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ERA carriers will need to consider basic connectivity: Ambrose

ERA director general Mike Ambrose believes that airlines both big and small will need to offer some form of connectivity to passengers within the next five years, including the intra-European operators that comprise ERA membership. Speaking to Runway Girl at the ERA General Assembly in Rome, Ambrose said innovation in the cockpit will help drive […]

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UPDATE 1: Banned in Dubai?

UPDATE: Ever since I posted this blog, I’ve received mixed reports as to whether or not this blog has been blocked in the UAE. But I’ve since had an exchange with Emirates’ own Patrick Brannelly (former APEX prez), who assures me that readers can access the blog. Brannelly says that, in reality, “only porn (and […]

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Breaking: Star Alliance selects common economy seat architecture

After years of studies, global airline alliance group the Star Alliance has selected a common economy class seat architecture that will be jointly procured and installed on some member airlines. “Yes, we are over the finish line with regard this,” confirmed Star vice-president corporate office Christian Klick today at the Airline Business Alliances, Joint Ventures […]

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In-flight Wi-Fi and our insatiable appetite for bandwidth

Here in the United States, passengers are growing increasingly accustomed to having in-flight Wi-Fi at their disposal. Much of the credit for equipping the US fleet goes to Gogo, which in 2006 bought an exclusive 3MHz broadband license for air-to-ground (ATG) services; made the service cheap and cheerful for airlines (even financing installs); and, let’s […]

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Mexico’s Interjet to launch Vision Systems IFE on Superjet

Vision Systems has kicked up its advertising in advance of #NBAA11 in Las Vegas, and is now touting the fact that its IFE system is offered on the Sukhoi Superjet, and will be launched by Superjet customer Interjet of Mexico.

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Ireland’s Airvod busts out with ‘Seatcentric’ in 5.8Ghz frequency

Irish in-flight entertainment system manufacturer Airvod busted onto the seat-centric and wireless IFE scene last week at APEX, where it unveiled its trademarked ‘Seatcentric’ solution for the first time, and announced Omni International as its launch customer. I sat down with company CEO Terence Bonar, who caught me up to speed on what Airvod is […]

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Bluebox addresses iPad rumour; sees Jetstar roll out next month

Heading into APEX, speculation was rife that Bluebox Avionics – the company commissioned to turn iPads into portable in-flight entertainment systems for Jetstar- had ‘jailbroken’ the systems, circumventing Apple’s business case and IP, and in turn pissing off Cupertino executives. But one must be very careful when trying to sort fact from fiction (and the […]

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INFOGRAPHICS: IFEC evolves and dreams become reality

In-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) has come a long way baby, and airlines and travelers are taking serious notice. In fact, IFEC has never been hotter!! As industry executives from all over the world prepare to descend on Seattle for next week’s Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) conference and exhibition – which will no doubt […]

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A little slip but BoardConnect install still planned for this year

German holiday carrier Condor is still planning to offer Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect wireless in-flight entertainment to passengers, although the time frame for doing so has slipped a little bit to the right, RWG has learned. The airline is in the process of taking over two aircraft from another airline, and refurbishing them with its own […]

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Burned by Koito? Don’t expect a payday, say sources

If you’re an airline hoping to receive compensation from embattled seat manufacturer Koito Industries, don’t hold your breath, say multiple sources. Kotio falsified test data, including crucial flammability data, on some 150,000 seats in the world fleet. Several airlines, including All Nippon Airways and Thai Airways International, have filed lawsuits against Koito seeking damages for […]

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