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Exclusive: United is testing Row 44 in-flight Internet!

Holy crap! United Airlines is testing Row 44′s in-flight Internet service, making it the first carrier to trial both a satellite-based service (from Row 44) and Aircell’s air-to-ground (ATG) service Gogo. A source tells RWG says United has fitted a Boeing 757 with Row 44 “on a trial basis” and, so far, “it’s going pretty […]

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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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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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ViaSat and a golden ticket

Aircell has one. Row 44′s got one too. So does Panasonic Avionics. And now, lo, we have ViaSat, which has been awarded the coveted golden ticket for scoring a significant in-flight connectivity deal with JetBlue. Who willprove to be the triumphant Charlie Bucket, surviving the pitfalls ofthe high-speed connectivity factory? Time will tell. But it’s […]

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Podcast: JetBlue talks about that in-flight Internet deal!

We’ve got some fast podcast turnaround action from IAG’s Addison Schonland this morning, as he interviews JetBlue SVP marketing and commercial strategy Martin St. George about that massive announcement that the carrier is bringing Ka-band satellite-based connectivity to its entire fleet. Still need more details, though. Check it!http://iagblog.podomatic.com/entry/2010-09-22T08_20_45-07_00

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Exclusive: JetBlue to launch Ka-band in-flight Internet

Tomorrow morning JetBlue Airways will announce a groundbreaking new deal with ViaSat to bring Ka-band satellite-based connectivity – yes Ka – to its entire fleet of aircraft. You can read the story here first. If you’ve been following the saga of JetBlue connectivity you know this is a big deal. If you have been following […]

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Boys of broadband get lively

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is heralding its recent ICSSC 2010 Aeronautical Broadband Panel as a great success with “better-than-expected” attendance despite the concurrent sessions including the Space 2010 plenary session. Apparently, the panel was quite “lively” and gave thought-provoking presentations. But what about the audience? “The feedback from the audience was invaluable as […]

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For your diaries…

The Airline Passenger Experience Group’s (APEX) annual conference and exhibition is fast approaching. This year APEX (formerly known as the WAEA) will be co-located with Aircraft Interiors Expo Americas (which, like Flightglobal, is a Reed Business unit). It goes without saying that both conferences will attract thousands of executives from the airlines and IFEC/interiors world. […]

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Continental deal is on “pause”, but still in play

As reported on the Flightglobal IFEC channel and the Wandering Aramean blog, Continental Airlines has opted to postpone its trial of Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Internet system on 21 Boeing 757-300s, as it thrashes out strategy with merger partner United Airlines.  So is the deal dead, RWG? Not quite. Aircell tells me that its agreement with […]

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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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