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Re-running Connexion numbers; and is voice key?

What’s an IFE&C journa-blogger to do when asked by an industry insider to re-run the numbers on the Connexion by Boeing math formula posted last week? Tell the industry insider “hell yeah”. I love to have as much food for thought as possible. Don’t you?   So here is the new equation care of said […]

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Doing the math on Connexion

During its short life Connexion by Boeing proved to be a great technological success. Airlines – and passengers – loved the Ku-band satellite-based service. And it still holds a sort of revered place in the world of IFE&C. Indeed some people – though certainly not all - still believe there is no other product that did, […]

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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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Connexion by Boeing’s former king marketer uncensored

David Friedman used to be the king marketer at Boeing’s now-defunct satellite-based connectivity service Connexion. As VP, marketing and direct sales Friedman was responsible for product management, service evolution, pricing, distribution, sales, and promotional activities. Through his efforts, nearly 500,000 customers had the opportunity to use Connexion’s service in the first two years of operation […]

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Row 44 and a golden ticket

“Y’all are my first email from SWA Wifi.  It’s awesome! Speed is good. Customers obviously luv it.” And with that simple email to Southwest’s executive planning committee, company CEO Gary Kelly issued in a new era for the low-cost giant and the industry as a whole. Southwest, the carrier that has prided itself on offering the barest of […]

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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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United takes path of former Connexion partners to Aircell

Several years after withdrawing from now-defunct Connexion by Boeing’s satellite-based Internet project, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have all now turned to Aircell for air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity. United is the latest carrier to confirm it will bring Aircell’s Gogo Internet onboard, saying in a statement today that the service will be offered […]

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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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Top five most important IFE&C moments of 2008 and some juice

1) Oneworld alliance member American Airlines launches Aircell’s broadband service, Gogo. A high-profile carrier that previously showed interest in now-defunct Connexion by Boeing, American’s launch of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) solution on 15 transcontinental Boeing 767-200s forced other legacies to think hard about whether they could afford to wait for another satellite offering to come to market […]

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ViaSat and others prove thorn in Row 44′s side; Alaska says test delayed

Alaska Airlines today revealed to RWG that it’s trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity service is “on hold” until early 2009. Plans had been in place for the carrier to test Row 44 on a single Boeing 737 around the October timeframe. An Alaska spokeswoman says the carrier remains fully committed to the trial. […]

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