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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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Fear and loathing of in-flight chatty Kathy unfounded

Predictions that in-flight mobile phone usage would at best prove a nuisance and at worst provoke an onslaught of air rage episodes haven’t materialized. According to Airbus/SITA partnership OnAir, there are three main reasons why this is so – the OnAir system currently allows up to six simultaneous calls, which is not a high proportion […]

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Meet the Bombardier CRJ1000 EuroLite

All this chatter about how Bombardier’s new CSeries 130XT variant is aimed at clients in Europe and elsewhere gets one to thinking about whether the airframer has a special CRJ1000 variant in mind for Europe too. Well, by golly, it does. In addition to the baseline CRJ1000 and CRJ1000ER, Bombardier is offering a CRJ1000 EuroLite […]

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Canada, USA keep hanging up on in-flight cell phones

Canadian and US regulators remain a stubborn bunch when it comes to in-flight cell phone usage – they just don’t want it, can’t see needing it, and insist that travellers abhor the prospect of such chatter in the sacrosanct cabin environment. Oh yeah, and some of them think it might be dangerous too. For heaven’s […]

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