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Why the stakes are high for Aircell and the rest of us

Saints above, it has finally happened! Aircell’s in-flight connectivity service Gogo this morning went live on American Airlines’ Boeing 767-200 fleet. Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been praying for this day for a long time. And frankly, right now I’m wishing I had booked on American for my upcoming flight to Los Angeles, […]

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Southwest now eyeing fourth quarter for Row 44 trial

We’re nearing the end of summer and there has been nary a test of Row 44′s satellite-based connectivity system onboard Southwest Airlines’ aircraft, as previously expected. What’s going on? Southwest still expects to trial the system this year onboard four Boeing 737s, but doesn’t see it happening until the fourth quarter. “It’s a new process […]

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Probing the interior

The time has come to use this blog for the noble cause of self promotion. On 9-10 September, I will have the pleasure of moderating some panels at the inaugural Airline Interiors Expo – Americas event, which is making its debut in Long Beach, California. Co-located with the annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and […]

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Will airports or airlines prove the connectivity hot spot?

As a frequent flyer from our nation’s capital, I’m happy to report that Boingo Wireless is adding Dulles International and Washington National to its expanding global network of airport hotspots accessible to travellers. The Boingo Wireless contracts mean Boingo’s WiFi network will now be available to the more than 24 million passengers who travel through […]

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US Airways takes the cake in cost-cutting effort

Which airline is the most aggressive cost cutter amongst its peers in the face of soaring fuel prices? That’s a tough question because there are so many good solid candidates right now. But I’m giving the little gold man to Star Alliance member US Airways, which is sniffing out ways to slash costs in every nook […]

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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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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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Titillating talk with LiveTV

In recent days a number of readers have asked me why I haven’t blogged about LiveTV’s acquisition of the Verizon Airfone network. Isn’t this a big deal, they ask. Don’t you get the teddy bear warm and fuzzies when you write about this stuff? Well yes and no, and yes, respectively.   The transaction, which calls for LiveTV […]

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