Archive | December, 2010

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PHOTO: Under the Lufthansa blister lies a beautiful beast

The Mitsubishi MELCO Ku-band antenna fitted to 69 Lufthansa aircraft is considered a majestic masterpiece of engineering. But the antenna has a few quirks (one of the reasons why Lufthansa missed its late summer deadline for launching FlyNet in-flight high-speed Internet, and later a planned mid-November launch).Lufthansa showed off the MELCO antenna on 30 November […]

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PHOTOS: Will I need a butt cushion for Lufthansa’s new seat?

I don’t have a lot of cushion on my derriere these days (although I’m going to work hard to change that over the holidays…more stuffing please!). So, when I saw the new slim seat being fitted to Lufthansa’s short- and medium-haul fleet, I must admit I cringed just a little bit and wondered whether I […]

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VIDEO: FlyDubai’s new IFE system explained

FlyDubai is singing the praises of its new Lumexis fiber optics-based in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. But what makes the system, now flying on board a FlyDubai Boeing 737 with Sky Interior, so darn unique? During the APEX convention, Lumexis CEO Doug Cline gave us the skinny on the so-called fiber-to-the-screen IFE platform, using a clear […]

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Exclusive: United is testing Row 44 in-flight Internet!

Holy crap! United Airlines is testing Row 44′s in-flight Internet service, making it the first carrier to trial both a satellite-based service (from Row 44) and Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) service Gogo. A source tells RWG says United has fitted a Boeing 757 with Row 44 “on a trial basis” and, so far, “it’s going pretty […]

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Aircell reveals Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi equipage numbers

To use its own phraseology, Aircell is able to push out Gogo-equipped aircraft “like boxes of popcorn”. By the end of the year, the Chicago-headquartered firm will have retrofitted 1,067 aircraft with the in-flight Internet system, an increase of 372 aircraft over year-end 2009. Below, you’ll find the latest number of aircraft fitted with Gogo […]

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VIDEO: Lufthansa to make life easier for pilots with FlyNet

Civil aircraft operators have long discussed using in-flight connectivity for operational benefits such as real-time electronic flight bag (EFB) applications. Lufthansa, which recently re-launched its FlyNet high-speed Internet service on overseas flights, is about to make real-time EFB a reality, and in turn make life easier for its pilots. Lufthansa captain Andreas Ritter – who […]

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Much ado about flat-bed seats

Delta Air Lines has emerged somewhat victorious in a law suit involving – wait for it – Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suite (UCS). The US major applied for, and received, a summary judgment dismissing a claim by Virgin against Delta for infringement of a patent on the UCS flat-bed seat, which was manufactured by interiors […]

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Cathay shows off iPod connectivity with new biz class seat

Cathay Pacific has unveiled its new business class seat, with a Panasonic in-flight entertainment system (eX2). The carrier lays out all the details and provides pictures on its web site. But what I find most interesting is the close-up shot above provided by the carrier. Cathay is clearly excited about the iPod connectivity it will […]

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In-flight Wi-Fi and travel insurance? Pairings to consider…

Right then. Here is something worth thinking about. A recent survey conducted by Airsavings – a company that specializes in providing ancillary revenue solutions for airlines – has revealed the following about today’s travelers: 1) Some 68% of travelers surveyed expressed that having access to WI-FI Internet access was important to them while traveling. 2) […]

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Air New Zealand to launch Skycouch on 22 December

Air New Zealand says its much anticipated Skycouch economy and Spaceseat premium economy seats are taking flight this month with the first flight of its new Boeing 777-300 aircraft, “The new aircraft was designed with passengers’ flight personalities in mind, resulting in an in-flight experience tailored to meet the needs of each passenger,” says Air […]

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