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News and views plus a flooze and vibrant hues

A lot of IFE&C&I (in-flight entertainment and connectivity and interiors) stuff is piling up around me and so a “news and views” blog is in order. Please excuse my made-up acronym. It is useful for this little exercise. Firstly, I’m delighted to report that I’ve received a number of answers in the affirmative to my 18 December question: “Can we […]

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Virgin America’s Cush reveals Gogo usage stat – wow!

My colleague, ATI US editor Lori Ranson, had a chat with Virgin America president and CEO David Cush yesterday in San Francisco. Here’s the latest from Cush on Virgin America’s Gogo ramp-up and usage stats. 1) Gogo, which went live on Virgin America last month, is currently flying on three Airbus A320 family aircraft  2) Take-up […]

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Another Chinese customer for Panasonic and I ain’t talken Southern

China Southern Airlines in 2007 picked Panasonic’s eX2 IFE system for its future fleet of Boeing 787s so this morning’s announcement that the carrier wants eX2 installed on its five on-order Airbus A380s wasn’t the biggest surprise on the planet. What I found curious, however, was why Panasonic didn’t wait just a little bit longer, […]

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Aircell and the biz jet side of the equation

For the folks paying ultra-close attention to Aircell’s goings on (you know who you are), check out the US FAA’s “notice of proposed special conditions” concerning the Colorado-based firm’s 15 March 2007 application for a type design change to an existing STC to install additional equipment on Dassault Falcon 2000 series airplanes. “These airplanes, as […]

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Cheap and easy – Aircell proves it’s no broadband virgin

Virgin America’s decision to launch its in-flight broadband service Gogo with a plane-load of journalists and bloggers – while tying the experience into the YouTube Live event – was a bloody public relations coup. The airline, along with service provider Aircell, has received rather significant press coverage since Saturday’s flight and most of it is very positive. I only wish American […]

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Live blogging from Virgin’s Gogo launch flight (and a scoop)

Hello there RWG readers, Virgin America has just launched its in-flight connectivity service, Gogo, I’m writing this blog from 30,000ft. The aircraft is packed with journalists and we’re all putting Gogo through it’s paces. Suffice it to say that speed is just what Aircell promised – as fast as on the ground. I linked up […]

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Richard Branson won’t be in San Fran but everyone else will

Okay, I’m not going to hide my disappointment that Sir Richard isn’t attending Virgin America’s 22 November launch of Aircell’s Gogo service, which will support the first-ever live air-to-ground video transmission as part of a larger “YouTube Live” event happening in San Francisco. “Richard really wanted to join us, but unfortunately, his schedule did not […]

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Aircell on usage, discounts and porn hoopla

We’re dying to know the usage stats on Gogo but Aircell isn’t telling…yet. American Airlines this summer began offering the in-flight broadband service on its transcon fleet of Boeing 767s. “Unfortunately, I can’t release our usage stats yet. I can say that we have exceeded our usage goals to date and are happy with how usage […]

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Virgin America plans big YouTube event for Gogo launch

Virgin America will become the second US carrier to offer in-flight broadband connectivity when it launches Aircell’s Gogo service on 22 November (or at least that’s the plan). The carrier has sent an invite to journalists to participate in a special flight above San Francisco on its beta Wi-Fi aircraft. But, in “true Virgin fashion”, […]

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American Airlines’ passengers are angels but who cares?

Aircell did its part to prevent users of its Gogo in-flight connectivity service from logging on to XXX web sites. In its “In-flight Etiquette” video the company urged: “When it comes to the sites you visit, be an angel. Remember you are in public. You wouldn’t want to shock your neighbour or reveal confidential information.” […]

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