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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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Things that make you go hmmmm…

Boeing has far more important things to worry about than deciding what in-flight connectivity it will choose for the 787. Shouldn’t it focus on getting the twinjet into the air first? That was the seemingly logical viewpoint expressed by many observers after learning that the airframer has issued a request for information for an Inmarsat […]

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World’s biggest carrier and an RFI for portable IFE

Received the following delicious nugget. Happy Saturday, folks! If the self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Airline” releases an RFI on Friday afternoon to put 350+ non-imbedded, handheld IFE devices on each of their sixteen recently inherited 747 aircraft, you can assume that: A. The carrier considers handheld devices the ultimate IFE solution for their international passengers traveling […]

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How Aircell plans to keep pace with all that Gogo demand

Aircell’s domination of in-flight Internet in the United States is nothing short of staggering. To date, the company has secured fleet-wide equipage deals with Delta Air Lines (and its Northwest Airlines merger partner), AirTran Airways and Virgin America, as well as hefty agreements with American Airlines and Air Canada, and a forthcoming trial on United […]

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Does Aircell need $100m? CEO Jack Blumenstein responds…

Without question the cross-country success of Aircell’s sales pitch for air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity was a highlight of 2008. The fact that Aircell brokered agreements with several airlines at a time when doom and his friend gloom paid a visit to the industry made the Colorado-based company’s achievement all the more impressive. But one bothersome question has been repeatedly […]

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Aircell and a golden ticket

Well, well, well. Delta wasn’t kidding when it told me on Friday to expect an announcement today describing the carrier’s planned rollout of Aircell’s Gogo Internet service. I bashed out a quick and dirty here but the key facts are that Gogo on Tuesday will go live on five Boeing MD-88s that operate shuttle service on […]

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Cozy econo suites on Delta 787s?…plus Lufthansa Technik innovation

Just as the IFE&C sector is getting ultra-exciting, so too has the world of aircraft interiors hotted up (hmmm…this is convenient since I’m now covering interiors). At present, I’m in the process of pulling together a feature for Flight’s “festive” issue about innovative interiors that could be coming to a cabin near you. I promise to drop little nuggets of news […]

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The Northwest page that says it all…

Fast finger action over at Northwest’s IT dept. Check out www.nwa.com/corpinfo/profi/organ/    

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Chicago is the place for pilots next week

Louis Smith knows a thing or two about the aviation industry. A retired Northwest Airlines captain, who completed his career flying the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 on international routes, Louis heads up FLTops.com, a web-only career planning service for professional pilots. I had the good fortune of meeting Louis earlier this month at the Boyd conference […]

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The air was thin, but here’s why Aspen was a gold news rush

Labouring for breath in Aspen made me realize a few things – A) It was a good idea to quit smoking (okay, I sneak the very odd one); B) I am incredibly out of shape (though grateful for my dad’s metabolism) and C) I should have booked the Boyd conference earlier and snagged a room […]

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