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Delta scraps plan for handhelds; selects embedded IFE for 747s

Remember when Delta Air Lines released an RFI to put 350+ non-embedded, handheld IFE devices on each of the 16 747-400s inherited from its merger with Northwest Airlines? Portable IFE makers quickly responded to the RFI with comprehensive proposals. Unfortunately for them, Delta has decided to add in-seat audio and video on demand (AVOD) in […]

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Update 5: TSA directive begs serious questions for airlines, IFEC

UPDATE 5 (Final update for this thread): Well, I guess we have an answer to my initial question – is the TSA acting in a knee-jerk manner?British Airways has just confirmed that OnAir in-flight connectivity, offered on its A318 service between London City and JFK, has been switched back on, and that all moving map […]

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#DXB09: Would Aircell’s SBB kit make sense for US carriers?

Hats off to Aircell for taking advantage of the momentum behind the Dubai air show (#DXB09) by announcing a new sales and service rep for the Middle East. Shoukry Shokralla will be responsible for supporting existing operators of Aircell’s SwiftBroadband (SBB)-supported, Thrane & Thrane-powered airborne connectivity solution, which the US firm believes is well suited […]

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Is Ambit’s lawsuit against Aircell starting to bite?

Earlier this year, US technology firm Ambit Corp filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines and Aircell claiming patent infringement regarding the provision of Internet access onboard aircraft. I debated whether to report on this event and ultimately decided to write this erudite paragraph, ahem: Marsha, I mean Aircell, Aircell, Aircell. With all the news […]

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World’s biggest carrier and an RFI for portable IFE

Received the following delicious nugget. Happy Saturday, folks! If the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Airline” releases an RFI on Friday afternoon to put 350+ non-imbedded, handheld IFE devices on each of their sixteen recently inherited 747 aircraft, you can assume that: A. The carrier considers handheld devices the ultimate IFE solution for their international passengers traveling […]

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Pissing matches, Skype calls and aircraft anointing

I’ve returned from my holiday to find a mountain of stuff just begging for a blogging outlet. And when that happens, we need a News and Rumour roundup. So let’s get this party started. For those who have not been clicking onto Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel, let me urge you to start doing so. Last week […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Delta’s FOCIS initiative revealed

Delta Air Lines has big plans for exploiting in-flight connectivity. Runway Girl can exclusively reveal that the carrier, which is equipping its entire domestic mainline fleet with Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG)-based broadband system, wants to view each of its aircraft as a node on its network as part of a Future Operations Communications Information System […]

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The man with the notebook is LiveTV CEO Nate Quigley

JetBlue Airways subsidiary LiveTV knows it is ”the voice in the wilderness” on passenger-pay models for in-flight broadband right now. While the company is well aware there is “a lot of interest” in in-flight connectivity, it believes not many people are really digging around to find out what is really happening and why. Digging around for […]

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Etihad gives interactive tour of in-flight offering

UAE’s national airline Etihad Airways has launched an advanced new online ‘micro-site’ to showcase its in-flight and ground experience. The carrier previously showed us pics of its new Airbus A340-600 first-class suites (which are sweet). Now it doing one better and offering “Experience Etihad”, a fully interactive 3D tour available at etihadairways.com. But here are […]

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Q&A with Aircell on United, monthly passes and Canada

Aircell was kind enough to answer some pressing questions for me today. Here is a quick Q&A for your pleasure and my leisure. And then check out the awesome story now running on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel – Virgin America reveals Gogo usage stats. It also details its plan for integrating Gogo with its […]

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