Archive | September, 2009

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The changing face of passenger control

Technological innovation is leaping forward in the aircraft cabin, and it’s not limited to in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC). Premier design consultancy Priestmangoode, for example, is the brainchild behind new, ultra-high-end aircraft seat control devices that “control all the things in the passenger environment” such as seat adjustments and settings, massage, lighting and even the ‘do […]

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VIDEO: The best in-flight television on the market, LTV3

I recently took a brief holiday to Florida. There, I drank beer in alligator-infested water and ventured to the local Dollar Store in the name of sociology. But I knew I couldn’t get so close to JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV and not make a visit. Boy, I am so glad I did. I saw the most amazing in-flight […]

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It’s so cool, but it’s also a bummer

Tomorrow’s launch by British Airways (BA) of new business-class only Airbus A318 service between London City and JFK brings with it the transatlantic launch of OnAir’s in-flight mobile connectivity services. At the risk of sounding like my five-year old – That’s, like, so cool! OnAir’s services are supported by SwiftBroadband, Inmarsat’s higher-bandwidth satellite technology. Passengers aboard […]

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Wireless IFE back in the fray

Just because Boeing opted against wireless IFE solutions for its 787 doesn’t mean airframers are not interested in making that sort of architecture available. Take Airbus, for example. “In combination with our approach to connectivity we continue to study and research wireless IFE with industry players that have complementary offers to Airbus products in the […]

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It’s all about connections

As the conversation heats up about whether or not current in-flight Wi-Fi business models make sense, it’s easy to forget just how jaw-droppingly cool – and entertaining and useful – it is to surf the web at 30,000ft. And while people like me (journa-bloggers always on deadline) may fall into the minority who are willing to […]

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Would airlines come to Aircell’s rescue (if it needs it)?

I wonder if Aircell’s airline customers are tad peeved at the latest turn of events. The positive publicity they’ve enjoyed in the media – including on this blog – for bringing in-flight Internet to passengers is diminishing, as everybody and their brother questions the viability of the Gogo fee-for-service model, and as a growing number […]

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Staying seated on James Park Associates’ Cirrus

During the Paris air show in June, I broke the story that US Airways would launch the James Park Associates (JPA)-designed Cirrus seat on its new Airbus A330s. Some journalists tried to debunk my story, referencing vague quotes from US Airways that the seat RWG sat on in Paris was not the seat being selected […]

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Just how rough is it going to get?

The news that Aircell has started reducing its staff has not come as a big surprise to many insiders and experts in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C)) industry. Indeed, back in July, when Aircell’s long-standing president and CEO Jack Blumenstein assumed chairmanship from Ron LeMay (pictured), who in turn took the role of president […]

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Photos: The BBBs of in-flight TV

What is the biggest, baddest, best live satellite television system flying in the skies today? The answer, my friend, is JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV’s LTV3 platform, which is being installed across Continental Airlines’ Boeing domestic fleet. I scooted on down to LiveTV’s Melbourne, Florida-based facility last week to finally get some footage of LTV3, a bigger, better, […]

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Could Bombardier break ground on new IFE&C paradeigm?

  My colleague Megan Kuhn travelled to Montreal this week to witness the groundbreaking of Bombardier’s first CSeries facility, a training center called CIASTA – first revealed here – that will house a virtual CSeries aircraft. While in Montreal, Megan asked Bombardier executives about the airframer’s plans for IFE on the aircraft. You may recall […]

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