DUBAI: I’m on the ground at the Dubai air show, admittedly looking a little worse for the wear after a madcap Lancaster-DC-LA-DC-Lancaster-New York-Dubai travel schedule this week, though the final leg was made infinitely better by the fact that I scored an exit row seat on the Emirates Airbus A380 (sweeeeet!) My focus over the […]
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Can portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) providers survive in an environment where airlines are fitting their aircraft with in-flight connectivity and looking to support passengers’ own devices? Not if their businesses are based solely on the provision of portables, suggests IFE Services managing director Andy McEwan. “I am a believer that within an IFE strategy of […]
Heading into APEX, speculation was rife that Bluebox Avionics – the company commissioned to turn iPads into portable in-flight entertainment systems for Jetstar- had ‘jailbroken’ the systems, circumventing Apple’s business case and IP, and in turn pissing off Cupertino executives. But one must be very careful when trying to sort fact from fiction (and the […]
Qantas low-cost operator Jetstar is nearly ready to offer Apple iPads as in-flight entertainment (IFE) units on some 48 Airbus A320 family narrowbodies, and begin A330 widebody roll-out around mid-year. Oh, I know what you’re thinking. We’ve been hearing that Jetstar “is poised” to offer iPads-as-IFE for quite some time and it still hasn’t happened. […]
For a company that has said it will base its TopSeries next-generation in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system on the Android operating platform, Thales chief engineer Ken Brady speaks in glowing terms about the Apple iPad, and admits the firm is looking at how it can springboard off of it. Interviewed for Steve Harvey’s always-interesting The […]
IMS provides portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) to airlines around the world. The company is bringing to market a portable player based on Apple’s highly popular iPad tablet, but challenges exist. IMS’ Harry Gray discusses those challenges here.
A video showing how Apple’s iPhone 4 FaceTime feature worked really well via Aircell’s Gogo in-flight connectivity service is tearing up the web. See below how the story (and, quite frankly, the term “in-flight”) is trending on Twitter and then watch the video. We know that passengers have been using VOIP on US aircraft (even […]
The Flightglobal poll results are in, and an overwhelming majority of respondents say IFE firms will keep pace in an iPad world (like there was ever any doubt). Just how will IFE firms keep pace? We’ll get part of our answer in the coming months, I assure you.
The 4Q and full-year earnings bloodbath that US airlines are announcing right now has me a little preoccupied. But I must take a moment to recognize Singapore Airlines (SIA) for offering Apple iPod and iPhone connectivity over Panasonic IFE to all passengers on its first newly delivered Airbus A330-300. SIA claims to be the first in the […]
Buried deep in the bowels of my recent Airline Business feature about how airlines can harness off-board and onboard mobile phone connectivity, British Airways planning and innovations manager Chris Carmichael is quoted as saying that the following scenario would be beneficial to passengers: “Your meeting is overrunning, you whip out your Blackberry under your desk, […]
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