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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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Panasonic delays opening of Shanghai office and other intell

Panasonic has delayed the opening of its Shanghai office. A Panasonic spokeswoman confirms there will be “no press announcement/brief this week”, but that the firm is targeting an official announcement for “after the New Year”. Panasonic is not disclosing the reason for the delay. The company had intended to open the new office on 17 […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 12)

UPDATED to include EMS Technologies’ acquisition of Formation, and a Delta disclosure It has been a busy week in the world of IFE&C so let’s do a little roundup of all the stuff I didn’t get a chance to write about, shall we? HARD NEWS: EMS Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Formation, […]

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Panasonic goes on record about wireless IFE: Part 2 & 3

My chat with Panasonic director of product marketing Cedric Rhoads about wireless IFE was fruitful indeed. Unfortunately, word count constraints prevented me from using all of his best quotes in my recent Flight piece concerning this subject. So in classic note-dumping style, here is Part 2 and 3 from that conversation. Part 1 can be found here. (Note: […]

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Panasonic on record about wireless IFE: Part 1

Last week, when Bluebox slung a little good-natured mud by suggesting that Pansonic and Thales perhaps “weren’t up to the challenge” of providing wireless IFE on the Boeing 787, I felt compelled to speak to the two hardware giants about whether or not wireless IFE is now viable, and if it has a place in […]

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Virgin America’s Charles Ogilvie heads back to Panasonic

It’s official. Charles Ogilvie, one of the top airline IFE talking heads in the industry, is leaving Virgin America on Friday to take up a position at Panasonic (he previously worked for the manufacturer). Here is Virgin America CEO David Cush’s email to employees: Dear Teammates: It is with mixed emotions that I announce that […]

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Replacing Connexion: Tim Farrar talks about the challenge

A long-time consultant in the satellite and telecom industries, Tim Farrar of Telecom, Media and Finance Associates has given some truly insightful perspective on the in-flight connectivity scene. In an October 2006 report, he predicted that it would be very difficult to resurrect the Connexion by Boeing service without a very large financial commitment from […]

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