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Another Chinese customer for Panasonic and I ain’t talken Southern

China Southern Airlines in 2007 picked Panasonic’s eX2 IFE system for its future fleet of Boeing 787s so this morning’s announcement that the carrier wants eX2 installed on its five on-order Airbus A380s wasn’t the biggest surprise on the planet. What I found curious, however, was why Panasonic didn’t wait just a little bit longer, […]

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BA rocks it with Thales pick…plus the TopSeries widebody list

British Airways (BA) yesterday revealed a mammoth deal with Thales to outfit its Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and new Boeing 777-300ERs with the firm’s TopSeries in-flight entertainment (FE) system. BA has traditionally flown Rockwell Collins IFE on its long-haul fleet, even upgrading from Rockwell’s TES to digital dTES on its Boeing 747s, 767s and 777s. […]

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Word on the street…Qatar Airways will launch Panasonic’s eXConnect

Updated to include clarification. See Panasonic comment in bold… Is Qatar Airways the launch customer for Panasonic’s in-flight Internet service, eXConnect? Panasonic isn’t saying, but unconfirmed word on the street is that the Middle Eastern carrier will run a trial from August 2009 on one of its Boeing 777s. It’s not yet clear if Qatar […]

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Panasonic to open Shanghai office (new Chinese customer?)

Remember when Charles Ogilvie announced this summer that he was leaving Virgin America to head up former employer Panasonic’s in-flight entertainment and new airborne technology platforms in China? Ogilvie’s new position was a little foreshadowing of things to come. On 17 December Panasonic will celebrate the grand opening of its new Shanghai office. A snazzy press […]

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Bluebox goes for the jugular as wireless IFE gets boost

Bluebox Avionics joint MD Rick Stuart doesn’t mince words. Asked by yours truly why wireless IFE systems proposed by Panasonic and Thales were never deployed on the Boeing 787, Stuart said: “Perhaps they [Panasonic and Thales] weren’t up to the challenge.” Well, well. I think the gauntlet has been officially thrown. Note to Panasonic and Thales […]

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And ViaSat makes three…Let the Ku-band race begin

I know what you’re thinking fellow in-flight connectivity enthusiasts. That third Ku-band-based connectivity provider – ViaSat – has fully emerged and Runway Girl has made nary a recent mention. Oh ye of little faith.   We’ve known for some time that ViaSat was interested in getting into the game. To be fair, however, the extent […]

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Hot Topic: ACG acquires new A330s in sale/leaseback

Here at Runway Girl, we like to break the odd bit of news too (not just stoke the hell fires of controversy). To that end, we (the multiple personalities of yours truly) can report that leasing firm Aviation Capital Group (ACG) has for the first time acquired new Airbus A330s. According to a source, Colombia’s Avianca brokered […]

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Antenna news from the Starling front (plus latest specs)

Israel’s Starling Advanced Communication is targeting operators of narrowbody aircraft for its new Ku-band antenna, Mijet-Lite, which will support high-speed connectivity services. Development has been completed and the system is ready for flight testing. A prototype of Mijet-Lite will be unveiled next month at the World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition in Long […]

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Air play for IFE lovers

CoKinetic Systems, which develops IFE systems software, has been flying under the radar for the last few years. The company is best known for supplying its AirPlay software to Virgin America’s “Red” system (which uses Panasonic hardware), but precious little else has been openly discussed. That’s about to change. Expect a big announcement around September […]

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How Panasonic’s X marks the spot

Since writing my “sexy stuff” blog about Panasonic Avionics’ iPod integration strategy and supplying comment to Flight International about the significance of this move, I’ve been fielding some further queries about the system, which includes a seat-installed “eXport” jack and “smart” cable.   One curious reader asks:  “So, does this mean regular USB – or […]

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