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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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For your diaries…

The Airline Passenger Experience Group’s (APEX) annual conference and exhibition is fast approaching. This year APEX (formerly known as the WAEA) will be co-located with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (which, like Flightglobal, is a Reed Business unit). It goes without saying that both conferences will attract thousands of executives from the airlines and IFEC/interiors world. […]

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Is Row 44 a flirt or is she serious?

If Row 44 was a woman, she’d be a lass after my own heart – a little bit flirty but willing to team up with the right partner. We know about the OnAir/Row 44 chat and former OnAir chief Benoit Debain’s open admission that the Airbus/SITA joint venture would be game for such a tie-up. But […]

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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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Continental deal is on “pause”, but still in play

As reported on the Flightglobal IFEC channel and the Wandering Aramean blog, Continental Airlines has opted to postpone its trial of Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet system on 21 Boeing 757-300s, as it thrashes out strategy with merger partner United Airlines.  So is the deal dead, RWG? Not quite. Aircell tells me that its agreement with […]

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Frontier’s new owner sees diminishing role for embedded IFE

Frontier Airlines’ new owner believes embeddedin-flight entertainment will play a diminishing role as in-flightconnectivity is adopted by carriers. Speaking to journalists yesterday at the Regional Airline Association(RAA) convention in Milwaukee, Bryan Bedford, chief executive ofFrontier parent Republic Airways, said: “How much of the media [nowonboard] will go portable? [I think we will] see reduced demand […]

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Continental Airlines to offer Closed Captioning on LiveTV

Earlier this month, Academy award-winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin tweeted the following: “On Continental and they have DirecTV. DirecTV has captions on my TV at home but NONE here. Come on! What will it take? PLS RT” Marlee makes a good point. Why isn’t closed captioning (CC) available on LiveTV’s newest generation LTV3 system, which […]

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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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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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