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Talking seats, IFEC and angry directors with the Airplane Geeks

Sit me down and ask me to talk about in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors, and you’ll have a hard time shutting me up! That’s what the Airplane Geeks discovered after I agreed to join them in their weekly podcast.In addition to addressing hot topics like the Koito seat mess (and how carriers […]

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Wi-Fi onboard – NOT FREE

Just as Aircell warned, the company has no intention of permanently offering its in-flight Wi-Fi service Gogo for free to airline passengers except for promotional purposes or when companies sponsor it at various times of the year (as we saw over the Christmas holidays, for example.)The message that Wi-Fi is not free is also starting […]

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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2009

Following on from last year’s “2008 top five”, here is my list of the top five most important in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) moments of 2009. Please feel free to weigh in with your on thoughts on the matter. 1)    Southwest Airlines agrees to equip entire 500-plus aircraft fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight […]

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Well played Continental. Well played!

I’m finally seated in front of my computer, after a quick trip to Washington DC where I attended the annual Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) luncheon yesterday.At the event, I asked the trade group’s head honcho Marion Blakey if there is any real hope that FAA reauthorization legislation will be passed before the next FAA funding […]

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Tallying them up

Our fine friends in the in-flight connectivity world were busy in 2009. But, as we near the end of the year, it’s clear that some are not as far along as they had originally planned.Nevertheless, passengers are increasingly finding themselves on aircraft equipped with either in-flight mobile connectivity or airborne high-speed Internet (or mobile connectivity […]

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Continental Airlines pilots gets their voice back

What’s the one thing that Continental Airlines pilots would absolutely love to have on board their aircraft? Airborne telephony service, the likes of which was previously offered by now-defunct Verizon Airfone! That’s the revelation that Continental engineering project manager Brian Roland made at the recent World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Palm […]

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Free in-flight email anywhere in the world

What a funky antenna! Guess what? It’s going to help airlines offer basic in-flight email for free to passengers anywhere in the world. Say what, RWG? Well, JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV has combined its US-centric air-to-ground (ATG)-based Kiteline email service with the Iridium Openport satellite communications service – and that wild antenna – to create Kiteline […]

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Need a Ku-band antenna? Check this out!

Wow, what a day for Ku-band satellite-based connectivity, eh? Lufthansa finally confirmed its partnership with Panasonic to reignite overseas connectivity, further catapulting Ku-band into the spotlight (after Southwest Airlines announced ut will equip its entire Boeing 737 domestic fleet with Row 44′s Ku solution). Indeed, Panasonic, like Aircell and Row 44 before it, can now lay claim to the illustrious […]

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VIDEO: The best in-flight television on the market, LTV3

I recently took a brief holiday to Florida. There, I drank beer in alligator-infested water and ventured to the local Dollar Store in the name of sociology. But I knew I couldn’t get so close to JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV and not make a visit. Boy, I am so glad I did. I saw the most amazing in-flight […]

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Photos: The BBBs of in-flight TV

What is the biggest, baddest, best live satellite television system flying in the skies today? The answer, my friend, is JetBlue subsidiary LiveTV’s LTV3 platform, which is being installed across Continental Airlines’ Boeing domestic fleet. I scooted on down to LiveTV’s Melbourne, Florida-based facility last week to finally get some footage of LTV3, a bigger, better, […]

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