Archive | November, 2010

VIDEO: Lufthansa re-launches in-flight Internet!!

…..and I just used the service – called FlyNet – to upload this video in-flight!! Sweeeeeeet!

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VIDEO: ‘iPad as IFE’ challenges revealed

IMS provides portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) to airlines around the world. The company is bringing to market a portable player based on Apple’s highly popular iPad tablet, but challenges exist. IMS’ Harry Gray discusses those challenges here. 

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Emirates receives first Airbus A380 with in-flight Wi-Fi

I’m hearing that Emirates has taken delivery of an Airbus A380 with OnAir’s SwiftBroadband-supported in-flight Wi-Fi solution, and that a second OnAir-fitted aircraft is due to arrive this week (aircraft registrations – A6-EDN and and A6-EDO). So, is it time to power up those devices and turn on in-flight Wi-Fi? And just how much will […]

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Chip & Pin for IFE in the spotlight as GuestLogix deal emerges

Thales and Panasonic are at least “three to five years away from providing Chip & Pin PCI-compliant seat-back screen solutions”. But even if their systems were complaint, passengers may be reticent to enter credit card info in such a highly public space (i.e. seated beside passengers). That’s the jaw-dropping claim made to RWG today by […]

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Panasonic mulls new line of retrofit-ready IFE

Panasonic Avionics is considering developing another generation of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to specifically meet the needs of the retrofit market, a senior industry source reveals. IFE systems that are designed for retrofit generally have a lower cost of development because they do not necessarily need to pass all the manufacturing processes and specification requirements […]

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PHOTOS: SkyGem in-flight entertainment system wakes up

It’s alive! In-flight entertainment firm SkyGem turned on the power for its new integrated IFE/seat at #Zhuhai10 and we’ve got the pics. Enjoy! Final snap shows arm-mount IFE solution.   

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US Airways promises not to bring you movies anytime soon

US Airways, my hometown airline, is such a cranky pants when it comes to in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). Not only does the carrier not intend to bring in-seat entertainment to its domestic fleet anytime soon, but it’s not convinced it should offer Gogo in-flight Internet beyond its Airbus A321 fleet (even though we’re all […]

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Security theater could make in-flight performance

US flight attendants hold one of the most thankless jobs in the air transportation system (eclipsed, perhaps, only by the role of TSA screener).Airlines’ pursuit of ancillary revenue has led to the unbundling of in-flight services, and in turn flight attendants have been forced to add cashier to an ever-growing job description that already includes […]

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PHOTO: SkyGem reveals integrated IFE/seat

Taiwanese in-flight entertainment supplier SkyGem has revealed anintegrated in-flight entertainment seat based on its Sky 1000 IFEsolution at Airshow China 2010. Read all about it here. SkyGem claims it is doing what Thales and Panasonic are doing with their respective systems only lighter, smaller and with less power. Hat tip to our excellent “Wings Down […]

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PHOTO: SkyGem reveals integrated IFE/seat

Taiwanese in-flight entertainment supplier SkyGem has revealed anintegrated in-flight entertainment seat based on its Sky 1000 IFEsolution at Airshow China 2010. Read all about it here. SkyGem claims it is doing what Thales and Panasonic are doing with their respective systems only lighter, smaller and with less power. Hat tip to our excellent “Wings Down […]

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