Archive | April, 2011

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PHOTO: United Boeing 757-200 N593UA with hump (finally)

United Airlines’ Boeing 757-200 testbed (N593UA), which is fitted with leather seats, 110V power and Row 44′s satellite-based in-flight connectivity system, serves as a sort of symbol of what the carrier could do to improve the passenger experience (and allows United to test Row 44 against Aircell’s Gogo, which is installed on a dozen of […]

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Power to the people – airlines seek the ties that unbind

It’s no secret that travel distribution in the United States is getting all shook up, as airlines fight to become less dependent on global distribution systems (GDSs), and seek to make more meaningful connections with their customers. American Airlines got the ball rolling when it started scrapping with Orbitz and the online travel agent’s part-owner, […]

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VIDEO: digEcor jumps into seat-centric IFE

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Koito is in a bloody financial mess (note to airlines with K seats)

Japanese firm Koito Industries isn’t wasting any time in separating its non-aviation businesses from its embattled aircraft seat unit, which has created an industry mess of epic proportions (even though few folks want to talk about it on record). The rubber stamp-loving company‘s board of directors has already passed a resolution to implement a plan […]

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PHOTO: Lufthansa 747-8 naked without its hump on first flight

Photographer Joe Walker sent the following photographic gem to me today. It’s a pic of the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 making its first flight (snapped returning to Paine Field). She’s a beauty, but I must lament the lack of a Ku-band antenna. I know there are reasons why this bird isn’t fitted with the in-flight high-speed […]

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Rockwell Collins IS BACK in the NEW in-seat IFE game!

Rockwell Collins will tell you that it never really left the world of in-seat audio/video on demand (AVOD). And, quite technically, Rockwell Collins is right. The company’s eTES and dTES in-flight entertainment systems are in operation on myriad aircraft in the world fleet, and the firm has continued to support these solutions for its customers. […]

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VIDEO: Copa Airlines is “sold” on Boeing 737 with Sky Interior (#MROAM)

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VIDEO: B/E Aerospace brings iPad to Pinnacle economy seat

Check out the my colleague Will Horton’s story on how “iPad as IFE” fan Jetstar is retrofitting with the B/E Aerospace Pinnacle seat and using the B/E iPad bracket (seen below). The fabulous nuggets one finds at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.

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Poke here, poke there, poke everywhere, including IFE

GuestLogix has teamed with Pokeware to offer airlines a way to generate new revenues by integrating video content and contextual advertising. Essentially, if you see something you like in a piece of video content, you can poke it to learn more about the product, and if you still like it you can buy it. Key […]

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Round 1: Intelligent Avionics answers questions about AURA

Intelligent Avionics’ claim that they can bring a super reliable, super lightweight PC to every seat recently prompted an industry observer to ask that I hold their feet to the fire for specifics, in essence turning RWG into a bit of a boxing ring. And you know I’m game for that. Check out the following […]

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