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UPDATE 1: A word about connectivity before I disconnect…

Updated to note that Southwest Airlines is now saying it will charge $5 for Wi-Fi regardless of device or flight (holy moly…what will this mean for Gogo pricing?) And yes, this update means that I had to have one more word. Arghghgh. The grip of SM addiction! BLOGI’m jumping off the grid for about 10 […]

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Oman Air reveals low Wi-Fi take-up (Twitter responds)

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) announcement this week that it is bringing OnAir-provided mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi to its aircraft is so interesting on so many levels that it deserves a blog all its own (and it will get one). But before we can opine about why Panasonic Avionics mega-IFE customer SIA selected Airbus/SITA joint venture OnAir’s […]

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Airbus explores 60 GHz for wireless IFE, WAIC: Prof. Keusgen

Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Keusgen from the Dept. BM (Broadband Mobile Communication Networks) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin, says the institute has had “several projects with Airbus regarding the deployment of 60 GHz technology for wireless inflight entertainment as well as low rate WAIC [Wireless Avionics Intra-Communications] at lower frequencies for […]

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Oman Air CEO talks connected aircraft and cloud computing!

Peter Hill is known for being a straight shooter. So, when the Oman Air CEO agreed to answer some of my questions for an Airline Business feature about the in-flight connectivity boon, it didn’t surprise me that he came back with honest, forthright answers. It did make me feel very grateful, however. Peter, this is […]

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Highly connected Oman A330 about to roll off the line

  The Airbus A330-300 that will be delivered to Oman Air on 27 November is special for a number of reasons. The aircraft, MSN1063, will boast Thales IFE and outrageous first class “mini-suites” (outrageous in a good way, see above). But it will also be the first commercial widebody to go into service with Airbus’ ALNA v2 […]

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A new first class seat that fits Shaquille O’Neal? Oh man!

Is Oman Air going to launch a brand new first class product with a seat that could fit basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal? That is the carrier’s plan for its newest Airbus A330s, according to Shashank Nigam, CEO of global airline marketing and branding consultancy SimpliFlying. “Oman Air is certainly differentiating itself from other airlines, especially its […]

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BA rocks it with Thales pick…plus the TopSeries widebody list

British Airways (BA) yesterday revealed a mammoth deal with Thales to outfit its Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and new Boeing 777-300ERs with the firm’s TopSeries in-flight entertainment (FE) system. BA has traditionally flown Rockwell Collins IFE on its long-haul fleet, even upgrading from Rockwell’s TES to digital dTES on its Boeing 747s, 767s and 777s. […]

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