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Man at work: Panasonic and another eXConnect deal

Fourteen months after Panasonic Avionics snatched up Charles Ogilvie from Virgin America to lead its Chinese adventures, the IFE giant has opened its China Region headquarters in Hong Kong (nicely timed with the Aircraft Interiors Expo in that illustrious city). Panasonic has also revealed it is in advanced negotiations with a Chinese carrier for its Global Connectivity Suite (GCS), […]

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VIDEO: An in-flight product from Swiss you don’t want to miss!

Swiss International Air Lines is very much like its parent Lufthansa in one key area – it is high-end and knows how to treat its customers during flight. The carrier was kind enough to let me join a group of travel and aviation journalists in experiencing its new business class offering on a big, beautiful […]

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Q&A with Airbus on its connectivity strategy

I’ve just posted a rather lengthy piece about the debate over Airbus’ connectivity strategy on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel, so do check it out if you get the chance. Since I was writing within the boundaries of magazine space constraints, however, I didn’t get a chance to report Airbus’ full comments. Pasted below is […]

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Airbus gets frank at WAEA

Airbus is making no apologies for its insistence that in-flight connectivity service providers be integrated with its ALNA (Airline Network Architecture) V2. And Jonathan Norris, VP cabin design for the European manufacturer, made that point crystal clear at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) single focus connectivity workshop last week in Everett, Washington. In what could […]

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Lufthansa to announce broadband plan in Aug; eyes narrowbody connectivity

Lufthansa in mid- to late-August will make an announcement concerning its plan to reintroduce broadband connectivity on its overseas flights using the Connexion by Boeing (CBB) antennas still installed on those aircraft. Speaking today at the WAEA single focus workshop in Everett, Lufthansa head of cabin interior and IFE Peter Lewalter confirmed the German operator […]

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Senators make a very good call

Let freedom and the telephone ring! The Senate HAS NOT included Hang-Up Act legislation in their base/foundation FAA reauthorization bill. Here’s the full bill: Senate Faa Reauth.pdf  And here is a summary: FAA Reauthorization 2009 Summary.doc The bill’s sponsors are the chair and ranking of the full commerce, science and transportation committee and the aviation […]

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Airbus responds to allegations it is shutting OnAir’s competitors out

Panasonic and AeroMobile’s revelation this week that they face difficulty in securing offerability status from Airbus for the Arinc/Telenor joint venture’s in-flight mobile connectivity service (branded by Panasonic as eXPhone) – and allegations by several sources that the European airframer is outright shutting OnAir’s competitors out of contention – has prompted a response from Airbus. Here […]

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In-flight voice calls in the USA – a voice is being heard!

What’s going on with the nefarious Hang-Up Act, which is intended to outlaw the in-flight use of mobile phones for voice communications in the USA, and which has been unceremoniously tucked into FAA reauthorization legislation? Inmarsat’s David Coiley is going to break it all down for attendees at the upcoming WAEA single focus connectivity workshop […]

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Panasonic on record about that offerability issue…

Not long after I wrote today’s blog about AeroMobile being as yet unable to receive line-fit offerable status on Airbus aircraft (while the airframer allegedly is flogging only OnAir), I spoke with Panasonic Avionics vice-president, global communications services David Bruner, who revealed the following (which I’ve pulled into an article for the new Flight Global […]

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Why has Airbus not made AeroMobile line-fit offerable on its aircraft?

The other day, in-flight mobile communications provider AeroMobile announced it has completed certification of its system on the Boeing 777-300ER, bringing to six the number of aircraft types now certified. The others are the Airbus A330, A340-300 and A340-500 plus the Boeing 777-200 and 777-300 variant aircraft. What AeroMobile’s statement didn’t mention, however, is that […]

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