Archive | February, 2010


Two aisles are better than one

A few months ago I posted a blog about how airlines could freshen up the cabins of their current-model Airbus and Boeing narrowbodies with new twin-aisle configurations. Well, the concept of a twin-aisle narrowbody is back in the fray, but this time, for new-design aircraft. Airlines – particularly some European airlines – are understood to […]

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MK gets the DL on ALK

My colleague Megan Kuhn (another MK!) has been churning out some great IFEC copy of late. Her latest article, which describes how Alaska Airlines likely intends to use Aircell’s video download service on the routes that will not have Gogo in-flight Internet, is particularly interesting. A key par from MK’s piece: “…Alaska’s Hawaiian, Mexican and […]

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If you can’t beat the Internet, offer it!

Oh sure, there were signs that Alaska Airlines was engaged in some serious thought about its in-flight connectivity strategy. During a recent investors call, the carrier said it had completed its test of Row 44′s Ku-band solution on revenue flights and was now deciding between Row 44 and Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG)-based offering. “We’ll definitely […]

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PICTURES: Get ready to shop at Row 44′s Skytown Center

Row 44 can be a quiet bunch. So quiet, in fact, that Row 44′s online press room hasn’t been updated since April 2009, when the firm announced a deal to fit Norwegian’s 737NGs with the firm’s in-flight high-speed Internet system. Indeed, the Row 44 site doesn’t even mention the equipment purchase deal signed in January […]

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But it’s a mobile world!?

The Russian State Commission of Radio Frequencies has reportedly granted permission for carriers to deploy in-flight mobile connectivity systems on their aircraft. Reports are sketchy right now (one says Aeroflot will trial connectivity on two aircraft) but if Russia has taken this step, I congratulate the country on being more forward-thinking in this regard than […]

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Recaro’s timing is impeccable

Two statements released by Recaro Aircraft Seating within less than a week of each other are…very interesting to say the least!The firm, on 18 February, announced it has opened a new sourcing center in Shanghai. The new office “enables us to purchase selected materials in Asia and to take advantage of the savings potential available […]

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V Australia readies to launch first fully integrated IFEC on 777s

V Australia is to start offering in-flight mobile connectivity to passengers on its Boeing 777-300ERs in the second quarter.The carrier, which offers Panasonic’s latest generation eX2 in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, is also a customer of eXPhone, Panasonic’s branding for AeroMobile’s mobile connectivity solution.When eXPhone goes live in the second quarter, it will represent the first […]

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VIDEO: Boeing still offering Koito seats (UPDATE 1)

UPDATE: Boeing has provided the following comment (which confirms the Business Week article): “Boeing has a team of a dozen to monitor Koito’s testing, along with the JCAB. Our team has been at Koito since late fall 2009. We are making sure tests are correctly done before allowing the seats to be shipped to Boeing’s […]

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Airbus explores 60 GHz for wireless IFE, WAIC: Prof. Keusgen

Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Keusgen from the Dept. BM (Broadband Mobile Communication Networks) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin, says the institute has had “several projects with Airbus regarding the deployment of 60 GHz technology for wireless inflight entertainment as well as low rate WAIC [Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications] at lower frequencies for […]

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VIDEO: KLM economy comfort – it’s magic

Some of you have no doubt seen this video already, but for those of you who haven’t, here is magician Ramana showcasing the comfort of KLM’s new premium economy product at Manchester airport T2. The new ‘economy comfort’ seats which, at 35in (89cm) pitch, offer around 4in greater legroom and recline twice as far as […]

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