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UPDATED: A little bit of honey and well…

Amended to include additional information from Honeywell, including, substantially, that AeroMobile is doing the interface and billing! Well isn’t the world of airline in-flight connectivity getting more and more interesting by the second? Today Honeywell announced that it has provided upgraded satellite communications equipment to Malaysia Airlines to allow passengers to use mobile phones and […]

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Virgin Atlantic eyes in-flight Internet

Aircell, which currently provides in-flight Internet to North American operators over an air-to-ground (ATG) link, is working closely with a major player in the Ku-band satellite sector on an overseas solution. Okay, regular RWG readers already know this. But did you know that a technical trial could occur “in the next year or so”, likely […]

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Good gracious, is it me or is the world of IFE&C continuing to hot up out there? I’m not talking about the OnAir eye candy below, cheeky monkey! Here are a few updates smouldering on the burner. Royal Jordanian Airlines has launched OnAir’s on-board mobile phone service on an Airbus A319, enabling passengers to make […]

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PHOTOS: Ryanair’s O’Leary does the mobile phone Can-Can

The celebration was fierce yesterday when spunky Irish operator Ryanair finally launched mobile phone connectivity following several delays. Dressed as a mobile phone, Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary joined OnAir’s head honcho Benoit Debain in a bit of a a Can-Can dance. And why the hell not? A total 20 Ryanair Boeing 737s have been equipped with the system and the […]

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NextGen IFE system is next up for Thales

I’ve got to give a shout out to Thales, which intends to introduce the next generation of its TopSeries in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform in the second quarter. Korean Air is among the carriers that have agreed to adopt the system. You can read my full piece here. But here is a key quote from Thales […]

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US ban on in-flight cell phone use ain’t going anywhere

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has not revisited the ban on in-flight cell phone usage in the USA since it terminated its own proceeding on the matter in the spring of 2007. And even though the likes of British Airways (BA) is planning to offer mobile connectivity on its new London City-New York JFK […]

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Wale’s words of wisdom

Earlier this month I had a great little chat with IMDC chief executive Wale Adepoju about the in-flight connectivity landscape. He made a number of interesting points, suggesting, for example, that major international carriers need to look at offering both GSM and Wi-Fi connectivity. I don’t want to let the whole month slip by without […]

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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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Top five most important IFE&C moments of 2008 and some juice

1) Oneworld alliance member American Airlines launches Aircell’s broadband service, Gogo. A high-profile carrier that previously showed interest in now-defunct Connexion by Boeing, American’s launch of Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) solution on 15 transcontinental Boeing 767-200s forced other legacies to think hard about whether they could afford to wait for another satellite offering to come to market […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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