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Lufthansa vows to offer Internet this year on overseas flights

Right now, I’m sitting in a very comfortable chair in Lufthansa’s new flagship lounge at JFK airport. I’m treating myself to a mohito and a glass of champagne because I’m a happy girl. Lufthansa VP, the Americas Jens Bischof has just assured me that the carrier “will be the only airline for quite a while […]

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United takes path of former Connexion partners to Aircell

Several years after withdrawing from now-defunct Connexion by Boeing’s satellite-based Internet project, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have all now turned to Aircell for air-to-ground (ATG) connectivity. United is the latest carrier to confirm it will bring Aircell’s Gogo Internet onboard, saying in a statement today that the service will be offered […]

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ViaSat to Row 44: Watch where you point that thing (and AeroSat’s revelation!)

Are you getting tired of all the “will they, won’t they, can they, should they” conversation about Row 44′s pending launch of in-flight Internet on Boeing 737s operated by Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines? That would be a shame because we’re just getting started. Okay, it’s clear that Row 44 is hell-bent to finally get […]

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Forecast: 2009 is “critical point” for in-flight connectivity

Last year was not without its ironies. Even as airlines saw their balance sheets reddened by soaring fuel prices, they made plans to bring in-flight connectivity solutions on board aircraft on a scale never before seen in the industry. A confluence of factors was at play. The 2006 demise of Connexion, Boeing’s popular, yet ultimately […]

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Row 44 sees commercial trials within weeks; eyes the Thames

Despite the apparent obstacles facing Row 44, the firm is confident that commercial testing of its Ku band-based connectivity system will begin within weeks!!! In an interview with USA Today, Row 44 CEO John Guidon says: “We’ll be deploying in North America commercially in 2009. That means very heavy rollout. We’re already working with Southwest […]

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JetBlue unit LiveTV writes FCC about Row 44 concerns

There’s no earthly way of knowing Which direction we are goingThere’s no knowing where we’re rowingOr which way the river’s flowing Is it raining?Is it snowing?Is a hurricane a blowing?   Why yes it is, Willy. Yes it is. LiveTV is urging the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require Row 44 to clearly demonstrate […]

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Runway Girl is “Exhibit One” in ViaSat filings to FCC

It’s time like these that I wish there were more hours in the day. Times like what, weary RWG? Why don’t you just take those damn high heels off and start your weekend? Well, for starters, I just learned last night that I should be paying MUCH closer attention to the FCC’s public notice web site. Had […]

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A Thursday teaser…but it’s a good one

This afternoon I had a very enlightening conversation with ViaSat director of regulatory affairs Daryl Hunter concerning the firm’s objection to Row 44′s application to the FCC for a permanent AMSS license. I’m going to need a little bit of time to sort through this, but here’s a taste. Key quote: “We don’t believe Row 44 can […]

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Row 44 on record about Alaska trial delay and Southwest install

The other day I blogged about a delay in Alaska Airlines’ trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity system, as well as some opposition the California firm has faced in its pursuit of FCC permanent approval, including from ViaSat, Arinc and Boeing (oh my). Row 44 president Gregg Fialcowitz was kind enough to respond with […]

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ViaSat and others prove thorn in Row 44′s side; Alaska says test delayed

Alaska Airlines today revealed to RWG that it’s trial of Row 44′s Ku band-based connectivity service is “on hold” until early 2009. Plans had been in place for the carrier to test Row 44 on a single Boeing 737 around the October timeframe. An Alaska spokeswoman says the carrier remains fully committed to the trial. […]

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