Archive | December, 2009

Top five most important IFEC moments of 2009

Following on from last year’s “2008 top five”, here is my list of the top five most important in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) moments of 2009. Please feel free to weigh in with your on thoughts on the matter. 1)    Southwest Airlines agrees to equip entire 500-plus aircraft fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight […]

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UPDATE: Paying a price for setting the record straight?

Latest Update: The TSA has dropped its subpoenas of both travel writers, and I learned a big lesson in the power of social media this week. Earlier this morning, photographer and travel specialist Steven Frischling received a second visit from federal agents in less than 24 hours. But this time, he says, they removed his […]

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Gather around the Airbus A380 image viewing system

Look what Airbus registered on 17 December at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s an image viewing system for passengers that could be placed in the communal ‘relaxation’ areas of the A380 (and other aircraft types). Kind of funky, huh? Airbus describes its invention as follows:So how might this system be displayed in […]

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Update 5: TSA directive begs serious questions for airlines, IFEC

UPDATE 5 (Final update for this thread): Well, I guess we have an answer to my initial question – is the TSA acting in a knee-jerk manner?British Airways has just confirmed that OnAir in-flight connectivity, offered on its A318 service between London City and JFK, has been switched back on, and that all moving map […]

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A few of my favourite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are lovely, but this year some of my favourite things from the aviation world came via email or snail mail. In the ‘best Christmas card’ category, we have a tie between Lumexis’ very clever graphic of Santa seated in front of rather antiquated-looking in-flight technologies (I’m certain Lumexis […]

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Enter the twin-aisle narrowbody

Airbus and Boeing remain under pressure from airlines to define their narrowbody replacement plans. But with strong backlogs for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737, neither airframer appears too terribly worried about would-be successors. Instead they have been developing their current programmes to improve efficiency. Airbus may even opt to re-engine the A320. That is […]

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In-flight Wi-Fi will be free in two years: IFEC expert

Whether charging you for beverages or bilking you on baggage, US ‘legacy’ carriers have sold their souls to the ‘unbundle everything’ business model. The result, according to in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) expert Michael Planey, is that passengers truly resent any additional fees. In short, they are reaching a point of “fee fatigue”, which is […]

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Well played Continental. Well played!

I’m finally seated in front of my computer, after a quick trip to Washington DC where I attended the annual Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) luncheon yesterday.At the event, I asked the trade group’s head honcho Marion Blakey if there is any real hope that FAA reauthorization legislation will be passed before the next FAA funding […]

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Tallying them up

Our fine friends in the in-flight connectivity world were busy in 2009. But, as we near the end of the year, it’s clear that some are not as far along as they had originally planned.Nevertheless, passengers are increasingly finding themselves on aircraft equipped with either in-flight mobile connectivity or airborne high-speed Internet (or mobile connectivity […]

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Follow the Twitter-verse as it covers 787 first flight

Do you want to see how reporters are covering the Boeing 787 first flight from all over the world? Then check out the live Twitter stream of this historic occasion (below). Give the screen a few seconds to load. Also be sure to check out Flightglobal’s 787 page, which is being constantly updated by Flightglobal […]

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