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You want fast? We’ll give you fast!

Inmarsat is reportedly on the cusp of laying down a $1 billion investment with Boeing for four satellites that would operate in the Ka-band spectrum, in a move that would give the London-based firm the ability to support ultra-high-speed Internet on board aircraft.Inmarsat, whose L-band satellites currently support aeronautical and maritime connectivity services (as well […]

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UPDATE: Banging on Boeing’s door for connected aircraft

UPDATE 2: I just saw OnAir chief Benoit Debains at the Row 44 booth – are these two talking? hmmmm – and suffice it to say that Benoit is ready to do another jig, since OnAir says its solution will be line-fit offerable on the 787 (see blog post below). During a recent unveiling of […]

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The cost of bizjet connectivity, according to Aircell

Have you read Aircell’s ‘Executive Guide to Airborne Communications‘? If not, you should. The brochure provides all sorts of information about the bizjet in-flight connectivity market, including the above figures on the cost of equipage and monthly service fees.Aircell also says its air-to-ground (ATG)-based solution for the US mainland (and eventually Canada) is installed “in […]

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Dassault Falcon claims managed VoIP first with 7X delivery

Dassault Falcon is claiming the distinction of having delivered the first business jet, a Falcon 7X, capable of providing fully-managed end-to-end VoIP telephony services over the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband (SBB) network. The aircraft was delivered to a European client, but Dassault Falcon notes that the system is available on all current production aircraft as an option. […]

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VIDEO: A mobile satellite company in action

We email like it’s going out of style, and yet many of us don’t appreciate what it takes to make our emailing happen in-flight. It’s a big freaking deal. But new generation connectivity is not just happening in the cabin. It’s happening in the cockpit too. And on ships. And in the hands of in-the-field […]

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PICTURES: You’ve got mail via Thales IFE

Look at this lovely little email I received from Thales’ Nick Silvester via the firm’s new connected IFE app, which was demonstrated to me and other journalists last week at the Thales Connectivity Suite in Crawley, UK. The email arrived in my Yahoo account very quickly after being sent by Nick. Very swiftly even.Okay, now […]

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VIDEO: Inmarsat CEO talks about ‘the art of the economical’

One day after visiting with Thales, which is using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service to support its connected IFE solutions, I scooted on over to Inmarsat in London for a tour of the firm’s operations center and a candid one-on-one interview with chairman and CEO Andrew Sukawaty.Sukawaty talked about the increasingly popular SwiftBroadband service and whether […]

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VIDEO: Thales gets fully connected (and very social!)

Does Thales have a solid in-flight connectivity strategy in place? The manufacturer gave a resounding “yes” to that question today when it showcased its new London area-based connectivity demonstration suite to journalists, and revealed it has concluded an agreement with a “six star” airline covering installation of its connectivity solutions, including GSM, Wi-fi, and connected […]

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IFEC & aircraft interiors dish (because we serve it up hot :)

There is nothing like some juicy in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) and aircraft interiors dish to get the blood flowing on a Wednesday! File these babies under rumor and speculation…for now. For starters, I’m told by a source that Japanese seat maker Koito is in some big doggy do-do. The manufacturer has apparently admitted to […]

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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2009

Following on from last year’s “2008 top five”, here is my list of the top five most important in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) moments of 2009. Please feel free to weigh in with your on thoughts on the matter. 1)    Southwest Airlines agrees to equip entire 500-plus aircraft fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight […]

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