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VIDEO: Live TV coming to long-haul flights for FIFA World Cup

Panasonic Avionics shows off its new in-flight television service and reveals details about how it is building a critical mass of airline customers.

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Ku-band connectivity hiccups cited by research firm

Having read my recent blog post, ‘SOMEBODY is making money on in-flight connectivity’, research firm Northern Sky Research (NSR) felt compelled to add a little color to its report about the Ku-band sector, and in so doing, dropped a few potential nuggets. Improperly installed antennas? Server overloads? Could this explain why some user experiences of […]

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The Etihad Airways IFE deal is MRO-tastic

“IFE isn’t that important anymore. I mean, seriously, all anybody really wants to do is use their own iPad in flight.” I hear this statement or a variation thereof and I sigh. It is inaccurate, short-sighted, and, dare I say it, betrays a level of ignorance.The IFE industry is evolving to accommodate tech-savvy travelers. That […]

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#DXB11: CSeries interiors guru talks CMS, connectivity (YES!)

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#DXB11: Satcom1 makes billing a breeze for bizjets

DUBAI: I received a surprise visit today at the Flightglobal press room at the Dubai air show. Satcom1 swung by to show me its new in-flight connectivity billing service for business aircraft. Check it out! (P.S. If you want to hear about the Satcom1 executive’s recent experience using Lufthansa’s FlyNet service, skip to minute 3:36.)

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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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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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More connectivity clarity…this time from Aircell

How do different in-flight connectivity systems stack up against each other? Aircell, the business aviation communications unit of commercial provider Gogo, has provided the #bizav industry with a new handy dandy report. Please note that the peak speeds listed are just that – the peaks! All in-flight connectivity service providers are seeing speed valleys, including […]

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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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