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UPDATE 1: Banned in Dubai?

UPDATE: Ever since I posted this blog, I’ve received mixed reports as to whether or not this blog has been blocked in the UAE. But I’ve since had an exchange with Emirates’ own Patrick Brannelly (former APEX prez), who assures me that readers can access the blog. Brannelly says that, in reality, “only porn (and […]

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Boeing conducts broad avionics review after Wi-Fi interference

Boeing’s investigation into why in-flight connectivity interfered with Honeywell’s Phase 3 Display Units (DU) during electro magnetic interference (EPI) testing is not merely limited to those particular Honeywell parts. The US airframer, which has offered the Phase 3 DUs on aircraft since July 2009, is currently mired in the laborious process of determining whether any […]

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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2010

It’s that time of the year again, when we celebrate the achievements of the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) industry over the last 12 months.Just as in 2008 and 2009, I’ve compiled my “top five most important IFEC moments” for 2010. Drum roll please….1)    Lufthansa re-launches in-flight high-speed Internet on overseas flights. The significance of […]

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Emirates receives first Airbus A380 with in-flight Wi-Fi

I’m hearing that Emirates has taken delivery of an Airbus A380 with OnAir’s SwiftBroadband-supported in-flight Wi-Fi solution, and that a second OnAir-fitted aircraft is due to arrive this week (aircraft registrations – A6-EDN and and A6-EDO). So, is it time to power up those devices and turn on in-flight Wi-Fi? And just how much will […]

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UPDATED: United wants “Fusion” integrated IFE/seats for Boeing 787s

Updated to include Boeing comment.Yesterday we ruminated about whether or not Boeing 787 customers should demand a retrofit of last generation in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems post-delivery as compensation for the programme’s lengthy delays. Today, let’s talk about whether or not 787 customers should demand new IFE systems pre-delivery. Boeing appears to be under pressure to […]

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In-flight mobile connectivity is not crazy

Dear readers, I know what you must be wondering. Has Mary dropped off the planet earth or answered the siren call of a straight jacket and a padded room? Where are the latest blog posts? Let me put your minds at ease. I have been traveling like a maniac lately. The upside to this is […]

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Update: Delta Air Lines to launch Panasonic’s Fusion (Smart!!!)

Update: This deal is signfiicantly bigger than originally thought. Delta will bring Fusion to a sizable chunk of its 767s and MD-90s. See here for more info.  Big question – does Delta still plan to offer the Thompson Solutions Cosy Suites? Go to minute 1:33 on this video clip to see Panasonic’s Fusion (aka Integrated […]

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Emirates to launch in-flight connectivity on A380s!

Pssst….I’m hearing that Emirates today signed a deal with OnAir to bring the Airbus/SITA joint venture’s in-flight connectivity solution to its Airbus A380s. A formal announcement is expected to be released in the coming days. The deal opens up loads of talking points. Emirates is, after all, in the process of fitting OnAir rival AeroMobile’s […]

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Time Economy Seat revealed (+ other Crystal Cabin finalists)

The finalists for the Crystal Cabin Awards for excellence in aircraft interiors innovation have been named. One of them, a University submission from TU M√ľnchen in Munich, is for a so-called Time Economy Chair, a concept conceived for special short rangeflights, “where commuters and travellers have nothing but carry-onluggage with themselves”, according to a brief […]

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Thales is getting slim too…

Panasonic Avionics has grabbed some serious headlines of late for its Integrated Smart Monitor (formerly known as Fusion). And deservedly so. Everyone I’ve spoken to in advance of the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg has sung the praises of Smart. But if you think Panasonic is alone in its effort to integrate lightweight in-flight entertainment […]

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