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Brits who have never used in-flight connectivity don’t want it?

Since we’re all running in similar circles these days, you’ve no doubt seen the report from Travelzoo’s meta-search engine Fly.com which suggests that fewer than 5% of passengers want in-flight mobile and Internet access based on a survey of frequent travellers. Furthermore, the September survey “revealed that more than 30% of people would actively avoid […]

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How “The Simpsons” helped to shape ANZ’s 777-300ER product

Having tabled a feature for Airline Business about the ever-evolving passenger experience, I’m remindedagain of the staggering amount of work that went into developing one of the most passenger-centric long-haul products on the market – Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 777-300ER offering. But didyou know that the popular cartoon The Simpsons played a role in […]

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HELP! What’s your favorite airline viral video of 2010?

Some videos get far more hits than others, but what’s YOUR favorite?

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Much ado about flat-bed seats

Delta Air Lines has emerged somewhat victorious in a law suit involving – wait for it – Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suite (UCS). The US major applied for, and received, a summary judgment dismissing a claim by Virgin against Delta for infringement of a patent on the UCS flat-bed seat, which was manufactured by interiors […]

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Now for the Virgin Atlantic connectivity QUESTIONS

We now know that Virgin Atlantic is considering offering in-flight connectivity on board its new-delivery aircraft from 2011, but just what type of connectivity will it offer? Well, the carrier is clearly on the fence about that subject. Above is a snap of Virgin Atlantic’s ‘Question Five’ to travelers via FaceBook. But you can read […]

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Rumour mill overdrive (on bumpy roads). Rendell as transportation secretary?

Is the Gov. of my dear home state of Pennsylvania, Ed Rendell, under consideration by the Obama crowd for an appointment to US transportation secretary?  Well, he says he’d like the job. And recent hill chatter suggests he is a serious contender.   The following stories suggest the same. http://theoverheadwire.blogspot.com/2008/10/transportation-secretary-short-list.htm http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2008/06/rendell_volunteers_to_serve_in.html http://news.yahoo.com/s/cq/20081005/pl_cq_politics/politics2971165 But would Ed make a good […]

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Fred Smith and Linda Daschle – who could be next DOT head?

What do FedEx founder and chief executive Fred Smith and high-powered lobbyist Linda Daschle have in common? Both are rumoured to be potential candidates for the job of US transportation secretary in the next administration. They join a list that is also speculated to include former FAA administrator Jane Garvey, former American chief Bob Crandall and […]

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Rumors, fun facts and cool quotes

One of the wonderful things about executives in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity industry is that they are generally very chatty (another wonderful thing is that many of them, like myself, enjoy a good open bar). During the WAEA show last week in Long Beach, I had some interesting discourse with big and little players alike. Let’s start […]

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