Archive | May, 2012

Icelandair Selects Row 44 To Provide Fleet Wide WiFi And Premium Entertainment Content

Original Article: Icelandair to be First North Atlantic Airline to Operate WiFi Fleet Wide Press release May 31, 2012, 12:44 p.m. EDT REYKJAVIK, Iceland and WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Row 44, the leading provider of inflight WiFi and device-based entertainment content for airlines around the world, announced today that […]

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Virgin Atlantic OK’s Cell Phones in Flight. FAA Still Says “No”

Original Article: Virgin Atlantic OK’s Cell Phones in Flight. FAA Still Says “No” Author: Kaleel Sakakeeny Published: May 25, 2012 at 11:29 am The FAA gets it wrong again.When Virgin Atlantic announced recently that passengers could make calls on their cell phones on VA’s Airbus A330 and Boeing 747 between London and New York, it […]

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JetBlue holds out on LiveTV sale while Ka versus Ku battle heats up

Original Article: JetBlue holds out on LiveTV sale while Ka versus Ku battle heats up Article by Lori Ranson JetBlue is offering a new rationale in delaying a sale of its LiveTV subsidiary after recently disclosing it plans to hold off on any decisions to divest the company until the debate over the merits of […]

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Finally, Something Free From Airlines: Internet Service

CHICAGO (TheStreet) — Although the airline industry has moved rapidly to a model where it charges fees for nearly every service, it may be headed in the opposite direction in one key area: Internet service. “Today, there is some mindset that you can charge for Wi-Fi,” United (UAL_) Chief Financial Officer John Rainey said last […]

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Gogo and AeroSat get friendly on Ku-band, bring international in-flight WiFi closer

By Jon Fingas posted May 18th 2012 4:34PM Gogo has a virtual lock on in-flight WiFi for the US, but most of us forget that everything goes dark the moment you decide to cross the border. The company already has a deal with Inmarsat for Ka-band Internet connections, and now it’s partnering up with AeroSat […]

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Phones On Planes? Worst. Decision. Ever.

Original Article: Phones On Planes? Worst. Decision. Ever. By Paul Hansford From: news.com.au May 24, 2012 12:00AM SOME of you might have missed it, but the worst decision in the history of travel was made last week. With what will surely spark the biggest assault on people’s ears since signing Geri Halliwell to his record […]

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For Airline Startups, Opportunity and Obstacles

Original Post: For Start-Up Airlines, Opportunity and Obstacles by JAD MOUAWAD Published: May 25, 2012 Where are the start-up airlines? With the big carriers cutting routes and raising fares, this would seem an ideal time for a new airline to take them on with cut-rate prices and service to smaller airports eager for more flights. […]

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Virgin Offers Inflight Mobile Calls via Panasonic

Virgin Offers Inflight Mobile Calls via Panasonic

Virgin offers in-flight mobile calls

Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Britain to offer in-flight mobile phone calls, texts and web access in the air.

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Virgin Atlantic is taking on BA with in-flight mobile phone calls. Photo: Alamy
 

The service will initially be available on Virgin’s new Airbus A330 planes flying from London to New York but will be available on 17 planes on at least 10 routes by the end of the year.

In-flight mobile access will be provided by AeroMobile, which is part-owned by Panasonic. Virgin will charge passengers approximately the same as normal roaming charges.

British Airways already offers passengers in-flight texts and web access on a single route between London City Airport and New York but it does not permit in-flight mobile phone calls.

Neither Virgin nor BA’s service is permitted during take-off or landing, and American laws mean that it has to be turned off 250 miles from US airspace.

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American rolls out ondemand entertainment for iPads and Android

American rolls out ondemand entertainment for iPads and Android

Since last August, American has offered passengers on their trans-continental 767-200 flights, wirelessly streamed, on-demand entertainment to their laptops. American uses an onboard server to deliver the video, and travelers are able to “rent” TV programs and movies for $.99 to $3.99 (sort of like Netflix).

Here’s a video demo:

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Up till now, iOS and Android devices weren’t compatible with the video format.  I’m not sure when that changed, but today I noticed American has expanded their on-demand service and now support iPad and Android tablets.

Stay entertained in the air with entertainment on demand. Purchase wirelessly streamed movies and TV shows from an inflight library to your Wi-Fi-enabled laptop during flight, and now to your iPad, Galaxy Tab, Motorola Xoom or any tablet that runs iOS 4 or 5 or Android OS 3.2.

To promote it, they’re giving you free Gogo wifi when you rent a movie:

To celebrate the launch of entertainment on demand availability on tablets, we’re giving away complimentary Wi-Fi. Simply purchase a movie in flight now through June 3 and you’ll receive a complimentary Inflight Wi-Fi pass for use on your next flight.

The best news is that it won’t just be 767-200 with this technology:

Entertainment on demand is available onboard all American Airlines flights on 767-200 planes…as well as select MD80 planes and coming soon to 737-800 planes.

We are working to install entertainment on demand service across our entire Inflight Wi-Fi equipped domestic fleet by the end of the year.

If want to know if on-demand entertainment is available on your next flight, the AA Wifi Widget now displays availability.

Visit this page at AA.com for complete details.

Speaking of on-demand entertainment….

A month or two ago, I was traveling from JFK to San Francisco and took a video of the menu from the Samsung Galaxy Tab entertainment system that’s offered to First Class and Business Class passengers

It’s hardly a documentary, but if you’re curious….

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GoGo to buy Airfone

GoGo to buy Airfone

GoGo to buy Airfone to boost in-flight Wi-Fi

  • Niels Steenstrup, vice president of product, from left, Michael Small, president and CEO and Ash ElDifrawi chief marketing officer of GoGo at the in-flight connectivity company's Itasca headquarters.
Niels Steenstrup, vice president of product, from left, Michael Small,… (Chuck Berman/Tribune file )
May 07, 2012|By Wailin Wong | Tribune reporter

Itasca-based Gogo is buying Airfone from JetBlue AirwaysCorp.’s LiveTV LLC subsidiary, gaining additional spectrum and network infrastructure for its in-flight connectivity services.

Gogo provides Wi-Fi and other types of digital entertainment on carriers including United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Consumers can use their laptops and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as smartphones, to connect to the Web while in the air.

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