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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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Top five most important IFEC moments of 2009

Following on from last year’s “2008 top five”, here is my list of the top five most important in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) moments of 2009. Please feel free to weigh in with your on thoughts on the matter. 1)    Southwest Airlines agrees to equip entire 500-plus aircraft fleet with Row 44′s Ku-band satellite-based in-flight […]

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Tallying them up

Our fine friends in the in-flight connectivity world were busy in 2009. But, as we near the end of the year, it’s clear that some are not as far along as they had originally planned.Nevertheless, passengers are increasingly finding themselves on aircraft equipped with either in-flight mobile connectivity or airborne high-speed Internet (or mobile connectivity […]

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Virgin America Wi-Fi user goes to RWG and hits record

What do you do when a blog you’ve written about the joys of Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment and Gogo connectivity service is viewed by a Virgin America passenger who uses his iPhone and said connectivity service to capture real-time Ustream video of his viewership of the blog aboard an Airbus narrowbody and then tweets about […]

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Operating profit for Virgin America – IFEC paying off?

Woohoo! Virgin America, that funky, daring start-up carrier that gives you fully-loaded in-flight entertainment (Panasonic/CoKinetics) and connectivity (Aircell’s Gogo) has just posted its first operating profit. Freaking A, that’s great. Is robust IFEC paying off? Key quote from Virgin America CEO David Cush: “Despite an uncertain economic climate since our 2007 launch, we’repleased to report […]

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PHOTO: Women in aviation

I received this photo of Virgin Group president and founder Sir Richard Branson with Virgin America pilots Melinda Senior, Kim Gabrelcik, and Angela Cailliau from the San Francisco-based carrier.Says Virgin America:  Sir Richard keynoted the general session of the 2009 California Women’s Conference with Gov. Schwarzenegger and FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Baer. Sir Richard and the […]

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Wi-Fi love for Virgins and experienced alike

Bloody hell but Virgin America is a smart promotional cookie (as usual). Aircell has been giving out free “first timers” promos for its Gogo in-flight broadband solution for months, but Virgin America has had the good sense to let Google put its stamp on all that free Wi-Fi love from 10 November 2009 until 15 […]

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Are bandwidth limitations serious?

Are we already seeing evidence of bandwidth limitations on today’s Wi-Fi-enabled flights? Some users say “yes”. Check out the following iTunes preview: http://inflightmusic.blogspot.com It was recorded in-flight using video screen capture software. Then go to the iTunes site on your home or office computer and listen to a free song preview yourself. You will see […]

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Powerful stuff

Like Laurel and Hardy, peanut butter and jelly and a runway girl and her stilettos, in-flight Wi-Fi and in-seat power make a very good combo. Unfortunately, only a few broadband-equipped carriers offer passengers the ability to plug in and connect at the same time. Virgin America is a clear exception. And American Airlines is also […]

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Q&A with Aircell on United, monthly passes and Canada

Aircell was kind enough to answer some pressing questions for me today. Here is a quick Q&A for your pleasure and my leisure. And then check out the awesome story now running on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel – Virgin America reveals Gogo usage stats. It also details its plan for integrating Gogo with its […]

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