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A few of my favourite things

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are lovely, but this year some of my favourite things from the aviation world came via email or snail mail. In the ‘best Christmas card’ category, we have a tie between Lumexis’ very clever graphic of Santa seated in front of rather antiquated-looking in-flight technologies (I’m certain Lumexis […]

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#DXB09: Would Aircell’s SBB kit make sense for US carriers?

Hats off to Aircell for taking advantage of the momentum behind the Dubai air show (#DXB09) by announcing a new sales and service rep for the Middle East. Shoukry Shokralla will be responsible for supporting existing operators of Aircell’s SwiftBroadband (SBB)-supported, Thrane & Thrane-powered airborne connectivity solution, which the US firm believes is well suited […]

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PHOTOS: Lumexis goes 2G

Lumexis, that plucky California company that is bringing some much-needed competition to the in-flight entertainment space, has introduced a second-generation iteration of its potentially revolutionary fiber optic-based, fiber-to-the-screen (FTTS) in-flight entertainment system. The first generation product, trialled on a single US Airways Airbus A320, “flew flawlessly and never required even a single system reboot in […]

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Staying seated on James Park Associates’ Cirrus

During the Paris air show in June, I broke the story that US Airways would launch the James Park Associates (JPA)-designed Cirrus seat on its new Airbus A330s. Some journalists tried to debunk my story, referencing vague quotes from US Airways that the seat RWG sat on in Paris was not the seat being selected […]

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Does Continental have big cojones?

Aircell’s in-flight broadband dominance in the United States was further underscored today with the announcement that US Airways – yes US Airways!!! – has committed to install Gogo on its 50-strong fleet of Airbus A321s beginning next year. It’s a surprising move in light of the fact that US Airways recently opted not to expand […]

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A very quick Q&A with US Airways on its Gogo plan

Just got some answers from US Airways to a few quick questions about its Gogo equipage plan. Here ya go… Q After the A321s, what fleet type will be equipped?A We’re evaluating potential further fleet types but no plans right now. We’ll work with Aircell and, of course, customer feedback in laying out a future […]

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US Airways becomes latest Gogo customer!!!!!!!

Here is the text of the release. It comes two days after I reported that Aircell has signed on two new customers. TEMPE, Ariz., July 23, 2009 — US Airways (NYSE:LCC) is turning aircraft into Wi-Fi ‘hotspots’ by partnering with Aircell to provide Gogo┬« Inflight Internet service beginning in early 2010. Full Internet access including […]

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Two IFE links and a little something something on US Air

Jaunted, the “pop culture travel guide”, has posted a 2009 airline in-flight entertainment (IFE) chart (about US carriers) and written a nice accompanying piece that spells out who is doing what in more detail. There are no big surprises here – although I don’t know why United Airlines is listed as offering Wi-Fi from 2010 […]

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Look who is launching the Cirrus seat – US Airways!!!

US Airways, a carrier that is not known for innovation in the interiors space, is about to make a very bold move by launching Sicma Aero Seat’s ultra-cool Cirrus lie-flat bed on its new Airbus A330-200s. The seat, which was designed by James Park Associates and unveiled at the Aircraft Interiors show in Hamburg, is on […]

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One-on-one with IFE&C expert Michael Planey (delicious)

Something to chew on, folks. Thanks, Michael Planey! Question – Do you think any one US carrier is more likely than the others to take the initiative and axe the Wi-Fi charge in a few years and wrap the cost back into its service?  Answer – I don’t currently know of any carrier seriously contemplating […]

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