Archive | August, 2011

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Burned by Koito? Don’t expect a payday, say sources

If you’re an airline hoping to receive compensation from embattled seat manufacturer Koito Industries, don’t hold your breath, say multiple sources. Kotio falsified test data, including crucial flammability data, on some 150,000 seats in the world fleet. Several airlines, including All Nippon Airways and Thai Airways International, have filed lawsuits against Koito seeking damages for […]

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Game on! Major League Baseball coming to Southwest aircraft

I’m not a big sports enthusiast, with the exception of ladies’ ice skating, but even I can appreciate the gravity of what’s in store for Southwest Airlines passengers. RWG has learned that in-flight connectivity service provider Row 44 is poised to announce a deal with Major League Baseball to live stream games in video and […]

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Holy Hell! Virgin America to offer wireless IFE from Lufthansa Systems

Virgin America, which offers one of the best embedded in-flight entertainment systems in the US skies, has teamed with Lufthansa Systems to bring streaming video to passengers. I received the following brief email just now: Media invitation: Virgin America and Lufthansa Systems team up to take in-flight entertainment to new heights. I presume more info […]

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Bombardier studies connectivity for…wait for it….the Q400!

Bombardier is quickly becoming known as an airframer that is committed to providing in-flight connectivity on its business and commercial aircraft, and is even eyeing connectivity for the Q400 turboprop. The Canadian company has partnered with ViaSat and EMS Aviation to offer a Ku-band satellite-supported high-speed Internet option on Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft. […]

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I’m not going to use the tired ‘bigger is better’ headline (but it is)

Bombardier’s new CSeries mock-up – unveiled at the Paris Air Show – is da bomb. Yes, I know I’m not a teenager anymore, but even the most jaded, angst-filled teen would be impressed with what Bombardier was doing at the air show (though he/she would feign nonchalance.) Most notable for this RWG was the fact […]

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Captain’s log: iPad interference with avionics is ‘poppycock’

Apple iPads can be found in airport lounges. Apple iPads are being used as airport check-in kiosks. Apple iPads have been handed to flight attendants to personalize the passenger experience. Apple iPads are being distrubted to pilots to use as electronic flight bags (EFBs). At virtually every touch point in the travel experience – and […]

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TechNews tackles Wi-Fi interference with Honeywell displays

I’m not convinced TechNews advances this story in any substantial way, but it’s interesting to see how people are growing so accustomed to having in-flight Wi-Fi they expect stakeholders to do what it takes to ensure they get to keep it. “It [Wi-Fi] better interfere good because I like my Wi-Fi in the air,” says […]

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Initial application for carbon nanotubes? IFE!

Blink and you might miss it in his article, but Flightglobal defense expert Stephen Trimple is reporting that carbon nanotubes (CNT) may find their way into commercial aircraft cabins. A US company called Nanocomp Technologies sees an opportunity for using CNT to replace wiring systems in airline in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems, reports Trimble, who also […]

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Virgin Galactic eyes passenger connectivity for space flights

I can see it now. The tweets. The FaceBook updates. The miles high boasts. “I’m tweeting from space!!” Why? Because Virgin Galactic is looking to offer in-flight connectivity to passengers on its suborbital space tourism flights (they obviously won’t need any seat-back entertainment for that ride).RWG has learned that Sir Richard Branson is studying his […]

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‘FOCIS’ on the positive…well, most of the time

Two years ago Delta Air Lines quietly began the process of building a business case for developing an information system that would harness the power of in-flight connectivity and could be incorporated into its airline operations. At that time, nobody at Delta wanted to talk about the top-secret Future Operations Communications Information System (FOCIS) project, […]

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