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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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Finnair reveals in-flight connectivity plan for long haul

The other day I blogged about a report in AirAsia’s in-flight mag that Finnair is offering OnAir in-flight mobile connectivity to passengers. It turns out that the AirAsia article isn’t entirely accurate (the carrier isn’t offering connectivity yet). BUT, Finnair has revealed to RWG that it is preparing for a “wireless cabin communication environment” and […]

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Making peace with defense coverage

You all know I love talking about, writing about and generally espousing the virtues of the increasingly modern commercial aircraft cabin. But when an air show strikes, I need to be able to jump out of my comfort zone and cover other parts of the industry, including defense, for Flightglobal. Last week at the Farnborough […]

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PHOTOS: AirAsia X learns its lesson; unveils new seats

Acknowledging that its 38″ premium economy seats “were neither suitable nor comfortable for long-haul flights”, AirAsia X has launched a refurbishment scheme that will see the carrier fit its aircraft with new ‘flatbed premium seats’ and reclinable economy class seats. The carrier says the flatbed premium seats are standard business class specifications of 20″ width, […]

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Airbus releases OIT on Koito seat debacle (here’s the text!)

The news for Koito Industries keeps getting worse. Yesterday, EASA told me it isn’t ruling out an airworthiness directive, after the Japanese firm falsified safety data on 150,000 seats in the world fleet. In advance of that, however, Airbus has just released an operators information telex (OIT) on the situation. OPERATORS INFORMATION TELEX – OPERATORS […]

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Connectivity crossover and the case for cockpit security

Airport security is a hot topic today, following a failed Christmas Day 2009 terrorist attack, but security for cockpit and flight-critical communications is an increasingly important issue as new-design commercial aircraft become more software-focused, and as airlines bolster the pipes to their aircraft to support passenger connectivity. The FAA’s recent decision to issue special conditions […]

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