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A little light reading from Inmarsat

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t pretend to understand all of this airplane and connectivity stuff (if I did, you aeronautical engineers would have far too much fun at my expense). But I’d like to think I can smell a story. That’s why I’m posting the following link. Thu_AM-Inmarsat_Colledge.pdf It will take you to a wonderful […]

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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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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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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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More outcry over proposed US ban on in-flight cell phone use

An issue that is near and dear to my heart – in-flight mobile cell phone usage – is back in the fray now that major trade groups have joined the growing chorus of objections to a House FAA reauthorization bill amendment that would formally ban wireless devices for voice communications when an aircraft is airborne […]

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Why SwiftBroadband is taking longer for widebody operators

SwiftBroadband-supported in-flight connectivity services are now alive and well on commercial narrowbody aircraft (as well as bizjets), so why is it taking longer to bring this higher bandwidth service to widebodies? That’s the question I recently posed to Inmarsat (foolishly thinking that the explanation would be a simple one). Here is company head of marketing […]

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UPDATED: A little bit of honey and well…

Amended to include additional information from Honeywell, including, substantially, that AeroMobile is doing the interface and billing! Well isn’t the world of airline in-flight connectivity getting more and more interesting by the second? Today Honeywell announced that it has provided upgraded satellite communications equipment to Malaysia Airlines to allow passengers to use mobile phones and […]

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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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The definitive Thales TopSeries list and a revelation about #28

As promised, the good folks at Thales have sent me their full list of announced TopSeries customers. To date the in-flight entertainment (IFE) giant has secured TopSeries deals with just over 40 airlines, which have committed to over 1,000 TopSeries systems. The 31 carriers named in the list below are the ones that have given […]

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VIDEO: Inmarsat’s third I-4 satellite launch

. Inmarsat, bless them, hooked me up at WAEA with some awesome footage of the recent launch of the third I-4 satellite. The satellite is now stabilised and pointed at the Earth, and is undergoing final in-orbit tests before being moved to its operational position at 98 degrees West Inmarsat launched the first two I-4 […]

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