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The Etihad Airways IFE deal is MRO-tastic

“IFE isn’t that important anymore. I mean, seriously, all anybody really wants to do is use their own iPad in flight.” I hear this statement or a variation thereof and I sigh. It is inaccurate, short-sighted, and, dare I say it, betrays a level of ignorance.The IFE industry is evolving to accommodate tech-savvy travelers. That […]

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VIDEO: Inside the Airbus A350 XWB cabin

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SOMEBODY is making money on in-flight connectivity

[Gently amended to add a few more names to the hardware list.]______________________________________________________________________________Commercial passenger connectivity “is here to stay”. And while L-Band aeronautical services are “clearly in the lead”, Ku-band broadband “is setting blistering pace for units and revenues”. So says Northern Sky Research in its latest satellite market report, which estimates that the global MSS […]

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UPDATE 1: Pricing for SwiftBroadband in-flight connectivity revealed

UPDATED to include the following comment from an industry source (which, in short, means the cost to airlines is far less). “The real cost for airlines is a lot different – unsurprisingly since a) there is no existing revenue to undermine and b) the volumes are drastically different. The current offer to key airlines (like […]

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Row 44 talks LUV installs, hybrid solutions & real-time credit!

The company that used to be SO difficult for me to nail down, Row 44, is now ready to talk…a lot! I recently sat down with Row 44′s chief commercial officer Howard Lefkowitz, who proceeded to drop the following super-juicy newsy nuggets of love: 1) Some 200 Boeing 737s in Southwest Airlines’ fleet are expected […]

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VIDEO: How Flightglobal covers big shows all over the world

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Stirring things up…

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Rome, where I was honored to have the opportunity to speak about one of my favorite topics – in-flight connectivity – at the ERA General Assembly (you can find my full presentation via this link).As you can imagine, intra-European regional operators are not exactly chomping at the […]

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

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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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