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Will Southwest charge peanuts for Wi-Fi?

Ah yes, the moment of truth has arrived – Southwest Airlines wants to know how much money passengers are willing to pay to use Row 44′s in-flight high-speed Internet system. Like Alaska Airlines before it, Southwest on 24 June will begin testing a variety of price points for the service, which is currently offered for […]

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Blogger tries Skype on Southwest 737

Here’s a good one – blogger Dan York gave Skype a go go go on a Row 44-equipped Southwest 737 and had mixed results (but results nonetheless!) Key quote: Sadly, though, the connectivity didn’t last forever. After about maybe 30 minutes of trying this out and making video calls to different people, my Skype account […]

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Rockwell looks again at Ku-band for commercial air transport

I just had a lovely chat with Terrence Santel from Rockwell Collins. Terrence, who heads up airborne connectivity marketing for the manufacturer, reports that he is seeing strong interest in Ku-band-based connectivity from some airlines. As such, Rockwell Collins is studying the possibility of offering its eXchange connectivity hardware package to the commercial air transport […]

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Where is Row 44′s permanent authority from the FCC?

Just a quick and dirty update here, folks. I know many of you have been wondering what’s going on with Row 44′s application for permanent authority from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). One thing you’ll note if you troll through the FCC web site is that Row 44 submitted its ground and in-flight test results, […]

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AirTran and Delta fight to lead the Wi-Fi pack (ain’t it grand?)

Low-cost carrier AirTran Airways has become the latest US operator to partner with in-flight connectivity provider Aircell to offer passengers wireless Internet access. However, the carrier intends to move faster than its competition by equipping its entire 136-strong fleet of Boeing 737 and 717 aircraft with Aircell’s Gogo broadband system by mid-summer. The ambitious project, […]

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Don’t charge for Wi-Fi, say some Southwest passengers

Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle’s decision to start equipping its entire Boeing 737-800 fleet with Row 44′s satellite-based in-flight connectivity in the fourth quarter gives the California-based service provider its first non-US customer and a nice boost in a downmarket. But back here in the states, Row 44′s most prominent client, Southwest Airlines, has […]

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Boeing’s new 737 interior is a study in limitations

Boeing has announced a new interior for the 737NG family and in so doing the airframer has reminded us that, aside from cosmetic changes, few things are being done to alter the way we fly in commercial narrowbody aircraft. As reported by Flight’s Jon Ostrower, FlyDubai will be the launch customer for the so-called 737 […]

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Row 44 CEO John Guidon in his own words

John Guidon, CEO and co-founder of Row 44, has written a short op-ed arguing the case for airlines to install a high-bandwidth solution for in-flight connectivity - even if that bandwidth is more than their current model requires. John’s argument is that the growing demand for bandwidth-hungry services (live international TV, terrestrial-speed web browsing, downloadable audio […]

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T-Mobile formally throws hat into in-flight connectivity ring

I received a lovely surprise this morning. Communications specialist T-Mobile and VT Miltope, ViaSat and TriaGnoSys have formally teamed to offer a Ku-band satellite broadband and GSM telephony service for air transport. We’ve known about this plan for some time, but now we have some details so let’s celebrate. With German-headquartered mobile phone operator T-Mobile […]

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VIDEO: Row 44 CEO on record from Hamburg

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