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Lufthansa announcement would be “super”: OnAir CEO

The annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition is hotly anticipating Monday’s announcement that Lufthansa has partnered with Panasonic Avionics to reinstate in-flight broadband on its overseas flights, a partnership that was first reported here (for those with short-term memories, ahem). Sources with knowledge of the situation say Lufthansa will announce the agreement […]

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Panasonic’s Bruner dishes eXConnect details

Panasonic vice-president, global communications services David Bruner got mighty chatty with Space News and here is the full text of that Q&A. Of particular note, however, is Bruner’s revelation that Panasonic has set the pricing model for eXConnect. – 24 hours (that’s one hell of a flight, ahem) will cost $21.95 – hourly rate will […]

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Bombardier reveals CSeries specs; shows off adaptable interior

Lufthansa finally firmed up its letter of interest for 30 CSeries aircraft today, opting for the newly-designated CS100 in 115-seat configuration. The aircraft is headed to Lufthansa’s Swiss unit. And what better way to celebrate the event than a new CSeries web site with some nice detail? Bombardier has done just that, erecting http://www.nowisthefuture.com for those […]

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American still undecided on fleet-wide equipage of Gogo

American Airlines chief Gerard Arpey told me yesterday during an earnings conference call that management has not made a final decision about whether to progress with fleet-wide installations of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity solution, Gogo. The carrier has offered Gogo on its transcontinental Boeing 767s since last summer. And passengers have raved about the service. Asked […]

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Lufthansa vows to offer Internet this year on overseas flights

Right now, I’m sitting in a very comfortable chair in Lufthansa’s new flagship lounge at JFK airport. I’m treating myself to a mohito and a glass of champagne because I’m a happy girl. Lufthansa VP, the Americas Jens Bischof has just assured me that the carrier “will be the only airline for quite a while […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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Lufthansa serves up captains by candlelight

Updated to include comment from Lufthansa… Dining with the ship’s captain is considered a VIP treat for the ocean cruising sort. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a little chat with your aircraft captain before tucking into a four-course meal? (Especially if he’s good looking…and single, ahem, but I digress). Never let it be […]

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And ViaSat makes three…Let the Ku-band race begin

I know what you’re thinking fellow in-flight connectivity enthusiasts. That third Ku-band-based connectivity provider – ViaSat – has fully emerged and Runway Girl has made nary a recent mention. Oh ye of little faith.   We’ve known for some time that ViaSat was interested in getting into the game. To be fair, however, the extent […]

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CSeries not yet carved in stone but getting closer

Bombardier’s conference call to discuss the board’s authorization to offer the CSeries is about to begin. It has been slightly delayed (no doubt every aviation analyst/journalist and their brother is jumping on the webcast). While we wait, a set of musical gems from the 90s is playing, including Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking”. You […]

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JetBlue and Lufthansa – Nice to See Ya Together

Star member Lufthansa is taking a 19% stake in JetBlue. Initial blast here…conference call later.

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