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Brits who have never used in-flight connectivity don’t want it?

Since we’re all running in similar circles these days, you’ve no doubt seen the report from Travelzoo’s meta-search engine Fly.com which suggests that fewer than 5% of passengers want in-flight mobile and Internet access based on a survey of frequent travellers. Furthermore, the September survey “revealed that more than 30% of people would actively avoid […]

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How “The Simpsons” helped to shape ANZ’s 777-300ER product

Having tabled a feature for Airline Business about the ever-evolving passenger experience, I’m remindedagain of the staggering amount of work that went into developing one of the most passenger-centric long-haul products on the market – Air New Zealand’s new Boeing 777-300ER offering. But didyou know that the popular cartoon The Simpsons played a role in […]

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VIDEO: One-on-one with AeroMobile CEO Pal Bjordal

AeroMobile is poised to have a watershed year, as airlines across the globe fit their fleets with the company’s in-flight mobile connectivity solution. I sat down with AeroMobile CEO Pal Bjordal at the company’s headquarters outside of London. Bjordal tell us what 2011 holds for AeroMobile, and what passengers can expect to do with their […]

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HELP! What’s your favorite airline viral video of 2010?

Some videos get far more hits than others, but what’s YOUR favorite?

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Slingbox, Netflix successfully tested on Panasonic-fitted BBJ

If you’re among the industry execs who took a ride on 26 January on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) fitted with Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband Internet system, then you already know that the carrier’s IPTV service, dubbed eXTV, is working like a charm.One of the happy passengers tells me that Slingbox, Netflix and […]

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Much ado about flat-bed seats

Delta Air Lines has emerged somewhat victorious in a law suit involving – wait for it – Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suite (UCS). The US major applied for, and received, a summary judgment dismissing a claim by Virgin against Delta for infringement of a patent on the UCS flat-bed seat, which was manufactured by interiors […]

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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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Will Ka-band in-flight connectivity leapfrog Ku?

While Thales doesn’t come right out and say it, the firm appears to be now hedging its bets that Ka-band satellite-based in-flight connectivity is the wave of the not-too-distant future, and that carriers should think twice before taking the leap to a Ku-band product – such as those on offer from rival Panasonic Avionics and […]

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Virgin’s Branson and Ridgway demo Panasonic connectivity

Virgin Atlantic and Panasonic Avionics last week announced a new partnership that will see the carrier fit its aircraft with new eX2 in-flight entertainment systems and eXPhone in-flight mobile connectivity (the connectivity hardware comes courtesy of Panasonic partner AeroMobile). This is the video that Virgin and Panasonic showed to reporters at the press conference in […]

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VIDEO: Virgin Atlantic reveals in-flight connectivity plan

It has been a Virgin sort of week. So much so that I’m nearly ready to reclaim my own virginity (not   Seriously, though, Virgin Atlantic’s deal with Panasonic Avionics to bring in-flight connectivity to its fleet is interesting on a number of levels.  For starters, Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson and CEO Steve Ridgway […]

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