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Japan Airlines to provide free access to Wi-Fi hotspots across Japan

From July, passengers on Japan Airlines flights arriving into the airline’s home nation will enjoy free access to WiFi hotspots across half the country. Covering 17 cities and valid for up to 14 days, access will be provided through partnerships with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East). Japan Airlines’ website will shortly be updated with […]

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Travel Tip: How Wearable Technology Will Change Travel

Travel Tip: How Wearable Technology Will Change Travel Between online booking, flight-tracking apps, and boarding passes in our smartphones, travel is tied to portable technology. Now wearable technology may be changing how we travel. You’ve heard of Google Glass, which is a smartphone-slash-computer that you wear like a pair of glasses. You can find directions, use […]

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Lufthansa Bets on Mobile Access, New Class to Narrow Luxury Gap

Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/BloombergLufthansa is trailing competitors including British Airways by more than a decade in offering four travel classes, while Gulf and Asian carriers are raising the bar in on-board service quality and entertainment. Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LHA) will allow passengers to use their own mobile devices to view films and add a new premium economy […]

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APH compares use of Wi-Fi and electronic devices on-board major airlines

APH compares use of Wi-Fi and electronic devices on-board major airlines According to a survey by the Daily Telegraph, more than 80% of consumers would welcome access to high-speed Wi-Fi during flights. With an increasing number of airlines now allowing inflight broadband connection, Airport Parking and Hotels (APH) has put together a table comparing the rules and regulations for […]

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Microsoft enters inflight technology market

Software goliath Microsoft is eying the commercial aviation software business as a “really important market,” according to Matt Muta, the global managing director of the company’s Hospitality & Travel unit. Aviation software “will become a tremendous focus for us,” Muta told ATW at the Singapore Airshow. Microsoft, which has never exhibited at an air show prior to […]

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Passengers win ruling in fight over Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi “monopoly”

Passengers win ruling in fight over Gogo’s in-flight Wi-Fi “monopoly” Do you think in-flight Wi-Fi is too expensive? So do passengers who filed a class-action suit against Gogo alleging an illegal monopoly — and a judge thinks they might have a case. A federal judge has refused to throw out a class action complaint by […]

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In-flight WiFi outside the USA: The complete guide

In-flight WiFi outside the USA: The complete guide Last year we brought you our complete guide to in-flight WiFi in the USA, but we thought it was time we catered to the rest of the world and gave a full rundown of all the major airlines that offer WiFi today. Services are a bit more fragmented […]

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Delta and JetBlue: No voice calls on our planes

While the Federal Communications Commission reconsiders its longtime ban on in-flight-phone calls, Delta Air Lines says its own policy will remain as it is: no, no and no. And after it previously considered allowing in-flight calls, JetBlue has also decided to prohibit them. The FCC is considering a proposal to step aside and let airlines determine their own policies […]

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FCC Proposes In-Flight Calling Policy

FCC Proposes In-Flight Calling Policy Airlines could begin allowing in-flight cell phone calls as early as 2014, according to a statement released by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).    The statement by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was released following the recent FAA policy shift to allow the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) during all […]

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Panasonic makes a statement on the FCC’s consideration to adopt new rules on the use of mobile phone devices in flight Panasonic Avionics Corporation today welcomed the news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will consider adopting rules to enable in-flight wireless mobile phone connectivity in the United States. “We look forward to the Commission’s […]

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