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Exclusive: Lufthansa passengers averaging 95 MB volume in flight

Not only is Panasonic Avionics seeing massive demand for in-flight connectivity – fielding RFPs for a staggering 1,500 aircraft – the company now has evidence to prove what it has been saying all along, that people are data hungry! In a slide provided exclusively to RWG, Panasonic revealed that in May and June of this […]

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Embedded in-flight entertainment is not dead yet

Do you envisage a day when every passenger on board an aircraft will be able to access wireless in-flight entertainment? A day when you and your fellow travelers won’t need in-seat monitors to watch a wide variety of early release movies because they are being streamed to your fully powered tablets instead? Yeah, me too. […]

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PHOTO: Lufthansa 747-8 naked without its hump on first flight

Photographer Joe Walker sent the following photographic gem to me today. It’s a pic of the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 making its first flight (snapped returning to Paine Field). She’s a beauty, but I must lament the lack of a Ku-band antenna. I know there are reasons why this bird isn’t fitted with the in-flight high-speed […]

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Boeing conducts broad avionics review after Wi-Fi interference

Boeing’s investigation into why in-flight connectivity interfered with Honeywell’s Phase 3 Display Units (DU) during electro magnetic interference (EPI) testing is not merely limited to those particular Honeywell parts. The US airframer, which has offered the Phase 3 DUs on aircraft since July 2009, is currently mired in the laborious process of determining whether any […]

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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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HELP! What’s your favorite airline viral video of 2010?

Some videos get far more hits than others, but what’s YOUR favorite?

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PHOTOS: Will I need a butt cushion for Lufthansa’s new seat?

I don’t have a lot of cushion on my derriere these days (although I’m going to work hard to change that over the holidays…more stuffing please!). So, when I saw the new slim seat being fitted to Lufthansa’s short- and medium-haul fleet, I must admit I cringed just a little bit and wondered whether I […]

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bmibaby chief Julian Carr is ready to take your questions #4Julian

Having launched operations in 2002, UK budget carrier bmibaby can still be considered somewhat of a youngster – one that has had its fair share of challenges. But the carrier, which is owned by the Lufthansa Group, is determined to stabilise and instigate cautious growth. Spearheading this strategy is bmibaby’s new managing director Julian Carr. Don’t […]

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Lufthansa wants to celebrate German soccer with in-flight live TV

Lufthansa is poised to set some serious standards in the world of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). The carrier, which is now taking a serious look at bringing in-flight Internet to its short-haul aircraft (even 30min flights), has also revealed it is eyeing live television (over IP) and offering high definition video. “Connectivity enables programme […]

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Lufthansa is getting skinny seats for European fleet

Lufthansa last week said its cabin reconfiguration project for its European fleet is not about additional seat density, but as we suspected, that will indeed be the end result.  Key pars from my colleague David Kaminski-Morrow’s latest article: The German flag-carrier’sdeputy chairman, Christoph Franz, says the ‘Neue Europa Kabine’ concept willenable the carrier to add […]

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