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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Jan 23)

I find myself swimming in a sea of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) and interiors news this morning. And when that happens, there is only one solution – a news and rumour roundup! Let’s herd um in boys. Yeehaw! I’ll stop that now. HARD NEWS Cingular Wireless has submitted a patent application that is crying […]

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American still undecided on fleet-wide equipage of Gogo

American Airlines chief Gerard Arpey told me yesterday during an earnings conference call that management has not made a final decision about whether to progress with fleet-wide installations of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity solution, Gogo. The carrier has offered Gogo on its transcontinental Boeing 767s since last summer. And passengers have raved about the service. Asked […]

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Panasonic stresses commitment to in-flight Internet solution

To say that Panasonic Avionics has been quiet about its Ku band-based connectivity solution would be a mighty understatement indeed. Nary has a word been said about eXConnect since October, when the in-flight entertainment (IFE) giant revealed to me it was in advanced discussions with a launch customer for its portfolio of airborne broadband data […]

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United takes path of former Connexion partners to Aircell

Several years after withdrawing from now-defunct Connexion by Boeing’s satellite-based Internet project, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have all now turned to Aircell for air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity. United is the latest carrier to confirm it will bring Aircell’s Gogo Internet onboard, saying in a statement today that the service will be offered […]

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Forecast: 2009 is “critical point” for in-flight connectivity

Last year was not without its ironies. Even as airlines saw their balance sheets reddened by soaring fuel prices, they made plans to bring in-flight connectivity solutions on board aircraft on a scale never before seen in the industry. A confluence of factors was at play. The 2006 demise of Connexion, Boeing’s popular, yet ultimately […]

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JetBlue unit LiveTV writes FCC about Row 44 concerns

There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction we are goingThere’s no knowing where we’re rowingOr which way the river’s flowing Is it raining?Is it snowing?Is a hurricane a blowing?   Why yes it is, Willy. Yes it is. LiveTV is urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Row 44 to clearly demonstrate […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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ViaSat and others prove thorn in Row 44′s side; Alaska says test delayed

Alaska Airlines today revealed to RWG that it’s trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity service is “on hold” until early 2009. Plans had been in place for the carrier to test Row 44 on a single Boeing 737 around the October timeframe. An Alaska spokeswoman says the carrier remains fully committed to the trial. […]

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Direct your attention to Qest

Some folks wonder about my fascination with aircraft antennas. Maybe I’m just a bi-directional kinda gal (don’t all agree at once). Or maybe, this is a subject seriously worth staying on top of…like a fuselage-mounted radome. The fact is that airlines are increasingly adopting in-flight broadband and live television solutions for their passengers. And antennas […]

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PICTURE: The trail of tears and more fun stuff from LiveTV

May they rest in peace – the connectivity folks who came on the scene and lost loads of money, only to see their plans die. Our confident friends over at LiveTV have compiled a little picture of all the headstones. Oh and look, two current-day providers are also shown heading down the same road to perdition. I’ve […]

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