Archive | September, 2012

How Spot Beams Will Help Panasonic Provide Faster Wifi Onboard for Travelers Without Ka Band

A couple weeks ago, the crew at Panasonic Avionics invited me down to their headquarters to talk shop about inflight internet. I have to say it was a very interesting learning experience. From Panasonic’s point of view, the rush to newer frequency Ka band offerings isn’t necessary despite all the hype. Panasonic sees things differently […]

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JetBlue Promises Free Wi-Fi, Faster Connectivity

By Catherine New Traveling has become a special kind of hell in recent years, thanks to ever-multiplying fees. Check a bag, that’s $25. Buy a sandwich for the flight, that’s another $10. Ask for a blanket or rent a movie? Be prepared to fork over some serious cash. But when it comes to in-flight Internet, […]

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Better In-Flight WiFi On the Way

By Seth Miller In-flight internet connectivity is getting a makeover. Sure, the technology has only been around a few years, but providers are constantly working to improve their products. The coming months will see significant improvement in both the quality of the product being offered as well as the number of planes with service. Delta, […]

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Delta’s Fleet is Hungry for Increased In-Flight WiFi Bandwidth and Gogo Vision

If you’re getting bored with the current state of in-flight WiFi—don’t worry—as it looks like Delta is partnering up with Gogo to take your in-flight entertainment to the next level. Gogo Vision, that’s their in-flight video streaming shenanigans, will be making an appearance across Delta’s WiFi-enabled fleet—which is practically all of their planes. Delta is […]

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Boeing Planning To Ramp Up In-Flight Calling, Wi-Fi And Entertainment

By Ray Willington Boeing thinks you need even more ways to stay connected while on a plane. Agree? Not that it matters much, because the friendly skies are gradually becoming a place where you can no longer escape your work e-mail, and maybe, your work calls. The airplane maker has this week revealed that systems […]

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Adopted By American Airlines

Throughout 2012 we have seen an increase in the popularity of mobile phones which have large screens and the best example of this is the Samsung Galaxy Note. When the Galaxy Note was first launched it was thought that the large 5 inch screen may put consumers off however this was not the case and […]

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Only 31% of Domestic Flights Have Wi-Fi, Study Finds

By Hugo Martin On the streets of most cities, access to wireless Internet is as ubiquitous as coffee shops. But on domestic airlines, Wi-Fi is still only available on about a third of flights. A new study by the flight rating website Routehappy.com found that 31% of all domestic flights offered wireless access as of […]

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Panasonic wins $400m IFE contract from Singapore Airlines

By Christine Boynton Panasonic Avionics won a $400 million inflight entertainment (IFE) and communications (IFEC) contract from Singapore Airlines (SQ). The eX3 IFEC system will be outfitted on 43 aircraft the carrier has on firm order; 20 Airbus A350s, 15 A330-300s and eight Boeing 777-300ERs. The A350s are slated for deliveries from 2014, while the […]

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Panasonic and GuestLogix Ink Landmark Partnership to Enable Certified Payment Processing Through the Industry’s Most Popular IFE Systems

Toronto, Ontario, September 21, 2012 /India PRwire/ — In a move to further deliver new ancillary revenue streams to the world’s leading airlines, GuestLogix Inc. (TSX: GXI), the leading global provider of onboard retail and payment technology solutions to airlines and the passenger travel industry, today announces a global partnership with the world’s leading supplier […]

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Virgin America Bids to Banish ‘Command Culture’

Virgin America is bidding to bolster staff involvement in its internal communications platforms as it looks to break away from the traditional ‘command oriented’ airline culture. Speaking at a press Q&A session at Dreamforce in San Francisco, Virgin America CEO David Cush said the company is also looking to get its customers more involved with […]

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