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Estonian Air’s social loyalty programme, will it soar?

Last month at Airline Business’ alliances, joint ventures and partnerships conference in Rome, Estonian Air CEO Tero Taskila announced that the carrier will be the first in the world to launch a social loyalty programme fully-powered by social media. Prodded by RWG from the audience for details, Tero confirmed that the airline worked with airline […]

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Make haste to Flightglobal’s pre-Paris air show interactive mag

Flightglobal is gearing up for the big 2011 Paris Air Show, where our crack team of journalists will be covering the show like no other media outlet. To get the ball rolling, the Flightglobal team has put together an interactive preview issue. Click this link or the cover page below to find out about our […]

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Exclusive: South African taps Sicma for seat-centric IFE

South African Airways has become the latest customer of Sicma’s seat-centre SiT in-flight entertainment system, RWG can exclusively reveal. “We are retrofitting two [Airbus] A330s starting with the first plane in June 2011,” says Thomas Lee, director of business development at Zodiac Aerospace, the parent to Sicma. The aircraft are owned by a leasing company. […]

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New IFE News service on the block!

Some days I wish I could write blog posts that would aggregate all the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) news in one place for readers, but time is usually my enemy. Thankfully, I no longer need to feel guilty. There is now a Twitter account dedicated to seeking and tweeting the latest IFEC news. […]

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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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bmibaby chief Julian Carr is ready to take your questions #4Julian

Having launched operations in 2002, UK budget carrier bmibaby can still be considered somewhat of a youngster – one that has had its fair share of challenges. But the carrier, which is owned by the Lufthansa Group, is determined to stabilise and instigate cautious growth. Spearheading this strategy is bmibaby’s new managing director Julian Carr. Don’t […]

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Tweet evidence that Southwest is offering Wi-Fi for $5 (right now)

I know it might not seem like it, but Southwest Airlines is indeed in the midst of equipping its fleet with Row 44‘s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity solution. The process is just taking a bit longer than expected, not that Southwest chief Gary Kelly is too terribly worried about the slow pace of the mods. […]

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Airline Business launches social media conference for airlines

Are you curious about social media but haven’t yet taken the leap? Then consider attending Airline Business‘ new conference ‘Social media for the aviation industry’ on 1 October in Central London. I’m honored to have the opportunity to chair the event, which will provide valuable real-world insight into social media and explore how airlines can […]

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Panasonic, Thales receive Social Media #Fail (for now)

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and social media go hand-in-hand. And indeed, we’re already seeing evidence that major IFEC players Panasonic Avionics and Thales are bringing social media apps to their platforms. Panasonic’s SeatTweet app, which I had a chance to try at AIX in Hamburg, […]

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UPDATE: Air New Zealand is such a tease

Air New Zealand is becoming a master at self-promotion. Whether having its crew get nearly naked in the name of aircraft safety or controversially examining the behavior of ‘cougar’ women, the Auckland-based carrier knows how to grab a headline with a little sauciness (and yes, bad publicity – for better or worse – can be […]

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