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Two IFE links and a little something something on US Air

Jaunted, the “pop culture travel guide”, has posted a 2009 airline in-flight entertainment (IFE) chart (about US carriers) and written a nice accompanying piece that spells out who is doing what in more detail. There are no big surprises here – although I don’t know why United Airlines is listed as offering Wi-Fi from 2010 […]

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Bombardier embraces social media; names Panasonic as CSeries supplier

I’ve been meaning to blog about this all week. During a delightful, delicious press dinner last Sunday in Paris, Bombardier told the world’s aviation journalists that it intends to embrace social media networking. The airframer is open to ideas on how to proceed, but obviously @Bombardier on Twitter is a wonderful way to start. For those […]

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VIDEO: Runway Girl interview with Thales from Paris

Thales is pushing out some big news at the Paris Air Show, including a big TopSeries order with Qatar (and something even cooler coming from Thales in the future). I chatted to Alan Pellegrini, general manager of Thales’ California-based in-flight business. Check out the video. It’s short and sweet.

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One-on-one with IFE&C expert Michael Planey (delicious)

Something to chew on, folks. Thanks, Michael Planey! Question – Do you think any one US carrier is more likely than the others to take the initiative and axe the Wi-Fi charge in a few years and wrap the cost back into its service?  Answer – I don’t currently know of any carrier seriously contemplating […]

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Some gems from Vancouver

Lots of little gems came out of last week’s Inmarsat Aeronautical Conference in Vancouver. And some of them can be found on Flight Global’s new IFE&C web channel, including a piece about IMDC’s (somewhat dire) forecast for IFE expenditure this year; an update on Inmarsat’s aeronautical business and Thales’ revelation about TopConnect flight tests on […]

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That Lufthansa connectivity decision…

…is for real. Several high-level sources told me tonight in Vancouver that Lufthansa’s decision to select Panasonic to reignite its Ku-band connectivity service on overseas flights has been an open secret amid closed circles for a while. Hey guys, let me in! Panasonic says only that it has five airline customers committed to eXConnect. Where […]

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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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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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No Lumexis system failures, so why won’t US Airways commit?

Even though US Airways has been testing Lumexis’ fibre-to-the-screen IFE system on a single Airbus A320 flying between Orange County, Phoenix and Atlanta – and, by all accounts, the trial has been a success – the carrier has made known that it does not intend to equip its domestic fleet with IFE any day soon. […]

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Photos: Etihad unveils new first-class suites on A340-600

Abu Dhabi -based Etihad Airways has unveiled its new first-class cabin suite on a brand new Airbus A340-600, which is due to enter service at the end of August. And boy does this offering have some serious bells and whistles. The first-class cabin contains 12 individual suites. I gotta say that the “luxury changing room […]

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