag on Internet charge, zig on other fees

I just arrived home after a long - but fruitful - haul today. I took the morning train from Lancaster to New York for the Wings Club luncheon, where I dined with the fabulous Jennifer Coutts Clay of “Jetliner Cabins” fame. Speaking at the event was Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly (check out my tremendously poor effort to take […]

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Virgin America’s Cush reveals Gogo usage stat – wow!

My colleague, ATI US editor Lori Ranson, had a chat with Virgin America president and CEO David Cush yesterday in San Francisco. Here’s the latest from Cush on Virgin America’s Gogo ramp-up and usage stats. 1) Gogo, which went live on Virgin America last month, is currently flying on three Airbus A320 family aircraft  2) Take-up […]

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