Archive | January, 2013

Boeing Uses Potatoes to Improve Wi-Fi Signals

Boeing Uses Potatoes to Improve Wi-Fi Signals TODAY IN THE SKY Nancy Trejos11:29a.m. EST December 24, 2012 (Photo: AP) When Boeing Co. needed to test out in-flight wireless signals on full planes, they couldn’t ask humans to sit motionless for days at a time while they conducted experiments. So they found an unusual substitute for […]

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United Begins Offering Satellite Wi-Fi on Overseas Flights

United Begins Offering Satellite Wi-Fi on Overseas Flights United Airlines has announced that inflight Wi-Fi is now available on the first of its international wide-body aircraft, which makes it the only U.S. carrier to currently offer an Internet connection on long-haul overseas routes. The company said that it expects to install Wi-Fi on 300 mainline aircraft (including […]

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JetBlue to roll out WiFi next year

JetBlue to roll out WiFi next year   Good news, frequent flyers. JetBlue, the airline that boasts lots of legroom and TVs at every seat, is finally getting one amenity it lagged behind on—in-flight Wi-Fi. But don’t get too excited for it just yet. If you have a flight booked in the next few months […]

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American Airlines’ Kreeger to Be New Virgin Atlantic CEO

By MARIETTA CAUCHI And DANIEL MICHAELS LONDON—Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd., which last month linked up with Delta Air Lines Inc., DAL +0.38% deepened its ties to the U.S. aviation market by hiring American Airlines veteran Craig Kreeger as its new chief executive. Mr. Kreeger, 53 years old, succeeds current CEO Steve Ridgway, who is retiring from the airline next month after 23 years, […]

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Galley Gossip: Can Passengers View Pornography on the Airplane?

Heather Poole (RSS feed) on Jan 11th 2013 at 2:00PM AOL/Gadling From time to time I get questions from readers who want to know what the rules are regarding viewing pornography in flight now that Wi-Fi is available on board most airplanes. Thankfully, it hasn’t been much of an issue (knock on wood). But planes are crowded, personal […]

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Boeing 787: The biggest lemon in history?

By Cyrus Sanati, contributor at Fortune FORTUNE — The recent worries over the safety and soundness of Boeing’s new 787 aircraft appear vastly overblown. The unfortunate series of technical glitches that occurred this week are not only minor in nature, but are also cheap to fix—that is, if any system-wide repair is even necessary. That doesn’t mean […]

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Malfunctions Plague the 787 Dreamliner

All eyes have been on Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) in recent weeks, after technical malfunctions have afflicted its flagship 787 Dreamliner, the most advanced passenger jet ever. Problems with the plane’s power systems and electronics have led to forced early landings, fires, even an explosion. On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration launched a full-scale investigation into the safety of the 787, […]

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Technology giants vie for jackpot winner at Vegas gadget party

by Matt Warman The Telegraph Like a gambler chasing that one big payout, the world’s biggest technology companies come to Las Vegas every year hoping the products they launch will become international hits. The Japanese giants that used to dominate the industry are now rarely jackpot winners at the international Consumer Electronics Show. In an industry increasingly […]

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Air France puts emphasis on entertainment

Airline puts efforts into music app, bigger touchscreens, movie choices By MARC GRASER VARIETY Airlines increasingly are finding themselves in the same position as the auto industry, having to come up with new ways to adapt to their customers’ obsession with screens and apps. Last year, Air France launched a free “Music in the Sky” app, created […]

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Qantas tracks in flight entertainment popularity

QANTAS has given customers more power over their inflight entertainment by letting them rate the films they watch on board. They know what you like and they know what you don’t. The ratings system provides anonymous, daily statistics from both domestic and international aircraft, a Qantas spokesperson said. It allows the Qantas’ entertainment programmers to […]

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