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Delta scraps plan for handhelds; selects embedded IFE for 747s

Remember when Delta Air Lines released an RFI to put 350+ non-embedded, handheld IFE devices on each of the 16 747-400s inherited from its merger with Northwest Airlines? Portable IFE makers quickly responded to the RFI with comprehensive proposals. Unfortunately for them, Delta has decided to add in-seat audio and video on demand (AVOD) in […]

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#DXB09: Would Aircell’s SBB kit make sense for US carriers?

Hats off to Aircell for taking advantage of the momentum behind the Dubai air show (#DXB09) by announcing a new sales and service rep for the Middle East. Shoukry Shokralla will be responsible for supporting existing operators of Aircell’s SwiftBroadband (SBB)-supported, Thrane & Thrane-powered airborne connectivity solution, which the US firm believes is well suited […]

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Is Ambit’s lawsuit against Aircell starting to bite?

Earlier this year, US technology firm Ambit Corp filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines and Aircell claiming patent infringement regarding the provision of Internet access onboard aircraft. I debated whether to report on this event and ultimately decided to write this erudite paragraph, ahem: Marsha, I mean Aircell, Aircell, Aircell. With all the news […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Delta’s FOCIS initiative revealed

Delta Air Lines has big plans for exploiting in-flight connectivity. Runway Girl can exclusively reveal that the carrier, which is equipping its entire domestic mainline fleet with Aircell’s Gogo air-to-ground (ATG)-based broadband system, wants to view each of its aircraft as a node on its network as part of a Future Operations Communications Information System […]

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One-on-one with IFE&C expert Michael Planey (delicious)

Something to chew on, folks. Thanks, Michael Planey! Question – Do you think any one US carrier is more likely than the others to take the initiative and axe the Wi-Fi charge in a few years and wrap the cost back into its service?  Answer – I don’t currently know of any carrier seriously contemplating […]

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How Aircell plans to keep pace with all that Gogo demand

Aircell’s domination of in-flight Internet in the United States is nothing short of staggering. To date, the company has secured fleet-wide equipage deals with Delta Air Lines (and its Northwest Airlines merger partner), AirTran Airways and Virgin America, as well as hefty agreements with American Airlines and Air Canada, and a forthcoming trial on United […]

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American and Virgin – hey now, we were gaga for Gogo first!

With AirTran’s clever marketing stunt from this morning still fresh in our heads, it’s easy to forget that American Airlines got the Gogo ball rolling last summer, and that Virgin America kept the momentum going with a big YouTube live event that proved Aircell’s in-flight broadband system can indeed support a live broadcast as well […]

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AirTran and Delta fight to lead the Wi-Fi pack (ain’t it grand?)

Low-cost carrier AirTran Airways has become the latest US operator to partner with in-flight connectivity provider Aircell to offer passengers wireless Internet access. However, the carrier intends to move faster than its competition by equipping its entire 136-strong fleet of Boeing 737 and 717 aircraft with Aircell’s Gogo broadband system by mid-summer. The ambitious project, […]

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IFE&C twitter extravaganza from WAEA in Kuala Lumpur

Interiors specialist Jon Norris, who twitters under the identity NonnyJorris, is at the WAEA technical meeting in Kuala Lumpur and he’s pushing out newsy tweets at every opportunity. Here are some of the big headlines being twittered by Jon at the event (and how about that ATG, L-band, Ku/Ka-band partnered service being proposed by ViaSat?) […]

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One man and one hell of a seat testing tour

He’s known as Singapore_Air on the massively popular airliners.net web site. But I’m going to call him the “seat guru” after his truly amazing forum post about all the extra cool seating options at this week’s Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg. I recommend you start at the beginning of his thread and scroll on down for […]

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