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PHOTOS: A broad on a plane

I’m generally not the daring type. I don’t bungee jump or skydive or swim deep into the ocean. Thanks Stephen Spielberg. But when invited to climb atop Row 44′s Grumman Albatros testbed aircraft on Monday, I happily yanked off my pumps and shimmied up to the top of the fuselage and wing. Photographer Keith Fialcowitz […]

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Chatter boxes: A Podcast discussion from WAEA

Oh my aching feet. I’m seriously questioning my own logic for wearing 3 inch heels at the busy WAEA show. Needless to say, I was grateful for the opportunity yesterday to sit down with my colleague Lori Ranson and IAG’s Addison Schonland to discuss and review Day 2. We talked about everything from Air Canada’s decision […]

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Show me the money, says IFE expert

I recently wrote a Flight feature about how airlines are turning to in-flight entertainment and connectivity to drive fresh ancillary revenue streams. But is there really big cash to be made? One IFE expert with deep knowledge of the industry doesn’t think so by any stretch. Here is a little food for thought for those […]

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Turn it off: The in-flight porn debate that is…

The old in-flight porn debate has reared its big ugly head. With a slew of US majors bringing WiFi connectivity on board their aircraft, the question of whether they should regulate content is now splattered across the news. American Airlines, which recently became the first US carrier to offer broadband, has opted to provide unfiltered […]

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Why the stakes are high for Aircell and the rest of us

Saints above, it has finally happened! Aircell’s in-flight connectivity service Gogo this morning went live on American Airlines’ Boeing 767-200 fleet. Regular readers of this blog know that I’ve been praying for this day for a long time. And frankly, right now I’m wishing I had booked on American for my upcoming flight to Los Angeles, […]

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PHOTO: Inmarsat’s third I-4 satellite launched

Inmarsat has confirmed the successful launch and acquisition of the third Inmarsat-4 satellite. The satellite was launched on a Proton Breeze M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 18 August. Inmarsat launched the first two I-4 satellites in 2005. With this latest achievement, the satellite network provider’s new, higher-bandwidth aeronautical service, SwiftBroadband, will […]

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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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Probing the interior

The time has come to use this blog for the noble cause of self promotion. On 9-10 September, I will have the pleasure of moderating some panels at the inaugural Airline Interiors Expo – Americas event, which is making its debut in Long Beach, California. Co-located with the annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and […]

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Fear and loathing of in-flight chatty Kathy unfounded

Predictions that in-flight mobile phone usage would at best prove a nuisance and at worst provoke an onslaught of air rage episodes haven’t materialized. According to Airbus/SITA partnership OnAir, there are three main reasons why this is so – the OnAir system currently allows up to six simultaneous calls, which is not a high proportion […]

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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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