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Panasonic puts NFC in the aircraft cabin

In an industry first, Panasonic introduces EMV-compliant Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology in its in-flight entertainment systems. Industry observers had recently predicted on-board NFC applications were years away, but Panasonic will be launching the technology with airlines in the summer of 2015. The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will utilize NFC for their new […]

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British Airways Upgrades IFE with Panasonic’s eX3 System

Flying on British Airways’ Boeing 747s is set to become a more pleasant experience next year for many of the airline’s customers who book a flight on the iconic jumbo jet. The British carrier announced plans to overhaul eighteen of its 747-400 jumbo jets, saying the move will bring the in-flight experience on the revamped […]

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Happy National Aviation Day!

To properly celebrate such an occasion, we’re breaking out some ice cream to enjoy both on the ground and in the air. After all, airlines have been serving up ice cream in the skies for nearly as long as airlines themselves have existed.

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Crash of Malaysian Jet Shakes Business Travel

ON any given day, there are about 100,000 commercial airline flights, flying more than 50,000 separate routes, around a world where armed conflict is always occurring, somewhere. As companies send business travelers on assignments that often venture into — and even more often over — dangerous areas, employers have become ever more cognizant of a […]

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T+L magazine: Virgin America, Singapore are top airlines

Virgin America has been named the USA’s top airline according to the 2014 “World’s Best Awards” released today (July 2) by Travel + Leisuremagazine. It’s the seventh consecutive year T+Lhas tabbed the San Francisco-based carrier as the top in the nation. JetBlue was tabbed No. 2 in the USA, while Hawaiian, Southwest and Alaska Airlines rounded out the top […]

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Chicken run…

I’ve often wondered if Global Eagle’s founders experienced the same dilemma as Benjamin Franklin when deciding which bird to choose as their emblem, and I’ve noted my opinion on several occasions that they appear to have chosen poorly. Now it seems that Global Eagle is up for sale and is trying to entice other inflight […]

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JetBlue Adds Flat-Bed Seats

By BILLY WITZJUNE 23, 2014 Some JetBlue flights between New York and Los Angeles have seats that fold out into flat beds.CreditÅngel Franco/The New York Times LOS ANGELES — For the well-heeled traveler flying between New York and Los Angeles, for whom onboard Wi-Fi, roomy leather seats, a Zagat-approved meal and a piping hot washcloth are […]

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Free Wi-Fi for Saudia’s premium passengers

Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 10:15 Saudia has become the first airline in the Middle East to offer free Wi-Fi to its first class and business class passengers. The promotion, which started on 19 May, is available on flights between the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and US destinations, as well as London Heathrow, Paris […]

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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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Kylie Minogue Surprise Performance at IATA AGM

Kylie Minogue was the surprise guest at last night’s IATA AGM Gala Dinner in Doha, hosted by Qatar Airways. The Australian songstress wowed a packed room of airline chief executives with nine of her biggest hits, including classics such as “I should be so lucky” , “Locomotion” and “Can’t get you out of my head”. Kylie was […]

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