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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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Thales patent app expands on layered IFE architecture approach

Well lookie at what has just been made public at the US Patent and Trademark office. It’s a patent application from Thales regarding a system and method for expanding in-flight entertainment (IFE) and cabin functions throughout an aircraft cabin. More particularly, says Thales in its filing, the present invention “relates to implementing new services for airplane passengers […]

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IFE&C news and rumour roundup (Dec 12)

UPDATED to include EMS Technologies’ acquisition of Formation, and a Delta disclosure It has been a busy week in the world of IFE&C so let’s do a little roundup of all the stuff I didn’t get a chance to write about, shall we? HARD NEWS: EMS Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Formation, […]

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Twelve years later Continental is back on the Money

Continental Airlines’ recent announcement that it intends to offer live television to every passenger on much of its domestic fleet may have given some airline and IFE industry veterans a serious case of déjà vu. That’s because the carrier’s plan was revealed well over 12 years ago! It was 18 September 1996 when USA Today’s […]

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Air Canada IFE and a little case of the nasty

Aerospace and defence consultant G2 Solutions is highlighting a rather funny photo on its web site. Forwarded to G2 by a Montreal-based consultant, the snap speaks for itself.   Air Canada in 2005 awarded a huge contract to Thales to equip its aircraft – including Bombardier CRJ705s and Embraer E-Jets – with the TopSeries platform. The introduction of a single […]

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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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BA rocks it with Thales pick…plus the TopSeries widebody list

British Airways (BA) yesterday revealed a mammoth deal with Thales to outfit its Airbus A380s, Boeing 787s and new Boeing 777-300ERs with the firm’s TopSeries in-flight entertainment (FE) system. BA has traditionally flown Rockwell Collins IFE on its long-haul fleet, even upgrading from Rockwell’s TES to digital dTES on its Boeing 747s, 767s and 777s. […]

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Panasonic goes on record about wireless IFE: Part 2 & 3

My chat with Panasonic director of product marketing Cedric Rhoads about wireless IFE was fruitful indeed. Unfortunately, word count constraints prevented me from using all of his best quotes in my recent Flight piece concerning this subject. So in classic note-dumping style, here is Part 2 and 3 from that conversation. Part 1 can be found here. (Note: […]

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Panasonic on record about wireless IFE: Part 1

Last week, when Bluebox slung a little good-natured mud by suggesting that Pansonic and Thales perhaps “weren’t up to the challenge” of providing wireless IFE on the Boeing 787, I felt compelled to speak to the two hardware giants about whether or not wireless IFE is now viable, and if it has a place in […]

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Bluebox goes for the jugular as wireless IFE gets boost

Bluebox Avionics joint MD Rick Stuart doesn’t mince words. Asked by yours truly why wireless IFE systems proposed by Panasonic and Thales were never deployed on the Boeing 787, Stuart said: “Perhaps they [Panasonic and Thales] weren’t up to the challenge.” Well, well. I think the gauntlet has been officially thrown. Note to Panasonic and Thales […]

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