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US Airways sets sights on 1Q trial of new IFE; TWO vendors

A lovely little nugget just emerged from US Airways’ third quarter earnings conference call (and it has nothing to do with the airline’s massive net loss or its new financing agreement with Airbus and others). CEO Doug Parker revealed the carrier is working with TWO vendors on a seat-back in-flight entertainment (IFE) system to replace drop-down IFE that […]

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Bluebox goes for the jugular as wireless IFE gets boost

Bluebox Avionics joint MD Rick Stuart doesn’t mince words. Asked by yours truly why wireless IFE systems proposed by Panasonic and Thales were never deployed on the Boeing 787, Stuart said: “Perhaps they [Panasonic and Thales] weren’t up to the challenge.” Well, well. I think the gauntlet has been officially thrown. Note to Panasonic and Thales […]

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Rumors, fun facts and cool quotes

One of the wonderful things about executives in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity industry is that they are generally very chatty (another wonderful thing is that many of them, like myself, enjoy a good open bar). During the WAEA show last week in Long Beach, I had some interesting discourse with big and little players alike. Let’s start […]

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US Airways puts Lumexis IFE test on indefinite hold: source

UPDATED to include new Lumexis comment Last week Lumexis’ fibre-to-the-screen in-flight entertainment (IFE) system was heralded as a potential gamechanger for AVOD. This week the picture looks fuzzier. US Airways has put on indefinite hold its trial of the Lumexis system. A source tells Runway Girl that Lumexis informed the carrier that it cannot meet an […]

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Chatter boxes: A Podcast discussion from WAEA

Oh my aching feet. I’m seriously questioning my own logic for wearing 3 inch heels at the busy WAEA show. Needless to say, I was grateful for the opportunity yesterday to sit down with my colleague Lori Ranson and IAG’s Addison Schonland to discuss and review Day 2. We talked about everything from Air Canada’s decision […]

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Show me the money, says IFE expert

I recently wrote a Flight feature about how airlines are turning to in-flight entertainment and connectivity to drive fresh ancillary revenue streams. But is there really big cash to be made? One IFE expert with deep knowledge of the industry doesn’t think so by any stretch. Here is a little food for thought for those […]

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Probing the interior

The time has come to use this blog for the noble cause of self promotion. On 9-10 September, I will have the pleasure of moderating some panels at the inaugural Airline Interiors Expo – Americas event, which is making its debut in Long Beach, California. Co-located with the annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and […]

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LiveTV: Eagle is out of the canary cage

Not so very long ago, a then nubile Runway Girl blog noted that the adoption by US carriers of in-seat live satellite television – together with connectivity services – was a growing trend. Despite serious industry challenges of late, some airlines are keen to keep this trend alive. And LiveTV appears well-placed to capture a nice […]

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US Airways takes the cake in cost-cutting effort

Which airline is the most aggressive cost cutter amongst its peers in the face of soaring fuel prices? That’s a tough question because there are so many good solid candidates right now. But I’m giving the little gold man to Star Alliance member US Airways, which is sniffing out ways to slash costs in every nook […]

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US Airways explains A320 IFE pull out; reveals Lumexis trial!!!

Okay, so you’ve seen reports today that US Airways is banning movies on its domestic flights, and you’re wondering: “For the love of God and all that is holy, how cheap can they get? Free water is, after all, down the toilet. I asked US Airways to explain what is truly going on. Here’s the […]

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