Archive | March, 2009

VIDEO: A fly through of the Air Sleeper

I might not be in Hamburg, but you’d be amazed at all the interiors stuff a gal can get stuck into from her desk in Amish Country. Take, for instance, MmilleniumM Group’s Air Sleeper – that stacked bunk for economy and other cabin classes that I’ve been talking about for months. I’ve got the first […]

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A tweet-up of JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska

Industry wiz Addison Schonland’s latest podcast – about how airlines are using social networking site Twitter to build their brands – is a must listen. After you link up to JetBlue, Southwest and Alaska Airlines on Twitter, let me suggest that you link up to Runway Girl’s regular tweets. As you can see to […]

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Panasonic offers global TV

Panasonic Avionics has launched its Panasonic Airline Television Network, a much broader offering than its current live programming service, which can be found on Delta Air Lines’ domestic aircraft. The proprietary broadcast TV distribution network, which I first reported about last year, includes a selection of broadcast television channels specifically licensed by Panasonic for worldwide distribution […]

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Real-time, in-flight credit card transactions at hand

If an airline was able to conduct real-time credit card transactions during flight, just think of all the high-end items it could sell to passengers. At present, credit cards are swiped via wireless handhelds on aircraft but the transactions are processed when the aircraft gets on the ground. Because of this billing mechanism – which […]

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Canada gets the ATG party started: Aircell applauds

Industry Canada yesterday afternoon invited companies to apply for an air-to-ground (ATG) license, in a move that brings the country’s airlines closer to being able to offer ATG-based connectivity on domestic flights. Check out the ATG auction rules from Industry Canada at the following link: Final Auction Rules for Canadian ATG.pdf You’ll see that, not unlike […]

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IFE&C – and interiors – news and rumour roundup (March 26)

As we wait in breathless anticipation for the news to flow from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (that’s Interiors without an apostrophe for the sharp-eyed editors amongst you) there is a mountain of in-flight entertainment and connectivity – and interiors – news piling up in advance of the event. And when that occurs, there […]

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US Airways enjoys some positive feedback from IFE trial

My trusted colleague Lori Ranson flew out to Phoenix this week to attend US Airways’ annual media day. She reports back with a little update about the Lumexis fibre-to-the-screen system, which is being trialled on a single US Airways Airbus A320. Hey Mary, Just wanted to give you this nib before it gets lost in […]

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VIDEO: Why the Hamburg Interior’s Expo is so important

Hello Runway Girl readers, I just pushed out a quick and dirty web cam video about the upcoming Hamburg Interior’s show.  It should be a great event. Just check out some of the IFE&C players that will be there.  

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Southwest: Row 44 is closing in on permanent authority

If you’ve been reading this blog, it comes as no surprise that Row 44 is closing in on permanent FCC authority. As reported here, the FCC recently granted Row 44 special temporary authority (STA) to operate up to twelve Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service aircraft earth stations for testing, including in-flight testing. Now Southwest has confirmed […]

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US readies to legislate manners; is that really what you want?

The outrageous-beyond-belief “Hang Up Act” has been tagged on to FAA Reauthorization legislation. Read for yourself by clicking on the following link and heading to section 423 of the bill, HR 915. HR 915 (2).pdf It’s appalling to say the least on a number of levels. Level 1 – The bill only bans passengers from […]

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