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Industry expert Jon Norris tables IFEC forecast for 2011

What does 2011 hold for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC)? That’s not the easiest question to answer. After all, technology is moving SO fast, and a host of new players are entering the field. I decided to put the query to industry expert Jonathan Norris, who holds the title of vice-president cabin design office at […]

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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2010

It’s that time of the year again, when we celebrate the achievements of the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) industry over the last 12 months.Just as in 2008 and 2009, I’ve compiled my “top five most important IFEC moments” for 2010. Drum roll please….1)    Lufthansa re-launches in-flight high-speed Internet on overseas flights. The significance of […]

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Chip & Pin for IFE in the spotlight as GuestLogix deal emerges

Thales and Panasonic are at least “three to five years away from providing Chip & Pin PCI-compliant seat-back screen solutions”. But even if their systems were complaint, passengers may be reticent to enter credit card info in such a highly public space (i.e. seated beside passengers). That’s the jaw-dropping claim made to RWG today by […]

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Panasonic mulls new line of retrofit-ready IFE

Panasonic Avionics is considering developing another generation of in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to specifically meet the needs of the retrofit market, a senior industry source reveals. IFE systems that are designed for retrofit generally have a lower cost of development because they do not necessarily need to pass all the manufacturing processes and specification requirements […]

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PHOTO: SkyGem reveals integrated IFE/seat

Taiwanese in-flight entertainment supplier SkyGem has revealed anintegrated in-flight entertainment seat based on its Sky 1000 IFEsolution at Airshow China 2010. Read all about it here. SkyGem claims it is doing what Thales and Panasonic are doing with their respective systems only lighter, smaller and with less power. Hat tip to our excellent “Wings Down […]

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Comac opens up C919 to IFE innovation

Comac is cutting deals left and right to bring new in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems to its C919 aircraft. For instance, Thales has just signed a letter of intent with Comac and a memorandum of understanding with China Electronics Technology Avionics to create a joint venture company that will integrate the Thales IFE system in the […]

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Should Boeing 787 customers demand new IFE via retrofit?

Although many of them have been reticent to talk about it, Boeing 787 suppliers have watched a lot of their kit sit on shelves for the last few years. And in-flight entertainment (IFE) hardware manufacturers are no exception. Astronics, which sells in-seat power systems to the IFE suppliers, has revealed it isn’t shipping any product […]

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UPDATE 1: A word about connectivity before I disconnect…

Updated to note that Southwest Airlines is now saying it will charge $5 for Wi-Fi regardless of device or flight (holy moly…what will this mean for Gogo pricing?) And yes, this update means that I had to have one more word. Arghghgh. The grip of SM addiction! BLOGI’m jumping off the grid for about 10 […]

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Android forms basis of Thales IFEC

Last week Thales took home the Avion Award for Best Achievement in Technology and for good reason – the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) manufacturer is doing some serious innovating inside the aircraft cabin. For example, the company plans to be the first in the world to bring Android to IFEC. Specifically, Thales will launch […]

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Serious business deserves to be taken seriously

I arrived home on Thursday night, after spending five days covering the co-located Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (AIX) exhibitions in Long Beach, California. My cat – justifiably angry that I was away for so long – peed all over my laundry, but thankfully she spared the furniture (forgoing her […]

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