Archive | January, 2010

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VIDEO: Lufthansa economy class makes steerage bearable

If you’ve got to fly between the USA and Europe, and you’re relegated to steerage class (like most of us), then Lufthansa is an excellent choice.The German carrier’s economy class product is really sound. I gave it a try on a recent flight from Philadelphia to Munich via Frankfurt. But while the airline’s current offering […]

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Telenor snatches AeroMobile out of administration

Wow, a busy day today in the world of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). For starters, Southwest Airlines confirmed it has inked an equipment purchase deal with Row 44, and now AeroMobile is confirming its emergence from administration as a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway-based telecommunications giant Telenor Group (which owned the majority of AeroMobile […]

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UPDATE: Southwest to equip 15 aircraft per month with Row 44

This just in…Southwest Airlines and Row 44 will begin fleet-wide roll-out of Row 44′s high-speed Internet system starting in the second quarter (a quarter later than earlier planned).Yes, the carrier has signed an equipment purchase agreement. No word on pricing yet.Here is Southwest’s blog statement on the matter. Run, don’t walk, to Southwest’s ‘Nuts About […]

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Are blazing speeds ahead? Wi-SKY claims trial commitment

Wi-SKY, the company that made a BIG claim last year about demonstrating “a radio that delivered 35-45Mbps to an aircraft at 54 miles from the station radio” is now claiming to have secured a trial airline. Key par from Wi-SKY’s new web site (which still needs a little work):

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We’re NOT dropping AeroMobile: Emirates

In a “dishy” blog post yesterday, I mentioned that speculation is rife that Emirates is considering dropping in-flight mobile phone provider AeroMobile, which was placed into administration in December. But Emirates responded this morning, effectively telling RWG that that particular plate is cold. Here is the key quote from Emirates’ Patrick Brannelly, who now holds […]

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IFEC & aircraft interiors dish (because we serve it up hot :)

There is nothing like some juicy in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors dish to get the blood flowing on a Wednesday! File these babies under rumor and speculation…for now. For starters, I’m told by a source that Japanese seat maker Koito is in some big doggy do-do. The manufacturer has apparently admitted to […]

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UPDATE: Will Boeing offer a dual satcom system for the 787?

UPDATE: Adds additional info on the 737 requirementWill Boeing offer a dual satcom system for the 787 to ensure that cockpit and cabin connectivity remain totally separate and assuage regulators concerns? One anonymous commenter on my previous – slightly controversial – blog post about connectivity crossover concerns says yes (I should add that this particular […]

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Delta scraps plan for handhelds; selects embedded IFE for 747s

Remember when Delta Air Lines released an RFI to put 350+ non-embedded, handheld IFE devices on each of the 16 747-400s inherited from its merger with Northwest Airlines? Portable IFE makers quickly responded to the RFI with comprehensive proposals. Unfortunately for them, Delta has decided to add in-seat audio and video on demand (AVOD) in […]

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UPDATE: Air New Zealand is such a tease

Air New Zealand is becoming a master at self-promotion. Whether having its crew get nearly naked in the name of aircraft safety or controversially examining the behavior of ‘cougar’ women, the Auckland-based carrier knows how to grab a headline with a little sauciness (and yes, bad publicity – for better or worse – can be […]

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Connectivity crossover and the case for cockpit security

Airport security is a hot topic today, following a failed Christmas Day 2009 terrorist attack, but security for cockpit and flight-critical communications is an increasingly important issue as new-design commercial aircraft become more software-focused, and as airlines bolster the pipes to their aircraft to support passenger connectivity. The FAA’s recent decision to issue special conditions […]

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