Say what, RWG?
Well, JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV has combined its US-centric air-to-ground (ATG)-based Kiteline email service with the Iridium Openport satellite communications service – and that wild antenna – to create Kiteline World (see graph below).
The Kiteline World solution, unveiled for the first time at the recent World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition, is so inexpensive (charged per MB of bandwidth) that it can be offered for free to passengers.
LiveTV estimates, for example, that it would cost as little as $95 for an airline to offer Kiteline World to a 200-seat aircraft on a seven-hour flight with 80% loads (estimated 30% take-up) and amortized over a five-year commitment. See chart below.
And Kiteline World is also truly global, even covering flights over the poles, says LiveTV.
Business aircraft operators will no doubt be interested in hearing about Kiteline World this week at NBAA too.
Now check out that funky antenna alongside the Kiteline radio! Beam me up, Scotty, and beam down my email