Archive | February, 2010

Three more customers for Panasonic high-speed Internet

Upon reading my recent article about the selection by Turkish Airlines of Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based connectivity solution eXConnect for its new long-haul aircraft, one high-level industry executive gave me a good tongue lashing via email, saying I drew conclusions from the Panasonic press release beyond what the manufacturer said.I assured the executive that I […]

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And the smart partnership award goes to…T-Mobile and Aircell

T-Mobile USA, which is launching the HTC HD2 smartphone soon, is making sure the device comes preloaded with lots of goodies, including six months of free access to Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet. The HD2 will also feature Blockbuster on Demand, a full-length movie download service, among other services. I wonder how Blockbuster’s pricing will compare to […]

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Talking seats, IFEC and angry directors with the Airplane Geeks

Sit me down and ask me to talk about in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors, and you’ll have a hard time shutting me up! That’s what the Airplane Geeks discovered after I agreed to join them in their weekly podcast.In addition to addressing hot topics like the Koito seat mess (and how carriers […]

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Koito’s wrong doings spelled out in letter to airlines

Below is the text of a letter sent from Koito Industries president Takashi Kakegawa to airlines all over the world about the extent of Koito’s wrong doings. It provides more specific detail about happened and what is being done. Meanwhile, airlines are experiencing not insignificant aircraft delays due to the mess.  A source with knowledge […]

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Wi-Fi onboard – NOT FREE

Just as Aircell warned, the company has no intention of permanently offering its in-flight Wi-Fi service Gogo for free to airline passengers except for promotional purposes or when companies sponsor it at various times of the year (as we saw over the Christmas holidays, for example.)The message that Wi-Fi is not free is also starting […]

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UPDATE: The list of operators & equipment with Koito seats

UPDATED to make note that Singapore Airlines’ Airbus A380s and Boeing 777s are impacted too. The list will need to be revised to reflect this. News agencies from around the world have published articles about the Koito seat scandal, including our own. But nobody has been able to come up with a definitive list of […]

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Airbus releases OIT on Koito seat debacle (here’s the text!)

The news for Koito Industries keeps getting worse. Yesterday, EASA told me it isn’t ruling out an airworthiness directive, after the Japanese firm falsified safety data on 150,000 seats in the world fleet. In advance of that, however, Airbus has just released an operators information telex (OIT) on the situation. OPERATORS INFORMATION TELEX – OPERATORS […]

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Is British Airways weisz to launch a new first class?

British Airways tapped actress Rachel Weisz to show off its new first class cabin, which debuts today on a Boeing 777 headed for Chicago. The timing of the launch is, well, interesting, since many industry executives are foretelling the demise of first class. BA, itself, is mulling dropping business class on a number of short-haul […]

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VIDEO: Economy seats for portly Americans

With one third of Americans now considered obese, seat manufacturers are looking at ways to accommodate passengers’ extra girth while satiating airlines’ incessant demands for high-capacity configurations. An NBC affiliate in North Texas has posted a great story about seat maker Recaro – which manufactures seats locally – and its efforts to make room for […]

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Air Canada says it does NOT have Koito seats…so there

The scramble to find out which carriers have Koito-made aircraft seats in the wake of the Japanese firm’s admission that it falsified data on 150,000 seats has officially begun. But if you think Air Canada is amongst the 32 airlines affected, think again. “None of the aircraft in Air Canada’s fleet have Koito seats,” an […]

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