Archive | June, 2011

VIDEO: First look inside Thai’s Airbus A380?

Last month Thai Airways International confirmed the configuration of its Airbus A380 aircraft, saying it will offer a three-class configuration and a total of 507 seats (12 first class seats, 60 business class seats and 435 economy class seats – Recaro, not Koito, ahem). Now an unofficial graphics video has emerged showcasing the interior of […]

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Ka coverage has gap in the Midwest & other Aircell musings

Later today Aircell will publish on its blog a rather thorough Q&A with its president and CEO Michael Small, who talks about everything from the firm’s business model to its technology road map and the future of Ka satellite-based in-flight connectivity. Aircell was kind enough to give me an advance copy of the Q&A. I’ve […]

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Exclusive: Virgin America to offer more live news, sports

Virgin America is poised to make its super cool in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Red, even cooler. The carrier has revealed to RWG that it will offer more live sports and news with the addition of three new network choices. It hopes to have the upgrade completed by the end of the month.“We’re going to be […]

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The big seat squeeze: Do B/E, Zodiac and Recaro have room?

Aircraft seat manufacturers B/E Aerospace, Zodiac and Recaro (seats pictured above) have enjoyed plenty of new business ever since reports started surfacing from Japan that seat maker Koito Industries had falsified data on seats. And the ‘big three’ can expect an even greater windfall now the EASA and the US FAA have formally issued airworthiness […]

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UPDATE 1: Break out your Bunsen Burners, the FAA Koito AD has hit!

Updated to note that the EASA AD hit this morning. BLOG: With everyone from Boeing to Koito Industries to Continental Airlines begging more time, and some – like the Association of European Airlines (AEA) and the Association for Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) – suggesting the measure is unwarranted, the US FAA has issued its airworthiness […]

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