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Come on Delta, you’ve got competition!

Readers of this blog knew a week ago that United-Continental was planning fleet-wide connectivity, and had tapped Panasonic Avionics for a portion of the business. But it was still great to see confirmation of the news today from the horse’s mouth as well as some precious details about the mammoth deal, which calls for the […]

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‘FOCIS’ on the positive…well, most of the time

Two years ago Delta Air Lines quietly began the process of building a business case for developing an information system that would harness the power of in-flight connectivity and could be incorporated into its airline operations. At that time, nobody at Delta wanted to talk about the top-secret Future Operations Communications Information System (FOCIS) project, […]

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Delta adopts The Code to help stop sexual exploitation of children

Thea Briggs, a college student at Columbia University and an avid traveler, works for an NGO called ECPAT-USA – a network of organizations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children around the world. She recently reached out to me to tell me about ECPAT and Delta Air Lines’ participation in […]

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Koito is in a bloody financial mess (note to airlines with K seats)

Japanese firm Koito Industries isn’t wasting any time in separating its non-aviation businesses from its embattled aircraft seat unit, which has created an industry mess of epic proportions (even though few folks want to talk about it on record). The rubber stamp-loving company‘s board of directors has already passed a resolution to implement a plan […]

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Aircell reveals Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi equipage numbers

To use its own phraseology, Aircell is able to push out Gogo-equipped aircraft “like boxes of popcorn”. By the end of the year, the Chicago-headquartered firm will have retrofitted 1,067 aircraft with the in-flight Internet system, an increase of 372 aircraft over year-end 2009. Below, you’ll find the latest number of aircraft fitted with Gogo […]

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Much ado about flat-bed seats

Delta Air Lines has emerged somewhat victorious in a law suit involving – wait for it – Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suite (UCS). The US major applied for, and received, a summary judgment dismissing a claim by Virgin against Delta for infringement of a patent on the UCS flat-bed seat, which was manufactured by interiors […]

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Chicken coughs up lung just in time for Long Beach

The Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (AIX) and co-located Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) exhibitions in Long Beach are fast approaching and, true to form, I feel like a chicken with its head cut off (here is how chill I looked before the beheading). I’ve taped a quick and dirty video to talk about just a […]

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UPDATE 2: Aircell claims legal victory; Delta excused

Updated to include Delta’s comment about being dismissed from the case last month, and to add further comment from Aircell.______________________________________________________________________________BLOG: Aircell says it has won a legal victory after a jury found plaintiff Ambit Corp did not prove patent infringement involving Aircell’s provision of in-flight Internet. A spokeswoman for Aircell tells RWG that the Chicago-headquartered […]

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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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Continental deal is on “pause”, but still in play

As reported on the Flightglobal IFEC channel and the Wandering Aramean blog, Continental Airlines has opted to postpone its trial of Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet system on 21 Boeing 757-300s, as it thrashes out strategy with merger partner United Airlines.  So is the deal dead, RWG? Not quite. Aircell tells me that its agreement with […]

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