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UPDATE 1: Boeing says Service Bulletin to address Wi-Fi interference with Honeywell avionics is ‘imminent’

Updated to report that Alaska Airlines has retracted its statement that it “experienced” the Wi-Fi interference issue with Honeywell Phase 3 display units (DUs), and now says: “We are aware that there has been an issue and we are notusing Gogo in the cockpits. We are only using the iPads as an informationdevice.” Meanwhile, the […]

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Southwest reveals talks with Aircell!

For more information, check out my article now running on the new IFE&C channel Southwest Airlines today told a packed room of IFE&C executives and airlines that, unlike most of its colleagues, it hasn’t “chosen Aircell at this point”. Speaking at the WAEA single focus workshop in Mukilteo, Southwest senior manager, flight operations technologies Doug […]

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Alaska, Southwest urge FCC to approve Row 44′s application (plus an oops!)

Good God almighty, it seems I mixed up my FCC filings the other day (I can’t imagine how that happened. That site is a walk in the park). But I digress. Here is the appropriate filing – you’ll see it has a rather similar thrust to the 2008 document. But much more importantly, here is the link […]

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AirTran and Delta fight to lead the Wi-Fi pack (ain’t it grand?)

Low-cost carrier AirTran Airways has become the latest US operator to partner with in-flight connectivity provider Aircell to offer passengers wireless Internet access. However, the carrier intends to move faster than its competition by equipping its entire 136-strong fleet of Boeing 737 and 717 aircraft with Aircell’s Gogo broadband system by mid-summer. The ambitious project, […]

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Alaska to equip fleet with in-flight Internet by end of 2010

Alaska Airlines plans to equip its entire fleet with Row 44′s satellite-based in-flight connectivity system by the end of next year. Wi-Fi service is currently available onboard one Alaska Boeing 737 aircraft. But additional aircraft will be equipped in the coming months. An Alaska spokeswoman tells Runway Girl: “They are planning to roll out commercial […]

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DigEcor president talks candidly about legal spat

If you’ve tried to stay on top of the legal battle that has raged between rival portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) manufacturers DigEcor and e.Digital, then God Bless You. It has been a messy, multi-year spat that will culminate in a 4 May trial. I had the opportunity to speak with DigEcor president and COO Brad […]

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A word about off-axis power density…

The other day I wrote a blog about Qest’s new Ku-band antenna system, the KuStream 1000, which is being developed in tandem with Tecom (BTW, the pairing’s new web site is now live). In that blog, I said ViaSat – which has expressed concerns about Row 44′s antenna-pointing accuracy – will need to show the […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Jan 23)

I find myself swimming in a sea of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) and interiors news this morning. And when that happens, there is only one solution – a news and rumour roundup! Let’s herd um in boys. Yeehaw! I’ll stop that now. HARD NEWS Cingular Wireless has submitted a patent application that is crying […]

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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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JetBlue unit LiveTV writes FCC about Row 44 concerns

There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction we are goingThere’s no knowing where we’re rowingOr which way the river’s flowing Is it raining?Is it snowing?Is a hurricane a blowing?   Why yes it is, Willy. Yes it is. LiveTV is urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Row 44 to clearly demonstrate […]

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