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Thales TopConnect DC-9 flight tests – the VIDEO!

Last year at the Inmarsat Aeronautical Conference in Vancouver, Thales presented a video about the successful flight tests of its TopConnect suite of connectivity solutions on a McDonnell Douglas DC-9. TopConnect is supported by Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service.After last year’s event, I immediately started bugging Thales for a copy of the video. Well, I’m happy […]

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But it’s a mobile world!?

The Russian State Commission of Radio Frequencies has reportedly granted permission for carriers to deploy in-flight mobile connectivity systems on their aircraft. Reports are sketchy right now (one says Aeroflot will trial connectivity on two aircraft) but if Russia has taken this step, I congratulate the country on being more forward-thinking in this regard than […]

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V Australia readies to launch first fully integrated IFEC on 777s

V Australia is to start offering in-flight mobile connectivity to passengers on its Boeing 777-300ERs in the second quarter.The carrier, which offers Panasonic’s latest generation eX2 in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, is also a customer of eXPhone, Panasonic’s branding for AeroMobile’s mobile connectivity solution.When eXPhone goes live in the second quarter, it will represent the first […]

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Turkish is going to treat you oh SO good

Panasonic has finally given us the name of another customer for its global communications suite (GCS), and it’s a good one! Turkish Airlines will equip its new Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s with the full suite, comprising Ku-band satellite-based ‘eXConnect’ high-speed Internet, mobile phone connectivity and live television (a proprietary broadcast TV distribution network). The […]

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Two statements…too funny

For those of you following the Airbus/OnAir/Panasonic/AeroMobile saga, you’re no doubt getting quite the chuckle out of this morning’s back-to-back press releases from Panasonic and from OnAir about IFEC offerability on the A350 XWB.To give you a bit of clarity, Panasonic says its IFEC offerings – including eXPhone and eXConnect – are indeed line-fit offerable […]

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Telenor snatches AeroMobile out of administration

Wow, a busy day today in the world of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). For starters, Southwest Airlines confirmed it has inked an equipment purchase deal with Row 44, and now AeroMobile is confirming its emergence from administration as a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Norway-based telecommunications giant Telenor Group (which owned the majority of AeroMobile […]

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Telenor’s gamble and Panasonic’s predicament

News that AeroMobile was placed into administration on 21 December has prompted many in the aviation world to ask: why?It’s a reasonable question. While the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) landscape is littered with Dodo birds – firms that become extinct and then look rather clumsy and ludicrous when discussed in retrospect – AeroMobile seemed […]

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AeroMobile placed into administration

UPDATE: I’ve included a link to the BDO statement, and added some questions we need to think about. Before I begin this blog, I need to give a shout out to in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) news site AirFax.com, which today reported a “rumor central” tidbit that AeroMobile has been placed into administration, and linked […]

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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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Oman Air CEO talks connected aircraft and cloud computing!

Peter Hill is known for being a straight shooter. So, when the Oman Air CEO agreed to answer some of my questions for an Airline Business feature about the in-flight connectivity boon, it didn’t surprise me that he came back with honest, forthright answers. It did make me feel very grateful, however. Peter, this is […]

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