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Rumour – Lufthansa has opted for Panasonic connectivity, not T-Mobile/ViaSat!!!

A little birdie has informed me that Lufthansa has decided to offer Panasonic’s eXConnect Ku-band connectivity service on overseas flights and not the Ku-band offering proposed by the T-Mobile/ViaSat/TriaGnoSys teaming. Oh yes, and that group is now disbanded, says my little birdie. This is an unsubstantiated rumour that I am trying to substantiate. But if it’s […]

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VIDEO: Is this the new Wi-SKY Inflight high-speed offering?

A company called Wi-SKY Inflight is making claims that it can change aviation history after demonstrating for execs “a radio that delivered 35-45Mbps to an aircraft at 54 miles from the station radio”. Key quote: During the flight last Tuesday, airline representatives plugged in multiple computers and simultaneously made Skype video calls, previewed iTunes online, […]

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In Vancouver for the Inmarsat Aeronautical Conference

Hi everyone. I’m in Vancouver, preparing for Inmarsat’s Aeronautical Conference, which gets kicked off tomorrow. Here’s the view from my window – not too shabby, eh? If you’ve got any burning questions about Inmarsat or the firm’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service, or you just want to hurl a few ideas at me, don’t hesitate to leave […]

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Where is Row 44′s permanent authority from the FCC?

Just a quick and dirty update here, folks. I know many of you have been wondering what’s going on with Row 44′s application for permanent authority from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). One thing you’ll note if you troll through the FCC web site is that Row 44 submitted its ground and in-flight test results, […]

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VIDEO: The joys of Virgin America’s fleet-wide Wi-Fi

Wilco Films, a commercial film production house based in the San Francisco Bay Area, has just produced an excellent video on the joys of Wi-Fi on Virgin America, which has become the first carrier to offer the service across its fleet (okay, Virgin America’s Airbus A320 fleet ain’t huge, but the carrier’s dedication to delivering a killer […]

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Flight to launch dedicated IFE&C channel on 1 June!!!

This Monday, 1 June, Flight Global will formally recognize the massive impact that in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) is having on the aviation industry when it launches a dedicated IFE&C channel on its web site. The channel will showcase all the latest news about the IFE&C community – and if you’ve been following this blog […]

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Road warrior to JetBlue: Stop teasing us with “lame” Wi-Fi

It was bound to happen – a road warrior and blogger tries out JetBlue’s free but limited in-flight email and messaging service, writes about its limitations, and then tells the carrier plainly to offer a proper Wi-Fi service. In a “memo to JetBlue”, The VAR Guy says: “Um, there’s only one thing worse than no […]

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Connexion by Boeing’s former king marketer uncensored

David Friedman used to be the king marketer at Boeing’s now-defunct satellite-based connectivity service Connexion. As VP, marketing and direct sales Friedman was responsible for product management, service evolution, pricing, distribution, sales, and promotional activities. Through his efforts, nearly 500,000 customers had the opportunity to use Connexion’s service in the first two years of operation […]

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Will you pay for in-flight Internet in two years?

Across the USA, people are excited about in-flight Wi-Fi (rightly so, it is fantastic), and they genuinely appear willing to pay the price for using it. But will passengers always be willing to pay for the pleasure? The New York Times, in its brilliant 10 May article “The Price of Staying Connected”, points out that […]

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House passes in-flight cell phone ban; Senate takes a crack

The US House of Representatives has passed FAA reauthorization legislation that includes an amendment to formally ban the in-flight use of wireless devices for voice communications in the USA. In short, they don’t want you to gab away on your cell phone and piss people off. Now I’m all for reauthorizing the FAA. Bloody hell, lawmakers have […]

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