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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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Exclusive: The Griffin-made iPod connectivity tool for IFE

The annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition got off to a roaring start today (and they haven’t even opened the doors to the show floor yet!!) I and my colleague Jon Ostrower have been filing copy throughout the day so be sure to check out Flight Global’s new in-flight entertainment and connectivity […]

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Can you dig it?

A new digEplayer – dubbed the digEplayer XLP for “extra long play” – has hit the market. Manufacturer digEcor says the digEplayer XLP offers six more hours of battery life than the current digEplayer XT model. It also boasts an LED backlit screen. This compares to the 10-hour battery life of the digEplayer XT (although […]

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One-on-one with IFE&C expert Michael Planey (delicious)

Something to chew on, folks. Thanks, Michael Planey! Question – Do you think any one US carrier is more likely than the others to take the initiative and axe the Wi-Fi charge in a few years and wrap the cost back into its service?  Answer – I don’t currently know of any carrier seriously contemplating […]

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How Aircell plans to keep pace with all that Gogo demand

Aircell’s domination of in-flight Internet in the United States is nothing short of staggering. To date, the company has secured fleet-wide equipage deals with Delta Air Lines (and its Northwest Airlines merger partner), AirTran Airways and Virgin America, as well as hefty agreements with American Airlines and Air Canada, and a forthcoming trial on United […]

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AirTran and Delta fight to lead the Wi-Fi pack (ain’t it grand?)

Low-cost carrier AirTran Airways has become the latest US operator to partner with in-flight connectivity provider Aircell to offer passengers wireless Internet access. However, the carrier intends to move faster than its competition by equipping its entire 136-strong fleet of Boeing 737 and 717 aircraft with Aircell’s Gogo broadband system by mid-summer. The ambitious project, […]

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Are fat passengers the only ones who should worry?

United Airlines has become the latest US domestic carrier to require obese passengers who are bumped from full flights to pay for two seats on a subsequent flight or accept a refund. The news is getting big headlines, pardon the pun, but what should garner equal attention is the fact that economy-class seating is not […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 26)

Our IFE&C weekly news roundup is a little light on this the day after Christmas, but it’s not completely snow-flaky. HARD NEWS US Airways says that while it intends to trial in-flight Internet “at some point” it is not likely to do so anytime soon (hmmm, if this is the case can we assume that US […]

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Checking out of United

Oh the desperation is fierce. United Airlines today announced it will boost from $25 to a whopping $50 the fee it charges economy passengers to check in a second bag. And the struggling carrier has given domestic customers exactly one day to digest this quick change in policy, which impacts all flights booked from tomorrow […]

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Airline passengers’ DVT case ends run

The other day I had what I’d like to think was a brilliant idea. Airlines that offer uncomfortably snug seating arrangements in steerage class (you know who you are), could start charging for compression stockings to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Hear me out. A trendy compression stocking supplier – if there is such a […]

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