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IFE&C – and interiors – news and rumour roundup (March 26)

As we wait in breathless anticipation for the news to flow from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (that’s Interiors without an apostrophe for the sharp-eyed editors amongst you) there is a mountain of in-flight entertainment and connectivity – and interiors – news piling up in advance of the event. And when that occurs, there […]

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Air Canada IFE and a little case of the nasty

Aerospace and defence consultant G2 Solutions is highlighting a rather funny photo on its web site. Forwarded to G2 by a Montreal-based consultant, the snap speaks for itself.   Air Canada in 2005 awarded a huge contract to Thales to equip its aircraft – including Bombardier CRJ705s and Embraer E-Jets – with the TopSeries platform. The introduction of a single […]

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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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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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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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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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American Airlines’ passengers are angels but who cares?

Aircell did its part to prevent users of its Gogo in-flight connectivity service from logging on to XXX web sites. In its “In-flight Etiquette” video the company urged: “When it comes to the sites you visit, be an angel. Remember you are in public. You wouldn’t want to shock your neighbour or reveal confidential information.” […]

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Chatter boxes: A Podcast discussion from WAEA

Oh my aching feet. I’m seriously questioning my own logic for wearing 3 inch heels at the busy WAEA show. Needless to say, I was grateful for the opportunity yesterday to sit down with my colleague Lori Ranson and IAG’s Addison Schonland to discuss and review Day 2. We talked about everything from Air Canada’s decision […]

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APA’s “Top Ten” list why Arpey flew private

It would be an understatement to say that American Airlines’ pilots are PO’d at management right now (that recent stock compensation boost certainly didn’t help). But in a 5 June internal memo to membership, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) lambastes CEO Gerard Arpey for another reason – not flying American on a recent trip to San […]

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787 tale chasing on the Friday before ISTAT

Speculation that Boeing will once again delay the 787 program reached fever pitch yesterday among Wall Street circles and industry talking-heads. Journalists, bloggers and journa-bloggers alike (anyone understand the difference anymore?) did their duty to firm up the story – calling Boeing, 787 customers and anybody who might be willing to go on-record for a […]

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