Archive | November, 2009

Let the guessing game begin!

Lumexis has revealed that its undisclosed, full-fleet customer operates a bunch of Boeing 737s. But the firm, which has secured a fresh round of investment, is revealing precious few other details about its mystery customer, which will no doubt be installing Lumexis’ fiber optics-based second generation system. Boeing 737 customers are manifold (the Wikipedia entry […]

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Virgin Atlantic mulls in-flight connectivity for 2011 deliveries

Virgin Atlantic queried travelers on whether or not they are interested in seeing in-flight connectivity on board its aircraft. Company head of product and service Chris Birch says the first opportunity that Virgin Atlantic will have “to do anything about this” is 2011, when new aircraft are delivered.According to Flightglobal, Virgin Atlantic has standing orders […]

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Thales’ top dog in the Middle East talks “connected IFE”

Olivier Badard, president of Thales Middle East, last week gave a broad-reaching press conference at the Dubai air show about the many projects underway at the Thales Group. He touched ever so briefly on in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and so, when I had my chance, I asked him about the new Thales connectivity suite […]

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The Sicma IFE system that Royal Jordanian will launch

I cannot tell a lie. Zodiac unit Sicma Aero Seat’s new audio/video on demand (AVOD) IFE system managed to fly beneath my radar for some strange reason. But I remedied that at the Dubai air show. Hear Zodiac explain why this system, which has been “specially developed to facilitate its integration on seats”, and will […]

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Zodiac’s new fully-flat business class seat revealed

Zodiac Aerospace has launched a new, fully-flat business class seat (the 7812) that is, well, fully flat! Not just lie-flat! And VERY comfortable. I took a test ride at the Dubai air show.  

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IMDC: Make in-flight connectivity suppliers accountable!

I just got off the phone with IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju, who was kind enough to talk to me about what airlines need to consider when looking at bringing in-flight connectivity on board their aircraft. The entire interview with an eye-opener, so be sure to check out the January issue of Airline Business for […]

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Legs in the air

This John McPherson cartoon, running in the local Lancaster newspaper, put a smile on my face this morning. It gives new meaning to the idea of having one’s ‘legs in the air’, ahem. Don’t be getting any ideas O’Leary, ya monkey.

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Does Aircell get an average six users per flight?

Aircell has never released usage stats for its Gogo in-flight Internet system. Yet, in a statement last week, Aircell CEO Ron LeMay came awfully close to giving away the goods. In so doing, he has lit a fire of speculation in the IFEC industry. Two IFEC insiders, located on opposite sides of the world and […]

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Free in-flight Wi-Fi will see airport/airline battle lines drawn

We know that Wi-Fi, both on the ground and in the air, is trending towards the land of the free. But throw that into the context of JiWire’s new report, which says 80% of business travellers spend over 30min online in airports, and you’ve got an interesting battle brewing. How will the airport hotspot make […]

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VIDEO: Bizjet interiors that rocked in Dubai

Whether it was Dassault’s in-house aircraft interiors solutions for the Falcon line or Design Q’s work on a Bulgaria BAe-146, aircraft interiors rocked in Dubai (as did the Saab laser-guided missile defense system – now that’s a big gun!).

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