Archive | September, 2010

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bmibaby chief Julian Carr is ready to take your questions #4Julian

Having launched operations in 2002, UK budget carrier bmibaby can still be considered somewhat of a youngster – one that has had its fair share of challenges. But the carrier, which is owned by the Lufthansa Group, is determined to stabilise and instigate cautious growth. Spearheading this strategy is bmibaby’s new managing director Julian Carr. Don’t […]

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PHOTO GALLERY: Fun in the sun at APEX 2010

The Airline Passenger Experience Association’s (APEX) conference and exhibition (formerly known as the WAEA conference and expo) is long over. Can you believe it has been nearly two weeks since Long Beach? But that doesn’t mean there isn’t more news to report from the event. Keep an eye on this space in the coming weeks, […]

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Does AirTran’s Gogo and XM radio hang in the balance?

Unless you live in a cave you’ve no doubt already heard about Southwest Airlines’ plan to buy Atlanta-hubbed AirTran Airways. Questions about what this deal means for passengers are manifold, and Southwest endeavors to answer some of them here. A lot of people are asking: “Will Southwest keep AirTran’s Gogo in-flight Internet offering and XM […]

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ViaSat and a golden ticket

Aircell has one. Row 44′s got one too. So does Panasonic Avionics. And now, lo, we have ViaSat, which has been awarded the coveted golden ticket for scoring a significant in-flight connectivity deal with JetBlue. Who willprove to be the triumphant Charlie Bucket, surviving the pitfalls ofthe high-speed connectivity factory? Time will tell. But it’s […]

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Twin-aisle replacement for Boeing 737?

My colleague Jon Ostrower has discovered a Boeing patent that could herald the dawn of a new age – twin-aisle replacements for today’s narrowbody work horses. Can we have our seat with room to move (to the bathroom)? In other words, can we have our cake and eat it too? Iteration below is, of course, […]

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PHOTO: Panasonic’s Mission Control Center revealed

Oh, we’ve got trouble. Right here in River City (okay, Lake Forest). As I reported from APEX last week, in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) hardware giant Panasonic Avionics is taking trouble-shooting to a whole new level with the creation of a new Mission Control Center that is perpetually connected to the firm’s customer support offices […]

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Breaking: FAA easier on Koito operators than EASA in AD

EASA and FAA have each issued proposed airworthiness directives concerning the massive Koito debacle. But the two ADs ARE NOT the same. Here is a link to the FAA proposed AD that will formally hit the agency’s web site tomorrow. Cut and paste the URL or click on the photo above. Moveable Type is acting […]

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Podcast: JetBlue talks about that in-flight Internet deal!

We’ve got some fast podcast turnaround action from IAG’s Addison Schonland this morning, as he interviews JetBlue SVP marketing and commercial strategy Martin St. George about that massive announcement that the carrier is bringing Ka-band satellite-based connectivity to its entire fleet. Still need more details, though. Check it!

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Exclusive: JetBlue to launch Ka-band in-flight Internet

Tomorrow morning JetBlue Airways will announce a groundbreaking new deal with ViaSat to bring Ka-band satellite-based connectivity – yes Ka – to its entire fleet of aircraft. You can read the story here first. If you’ve been following the saga of JetBlue connectivity you know this is a big deal. If you have been following […]

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Android forms basis of Thales IFEC

Last week Thales took home the Avion Award for Best Achievement in Technology and for good reason – the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) manufacturer is doing some serious innovating inside the aircraft cabin. For example, the company plans to be the first in the world to bring Android to IFEC. Specifically, Thales will launch […]

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