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Lufthansa announcement would be “super”: OnAir CEO

The annual World Airline Entertainment Association (WAEA) conference and exhibition is hotly anticipating Monday’s announcement that Lufthansa has partnered with Panasonic Avionics to reinstate in-flight broadband on its overseas flights, a partnership that was first reported here (for those with short-term memories, ahem). Sources with knowledge of the situation say Lufthansa will announce the agreement […]

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It’s so cool, but it’s also a bummer

Tomorrow’s launch by British Airways (BA) of new business-class only Airbus A318 service between London City and JFK brings with it the transatlantic launch of OnAir’s in-flight mobile connectivity services. At the risk of sounding like my five-year old – That’s, like, so cool! OnAir’s services are supported by SwiftBroadband, Inmarsat’s higher-bandwidth satellite technology. Passengers aboard […]

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OnAir moves in on long-haul market

My chat with OnAir CEO Benoit Debains wasn’t all about that Airbus offerability issue. Indeed, we talked a lot about what OnAir is doing these days (essentially, the Airbus/SITA joint venture is cooking with gas). So here is a list of key quotes and info from that conversation: OnAir, which is supported by Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband […]

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You likey the leaky line?

Thales has become more vocal about its TopConnect suite of connectivity solutions of late. The company gave a solid break-down of TopConnect in Paris and then went on video with moi to explain things further. But before Paris, Thales was in Vancouver for Inmarsat’s aeronautical conference. There Thales head of AVS civil business Andrew Musgrave showed […]

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VIDEO: How hot is in-flight mobile connectivity? Scorching!

I’ve been meaning to get this video blog out for weeks. It covers my trip to Vancouver for the Inmarsat aeronautical conference, which was highly informative and, well, loads of fun. But some very unfortunate events occurred to prevent the video from making a timely entrance, including but not limited to – a complete crash of […]

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A little light reading from Inmarsat

Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t pretend to understand all of this airplane and connectivity stuff (if I did, you aeronautical engineers would have far too much fun at my expense). But I’d like to think I can smell a story. That’s why I’m posting the following link. Thu_AM-Inmarsat_Colledge.pdf It will take you to a wonderful […]

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VIDEO: Runway Girl interview with Thales from Paris

Thales is pushing out some big news at the Paris Air Show, including a big TopSeries order with Qatar (and something even cooler coming from Thales in the future). I chatted to Alan Pellegrini, general manager of Thales’ California-based in-flight business. Check out the video. It’s short and sweet.

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Some gems from Vancouver

Lots of little gems came out of last week’s Inmarsat Aeronautical Conference in Vancouver. And some of them can be found on Flight Global’s new IFE&C web channel, including a piece about IMDC’s (somewhat dire) forecast for IFE expenditure this year; an update on Inmarsat’s aeronautical business and Thales’ revelation about TopConnect flight tests on […]

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In Vancouver for the Inmarsat Aeronautical Conference

Hi everyone. I’m in Vancouver, preparing for Inmarsat’s Aeronautical Conference, which gets kicked off tomorrow. Here’s the view from my window – not too shabby, eh? If you’ve got any burning questions about Inmarsat or the firm’s SwiftBroadband aeronautical service, or you just want to hurl a few ideas at me, don’t hesitate to leave […]

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Business jet connectivity options explode

Connectivity solutions that enable passengers to send and receive text messages and email, browse the Internet and make cell phone calls during flight are being adopted on a broad scale by airlines across the globe. But while commercial take-up of in-flight connectivity has dominated the headlines, business aviation also represents a viable growth sector for […]

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