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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 12)

UPDATED to include EMS Technologies’ acquisition of Formation, and a Delta disclosure It has been a busy week in the world of IFE&C so let’s do a little roundup of all the stuff I didn’t get a chance to write about, shall we? HARD NEWS: EMS Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Formation, […]

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Cheap and easy – Aircell proves it’s no broadband virgin

Virgin America’s decision to launch its in-flight broadband service Gogo with a plane-load of journalists and bloggers – while tying the experience into the YouTube Live event – was a bloody public relations coup. The airline, along with service provider Aircell, has received rather significant press coverage since Saturday’s flight and most of it is very positive. I only wish American […]

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Live blogging from Virgin’s Gogo launch flight (and a scoop)

Hello there RWG readers, Virgin America has just launched its in-flight connectivity service, Gogo, I’m writing this blog from 30,000ft. The aircraft is packed with journalists and we’re all putting Gogo through it’s paces. Suffice it to say that speed is just what Aircell promised – as fast as on the ground. I linked up […]

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Aircell, NASA and EB’s wireless testing solution

Aircell and NASA are clients. But Oulu, Finland-headquartered EB – a developer of embedded technology solutions for the automotive and wireless industries – is only now discussing its relationship with the two firms and its ASO testing solution for the aerospace, aviation and defense markets. The solution is designed for measuring, modeling and emulating radio […]

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American issues RFI to connectivity providers as Gogo test continues

American Airlines appears to be keeping its in-flight broadband connectivity options open. RWG can exclusively reveal that the carrier recently issued a request for information (RFI) to a range of connectivity providers. Sources say the RFI was issued after American began its trial of Aircell’s ATG-based Gogo service, which began on 25 June. A RFI […]

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Aircell on usage, discounts and porn hoopla

We’re dying to know the usage stats on Gogo but Aircell isn’t telling…yet. American Airlines this summer began offering the in-flight broadband service on its transcon fleet of Boeing 767s. “Unfortunately, I can’t release our usage stats yet. I can say that we have exceeded our usage goals to date and are happy with how usage […]

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Gogo customer and “superb” VoIP speedtest

I just received the following e-mail from a friend, who is using Aircell’s Gogo connectivity service in the sky right now. The Vonage speedtest says a lot (check out part of a screen grab below). I gotta ask, however: What’s up with the steep discounts already? Hiya! sending live from AA Flt 34 LAX-JFK – Gogo […]

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Pilots lash out as American eyes Embraer 170 ops

Labour relations at American Airlines keep getting uglier. Last week, news emerged that the company’s 14-year old Aviation Safety Action Plan (ASAP) – which allows employees to report safety problems confidentially – has been terminated. In light of this, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) is warning membership: “You have the right to remain silent. If […]

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American Airlines is less safe with ASAP gone: Allied Pilots

Is American Airlines less safe today? The Allied Pilots Association (APA) thinks so.A 14-year old program that provides incentives to airline employees to report safety problems confidentially has been terminated at American, says pilot leadership. In an internal message to members, obtained by RWG, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) says “management’s demand to change the […]

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Fred Smith and Linda Daschle – who could be next DOT head?

What do FedEx founder and chief executive Fred Smith and high-powered lobbyist Linda Daschle have in common? Both are rumoured to be potential candidates for the job of US transportation secretary in the next administration. They join a list that is also speculated to include former FAA administrator Jane Garvey, former American chief Bob Crandall and […]

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