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China Eastern and Panasonic Launch Broadband WiFi over China

In a first for the commercial aviation industry in China, China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has begun offering broadband connected flights over China using China Telecom Satellite aeronautical service and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (Panasonic) eXConnect system. The first of 27 CEA aircraft equipped with a system and service tailored to the unique requirements of China is […]

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FREE IN-FLIGHT WI-FI COMES TO JAPAN AS SKYMARK AIRLINES SELECTS BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY FROM PANASONIC

Skymark Airlines, Japan’s third largest airline, has chosen Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s (‘Panasonic’) global connectivity service, eXConnect, to provide its passengers with free-of-charge in-flight Wi-Fi service. Passengers will be able to stay on top of current events as they surf the web, keep in touch with friends and family through their social networks, and even check […]

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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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World Cup Fever Live at 30k feet on British Airways powered by Panasonic

“Live football five miles up in the sky – that’s the height of in-flight entertainment,”  John Paintsil

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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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Faubert: Wi-Fi? Games? TV? Airlines say, we got that

June 24, 2014 This summer, Americans are expected to go on vacation in record numbers. Between June 1 and Aug. 31, an estimated 210 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers, according to the trade organization Airlines for America. That’s an increase of 1.5 percent from the same period last year. To stave off boredom […]

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Inmarsat Lines Up BA to Introduce Europe-Wide Inflight Wi-Fi

Inmarsat Lines Up BA to Introduce Europe-Wide Inflight Wi-Fi British Airways is in talks with communications satellite operator Inmarsat Plc (ISAT) about becoming the initial customer for the first pan-European high-speed air-to-ground Internet service. Negotiations are at an “advanced stage,” with British Airways planning to introduce the technology on U.K. domestic routes, the companies said today in […]

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In-Flight Marketing to Passengers Is Both an Opportunity and a Risk

In-Flight Marketing to Passengers Is Both an Opportunity and a Risk Airlines know that their customers are most receptive to special offers when they book a flight and then within a couple of days before the flight. But few airlines are aggressively marketing to travelers when they are hanging out at the airport and during […]

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