Archive | April, 2010

Republic to announce deal for Gogo tomorrow

UPDATE: Republic has just announced that Gogo will be brought to its Frontier Airlines’ E-Jets only, as it considers connectivity options for the A320s. See the latest blog post.Republic Airways Holdings, the parent of Midwest and Frontier – which are being combined under the Frontier brand – tomorrow is expected to announce a deal with […]

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Aircell on record about financing installations of Gogo

Aircell wants to set the record straight about the “black box mystery” surrounding airlines’ equipage of its Gogo in-flight broadband system. Speaking to RWG for an upcoming Flight feature about in-flight connectivity, Aircell executive vice-president, airlines John Happ confirms that “some airlines took advantage early on of Aircell providing capital in exchange for other terms […]

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Continental Airlines to offer Closed Captioning on LiveTV

Earlier this month, Academy award-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin tweeted the following: “On Continental and they have DirecTV. DirecTV has captions on my TV at home but NONE here. Come on! What will it take? PLS RT” Marlee makes a good point. Why isn’t closed captioning (CC) available on LiveTV’s newest generation LTV3 system, which […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Panasonic reveals event-driven FlightPath for IFE

On first blush, the new FlightPath application for Panasonic Avionics’ in-flight entertainment systems looks simply like a cool flash interface. But look a little deeper and you’ll see that it is an entirely different approach to the whole passenger experience. Providing an event-driven, content-rich seatback environment, FlightPath was quietly shown to airlines at last year’s […]

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Scruffy Muffy…Mesa to spruce up aircraft interiors

Have you ever flown on a regional aircraft operated by Mesa Air Group? If so, you know just how shabby are the carrier’s aircraft interiors. Personally, I’ll never forget the interior state of the Mesa CRJ that flew me to Palm Springs last year for the WAEA conference and exhibition. The headrest area was all […]

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It’s not a damn good Honda after all

“It’s not a Mercedes but it’s a damn good Honda.” That’s what LiveTV’s Scott Easterline told me at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in September 2006, following the JetBlue subsidiary’s $7.02 million acquisition of a 1MHz slice of air-to-ground (ATG) spectrum during the US Federal Communications Commission’s auction of ATG licenses. […]

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Poll results: IFE firms will keep pace in an iPad world

The Flightglobal poll results are in, and an overwhelming majority of respondents say IFE firms will keep pace in an iPad world (like there was ever any doubt). Just how will IFE firms keep pace? We’ll get part of our answer in the coming months, I assure you.

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What’s a couple of decades? Change is now afoot.

Twenty years ago, the World Airline Entertainment Association’s board of directors concluded that the name of the organization no longer defined the scope of the group, as evidenced by the above clipping from the latest issue of Avion magazine.Today, the WAEA’s current board is ready to formally press forward with a change that will include […]

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SCOOP: WAEA seeks to include interiors sector in rebrand

The World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) wants to add the interiors sector to its mix, RWG can exclusively reveal.A WAEA spokesman confirms that members received a letter yesterday about the matter. They have until 7 May to vote on whether or not to rebrand as the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) group. We’re already seeing evidence […]

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PICTURE: Aircell’s video service won’t be incognito for long

Aircell is on schedule for a summer beta roll-out of its video download service, RWG can reveal. The service allows passengers to download movies, television shows and other content for a fee on aircraft equipped with Aircell’s Gogo in-flight broadband solution. “Between the summer 2010 and the end of this year and into the first […]

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