Archive | March, 2011

UPDATE 1: Wireless IFE back in the fray with Condor announcement

Updated with new info…An announcement today from Lufthansa Systems that the firm is bringing a new wireless in-flight entertainment (IFE) solution to German holiday carrier Condor’s Boeing 767s begs all sorts of questions. You’ll recall, no doubt, that Boeing originally intended to offer wireless IFE on the 787, and Panasonic and Thales created solutions for […]

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Exclusive: South African taps Sicma for seat-centric IFE

South African Airways has become the latest customer of Sicma’s seat-centre SiT in-flight entertainment system, RWG can exclusively reveal. “We are retrofitting two [Airbus] A330s starting with the first plane in June 2011,” says Thomas Lee, director of business development at Zodiac Aerospace, the parent to Sicma. The aircraft are owned by a leasing company. […]

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PHOTOS: Azul promotes breast cancer awareness with pink ATR

My Flightglobal colleague Olivier Bonnassies is in Toulouse to witness the delivery to Brazilian operator Azul of an ATR 72-200, a pink turboprop that will promote the fight against breast cancer on this International Women’s Day. Femama, the name you see on the headrest covers, is a Brazilian organisation for breast cancer. Olivier says the […]

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Panasonic to unveil next generation IFEC at #AIX11

So says this full-page advert in the #AIX11 show preview report….

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Jetstar inches closer to offering iPads as IFE across fleet

Qantas low-cost operator Jetstar is nearly ready to offer Apple iPads as in-flight entertainment (IFE) units on some 48 Airbus A320 family narrowbodies, and begin A330 widebody roll-out around mid-year. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. We’ve been hearing that Jetstar “is poised” to offer iPads-as-IFE for quite some time and it still hasn’t happened. […]

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Once upon a time Aircell supported in-flight cell phones…

While doing research on another story last night, I found this presentation from 2002. Anyone who has been following the in-flight connectivity industry for the last decade knows that Aircell was named AirCell for a reason. Check it.

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Global in-flight Internet comes to light cabin aircraft

It’s no secret that this RWG loves an ultra-high-speed Internet connection, be it on the ground or in the air. But for smaller aircraft especially, many would argue that it makes little sense for operators to bolt on the far larger, heavier equipment required to bring that sort of service to the cabin or cockpit. […]

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Boeing 787 shortlisted for major aircraft interiors award

Well one thing’s for certain, Boeing’s got gumption. The US airframer entered the 787 – in its entirety – into the competition for a Crystal Cabin Award and, interestingly, has been shortlisted by the folks who hand out these coveted statutes (the Aviation Cluster Hamburg Metropolitan Region Association….tis a mouthful Every year at the Aircraft […]

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Buggin out over in-flight bed bugs

Any bug with an exoskeleton makes my skin crawl. So when I learned a few years ago that New York hotels – and progressively hotels around the country – were being overrun with bed bugs this road warrior implemented a few new practices. As soon as I know the name of the hotel in which […]

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VIDEO: They won a flight on Lufthansa’s launch of A380 JFK service

Give credit where credit is due. Lufthansa is being all kinds of fun funky monkey with its social media experiments, taking the opportunity on its inaugural A380 flight from Frankfurt to New York to drive interest outside of traditional media (yeah, real people excited about a real nice product…hmmm clever in its simplicity). “Tweet about […]

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