Archive | September, 2011

ERA carriers will need to consider basic connectivity: Ambrose

ERA director general Mike Ambrose believes that airlines both big and small will need to offer some form of connectivity to passengers within the next five years, including the intra-European operators that comprise ERA membership. Speaking to Runway Girl at the ERA General Assembly in Rome, Ambrose said innovation in the cockpit will help drive […]

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UPDATE 1: Banned in Dubai?

UPDATE: Ever since I posted this blog, I’ve received mixed reports as to whether or not this blog has been blocked in the UAE. But I’ve since had an exchange with Emirates’ own Patrick Brannelly (former APEX prez), who assures me that readers can access the blog. Brannelly says that, in reality, “only porn (and […]

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The secret is out! Samsung’s Galaxy tab coming to AirAsia group

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Breaking: Star Alliance selects common economy seat architecture

After years of studies, global airline alliance group the Star Alliance has selected a common economy class seat architecture that will be jointly procured and installed on some member airlines. “Yes, we are over the finish line with regard this,” confirmed Star vice-president corporate office Christian Klick today at the Airline Business Alliances, Joint Ventures […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly

The good news:After shuttering its Connexion unit at the end of 2006, Boeing has confirmed it will offer Panasonic’s Ku-band-supported Global Communications Suite (GCS) on its 777s; Turkish Airlines will be the first to take delivery on 23 September.The bad news:Boeing has not announced a plan for connecting its long-delayed 787 twinjet (it may be […]

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UPDATE 1: System certification questions abound as leaky line story breaks

A source tells RWG that Gore has been selected as the new provider of leaky feeder cables to AeroMobile, after cables from a former supplier failed flam tests. I’ve asked Gore for comment. Gore’s web site says: “GORE Cable Based Antennas for Aircraft and Mining are multiple standard radiating coax cables that set the standard […]

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In-flight Wi-Fi and our insatiable appetite for bandwidth

Here in the United States, passengers are growing increasingly accustomed to having in-flight Wi-Fi at their disposal. Much of the credit for equipping the US fleet goes to Gogo, which in 2006 bought an exclusive 3MHz broadband license for air-to-ground (ATG) services; made the service cheap and cheerful for airlines (even financing installs); and, let’s […]

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Mexico’s Interjet to launch Vision Systems IFE on Superjet

Vision Systems has kicked up its advertising in advance of #NBAA11 in Las Vegas, and is now touting the fact that its IFE system is offered on the Sukhoi Superjet, and will be launched by Superjet customer Interjet of Mexico.

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Ireland’s Airvod busts out with ‘Seatcentric’ in 5.8Ghz frequency

Irish in-flight entertainment system manufacturer Airvod busted onto the seat-centric and wireless IFE scene last week at APEX, where it unveiled its trademarked ‘Seatcentric’ solution for the first time, and announced Omni International as its launch customer. I sat down with company CEO Terence Bonar, who caught me up to speed on what Airvod is […]

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Bluebox addresses iPad rumour; sees Jetstar roll out next month

Heading into APEX, speculation was rife that Bluebox Avionics – the company commissioned to turn iPads into portable in-flight entertainment systems for Jetstar- had ‘jailbroken’ the systems, circumventing Apple’s business case and IP, and in turn pissing off Cupertino executives. But one must be very careful when trying to sort fact from fiction (and the […]

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