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SOMEBODY is making money on in-flight connectivity

[Gently amended to add a few more names to the hardware list.]______________________________________________________________________________Commercial passenger connectivity “is here to stay”. And while L-Band aeronautical services are “clearly in the lead”, Ku-band broadband “is setting blistering pace for units and revenues”. So says Northern Sky Research in its latest satellite market report, which estimates that the global MSS […]

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Flydubai knows what you like in flight

[Original headline changed to assist my confused/bemused/unamused friends. Heh.] Flydubai, the launch customer for Lumexis’ fiber optics-based ‘fiber-to-the-screen’ in-flight entertainment system, is able to see exactly how the system is performing, what its passengers are watching, and, importantly, how much money they are spending to access the entertainment, through a programme provided by the California-based […]

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UPDATE 2: Panasonic wins massive in-flight Wi-Fi deal with United

UPDATED to note that LiveTV is still the Ka-band connectivity supplier for United-Continental’s domestic Continental fleet. Also, United-Continental says it will offer Wi-Fi across its ENTIRE mainline fleet. With Panasonic winning United’s business (and LiveTV retaining the Continental contract), the United States domestic market has four connectivity providers – Gogo, Row 44, LiveTV and Panasonic. […]

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UPDATE 1: Pricing for SwiftBroadband in-flight connectivity revealed

UPDATED to include the following comment from an industry source (which, in short, means the cost to airlines is far less). “The real cost for airlines is a lot different – unsurprisingly since a) there is no existing revenue to undermine and b) the volumes are drastically different. The current offer to key airlines (like […]

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IFE Services serves up opinion on portable IFE market

Can portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) providers survive in an environment where airlines are fitting their aircraft with in-flight connectivity and looking to support passengers’ own devices? Not if their businesses are based solely on the provision of portables, suggests IFE Services managing director Andy McEwan. “I am a believer that within an IFE strategy of […]

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Row 44 talks LUV installs, hybrid solutions & real-time credit!

The company that used to be SO difficult for me to nail down, Row 44, is now ready to talk…a lot! I recently sat down with Row 44′s chief commercial officer Howard Lefkowitz, who proceeded to drop the following super-juicy newsy nuggets of love: 1) Some 200 Boeing 737s in Southwest Airlines’ fleet are expected […]

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Brits who have never used in-flight connectivity don’t want it?

Since we’re all running in similar circles these days, you’ve no doubt seen the report from Travelzoo’s meta-search engine Fly.com which suggests that fewer than 5% of passengers want in-flight mobile and Internet access based on a survey of frequent travellers. Furthermore, the September survey “revealed that more than 30% of people would actively avoid […]

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NBAA11: Free in-flight connectivity for regional aircraft?

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NBAA11: Honeywell’s Ovation Selection is CMS on steroids

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NBAA11: What’s a MATA you? Don’t you have Satcom Direct’s new app?

LAS VEGAS: It’s clear I need to start using a dateline for my blogs, as I hardly know where I’m at in the world these days or even what time it is. My body clock is discombobulated! That didn’t stop me from thoroughly enjoying my flight to Vegas yesterday aboard Honeywell’s Dassault Falcon 900EX, which […]

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