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VIDEO: Live TV coming to long-haul flights for FIFA World Cup

Panasonic Avionics shows off its new in-flight television service and reveals details about how it is building a critical mass of airline customers.

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Shhhhh. Gogo is testing a Ku-band antenna

Gogo, formerly known as Aircell, is quietly testing a Ku-band antenna at its Itasca, Illinois headquarters. I saw the AeroSat-manufactured antenna, hooked up to all sorts of test equipment, when I took a little tour of said headquarters yesterday following a press event during which Gogo unveiled its new multi-media platform and wireless IFE solution.Obviously, […]

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US Airways and transatlantic torture treatment

It’s official. All these back-to-back trips are kicking Runway Girl’s butt just a little bit. The upside to being a road warrior is that I’m getting to experience the downside of the passenger experience on a regular basis (US Airways, you know I’m looking right at you), and can attest with complete certainty to the […]

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Boeing conducts broad avionics review after Wi-Fi interference

Boeing’s investigation into why in-flight connectivity interfered with Honeywell’s Phase 3 Display Units (DU) during electro magnetic interference (EPI) testing is not merely limited to those particular Honeywell parts. The US airframer, which has offered the Phase 3 DUs on aircraft since July 2009, is currently mired in the laborious process of determining whether any […]

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Aircell reveals Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi equipage numbers

To use its own phraseology, Aircell is able to push out Gogo-equipped aircraft “like boxes of popcorn”. By the end of the year, the Chicago-headquartered firm will have retrofitted 1,067 aircraft with the in-flight Internet system, an increase of 372 aircraft over year-end 2009. Below, you’ll find the latest number of aircraft fitted with Gogo […]

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US Airways promises not to bring you movies anytime soon

US Airways, my hometown airline, is such a cranky pants when it comes to in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC). Not only does the carrier not intend to bring in-seat entertainment to its domestic fleet anytime soon, but it’s not convinced it should offer Gogo in-flight Internet beyond its Airbus A321 fleet (even though we’re all […]

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US Airways and its ‘poor choice’ seats

When you think about a “choice” economy-class seat, what first comes to your mind? An exit row seat? Aisle? Window? The photo above?Not so fast. It seems the definition of “choice” is evolving all the time. Take US Airways, for example. The carrier’s “Choice Seats” programme generally allows customers to pay a little extra for […]

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UPDATE: Overhead bin problem bites Airbus

UPDATED to include comment from Airbus (see below). US Airways’ employee newsletter usually contains at least one or two juicy nuggets about the carrier that you won’t find anywhere else. This week, the airline reveals that the locks on the overhead bins of recently-delivered Airbus narrowbodies do not latch well, leading to lots of door […]

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Scruffy Muffy…Mesa to spruce up aircraft interiors

Have you ever flown on a regional aircraft operated by Mesa Air Group? If so, you know just how shabby are the carrier’s aircraft interiors. Personally, I’ll never forget the interior state of the Mesa CRJ that flew me to Palm Springs last year for the WAEA conference and exhibition. The headrest area was all […]

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Cache machine: Aircell reveals details of ‘video client’

Aircell’s cached video solution, first revealed by RWG in December 2008, is starting to garner some mainstream media attention. A good thing too, since the solution – dubbed the ‘Aircell Video Client’ – appears to be a clever tool in Aircell’s shed, and a good way to use that 1 terabyte of server storage already […]

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