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Lufthansa wants to celebrate German soccer with in-flight live TV

Lufthansa is poised to set some serious standards in the world of in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). The carrier, which is now taking a serious look at bringing in-flight Internet to its short-haul aircraft (even 30min flights), has also revealed it is eyeing live television (over IP) and offering high definition video. “Connectivity enables programme […]

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And the smart partnership award goes to…T-Mobile and Aircell

T-Mobile USA, which is launching the HTC HD2 smartphone soon, is making sure the device comes preloaded with lots of goodies, including six months of free access to Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet. The HD2 will also feature Blockbuster on Demand, a full-length movie download service, among other services. I wonder how Blockbuster’s pricing will compare to […]

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Lufthansa to announce broadband plan in Aug; eyes narrowbody connectivity

Lufthansa in mid- to late-August will make an announcement concerning its plan to reintroduce broadband connectivity on its overseas flights using the Connexion by Boeing (CBB) antennas still installed on those aircraft. Speaking today at the WAEA single focus workshop in Everett, Lufthansa head of cabin interior and IFE Peter Lewalter confirmed the German operator […]

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ViaSat’s Bill Sullivan on Lufthansa’s shift

I had a good chat with ViaSat strategy director Bill Sullivan yesterday evening. We talked about the company’s strategy to bring Ku-band and Ka-band connectivity to airlines, either directly or through partnerships. Be sure to keep an eye on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel for an article about that later today. But I also talked […]

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That Lufthansa connectivity decision…

…is for real. Several high-level sources told me tonight in Vancouver that Lufthansa’s decision to select Panasonic to reignite its Ku-band connectivity service on overseas flights has been an open secret amid closed circles for a while. Hey guys, let me in! Panasonic says only that it has five airline customers committed to eXConnect. Where […]

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Rumour – Lufthansa has opted for Panasonic connectivity, not T-Mobile/ViaSat!!!

A little birdie has informed me that Lufthansa has decided to offer Panasonic’s eXConnect Ku-band connectivity service on overseas flights and not the Ku-band offering proposed by the T-Mobile/ViaSat/TriaGnoSys teaming. Oh yes, and that group is now disbanded, says my little birdie. This is an unsubstantiated rumour that I am trying to substantiate. But if it’s […]

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VIDEO: Lufthansa less certain on ’09 broadband launch; still high class

Some pretty significant news here, folks. Lufthansa is no longer certain it will reignite broadband Internet on its overseas flights this year. The carrier is still very much interested, but some issues need to be sorted. Also, there are no guarantees broadband will be offered on Luftie’s first A380 (due early next year), but we already know the […]

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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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Lufthansa vows to offer Internet this year on overseas flights

Right now, I’m sitting in a very comfortable chair in Lufthansa’s new flagship lounge at JFK airport. I’m treating myself to a mohito and a glass of champagne because I’m a happy girl. Lufthansa VP, the Americas Jens Bischof has just assured me that the carrier “will be the only airline for quite a while […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 19)

Well folks, you might think I’ve headed south for the winter or propped up my feet with a glass of sherry in hand, but in reality RWG is actually working this Friday before Christmas. That’s right. I’m forgoing a third holiday luncheon cocktail to write the IFE&C weekly news roundup. Just like last week’s roundup, […]

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