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Come on Delta, you’ve got competition!

Readers of this blog knew a week ago that United-Continental was planning fleet-wide connectivity, and had tapped Panasonic Avionics for a portion of the business. But it was still great to see confirmation of the news today from the horse’s mouth as well as some precious details about the mammoth deal, which calls for the […]

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Panasonic comes out fighting with wireless & seat-centric IFE

Competition is essential to any industry, and it’s truly wonderful to see so many new players in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) space. Garnering some of the big news headlines these days are airline deals for wireless in-flight entertainment and seat-centric in-flight entertainment systems. Both solutions – offered together or in standalone form – […]

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The good, the bad and the ugly

The good news:After shuttering its Connexion unit at the end of 2006, Boeing has confirmed it will offer Panasonic’s Ku-band-supported Global Communications Suite (GCS) on its 777s; Turkish Airlines will be the first to take delivery on 23 September.The bad news:Boeing has not announced a plan for connecting its long-delayed 787 twinjet (it may be […]

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In-flight Wi-Fi and our insatiable appetite for bandwidth

Here in the United States, passengers are growing increasingly accustomed to having in-flight Wi-Fi at their disposal. Much of the credit for equipping the US fleet goes to Gogo, which in 2006 bought an exclusive 3MHz broadband license for air-to-ground (ATG) services; made the service cheap and cheerful for airlines (even financing installs); and, let’s […]

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Turkish 777 pacing to be linefit with in-flight Internet

Boeing has delayed issuing a service bulletin (SB) to addressthe susceptibility of Honeywell Phase 3 displays to EMI,but that is not stopping the USairframer from prepping to deliver 777s equipped with in-flight connectivitysystems. Sources tell RWG that Boeing executives have internallyaccepted placarding of 777 cockpits as an interim solution until the Honeywellproblem is resolved. The […]

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Exclusive: Lufthansa passengers averaging 95 MB volume in flight

Not only is Panasonic Avionics seeing massive demand for in-flight connectivity – fielding RFPs for a staggering 1,500 aircraft – the company now has evidence to prove what it has been saying all along, that people are data hungry! In a slide provided exclusively to RWG, Panasonic revealed that in May and June of this […]

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Gulp. That’s cheap. #PAS11

Gulf Air, as first reported by RWG, is poised to bring Panasonic Avionics’ eXConnect in-flight high-speed Internet solution to its fleet (could it announce the deal this week at the Paris Air Show?) but that’s not the only in-flight entertainment and connectivity news breaking about the carrier. According to a recent online post on the […]

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Slingbox, Netflix successfully tested on Panasonic-fitted BBJ

If you’re among the industry execs who took a ride on 26 January on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband Internet system, then you already know that the carrier’s IPTV service, dubbed eXTV, is working like a charm.One of the happy passengers tells me that Slingbox, Netflix and […]

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In-flight connectivity takes hold (and SAS opts for eXConnect)

On the chance you don’t catch it on Flightglobal’s IFEC channel, here is a link to an Airline Business chart that details year-end figures for in-flight connectivity equipage worldwide. Many thanks to all the firms that participated – AeroMobile, Aircell, OnAir, Panasonic Avionics and Row 44. I have no doubt that 2011 will be a […]

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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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