Archive | June, 2010

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Boeing studies the evolving role of IFE

Last year a project team at the ITT Institute of Design was tasked by Boeing to explore the future of in-flight entertainment (IFE), a space that the airframer “was interested in pursuing”, says the group. After a 15-week period of research, the team concluded that the term “IFE” may no longer apply, and instead envision […]

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Lufthansa says ‘new European cabin’ is NOT about density

Flightglobal yesterday broke the news that Lufthansa is planning to overhaul the cabins of its European fleet and introduce a new service concept later this year, under a project designated ‘Neue Europa Kabine’. Needless to say, this bit of news sent some of us in the social media world into a flutter,  wondering if the […]

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UPDATE: JetBlue unit “pumped” and taking orders for connectivity system

UPDATED to include following personal musing and express a tad bit of shock: One has to wonder if JetBlue ever thinks about how its connectivity statements might impact the business of its wholly owned subsidiary LiveTV, which the carrier would one day like to spin off. In a conversation with my colleague Lori Ranson, JetBlue […]

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Air Canada gets door-to-door service under new Spafax deal

Spafax is driving change in the in-flight entertainment (IFE) content sector. Literally! The company has launched a new IFE content provisioning and loading service with Air Canada that “closes the loop and gives Air Canada a single point of contact for all its in-flight entertainment deliverables”, says Spafax executive vice-president media & publishing director Katrin […]

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AIRVOD’s new in-flight entertainment system

I spotted this patent application today. It was filed by Portland-based law firm ‘Alleman Hall McCoy Russel & Tuttle LLP’ on behalf of Irish in-flight entertainment specialist AIRVOD. The proposed in-flight entertainment system “includes a plurality if media players that are installed at fixed locations within an aircraft cabin”, says the abstract. “Individual media players […]

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UPDATE: Overhead bin problem bites Airbus

UPDATED to include comment from Airbus (see below). US Airways’ employee newsletter usually contains at least one or two juicy nuggets about the carrier that you won’t find anywhere else. This week, the airline reveals that the locks on the overhead bins of recently-delivered Airbus narrowbodies do not latch well, leading to lots of door […]

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Yes, I use Yahoo. Gasp.

I’ve just had one of my long-held suspicions confirmed. My Outlook is playing silly buggers (and probably has been for several months). If you’ve tried to reach me via my work email address – and haven’t received a response – please accept my apologies. Chances are very strong that your message didn’t come through to […]

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Big badass antenna for Southwest Airlines’ fleet

Equipage of Southwest Airlines’ fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity solution might not be happening as quickly as this Southwest frequent flyer would like (only one Boeing 737 is operating with the service), but it is happening, and this is the antenna that is playing a crucial role in that roll-out. Co-developed by […]

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Photo and Specs: e.Digital’s new touch-screen portable IFE

Portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider e.Digital has scored a customer for its new touch-screen eVU handheld. SriLankan Airlines, which operates a mixture of Airbus A320s, A330s and A340s, will deploy the systems on various routes. Here are the specs for the touch-screen eVU. That 20-hour battery life sure trumps the 10 hours offered on certain […]

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Virgin’s Branson and Ridgway demo Panasonic connectivity

Virgin Atlantic and Panasonic Avionics last week announced a new partnership that will see the carrier fit its aircraft with new eX2 in-flight entertainment systems and eXPhone in-flight mobile connectivity (the connectivity hardware comes courtesy of Panasonic partner AeroMobile). This is the video that Virgin and Panasonic showed to reporters at the press conference in […]

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