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UPDATE: JetBlue unit “pumped” and taking orders for connectivity system

UPDATED to include following personal musing and express a tad bit of shock: One has to wonder if JetBlue ever thinks about how its connectivity statements might impact the business of its wholly owned subsidiary LiveTV, which the carrier would one day like to spin off. In a conversation with my colleague Lori Ranson, JetBlue […]

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It’s not a damn good Honda after all

“It’s not a Mercedes but it’s a damn good Honda.” That’s what LiveTV’s Scott Easterline told me at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in September 2006, following the JetBlue subsidiary’s $7.02 million acquisition of a 1MHz slice of air-to-ground (ATG) spectrum during the US Federal Communications Commission’s auction of ATG licenses. […]

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PHOTOS: AirAsia X learns its lesson; unveils new seats

Acknowledging that its 38″ premium economy seats “were neither suitable nor comfortable for long-haul flights”, AirAsia X has launched a refurbishment scheme that will see the carrier fit its aircraft with new ‘flatbed premium seats’ and reclinable economy class seats. The carrier says the flatbed premium seats are standard business class specifications of 20″ width, […]

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If you can’t beat the Internet, offer it!

Oh sure, there were signs that Alaska Airlines was engaged in some serious thought about its in-flight connectivity strategy. During a recent investors call, the carrier said it had completed its test of Row 44′s Ku-band solution on revenue flights and was now deciding between Row 44 and Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG)-based offering. “We’ll definitely […]

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Wi-Fi onboard – NOT FREE

Just as Aircell warned, the company has no intention of permanently offering its in-flight Wi-Fi service Gogo for free to airline passengers except for promotional purposes or when companies sponsor it at various times of the year (as we saw over the Christmas holidays, for example.)The message that Wi-Fi is not free is also starting […]

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First class is ‘a dead product’: ACE chief Robert Milton

If you’re looking for a rosy near-term outlook for the aviation industry, don’t look in the direction of Robert Milton, executive chairman of Air Canada holding company ACE Aviation. In a candid videotaped interview with Airline Business editor Mark Pilling, Milton said he expects to see some airlines “hobbled” by the debt they assumed to […]

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Well played Continental. Well played!

I’m finally seated in front of my computer, after a quick trip to Washington DC where I attended the annual Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) luncheon yesterday.At the event, I asked the trade group’s head honcho Marion Blakey if there is any real hope that FAA reauthorization legislation will be passed before the next FAA funding […]

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Tallying them up

Our fine friends in the in-flight connectivity world were busy in 2009. But, as we near the end of the year, it’s clear that some are not as far along as they had originally planned.Nevertheless, passengers are increasingly finding themselves on aircraft equipped with either in-flight mobile connectivity or airborne high-speed Internet (or mobile connectivity […]

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Free in-flight email anywhere in the world

What a funky antenna! Guess what? It’s going to help airlines offer basic in-flight email for free to passengers anywhere in the world. Say what, RWG? Well, JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV has combined its US-centric air-to-ground (ATG)-based Kiteline email service with the Iridium Openport satellite communications service – and that wild antenna – to create Kiteline […]

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VIDEO: The best in-flight television on the market, LTV3

I recently took a brief holiday to Florida. There, I drank beer in alligator-infested water and ventured to the local Dollar Store in the name of sociology. But I knew I couldn’t get so close to JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV and not make a visit. Boy, I am so glad I did. I saw the most amazing in-flight […]

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