Archive | April, 2010

American issues RFI for connectivity across entire fleet: source

American Airlines has issued a request for information (RFI) for in-flight connectivity across its entire fleet, including its regional jets! A source with knowledge of the situation says the RFI covers all aircraft types in American’s fleet. Long-range aircraft are also included! You may recall that there was some noise about a Oneworld RFP not […]

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Time Economy Seat revealed (+ other Crystal Cabin finalists)

The finalists for the Crystal Cabin Awards for excellence in aircraft interiors innovation have been named. One of them, a University submission from TU M√ľnchen in Munich, is for a so-called Time Economy Chair, a concept conceived for special short rangeflights, “where commuters and travellers have nothing but carry-onluggage with themselves”, according to a brief […]

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The cost of bizjet connectivity, according to Aircell

Have you read Aircell’s ‘Executive Guide to Airborne Communications‘? If not, you should. The brochure provides all sorts of information about the bizjet in-flight connectivity market, including the above figures on the cost of equipage and monthly service fees.Aircell also says its air-to-ground (ATG)-based solution for the US mainland (and eventually Canada) is installed “in […]

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Koito may not survive: B/E Aerospace

B/E Aerospace held a first quarter earnings conference call yesterday, and it was a goldmine. Asked by an analyst to comment on the size of the business opportunity arising from Japanese seat maker Koito’s problems, company co-founder, executive chairman and CEO Amin Khoury said: “Our Japanese competitor may not survive what they’re going through. And […]

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Confused about in-flight connectivity?

In-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) experts are well aware of all the connectivity options on the market and all the services that air-to-ground (ATG), L-band, Ku-band and Ka-band satellite-based solutions are capable of supporting. But what about everybody else? There is a lot of confusion out there. Helping to clarify the situation are connectivity stakeholders […]

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Airbus and the A350 cabin (Part 1)

Airbus is making great strides on its A350 XWB catalogue, known as the Aircraft Description Document (ADD), with most suppliers now well into the process of helping the airframer define what makes sense for the cabin. See the latest top story on the Flightglobal IFEC channel as well as the graphic above (you’ll notice that […]

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Airbus interiors chief talks about benefit of ‘fixed recline’ seats

Spirit Airlines has become the latest carrier to offer new fixed recline seats, with the announcement that it is deploying Brice Seating’s new ‘B3100 Featherweight Super Light seat design’ across its Airbus narrowbody fleet (see specs). The US low-cost carrier may receive some negative press for its move to a fixed recline, but is the […]

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iPhone + dental floss = IFE

A picture says a thousand words and this little gem above – sitting on the In-flight Entertainment blog – is no exception. It is even sparking some fun discussion among the Twitterati. Responding to the pic, Aviation Week writer and editor and well-known Twitter #avgeek Benet Wilson says: “Nature abhors a vacuum!” Wow, what does that […]

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VIDEO: How to connect to Gogo via your iPass account

It’s a Gogo kind of week! In the following video, iPass explains how customers can access Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi as part of its iPass Mobile Network service.

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Gogo deal for Frontier confirmed; but just for the E-Jets

Republic’s decision to equip its Frontier Airlines unit with Gogo in-flight Internet – first reported here – has been confirmed. However, there is a twist. Gogo will only be installed on Frontier’s E-Jets (formerly operated under the Midwest brand) while Frontier’s A320s, which already offer live television, will remain unconnected (for now), as Republic studies […]

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