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I’m not going to use the tired ‘bigger is better’ headline (but it is)

Bombardier’s new CSeries mock-up – unveiled at the Paris Air Show – is da bomb. Yes, I know I’m not a teenager anymore, but even the most jaded, angst-filled teen would be impressed with what Bombardier was doing at the air show (though he/she would feign nonchalance.) Most notable for this RWG was the fact […]

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Multiplayer social gaming takes to the skies

Get ready to knock out your fellow passengers in flight! A new multiplayer social gaming platform for in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems allows passengers to host, invite and play multiplayer games with each in the sky. The so-called ‘Playport’ platform, which has been created by Western Outdoor Interactive, even allows airlines to host cabin-wide contests for […]

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UPDATE 1: Airbus is in-flight connectivity force to be reckoned with

(Updated to include comment from TAM) TAM made big news this week with the announcement that it will offer OnAir in-flight connectivity on 27 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, 10 A330s, and 12 Boeing 777-300ERs in addition to its A320 family of jets. The Brazilian carrier deserves kudos for recognizing the importance of offering in-flight connectivity to […]

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IFEC news and rumour roundup Part 1 (July 1, 2011)

I’ve been travelling so much lately that I hardly know what time zone I’m in, but that hasn’t stopped me from gathering in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) intell along the way. At times like these, when I’ve filled my coffers to max capacity, there is only one solution – an IFEC news and rumour roundup […]

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Get thyself over to the LinkedIn IFE group stat!

The in-flight entertainment group on LinkedIn is proving to be an absolute treasure trove of information with industry experts weighing in on a number of timely topics, including whether IFE newcomers will have any success in snatching some market share off the big guys, Panasonic and Thales. If you haven’t yet joined, you’re missing out! […]

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Intelligent Avionics: “We like being a newcomer”

In the world of in-flight entertainment (IFE), industry stalwarts Panasonic Avionics and Thales reign supreme. But newcomer Intelligent Avionics is eager to carve out a piece of the pie with the introduction of a next-gen IFE system called AURA. I’ve asked the firm’s newly-appointed business-development VP in the Americas, Rob Britton, to guest-blog about the […]

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Out of the box and into a new AURA

No sooner do we get word that BlueBox managing director Rick Stuart is leaving the firm, when, lo, a new in-flight entertainment company and system surfaces. Coinkidink? Errr. A splinter group from BlueBox, including Murray Skelton and Martin Cunnison, have formed Intelligent Avionics, and launched AURA, billed as “an ultra-lightweight, next generation IFE system”, which […]

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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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Chip & Pin for IFE in the spotlight as GuestLogix deal emerges

Thales and Panasonic are at least “three to five years away from providing Chip & Pin PCI-compliant seat-back screen solutions”. But even if their systems were complaint, passengers may be reticent to enter credit card info in such a highly public space (i.e. seated beside passengers). That’s the jaw-dropping claim made to RWG today by […]

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Panasonic mulls new line of retrofit-ready IFE

Panasonic Avionics is considering developing another generation of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to specifically meet the needs of the retrofit market, a senior industry source reveals. IFE systems that are designed for retrofit generally have a lower cost of development because they do not necessarily need to pass all the manufacturing processes and specification requirements […]

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