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An agenda for global Ku-band connectivity?

What is the Alliance for Passenger Connectivity, which boasts several members, including Arinc, AeroMobile, Panasonic, ViaSat, Rockwell Collins and others? The alliance’s web site says it is a “coalition of companies dedicated to enabling passengers and crew on board aircraft to stay connected while in flight” and that it will “also serve to aid regulators […]

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In the parking lot with Row 44…

Row 44′s system works well, really well. That’s what a Southwest Airlines executive said yesterday at the WAEA single focus connectivity workshop in Everett, Washington. The same Southwest executive said some other things too, like the fact that the carrier has talked to Aircell about its Gogo broadband solution. But he cleared up one important […]

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Lufthansa to announce broadband plan in Aug; eyes narrowbody connectivity

Lufthansa in mid- to late-August will make an announcement concerning its plan to reintroduce broadband connectivity on its overseas flights using the Connexion by Boeing (CBB) antennas still installed on those aircraft. Speaking today at the WAEA single focus workshop in Everett, Lufthansa head of cabin interior and IFE Peter Lewalter confirmed the German operator […]

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Alaska, Southwest urge FCC to approve Row 44′s application (plus an oops!)

Good God almighty, it seems I mixed up my FCC filings the other day (I can’t imagine how that happened. That site is a walk in the park). But I digress. Here is the appropriate filing – you’ll see it has a rather similar thrust to the 2008 document. But much more importantly, here is the link […]

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ViaSat’s Bill Sullivan on Lufthansa’s shift

I had a good chat with ViaSat strategy director Bill Sullivan yesterday evening. We talked about the company’s strategy to bring Ku-band and Ka-band connectivity to airlines, either directly or through partnerships. Be sure to keep an eye on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel for an article about that later today. But I also talked […]

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ViaSat speaks…

I’m like a chicken with its head cut off right now. I’ve got to catch a train to Philly, take a taxi from the station to the airport and board a US Airways flight – economy-class, yikes! – to Paris for the air show. But before I leave, I want to tell you about my […]

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ViaSat channels Monty Python: We’re not dead yet

Despite news that Lufthansa is going in a different direction for its Ku-band connectivity service, ViaSat has kept its sense of humour. The company has not commented directly on the reports. Noting, however, that ViaSat supplies essential equipment to the Rockwell eXchange and Arinc SKYLink connectivity service – that may look again at the commercial […]

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That Lufthansa connectivity decision…

…is for real. Several high-level sources told me tonight in Vancouver that Lufthansa’s decision to select Panasonic to reignite its Ku-band connectivity service on overseas flights has been an open secret amid closed circles for a while. Hey guys, let me in! Panasonic says only that it has five airline customers committed to eXConnect. Where […]

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Rumour – Lufthansa has opted for Panasonic connectivity, not T-Mobile/ViaSat!!!

A little birdie has informed me that Lufthansa has decided to offer Panasonic’s eXConnect Ku-band connectivity service on overseas flights and not the Ku-band offering proposed by the T-Mobile/ViaSat/TriaGnoSys teaming. Oh yes, and that group is now disbanded, says my little birdie. This is an unsubstantiated rumour that I am trying to substantiate. But if it’s […]

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VIDEO: Lufthansa less certain on ’09 broadband launch; still high class

Some pretty significant news here, folks. Lufthansa is no longer certain it will reignite broadband Internet on its overseas flights this year. The carrier is still very much interested, but some issues need to be sorted. Also, there are no guarantees broadband will be offered on Luftie’s first A380 (due early next year), but we already know the […]

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