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A whale of a good time aboard Row 44′s Albatros seaplane

Hello fair readers, I’m sending this email from a Grumman Albatros seaplane that has been equipped with Row 44′s in-flight connectivity service. Row 44 in June acquired the 1952-built aircraft, originally used by the US Air Force, for use as a testbed of its high-speed service. The company completely redid the avionics, and is in […]

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Southwest now eyeing fourth quarter for Row 44 trial

We’re nearing the end of summer and there has been nary a test of Row 44′s satellite-based connectivity system onboard Southwest Airlines’ aircraft, as previously expected. What’s going on? Southwest still expects to trial the system this year onboard four Boeing 737s, but doesn’t see it happening until the fourth quarter. “It’s a new process […]

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Required reading for the connectivity crowd – Row 44 submits FCC application

Movement is afoot on the satellite-based connectivity front. In-flight broadband provider Row 44, which notably secured agreements to trial its system on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, has officially applied for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authority to operate up to 1,000 technically-identical aeronautical-mobile satellite service (AMSS) transmit/receive earth stations (AMES) abroad commercial […]

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Major Aircell news coming in June

Aircell’s new EVP of airline solutions, John Happ, will be in Washington DC during the last week of June to discuss “major news” about the company.   Happ, previously of Frontier and Continental, will hold press briefings about what is in store for Aircell, and how this will have a larger competitive impact on the […]

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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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Gloves Inch Off as The CEOs of AirCell and Row 44 Speak Their Minds

In-flight connectivity “mistruths” and “untold facts” – that’s what AirCell believes is floating around the industry right now, and being broadcast by numerous media outlets. Hoping to quiet the “great deal of noise” created by airlines and communications providers – especially in the wake of an announcement that Southwest Airlines will test Row 44’s Ku-band […]

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