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Oi there, who will tap Arinc for new Onboard Internet?

My colleague Graham Dunn has secured an update from Arinc about its new on-board Internet service, branded Oi, which will utilize Inmarsat’s new higher bandwidth SwiftBroadband aeronautical service, and allow passengers to acces a mixture of cached and live web content via their laptops. Here are the key points from Graham’s story: 1) Arinc expects […]

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AeroMobile gives us an update

With Honeywell making an apparent play for the spotlight in its announcement that Malaysia Airlines is offering in-flight mobile connectivity, I figure it’s time to push out some interesting facts about Arinc/Telenor joint venture AeroMobile’s progress in general. FACT NUMBER ONE All of AeroMobile’s customers will move to SwiftBroadband once the technology is widely available […]

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UPDATED: A little bit of honey and well…

Amended to include additional information from Honeywell, including, substantially, that AeroMobile is doing the interface and billing! Well isn’t the world of airline in-flight connectivity getting more and more interesting by the second? Today Honeywell announced that it has provided upgraded satellite communications equipment to Malaysia Airlines to allow passengers to use mobile phones and […]

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US ban on in-flight cell phone use ain’t going anywhere

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not revisited the ban on in-flight cell phone usage in the USA since it terminated its own proceeding on the matter in the spring of 2007. And even though the likes of British Airways (BA) is planning to offer mobile connectivity on its new London City-New York JFK […]

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Wale’s words of wisdom

Earlier this month I had a great little chat with IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju about the in-flight connectivity landscape. He made a number of interesting points, suggesting, for example, that major international carriers need to look at offering both GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity. I don’t want to let the whole month slip by without […]

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Forecast: 2009 is “critical point” for in-flight connectivity

Last year was not without its ironies. Even as airlines saw their balance sheets reddened by soaring fuel prices, they made plans to bring in-flight connectivity solutions on board aircraft on a scale never before seen in the industry. A confluence of factors was at play. The 2006 demise of Connexion, Boeing’s popular, yet ultimately […]

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Top five most important IFE&C moments of 2008 and some juice

1) Oneworld alliance member American Airlines launches Aircell’s broadband service, Gogo. A high-profile carrier that previously showed interest in now-defunct Connexion by Boeing, American’s launch of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) solution on 15 transcontinental Boeing 767-200s forced other legacies to think hard about whether they could afford to wait for another satellite offering to come to market […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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Panasonic to open Shanghai office (new Chinese customer?)

Remember when Charles Ogilvie announced this summer that he was leaving Virgin America to head up former employer Panasonic’s in-flight entertainment and new airborne technology platforms in China? Ogilvie’s new position was a little foreshadowing of things to come. On 17 December Panasonic will celebrate the grand opening of its new Shanghai office. A snazzy press […]

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PHOTO: AeroMobile shows us its rack on a Boeing 777

Malaysia Airlines has been trialling AeroMobile’s mobile phone and data services over the last few weeks, garnering the distinction of becoming the first carrier in Asia to offer such services. The AeroMobile system was installed on a Malaysia Boeing 777-200 aircraft during a routine maintenance check. Malaysia Airlines managing director and CEO Dato Seri Idris […]

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