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Panasonic offers global TV

Panasonic Avionics has launched its Panasonic Airline Television Network, a much broader offering than its current live programming service, which can be found on Delta Air Lines’ domestic aircraft. The proprietary broadcast TV distribution network, which I first reported about last year, includes a selection of broadcast television channels specifically licensed by Panasonic for worldwide distribution […]

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IFE&C – and interiors – news and rumour roundup (March 26)

As we wait in breathless anticipation for the news to flow from the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg (that’s Interiors without an apostrophe for the sharp-eyed editors amongst you) there is a mountain of in-flight entertainment and connectivity – and interiors – news piling up in advance of the event. And when that occurs, there […]

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Southwest: Row 44 is closing in on permanent authority

If you’ve been reading this blog, it comes as no surprise that Row 44 is closing in on permanent FCC authority. As reported here, the FCC recently granted Row 44 special temporary authority (STA) to operate up to twelve Aeronautical Mobile Satellite Service aircraft earth stations for testing, including in-flight testing. Now Southwest has confirmed […]

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US readies to legislate manners; is that really what you want?

The outrageous-beyond-belief “Hang Up Act” has been tagged on to FAA Reauthorization legislation. Read for yourself by clicking on the following link and heading to section 423 of the bill, HR 915. HR 915 (2).pdf It’s appalling to say the least on a number of levels. Level 1 – The bill only bans passengers from […]

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Oi there, who will tap Arinc for new Onboard Internet?

My colleague Graham Dunn has secured an update from Arinc about its new on-board Internet service, branded Oi, which will utilize Inmarsat’s new higher bandwidth SwiftBroadband aeronautical service, and allow passengers to acces a mixture of cached and live web content via their laptops. Here are the key points from Graham’s story: 1) Arinc expects […]

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VIDEO: A study in IFE contrasts, Virgin America & US Airways

I was going to call this video blog “The Good and The Ugly” since the difference between Virgin America’s and US Airways’ domestic in-flight offerings is so stark. But US Airways is now working to get up to speed in the world of IFE&C. As you’ll see, the Star Alliance member has plenty of room to improve (especially on […]

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Podcast: Voyant talks big bandwidth

We talked about Voyant here the other day. Now IAG’s Addison Schonland has recorded a podcast with the firm’s chief marketing officer Steffen Koehler. “Steffen, I came across your company’s name on a posting from Mary Kirby’s blog yesterday and I’m absolutely fascinated about your business,” says Addison. Well thanks, Addison! This is definitely worth […]

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Good gracious, is it me or is the world of IFE&C continuing to hot up out there? I’m not talking about the OnAir eye candy below, cheeky monkey! Here are a few updates smouldering on the burner. Royal Jordanian Airlines has launched OnAir’s on-board mobile phone service on an Airbus A319, enabling passengers to make […]

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Wale’s words of wisdom

Earlier this month I had a great little chat with IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju about the in-flight connectivity landscape. He made a number of interesting points, suggesting, for example, that major international carriers need to look at offering both GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity. I don’t want to let the whole month slip by without […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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