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In-flight Wi-Fi will be free in two years: IFEC expert

Whether charging you for beverages or bilking you on baggage, US ‘legacy’ carriers have sold their souls to the ‘unbundle everything’ business model. The result, according to in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) expert Michael Planey, is that passengers truly resent any additional fees. In short, they are reaching a point of “fee fatigue”, which is […]

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One-on-one with IFE&C expert Michael Planey (delicious)

Something to chew on, folks. Thanks, Michael Planey! Question – Do you think any one US carrier is more likely than the others to take the initiative and axe the Wi-Fi charge in a few years and wrap the cost back into its service?  Answer – I don’t currently know of any carrier seriously contemplating […]

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Where is Row 44′s permanent authority from the FCC?

Just a quick and dirty update here, folks. I know many of you have been wondering what’s going on with Row 44′s application for permanent authority from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). One thing you’ll note if you troll through the FCC web site is that Row 44 submitted its ground and in-flight test results, […]

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Podcast: Should IFE&C industry players start to worry?

IFE&C consultant Michael Planey had a grand chat with fellow industry oracle Addison Schonland, and let’s just say Planey is concerned for the industry. With spending down on travel and carriers slashing capacity, we can expect “a direct correlation” to in-flight offerings. There is lots more to digest here, of course. Check it out at: http://iagblog.podomatic.com/entry/2009-04-30T09_05_34-07_00

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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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Portable IFE players to find sweet spot in 2009: analyst

Hello 2009! And welcome back RWG readers. Last week I did the unthinkable. I harassed two well-known IFE&C gurus during the holidays in order to secure comment for an industry forecast piece for Flight magazine. Thankfully, IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju and consultant Michael Planey were willing to spare a few minutes for me. I’ll […]

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LiveTV looks to offer an Oasis to broadband-thirsty airlines

I spent most of yesterday touring LiveTV’s hangar at Orlando International Airport and its headquarters in nearby Melbourne, Florida. In Melbourne, I got a chance to experience LiveTV’s latest-generation live television system, LTV3, which we’ll chat about later in more detail here (suffice it to say, the system is pretty damn awesome). But I also […]

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