Archive | August, 2012

Airlines to Allow More Devices on Planes?

By 24/7 Wall St. The use of cellphones during a passenger airline flight interferes with cockpit instruments. That means that the phones might cause a plane to crash, or at least that is what carriers probably want passengers to think. The same holds true for the use of electronic devices turned on below 10,000 feet. Maybe those […]

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Virgin Australia to Start Inflight WiFi in October

By David Flynn Virgin Australia will begin testing inflight wifi streaming in October, beaming movies, TV shows and music to Samsung tablets and eventually to passenger’s own tablets, laptops and smartphones. “We will be testing our first aircraft in October, with fit-out to the rest of the fleet very quickly after that, and wifi streaming will […]

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In-flight Wi-Fi Provider GoGo Expands into Canada

By Walin Wong Canadian regulators have cleared in-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo to build out its network in the country, a move that will allow the Itasca-based company’s airline customers to offer service on flights between the U.S. and Canada. The permission also paves the way for Gogo customers to offer in-flight Wi-Fi in Canada. Gogo […]

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Qantas flags free wifi, more Miranda

By australianaviation.com.au Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr will star in a new advertising push for Qantas Club airport lounges. Principally, Ms Kerr is meant to lure a younger generation of flyers away from Qantas’s more youthful rival, Virgin Australia, which has unveiled its own franchise of airport lounges after making an aggressive entrance into the corporate […]

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America Needs A Five-Star Airline

By John Nicholson The U.S. has historically led the way in the air travel sector, from the early days of rapid industry development following the Wright brothers‘ success at Kitty Hawk to air travel’s glory days during the Pan Am era. But over the past two decades, America has fallen farther and father behind when […]

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Clearing Skies for Private Jets

By Joe Sharkey The private jet industry has been a bit more optimistic lately, in part because of business travelers like Mark Dowley who use it to patch holes in the domestic air travel system. Mr. Dowley, an executive for a private equity firm and a marketing consultant, said he still flew commercial planes on […]

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Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Poised to Take Off, Latest IPO Filing Reveals

By Dan Frommer Wi-Fi in the sky is a rare bright spot in an industry that engenders ever lower customer expectations. Five years after Gogo launched its in-flight Wi-Fi service, most passengers still don’t pay for Internet in the sky, but there’s every reason to believe they’re beginning to see the value of staying connected […]

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Pilots love Apple iPads, flight-planning apps like ForeFlight, and air-streaming in-flight entertainment

Apple’s iPad has created the biggest shift in the way pilots fly airplanes since the birth of the jet engine and the biggest change in in-flight entertainment since the first movie screens. Here are some key points about the related business opportunities: Check this stat: 160,000 US private and business pilots own iPads or similar tablet […]

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In-flight WiFi company Gogo now offers Delta and Virgin America customers free access to eBay

In-flight connectivity service provider Gogo this morning announced that it has signed up a new partner for its digital multimedia platform. Starting today, passengers of both Delta Air Lines and Virgin America will get free access to e-commerce juggernaut eBay. Ebay joins a list of Gogo partners that includes Amazon.com (as well as Zappos.com), StubHub, OpenTable and Hotel Tonight, among others. The deal […]

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Up next for in-flight iPads: multiplayer games, live TV

Tablets are already gaining traction as the new wave of in-flight entertainment, but there’s a ‘next wave’ beyond the conventional content such as movies and music. How about thumbing through the latest copy of your favourite newspaper or magazine? Or taking on your fellow passengers in a multi-player game? It’s all on the to-do list […]

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