Archive | January, 2011

Slingbox, Netflix successfully tested on Panasonic-fitted BBJ

If you’re among the industry execs who took a ride on 26 January on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband Internet system, then you already know that the carrier’s IPTV service, dubbed eXTV, is working like a charm.One of the happy passengers tells me that Slingbox, Netflix and […]

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VIDEO: Inside the brand new Bombardier CRJ1000

Bombardier’s CRJ programme chief Jean-Guy Blondin takes us inside the brand new 100-seat Bombardier CRJ1000 (deliveries only began last month). My video, shot this week at Bombardier’s Mirabel production facility, will show you Brit Air’s CRJ1000 cabin, the cockpit and even the new bigger toilet! And it includes lots of info about Bombardier’s in-flight connectivity […]

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Thales sees iPad as competitor, will copy

For a company that has said it will base its TopSeries next-generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system on the Android operating platform, Thales chief engineer Ken Brady speaks in glowing terms about the Apple iPad, and admits the firm is looking at how it can springboard off of it. Interviewed for Steve Harvey’s always-interesting The […]

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Travel writers to put Oman Air’s in-flight Wi-Fi to the test!

A bunch of travel writers plan to put Oman Air’s in-flight Wi-Fi to the test today when they take part in what could very well be the first, fully-organized in-flight tweet-up (of travel writers, at least). Follow all the action at the hashtag #bgtw2oman (or check back to this page). Also be sure to scroll […]

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Verizon iPhone in-flight mobile connectivity #FAIL

“As a long term Verizon customer, I was glad to hear the iPhone was coming. However since I travel worldwide I called Verizon support to find out exactly what the issues would be internationally. The support person confirmed that the iPhone will not support GSM. Ouch! This means that I will have to wait for […]

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Boeing rakes in the orders for 737 Sky Interior

Say what you will about the delayed Boeing 787 programme the airliner’s interior is inspiring. So much so, in fact, that Boeing used the same passenger satisfaction approach to develop its new NextGen 737 Boeing Sky Interior. As previously reported, FlyDubai was among the five launch customers that took delivery of 737s with the Boeing […]

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VIDEO: No need for IFE

Is it just me or does this gal seem rather underwhelmed? 

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In-flight connectivity takes hold (and SAS opts for eXConnect)

On the chance you don’t catch it on Flightglobal’s IFEC channel, here is a link to an Airline Business chart that details year-end figures for in-flight connectivity equipage worldwide. Many thanks to all the firms that participated – AeroMobile, Aircell, OnAir, Panasonic Avionics and Row 44. I have no doubt that 2011 will be a […]

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VIDEO: Mentor demos IFE GUI on Android

Mentor Graphics has taken to YouTube to, among other things, showcase how it can create a funky IFE GUI using its so-called Inflexion UI on the Android operating system. Now where have I seen and heard about this before?

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VIDEO: Real-time safety monitoring saddles up to black boxes

Tonight I’m working on a story about Toronto-based Star Navigation Systems Group’s new in-flight safety monitoring system (ISMS) with GPS tracking software, which is being billed as the perfect counterpart to traditional black boxes, particularly in the aftermath of the 1 June 2009 fatal loss of an Air France Airbus A330 (investigators never found the […]

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