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How “The Simpsons” helped to shape ANZ’s 777-300ER product

Having tabled a feature for Airline Business about the ever-evolving passenger experience, I’m remindedagain of the staggering amount of work that went into developing one of the most passenger-centric long-haul products on the market – Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 777-300ER offering. But didyou know that the popular cartoon The Simpsons played a role in […]

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#MROAM: Former Boeing Australia president talks “seat-centric” IFE

I know you might think I’m being a little bit naughty today, posting a second guest blog in a row on RWG, but I simply can’t help myself on this one. After all, how often does the former president of Boeing Australia agree to write a blog for you about in-flight entertainment (IFE) AND maintenance, […]

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Is FAA going above and beyond with interference testing?

Unsubstantiated rumors are circulating that the US FAA may be going above and beyond normal electro magnetic interference (EMI) testing protocol when in-flight connectivity service providers seek supplemental type certification (STC) for their systems on aircraft, and that that is the reason why Honeywell Phase 3 Display Units blanked out during STC testing of Aircell’s […]

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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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UPDATE 1: Boeing confirms Wi-Fi interference with Honeywell avionics

Tonight is already sizing up to be a very late night so I’m going to simply copy and paste my Flightglobal story to this blog until tomorrow morning. Clearly BIG lessons are being learned about interference through the massive Gogo retrofits being accomplished. Bloody good to know, I’d say. Honeywell Phase 3 Display Units (DUs) […]

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Boeing 787 shortlisted for major aircraft interiors award

Well one thing’s for certain, Boeing’s got gumption. The US airframer entered the 787 – in its entirety – into the competition for a Crystal Cabin Award and, interestingly, has been shortlisted by the folks who hand out these coveted statutes (the Aviation Cluster Hamburg Metropolitan Region Association….tis a mouthful Every year at the Aircraft […]

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Industry expert Jon Norris tables IFEC forecast for 2011

What does 2011 hold for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC)? That’s not the easiest question to answer. After all, technology is moving SO fast, and a host of new players are entering the field. I decided to put the query to industry expert Jonathan Norris, who holds the title of vice-president cabin design office at […]

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Bring It! Aircell confident as United trials Row 44

United Airlines’ decision to install Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity system on its Boeing 757 testbed aircraft even as it offers Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG) service on over a dozen 757s has prompted many an industry buff to weigh in…privately, as they are apt to do. One unnamed, untamed cookie, who clearly favors Aircell’s […]

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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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Exclusive: United is testing Row 44 in-flight Internet!

Holy crap! United Airlines is testing Row 44′s in-flight Internet service, making it the first carrier to trial both a satellite-based service (from Row 44) and Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) service Gogo. A source tells RWG says United has fitted a Boeing 757 with Row 44 “on a trial basis” and, so far, “it’s going pretty […]

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