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Why SwiftBroadband is taking longer for widebody operators

SwiftBroadband-supported in-flight connectivity services are now alive and well on commercial narrowbody aircraft (as well as bizjets), so why is it taking longer to bring this higher bandwidth service to widebodies? That’s the question I recently posed to Inmarsat (foolishly thinking that the explanation would be a simple one). Here is company head of marketing […]

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Panasonic to launch Ku-band connectivity with five airlines

Good things come to those who wait. And boy have we waited a long time for Panasonic to show serious progress on its Ku-band-based connectivity service, eXConnect. Well, it appears the wait is over. Flight sister publication ATI is reporting this morning that Panasonic this fall plans to launch eXConnect with no fewer than five […]

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UPDATED: A little bit of honey and well…

Amended to include additional information from Honeywell, including, substantially, that AeroMobile is doing the interface and billing! Well isn’t the world of airline in-flight connectivity getting more and more interesting by the second? Today Honeywell announced that it has provided upgraded satellite communications equipment to Malaysia Airlines to allow passengers to use mobile phones and […]

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Good gracious, is it me or is the world of IFE&C continuing to hot up out there? I’m not talking about the OnAir eye candy below, cheeky monkey! Here are a few updates smouldering on the burner. Royal Jordanian Airlines has launched OnAir’s on-board mobile phone service on an Airbus A319, enabling passengers to make […]

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Passengers plug in to Thales and Panasonic

Panasonic and Thales share a lot of things in common. They are both giants in the field of in-flight entertainment (IFE) hardware manufacturing. They both have a long roster of high-profile airline clients. And they both pride themselves on being on the forefront of in-flight technology.  They part ways on a number of key issues, however. Panasonic is pursuing […]

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NextGen IFE system is next up for Thales

I’ve got to give a shout out to Thales, which intends to introduce the next generation of its TopSeries in-flight entertainment (IFE) platform in the second quarter. Korean Air is among the carriers that have agreed to adopt the system. You can read my full piece here. But here is a key quote from Thales […]

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The definitive Thales TopSeries list and a revelation about #28

As promised, the good folks at Thales have sent me their full list of announced TopSeries customers. To date the in-flight entertainment (IFE) giant has secured TopSeries deals with just over 40 airlines, which have committed to over 1,000 TopSeries systems. The 31 carriers named in the list below are the ones that have given […]

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VIDEO: Inmarsat’s third I-4 satellite launch

. Inmarsat, bless them, hooked me up at WAEA with some awesome footage of the recent launch of the third I-4 satellite. The satellite is now stabilised and pointed at the Earth, and is undergoing final in-orbit tests before being moved to its operational position at 98 degrees West Inmarsat launched the first two I-4 […]

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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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