Archive | September, 2010

Superfast and super cheap, a LUV-ly review

Okay, so I didn’t do the reviewing, but this blog, Need2Know Travel, did try the Row 44 in-flight Wi-Fi system being fitted to Southwest Airlines’ entire Boeing 737 fleet (some 60 aircraft are expected to be equipped by year-end). Row 44 runs over Ku-band satellites (versus Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG)-based Gogo). I’m highlighting this review as […]

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Serious business deserves to be taken seriously

I arrived home on Thursday night, after spending five days covering the co-located Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (AIX) exhibitions in Long Beach, California. My cat – justifiably angry that I was away for so long – peed all over my laundry, but thankfully she spared the furniture (forgoing her […]

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IFEC industry embraces Android

Innovation Analysis Group’s (IAG) Addison Schonland asked Jon Ostrower and me to break down the most important news from the #APEX in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) show in Long Beach. One word – Android. Here is our wrap of the show. Be sure to check out IAG’s YouTube channel, which features interviews with Panasonic and […]

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UPDATE 2: Boeing will not have Airbus connectivity kit on 787, says OnAir

UPDATE 2: Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell RWG that Ian Dawkin’s comment about why Airbus connectivity kit is not being installed on Qatar’s 787s is wrong. This, in turn, makes my article inaccurate (by default). I will post a follow-up blog shortly to explain the real story. But I must say that […]

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VIDEO: ABC hears me complain about stand-up seat #AIX10

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Panasonic eyes Android for IFEC

Panasonic Avionics is readying to shake up the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) industry by developing next generation platforms around Android, Google’s mobile operating system. The move, revealed to RWG at the APEX show in Long Beach, comes on the heels of Panasonic’s announcement that it will open a dedicated App Store, and challenge designers […]

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Thales, Panasonic in the pool – #AIX10 & #APEX10

On Sunday night, just in advance of the APEX show in Long Beach, Thales hosted a swank reception, complete with projected underwater branding. Panasonic made a similar statement at a party last year in Palm Springs (where the WAEA – now APEX – show was held). Sadly, while both firms’ branding was under water (in […]

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Size doesn’t matter, but the winner takes it (nearly) all

This evening I had great honour of emceeing the first annual Passenger Choice Awards, which was hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), the group formerly known as the WAEA. One of my favorite moments of the night occurred when in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) guru, APEX chief (and Emirates VP) grabbed a crate […]

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#APEX10 action has begun. Check it out!

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Boys of broadband get lively

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is heralding its recent ICSSC 2010 Aeronautical Broadband Panel as a great success with “better-than-expected” attendance despite the concurrent sessions including the Space 2010 plenary session. Apparently, the panel was quite “lively” and gave thought-provoking presentations. But what about the audience? “The feedback from the audience was invaluable as […]

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