Archive | July, 2010


Airline entertainment is moving on up!

The World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA), which is rebranding as the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), is in the process of selecting a new logo. The organization has whittled the options down to five logos. Which is your favorite (see below)? I gotta say I think the last one is great. It has a futuristic […]

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V Australia poised to switch on AeroMobile connectivity

Fellow Reed Business Information publication, Australian Travel Weekly, is reporting that in-flight connectivity is finally coming Australia  (see below). Hat tip to our Australian correspondent Will Horten, and author of the Wings Down Under blog, for the heads up.V Australia, it’s time to turn on that AeroMobile system, plus connected IFE, yeah? Australians will soon […]

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In-flight mobile connectivity in the US hangs in the balance

What does in-flight mobile connectivity have in common with the $50 million FedEx/UPS lobbying battle, the proposed rate increase for the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) in the USA and the number of new slot exceptions at Reagan National Airport (DCA)?  Inexplicably, it has managed to become part of a special group of issues to be […]

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Update: Delta Air Lines to launch Panasonic’s Fusion (Smart!!!)

Update: This deal is signfiicantly bigger than originally thought. Delta will bring Fusion to a sizable chunk of its 767s and MD-90s. See here for more info.  Big question – does Delta still plan to offer the Thompson Solutions Cosy Suites? Go to minute 1:33 on this video clip to see Panasonic’s Fusion (aka Integrated […]

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Making peace with defense coverage

You all know I love talking about, writing about and generally espousing the virtues of the increasingly modern commercial aircraft cabin. But when an air show strikes, I need to be able to jump out of my comfort zone and cover other parts of the industry, including defense, for Flightglobal. Last week at the Farnborough […]

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VIDEO: Thales IFE chief touts Ka-band in-flight connectivity

Thales uses Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service to bring connectivity to its latest generation in-flight entertainment system and to offer mobile and Wi-Fi solutions to carriers. But as the need for higher-bandwidth functionality grows (yes, we like our video streaming), Thales is prepared to evolve with the times, and is confident that Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity […]

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VIDEO: Aircraft interiors and IFEC make their mark at #FARN10

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#FARN10: Flightblogger & Runway Girl wrap up Day 1

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#FARN10 VIDEO: ATR reveals Series 600 cabin interior

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#FARN10: Boeing brings enhanced IFE to 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s third 787, ZA003, has just arrived at the Farnborough air show (#FARN10), and as you’d expect, everybody is chomping at the bit to get aboard the twinjet. I had a wonderful opportunity to explore ZA003 in February during a special press event at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant (no, I’m not rubbing it in). ZA003 is […]

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