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Stirring things up…

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Rome, where I was honored to have the opportunity to speak about one of my favorite topics – in-flight connectivity – at the ERA General Assembly (you can find my full presentation via this link).As you can imagine, intra-European regional operators are not exactly chomping at the […]

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A little slip but BoardConnect install still planned for this year

German holiday carrier Condor is still planning to offer Lufthansa Systems’ BoardConnect wireless in-flight entertainment to passengers, although the time frame for doing so has slipped a little bit to the right, RWG has learned. The airline is in the process of taking over two aircraft from another airline, and refurbishing them with its own […]

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Holy Hell! Virgin America to offer wireless IFE from Lufthansa Systems

Virgin America, which offers one of the best embedded in-flight entertainment systems in the US skies, has teamed with Lufthansa Systems to bring streaming video to passengers. I received the following brief email just now: Media invitation: Virgin America and Lufthansa Systems team up to take in-flight entertainment to new heights. I presume more info […]

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Free beer in flight (but only if you’re a criminal)

Those beers you order in flight? They are not charged in real time to your credit card. Nor are the sandwiches or the snack packs or the movies or the duty free you order from the flight attendants’ trolley or via the in-flight entertainment system. Those transactions occur when the aircraft reaches the gate. After […]

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Exclusive: Virgin America to offer more live news, sports

Virgin America is poised to make its super cool in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, Red, even cooler. The carrier has revealed to RWG that it will offer more live sports and news with the addition of three new network choices. It hopes to have the upgrade completed by the end of the month.“We’re going to be […]

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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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Size doesn’t matter, but the winner takes it (nearly) all

This evening I had great honour of emceeing the first annual Passenger Choice Awards, which was hosted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), the group formerly known as the WAEA. One of my favorite moments of the night occurred when in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) guru, APEX chief (and Emirates VP) grabbed a crate […]

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Virgin brand everywhere as Passenger Choice finalists are revealed

Virgin Atlantic, Virgin America, V Australia. All three carriers have been short-listed as finalists for the first annual Passenger Choice Awards by passengers from all over the world. Indeed, Virgin-branded airlines have been named as finalists in all but one of 12 categories – Best in Region, Middle East. Virgin will no doubt remedy that […]

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Keeping Red running and cutting hungry Gogo users

Virgin America recently launched new functionality for its Panasonic/CoKinetic in-flight entertainment (IFE) system Red. IFE engineer “James” explains some of the new features in the video below. He also discusses “significant” improvements to the carrier’s satellite television service and reveals a couple of other interesting things, including the carrier’s practice of cutting Aircell Gogo in-flight […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Virgin America wants more bandwidth by 2013

Has the death knell rung for embedded in-flight entertainment? Virgin American doesn’t think so. Not by a long shot. In fact, the carrier – which is rolling out new upgrades to its IFE system, including ‘The Red Store’ for onboard shopping to further capture passenger spend – is already mulling the type of next generation […]

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