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Boeing and Airbus Dominate Skies as Air Show Looms Jetliner Output Is at Record Highs, but Incrementalism Is Unofficial Theme of This Year’s Farnborough Exhibition

LONDON—Part arms bazaar, part industrial petting zoo, the Farnborough air show, which kicks off Monday at an airfield in rural England, represents the aerospace community’s annual opportunity to take the pulse of the business of flying. And with the headwinds of the global economic crisis mostly behind the industry, business is booming again. Jetliner output […]

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World Cup Final Watched Live by Record 40,000 Airline Passengers

Germany’s 1-0 victory over Argentina in last night’s soccer World Cup final was watched in real-time by 40,000 airline passengers, a record for a live in-flight television broadcast. Football fans on almost 200 jets operated by nine carriers including Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Turkish Airlines and Emirates were able to view the tournament’s climax, according to Panasonic Corp. (6752), […]

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Keeping track of developments in flight tracking and e-enablement

Just as satellite companies and in-flight connectivity providers have squared off to compete for business associated with the e-enablement of civil aircraft, so too have they squared off to provide formal aircraft tracking solutions in the wake of the tragic disappearance of MH370. Inmarsat and Iridium’s separate L-band satellite networks have each supported cockpit communications […]

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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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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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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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