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Bring It! Aircell confident as United trials Row 44

United Airlines’ decision to install Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity system on its Boeing 757 testbed aircraft even as it offers Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG) service on over a dozen 757s has prompted many an industry buff to weigh in…privately, as they are apt to do. One unnamed, untamed cookie, who clearly favors Aircell’s […]

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UPDATE 1: A word about connectivity before I disconnect…

Updated to note that Southwest Airlines is now saying it will charge $5 for Wi-Fi regardless of device or flight (holy moly…what will this mean for Gogo pricing?) And yes, this update means that I had to have one more word. Arghghgh. The grip of SM addiction! BLOGI’m jumping off the grid for about 10 […]

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Does AirTran’s Gogo and XM radio hang in the balance?

Unless you live in a cave you’ve no doubt already heard about Southwest Airlines’ plan to buy Atlanta-hubbed AirTran Airways. Questions about what this deal means for passengers are manifold, and Southwest endeavors to answer some of them here. A lot of people are asking: “Will Southwest keep AirTran’s Gogo in-flight Internet offering and XM […]

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Superfast and super cheap, a LUV-ly review

Okay, so I didn’t do the reviewing, but this blog, Need2Know Travel, did try the Row 44 in-flight Wi-Fi system being fitted to Southwest Airlines’ entire Boeing 737 fleet (some 60 aircraft are expected to be equipped by year-end). Row 44 runs over Ku-band satellites (versus Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG)-based Gogo). I’m highlighting this review as […]

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Chicken coughs up lung just in time for Long Beach

The Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (AIX) and co-located Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) exhibitions in Long Beach are fast approaching and, true to form, I feel like a chicken with its head cut off (here is how chill I looked before the beheading). I’ve taped a quick and dirty video to talk about just a […]

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PHOTO: Southwest’s in-flight portal plus equipage details

This morning I spotted this photo of Southwest Airlines’ in-flight Wi-Fi portal on Flickr, specifically on the Yahoo! blog’s Yodel Anecdotal photo stream (click on the image to see the original more clearly).The pic was snapped over a year ago, but as you can see, the portal largely offers what service provider Row 44 promised […]

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Tweet evidence that Southwest is offering Wi-Fi for $5 (right now)

I know it might not seem like it, but Southwest Airlines is indeed in the midst of equipping its fleet with Row 44‘s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity solution. The process is just taking a bit longer than expected, not that Southwest chief Gary Kelly is too terribly worried about the slow pace of the mods. […]

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Big badass antenna for Southwest Airlines’ fleet

Equipage of Southwest Airlines’ fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity solution might not be happening as quickly as this Southwest frequent flyer would like (only one Boeing 737 is operating with the service), but it is happening, and this is the antenna that is playing a crucial role in that roll-out. Co-developed by […]

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Continental deal is on “pause”, but still in play

As reported on the Flightglobal IFEC channel and the Wandering Aramean blog, Continental Airlines has opted to postpone its trial of Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet system on 21 Boeing 757-300s, as it thrashes out strategy with merger partner United Airlines.  So is the deal dead, RWG? Not quite. Aircell tells me that its agreement with […]

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PHOTO: Southwest breaks out the signage for Wi-Fi

Southwest Airlines is starting to get the word out to passengers that it is offering Wi-Fi on board. The carrier has posted signs inside the cabin (see above) and on traytables of fitted aircraft. While admitting that the dome for the Ku-band antenna is a biggie, the carrier is apparently telling employees that its Boeing […]

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