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Happy National Aviation Day!

To properly celebrate such an occasion, we’re breaking out some ice cream to enjoy both on the ground and in the air. After all, airlines have been serving up ice cream in the skies for nearly as long as airlines themselves have existed.

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China Eastern and Panasonic Launch Broadband WiFi over China

In a first for the commercial aviation industry in China, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has begun offering broadband connected flights over China using China Telecom Satellite aeronautical service and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) eXConnect system. The first of 27 CEA aircraft equipped with a system and service tailored to the unique requirements of China is […]

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Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest airline, has chosen Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (‘Panasonic’) global connectivity service, eXConnect, to provide its passengers with free-of-charge in-flight Wi-Fi service. Passengers will be able to stay on top of current events as they surf the web, keep in touch with friends and family through their social networks, and even check […]

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Crash of Malaysian Jet Shakes Business Travel

ON any given day, there are about 100,000 commercial airline flights, flying more than 50,000 separate routes, around a world where armed conflict is always occurring, somewhere. As companies send business travelers on assignments that often venture into — and even more often over — dangerous areas, employers have become ever more cognizant of a […]

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Farnborough 2014: Aviation seer Udvar-Hazy analyzes Boeing’s 787-9

A day after he gave Airbus its launch order for the A330neo as the Farnborough Air Show opened, Steve Udvar-Hazy was given his usual welcome to the Boeing chalet. John Plueger, left, president of ALC, confers with Steve Udvar Hazy at the Boeing order announcement. John Plueger, left, president of ALC, confers with Steve Udvar […]

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Boeing and Airbus Dominate Skies as Air Show Looms Jetliner Output Is at Record Highs, but Incrementalism Is Unofficial Theme of This Year’s Farnborough Exhibition

LONDON—Part arms bazaar, part industrial petting zoo, the Farnborough air show, which kicks off Monday at an airfield in rural England, represents the aerospace community’s annual opportunity to take the pulse of the business of flying. And with the headwinds of the global economic crisis mostly behind the industry, business is booming again. Jetliner output […]

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World Cup Final Watched Live by Record 40,000 Airline Passengers

Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in last night’s soccer World Cup final was watched in real-time by 40,000 airline passengers, a record for a live in-flight television broadcast. Football fans on almost 200 jets operated by nine carriers including Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Turkish Airlines and Emirates were able to view the tournament’s climax, according to Panasonic Corp. (6752), […]

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Keeping track of developments in flight tracking and e-enablement

Just as satellite companies and in-flight connectivity providers have squared off to compete for business associated with the e-enablement of civil aircraft, so too have they squared off to provide formal aircraft tracking solutions in the wake of the tragic disappearance of MH370. Inmarsat and Iridium’s separate L-band satellite networks have each supported cockpit communications […]

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T+L magazine: Virgin America, Singapore are top airlines

Virgin America has been named the USA’s top airline according to the 2014 “World’s Best Awards” released today (July 2) by Travel + Leisuremagazine. It’s the seventh consecutive year T+Lhas tabbed the San Francisco-based carrier as the top in the nation. JetBlue was tabbed No. 2 in the USA, while Hawaiian, Southwest and Alaska Airlines rounded out the top […]

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Chicken run…

I’ve often wondered if Global Eagle’s founders experienced the same dilemma as Benjamin Franklin when deciding which bird to choose as their emblem, and I’ve noted my opinion on several occasions that they appear to have chosen poorly. Now it seems that Global Eagle is up for sale and is trying to entice other inflight […]

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