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Rockwell looks again at Ku-band for commercial air transport

I just had a lovely chat with Terrence Santel from Rockwell Collins. Terrence, who heads up airborne connectivity marketing for the manufacturer, reports that he is seeing strong interest in Ku-band-based connectivity from some airlines. As such, Rockwell Collins is studying the possibility of offering its eXchange connectivity hardware package to the commercial air transport […]

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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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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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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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How Aircell plans to keep pace with all that Gogo demand

Aircell’s domination of in-flight Internet in the United States is nothing short of staggering. To date, the company has secured fleet-wide equipage deals with Delta Air Lines (and its Northwest Airlines merger partner), AirTran Airways and Virgin America, as well as hefty agreements with American Airlines and Air Canada, and a forthcoming trial on United […]

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Podcast: Analyst forecasts big money from in-flight Internet

IAG’s Addison Schonland recently chatted with In-Stat analyst Daryl Schoolar about his new report on the in-flight connectivity market. Schoolar’s numbers are quite compelling – by 2013 the business could be generating $2.2bn/year with 6,250 planes Wi-Fi enabled. That is awesome growth from an estimated $49m in 2009 and $272m in 2010, notes Schonland. Schoolar also […]

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