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Finnair reveals in-flight connectivity plan for long haul

The other day I blogged about a report in AirAsia’s in-flight mag that Finnair is offering OnAir in-flight mobile connectivity to passengers. It turns out that the AirAsia article isn’t entirely accurate (the carrier isn’t offering connectivity yet). BUT, Finnair has revealed to RWG that it is preparing for a “wireless cabin communication environment” and […]

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AirAsia warns chatterboxes as it fits fleet with OnAir

Malaysian low-cost airline AirAsia is vowing to offer OnAir’s in-flight mobile connectivity solution across its entire Malaysian Airbus A320 fleet, allowing passengers to use their phones for data and voice. Just don’t be a chatterbox, warns the carrier. In a message about cell phone etiquette, printed in the carrier’s latest in-flight magazine, AirAsia says the […]

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PHOTOS: Will I need a butt cushion for Lufthansa’s new seat?

I don’t have a lot of cushion on my derriere these days (although I’m going to work hard to change that over the holidays…more stuffing please!). So, when I saw the new slim seat being fitted to Lufthansa’s short- and medium-haul fleet, I must admit I cringed just a little bit and wondered whether I […]

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Emirates receives first Airbus A380 with in-flight Wi-Fi

I’m hearing that Emirates has taken delivery of an Airbus A380 with OnAir’s SwiftBroadband-supported in-flight Wi-Fi solution, and that a second OnAir-fitted aircraft is due to arrive this week (aircraft registrations – A6-EDN and and A6-EDO). So, is it time to power up those devices and turn on in-flight Wi-Fi? And just how much will […]

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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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Oman Air reveals low Wi-Fi take-up (Twitter responds)

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) announcement this week that it is bringing OnAir-provided mobile connectivity and Wi-Fi to its aircraft is so interesting on so many levels that it deserves a blog all its own (and it will get one). But before we can opine about why Panasonic Avionics mega-IFE customer SIA selected Airbus/SITA joint venture OnAir’s […]

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Breaking: FAA easier on Koito operators than EASA in AD

EASA and FAA have each issued proposed airworthiness directives concerning the massive Koito debacle. But the two ADs ARE NOT the same. Here is a link to the FAA proposed AD that will formally hit the agency’s web site tomorrow. Cut and paste the URL or click on the photo above. Moveable Type is acting […]

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UPDATE 2: Boeing will not have Airbus connectivity kit on 787, says OnAir

UPDATE 2: Multiple sources with knowledge of the situation tell RWG that Ian Dawkin’s comment about why Airbus connectivity kit is not being installed on Qatar’s 787s is wrong. This, in turn, makes my article inaccurate (by default). I will post a follow-up blog shortly to explain the real story. But I must say that […]

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Cathay’s A350 deal is big for Panasonic (plus Air France dish)

Cathay Pacific Airways has inked a letter of intent to purchase 30 Airbus A350-900 aircraft, and plans to exercise purchase rights for six Boeing 777-300ERs. In turn, the carrier has become what I believe is the first publicized A350 customer for Panasonic Avionics’ global communications suite (GCS). Hong Kong-based Cathay last month signed a memorandum […]

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UPDATE: Alitalia is ‘Magnifica’ with new A330 business class

Update: I’ve learned a little bit more about what is on offer on Alitalia’s new A330s. Here are the seat and IFE suppliers: Economy: Recaro 3510Premium Economy: ‘Pimped’ Recaro 3510Business class: Sogerma Solstys IFE: Panasonic eX2 Original Blog: Alitalia has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330, a -200 that features the carrier’s new ‘Magnifica’ […]

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