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Udvar-Hazy talks to Runway Girl on 737 replacement, A320neo, twin-aisle narrowbody, MRJ-100, Koito debacle

Steven Udvar-Hazy, the most high-profile and influential man in aircraft leasing, gave journalists a lengthy interview immediately following the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) conference today in Scottsdale, Arizona.Because Hazy gave us so much fodder for stories, Flightblogger Jon Ostrower and I have decided to break the lion’s share of the interview on […]

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Exclusive: South African taps Sicma for seat-centric IFE

South African Airways has become the latest customer of Sicma’s seat-centre SiT in-flight entertainment system, RWG can exclusively reveal. “We are retrofitting two [Airbus] A330s starting with the first plane in June 2011,” says Thomas Lee, director of business development at Zodiac Aerospace, the parent to Sicma. The aircraft are owned by a leasing company. […]

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VIDEO: They won a flight on Lufthansa’s launch of A380 JFK service

Give credit where credit is due. Lufthansa is being all kinds of fun funky monkey with its social media experiments, taking the opportunity on its inaugural A380 flight from Frankfurt to New York to drive interest outside of traditional media (yeah, real people excited about a real nice product…hmmm clever in its simplicity). “Tweet about […]

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Lufthansa talks Internet for A380 and IFE in the cloud

Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 (like all A380s, frankly) is a stunning sight to behold. But while the carrier is offering its usual high-end Panasonic in-flight entertainment (IFE) in all three classes (naturally), it has not yet retrofitted the birds with its FlyNet in-flight high-speed Internet system. The FlyNet system, driven by Panasonic’s eXConnect, is not linefit […]

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Travel writers to put Oman Air’s in-flight Wi-Fi to the test!

A bunch of travel writers plan to put Oman Air’s in-flight Wi-Fi to the test today when they take part in what could very well be the first, fully-organized in-flight tweet-up (of travel writers, at least). Follow all the action at the hashtag #bgtw2oman (or check back to this page). Also be sure to scroll […]

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VIDEO: Real-time safety monitoring saddles up to black boxes

Tonight I’m working on a story about Toronto-based Star Navigation Systems Group’s new in-flight safety monitoring system (ISMS) with GPS tracking software, which is being billed as the perfect counterpart to traditional black boxes, particularly in the aftermath of the 1 June 2009 fatal loss of an Air France Airbus A330 (investigators never found the […]

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Industry expert Jon Norris tables IFEC forecast for 2011

What does 2011 hold for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC)? That’s not the easiest question to answer. After all, technology is moving SO fast, and a host of new players are entering the field. I decided to put the query to industry expert Jonathan Norris, who holds the title of vice-president cabin design office at […]

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Row 44 takes Panasonic to task over FCC application

Panasonic Avionics’ application for US FCC authority to operate an aeronautical mobile satellite service earth station network in the Ku-band has made in-flight connectivity rival Row 44 rather hot under the collar. In what will surely give the industry a case of déjà vu (remember ViaSat’s long-running objection to Row 44′s application?), Row 44 is […]

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Finnair reveals in-flight connectivity plan for long haul

The other day I blogged about a report in AirAsia’s in-flight mag that Finnair is offering OnAir in-flight mobile connectivity to passengers. It turns out that the AirAsia article isn’t entirely accurate (the carrier isn’t offering connectivity yet). BUT, Finnair has revealed to RWG that it is preparing for a “wireless cabin communication environment” and […]

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AirAsia warns chatterboxes as it fits fleet with OnAir

Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia is vowing to offer OnAir’s in-flight mobile connectivity solution across its entire Malaysian Airbus A320 fleet, allowing passengers to use their phones for data and voice. Just don’t be a chatterbox, warns the carrier. In a message about cell phone etiquette, printed in the carrier’s latest in-flight magazine, AirAsia says the […]

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