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UPDATE 1: A word about connectivity before I disconnect…

Updated to note that Southwest Airlines is now saying it will charge $5 for Wi-Fi regardless of device or flight (holy moly…what will this mean for Gogo pricing?) And yes, this update means that I had to have one more word. Arghghgh. The grip of SM addiction! BLOGI’m jumping off the grid for about 10 […]

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Exclusive: JetBlue to launch Ka-band in-flight Internet

Tomorrow morning JetBlue Airways will announce a groundbreaking new deal with ViaSat to bring Ka-band satellite-based connectivity – yes Ka – to its entire fleet of aircraft. You can read the story here first. If you’ve been following the saga of JetBlue connectivity you know this is a big deal. If you have been following […]

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Boys of broadband get lively

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is heralding its recent ICSSC 2010 Aeronautical Broadband Panel as a great success with “better-than-expected” attendance despite the concurrent sessions including the Space 2010 plenary session. Apparently, the panel was quite “lively” and gave thought-provoking presentations. But what about the audience? “The feedback from the audience was invaluable as […]

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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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Will Ka-band in-flight connectivity leapfrog Ku?

While Thales doesn’t come right out and say it, the firm appears to be now hedging its bets that Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity is the wave of the not-too-distant future, and that carriers should think twice before taking the leap to a Ku-band product – such as those on offer from rival Panasonic Avionics and […]

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Cathay’s A350 deal is big for Panasonic (plus Air France dish)

Cathay Pacific Airways has inked a letter of intent to purchase 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and plans to exercise purchase rights for six Boeing 777-300ERs. In turn, the carrier has become what I believe is the first publicized A350 customer for Panasonic Avionics’ global communications suite (GCS). Hong Kong-based Cathay last month signed a memorandum […]

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You want fast? We’ll give you fast!

Inmarsat is reportedly on the cusp of laying down a $1 billion investment with Boeing for four satellites that would operate in the Ka-band spectrum, in a move that would give the London-based firm the ability to support ultra-high-speed Internet on board aircraft.Inmarsat, whose L-band satellites currently support aeronautical and maritime connectivity services (as well […]

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Plenty of meat, but no sausage (IFEC/interiors update)

It has been a busy few weeks for this RWG with back-to-back-to-back trips on both sides of the pond. Along the way, I’ve picked up various bits of IFEC/aircraft interiors news that I’d like to share with you. (This meal is probably best served with German beer, but please no more sausage for the love […]

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PHOTO: Southwest breaks out the signage for Wi-Fi

Southwest Airlines is starting to get the word out to passengers that it is offering Wi-Fi on board. The carrier has posted signs inside the cabin (see above) and on traytables of fitted aircraft. While admitting that the dome for the Ku-band antenna is a biggie, the carrier is apparently telling employees that its Boeing […]

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The cost of bizjet connectivity, according to Aircell

Have you read Aircell’s ‘Executive Guide to Airborne Communications‘? If not, you should. The brochure provides all sorts of information about the bizjet in-flight connectivity market, including the above figures on the cost of equipage and monthly service fees.Aircell also says its air-to-ground (ATG)-based solution for the US mainland (and eventually Canada) is installed “in […]

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