Archive | January, 2009

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US Airways extends IFE trial; says connectivity also a priority

Remember how I was yammering on the other day about US Airways’ plan to conduct a meager one-month trial of Lumexis’ fibre-to-the-screen IFE system? Well I have just learned that US Airways intends to extend the trial by another month to 60 days with an option for an additional 30. A three-month trial? That’s a little more like […]

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US ban on in-flight cell phone use ain’t going anywhere

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not revisited the ban on in-flight cell phone usage in the USA since it terminated its own proceeding on the matter in the spring of 2007. And even though the likes of British Airways (BA) is planning to offer mobile connectivity on its new London City-New York JFK […]

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Super hot contact reveals Aircell’s first-class sales pitch

It looks like Aircell knows where its bread is buttered. And it’s not in economy class (no matter how good we are with knives). I’ve received a report from the field that Aircell is targeting first-class passengers in its latest sales pitch for Gogo in-flight Internet. The reader, an aviation industry exec who shall remain […]

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UPDATED: Row 44 could launch on Southwest this week

Updated to include Southwest comment… I’m hearing some industry rumblings that Row 44 this week could launch its in-flight Internet solution on Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft. And those industry rumblings appear to be true! Sort of. A Southwest spokeswoman has just revealed to me that airline staffers are beginning their own testing of the […]

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Wale’s words of wisdom

Earlier this month I had a great little chat with IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju about the in-flight connectivity landscape. He made a number of interesting points, suggesting, for example, that major international carriers need to look at offering both GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity. I don’t want to let the whole month slip by without […]

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VIDEO: Let’s get it started…

I sympathize with in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) players. More often than not, they make overly ambitious timelines for bringing a new system or service to market, and we journalists tend to give them heck for it. I sympathize because I’ve seen my own deadline to video blog or “vlog” slip way to the right. I’ve […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Jan 23)

I find myself swimming in a sea of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) and interiors news this morning. And when that happens, there is only one solution – a news and rumour roundup! Let’s herd um in boys. Yeehaw! I’ll stop that now. HARD NEWS Cingular Wireless has submitted a patent application that is crying […]

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American still undecided on fleet-wide equipage of Gogo

American Airlines chief Gerard Arpey told me yesterday during an earnings conference call that management has not made a final decision about whether to progress with fleet-wide installations of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity solution, Gogo. The carrier has offered Gogo on its transcontinental Boeing 767s since last summer. And passengers have raved about the service. Asked […]

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PHOTOS: Singapore unveils new business class offering

Singapore Airlines (SIA) today unveiled its latest business class offering, which it says is designed specifically for customers travelling on regional and medium-haul routes. Featured is a new, Weber-made business class seat. Here’s what it looks like on SIA’s newly delivered Airbus A330-300: And here’s the specs: Seat Manufacturer Weber Number of Business Seats 30 […]

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Aircell could end up like Connexion: Analyst Tim Farrar

Tim Farrar thinks Aircell’s Gogo in-flight connectivity solution is a great service. He’s just not convinced that the firm will be able to make good on its equipage and financial predictions. The president of consulting and research company TMF Associates felt compelled to write me an email today after reading comments from Aircell chief Jack Blumenstein posted by yours truly. “I […]

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