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Two Virgins and a spaceship

Space tourism is on the horizon and Virgin Galactic has the great good sense to team-up with sister Virgin America to cross-promote the first ever rollout of its spaceship launch vehicle, the WhiteKnight II (WK2) “mothership” in Mojave, California on 28 July. San Francisco-headquartered Virgin America, of which Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group holds some ownership, will […]

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US Airways explains A320 IFE pull out; reveals Lumexis trial!!!

Okay, so you’ve seen reports today that US Airways is banning movies on its domestic flights, and you’re wondering: “For the love of God and all that is holy, how cheap can they get? Free water is, after all, down the toilet. I asked US Airways to explain what is truly going on. Here’s the […]

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Virgin America’s Charles Ogilvie heads back to Panasonic

It’s official. Charles Ogilvie, one of the top airline IFE talking heads in the industry, is leaving Virgin America on Friday to take up a position at Panasonic (he previously worked for the manufacturer). Here is Virgin America CEO David Cush’s email to employees: Dear Teammates: It is with mixed emotions that I announce that […]

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That’s one hell of a bird

The Northwest jet that looks like it got punched in the nose by the Hulk, and NBC’s take on the matter.    

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The news is in: American will test Aircell’s Gogo on Wednesday

Aircell in May promised that it would have major news to discuss this month. We now know what that news entails. Tomorrow, American Airlines will start testing Aircell’s Gogo connectivity service on two Boeing 767-200 flights linking JFK to/from LAX. The entire system (end-to-end) will be tested to “make sure we’re ready to launch”, says American. […]

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Required reading for the connectivity crowd – Row 44 submits FCC application

Movement is afoot on the satellite-based connectivity front. In-flight broadband provider Row 44, which notably secured agreements to trial its system on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, has officially applied for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to operate up to 1,000 technically-identical aeronautical-mobile satellite service (AMSS) transmit/receive earth stations (AMES) abroad commercial […]

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True industry veteran readies to bid adieu

One of the few, true pre-deregulation legacy guys left in the industry who has seen it all is leaving, says US Airways. The man in question? US Airways senior vice president, technical operations Hal Heule, who’s 41-year career spanned  Pan American, Texas International Airlines, Continental Airlines, America West Airlines and US Airways, as well as […]

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When you’re tempted to drink the water…

Just how potable is the tap water on US commercial aircraft? That’s the question this frequent traveller is asking after US Airways announced it will charge $2 for bottled water in its domestic coach cabins beginning 1 August. The answer, it seems, is “not so much”.   A noted Wall Street Journal investigation in 2002 […]

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Sweetness and Licht – US Airways shareholders keep it interesting

US Airways’ annual shareholders meeting was nothing if not entertaining today. Outspoken shareholder Evelyn Y Davis, also known as the ‘Queen of the Corporate Jungle’, dressed down management for lots of “outrageous” things like holding the event on the same day as Continental Airlines’ shareholders meeting and for considering a so-called “virtual merger”. Shareholders seemed […]

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Slip sliding away? ERJ-135s in the USA

What is to become of me? The question, memorably posed by Eliza Doolittle in the musical My Fair Lady, must surely be on the minds of Embraer executives these days when considering the ERJ-135. The 37-seater is playing a fast-diminishing role in the USA.   Continental Airlines has just brokered a new feeder deal with ExpressJet […]

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