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Could Gogo lure Southwest Airlines to the other side?

Ever since Southwest Airlines announced its merger with AirTran Airways, executives at Southwest and executives at Gogo have gotten to know each other better. AirTran’s entire fleet is fitted with Gogo’s air-to-ground airborne Internet solution, while Southwest is in the process of equipping its aircraft with Row 44′s Ku-band connectivity offering so naturally Southwest is […]

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Shhhhh. Gogo is testing a Ku-band antenna

Gogo, formerly known as Aircell, is quietly testing a Ku-band antenna at its Itasca, Illinois headquarters. I saw the AeroSat-manufactured antenna, hooked up to all sorts of test equipment, when I took a little tour of said headquarters yesterday following a press event during which Gogo unveiled its new multi-media platform and wireless IFE solution.Obviously, […]

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PHOTO: Lufthansa 747-8 naked without its hump on first flight

Photographer Joe Walker sent the following photographic gem to me today. It’s a pic of the Lufthansa Boeing 747-8 making its first flight (snapped returning to Paine Field). She’s a beauty, but I must lament the lack of a Ku-band antenna. I know there are reasons why this bird isn’t fitted with the in-flight high-speed […]

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VIDEO: One-on-one with AeroMobile CEO Pal Bjordal

AeroMobile is poised to have a watershed year, as airlines across the globe fit their fleets with the company’s in-flight mobile connectivity solution. I sat down with AeroMobile CEO Pal Bjordal at the company’s headquarters outside of London. Bjordal tell us what 2011 holds for AeroMobile, and what passengers can expect to do with their […]

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AirAsia Captain explains benefits of real-time EFB

A little bit of bandwidth can go a long way in the cockpit, it seems. AirAsia is fitting each of its Airbus A320s with Flight Focus’ Class III electronic flight bag (EFB), which uses an Iridium satellite pipe to bring real-time applications and messaging to pilots (versus, say, the Ku pipe that Lufthansa will use […]

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Slingbox, Netflix successfully tested on Panasonic-fitted BBJ

If you’re among the industry execs who took a ride on 26 January on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband Internet system, then you already know that the carrier’s IPTV service, dubbed eXTV, is working like a charm.One of the happy passengers tells me that Slingbox, Netflix and […]

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In-flight connectivity takes hold (and SAS opts for eXConnect)

On the chance you don’t catch it on Flightglobal’s IFEC channel, here is a link to an Airline Business chart that details year-end figures for in-flight connectivity equipage worldwide. Many thanks to all the firms that participated – AeroMobile, Aircell, OnAir, Panasonic Avionics and Row 44. I have no doubt that 2011 will be a […]

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Say what? Panasonic, ViaSat address Row 44′s claim

Last week Row 44 announced it has received approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate over the Atlantic, and laid claim to the distinction of being “the only provider allowed to operate and charge for in-flight broadband connectivity on transatlantic flights”. If I may borrow a catchphrase from the late Gary Coleman’s […]

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Bring It! Aircell confident as United trials Row 44

United Airlines’ decision to install Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity system on its Boeing 757 testbed aircraft even as it offers Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG) service on over a dozen 757s has prompted many an industry buff to weigh in…privately, as they are apt to do. One unnamed, untamed cookie, who clearly favors Aircell’s […]

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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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