Archive | January, 2009

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iPod connectivity in economy – you want it? You got it!

The 4Q and full-year earnings bloodbath that US airlines are announcing right now has me a little preoccupied. But I must take a moment to recognize Singapore Airlines (SIA) for offering Apple iPod and iPhone connectivity over Panasonic IFE to all passengers on its first newly delivered Airbus A330-300. SIA claims to be the first in the […]

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US Airways corrects itself; says Lumexis trial has not yet started

Amended to included US Airways’ own correction of prior comment. US Airways is in the process of installing Lumexis’ fibre-to-the-screen IFE systems on a single Airbus A320 in preparation for trial. The carrier yesterday told RWG it had begun a one-month trial of the system. In an email today, however, a US Airways spokesman says: “Testing has […]

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Panasonic stresses commitment to in-flight Internet solution

To say that Panasonic Avionics has been quiet about its Ku band-based connectivity solution would be a mighty understatement indeed. Nary has a word been said about eXConnect since October, when the in-flight entertainment (IFE) giant revealed to me it was in advanced discussions with a launch customer for its portfolio of airborne broadband data […]

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Lufthansa vows to offer Internet this year on overseas flights

Right now, I’m sitting in a very comfortable chair in Lufthansa’s new flagship lounge at JFK airport. I’m treating myself to a mohito and a glass of champagne because I’m a happy girl. Lufthansa VP, the Americas Jens Bischof has just assured me that the carrier “will be the only airline for quite a while […]

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United takes path of former Connexion partners to Aircell

Several years after withdrawing from now-defunct Connexion by Boeing’s satellite-based Internet project, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have all now turned to Aircell for air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity. United is the latest carrier to confirm it will bring Aircell’s Gogo Internet onboard, saying in a statement today that the service will be offered […]

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ViaSat to Row 44: Watch where you point that thing (and AeroSat’s revelation!)

Are you getting tired of all the “will they, won’t they, can they, should they” conversation about Row 44′s pending launch of in-flight Internet on Boeing 737s operated by Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines? That would be a shame because we’re just getting started. Okay, it’s clear that Row 44 is hell-bent to finally get […]

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Overtaking the horse and buggy

Living in Pennsylvania Dutch Country for the last four years has made me appreciate the simpler things in life, like taking a slow drive through scenic farmland. But when my life does speed up, and I have to literally and figuratively overtake the horse and buggy, I usually try to make things as uncomplicated as possible by flying […]

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United Airlines revealed as fifth Gogo customer; agrees ‘trial’

Amended to include United’s comment, non-comment, and a BBC report  As we anticipated here at RWG, United Airlines has been revealed as Aircell’s fifth customer for Gogo in-flight Internet. A brief story is running today in Aviation Daily, which reports that United will trial Gogo this spring. Other details have not been disclosed. Props to Aircell, which […]

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James Park on good design

In recent years Japan Airlines (JAL) has scooped up awards for its cabin interiors. Now the carrier has been honoured with a Good Design Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: museum of architecture and design for its scoopalicious chopsticks for first class dining. Made of cedar wood, the smooth surfaced chopsticks have been slightly narrowed towards […]

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Forecast: 2009 is “critical point” for in-flight connectivity

Last year was not without its ironies. Even as airlines saw their balance sheets reddened by soaring fuel prices, they made plans to bring in-flight connectivity solutions on board aircraft on a scale never before seen in the industry. A confluence of factors was at play. The 2006 demise of Connexion, Boeing’s popular, yet ultimately […]

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