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April 18, 2013
During a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on aviation safety on Tuesday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) requested a decision from FAA by the end of the year on expanding the in-flight use of portable electronic devices (PEDs) on commercial flights.    McCaskill has been a strong advocate for the issue in recent months, writing a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta expressing her concern...
April 16, 2013
Gogo subsidiary Aircell has completed the acquisition of LiveTV LLC's Airfone business unit. The acquisition includes LiveTV's 1 MHz air-to-ground spectrum license, and the Airfone in-flight communications service, network infrastructure and operational...
April 12, 2013
Honeywell and Boeing announced a new technical services agreement Wednesday to research and develop high-speed in-flight wireless connectivity. Under the agreement, the two companies will develop technologies for Boeing aircraft, including the 787, 777, 737 Next-Generation and 747-8.   The joint research team will test and develop hardware, software and potential services...
April 11, 2013
Two of the biggest companies in the in-flight connectivity industry, Thales and Gogo, announced a new partnership this week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. The partnership will combine Thales' TopConnect in-flight entertainment cabin system with Gogo's connectivity solutions to offer line-fit solutions to carriers worldwide.      (Gogo's Test Aircraft. Photo, courtesy of...
April 9, 2013
OnAir is expanding the in-flight connectivity program for Saudia, national carrier of Saudia Arabia, to include commercial flights between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and most of the airline's worldwide destinations.    Mobile...
April 9, 2013
Row 44 has completed installation of its in-flight entertainment system on 60 of Norwegian Air Shuttle's Boeing 737-800 aircraft, making it the first European airline to offer video-on-demand service to passengers' Wi-Fi-enabled devices. ...
April 2, 2013
Philippines national carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) signed an in-flight connectivity deal with OnAir, to launch GSM and Wi-Fi service later this year. The airline will retrofit its fleet of Airbus A330s and Boeing 777-300ERs with  Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in May, followed by the global GSM and Wi-Fi service later this year.  OnAir’s mobile service enables voice communications, SMS...
March 26, 2013
In-flight connectivity equipment provider Aircell released details on the expansion of Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft operating in Canadian airspace. Currently Gogo Biz, introduced to the U.S. business...
March 22, 2013
Norwegian Airlines is offering passengers the ability to rent in-flight movies and television on its Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft. (Photo, courtesy of Norwegian.) Customers are able to access a total of 40...
March 21, 2013
Finnair launched a two-month trial phase for in-flight wireless internet usage on Windows 8-powered tablets Wednesday. The trial phase is occurring on its A330 wide body aircraft for business class customers. The airline is allowing passengers to test out onboard Wi-Fi service powered by OnAir’s satellite-based in-flight...
March 21, 2013
Malaysia Airlines on Thursday launched a six-month trial for its cabin crew to begin using iPads to enhance in-flight services for passengers on A380 flights. The iPads are part of SITA’s digital cabin crew system, CrewTablet...
March 20, 2013
Executives from several of the largest in-flight connectivity service providers talked on Wednesday about the growth and changes in the industry in recent years during a panel at the SATELLITE 2013 Conference in Washington D.C. Passenger demand is the primary driver in terms of the level of service provided by airlines. The market is further moved by whether the airline wants to offer the service to...
March 11, 2013
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said she will begin drafting legislation to expand the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs) on commercial airline flights in the United States. McCaskill, who sent a letter last week to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta alerting him to the legislation, is looking to allow passengers to use PEDs such as iPads and e-readers during all phases of flight; the legislation will...
February 1, 2013
Global Eagle Acquisition Corp., which late last year announced the acquisition of Row 44 and 86 percent of the shares of Advanced Inflight Alliance, has changed its named to...
January 29, 2013
Gilat Satellite Networks' subsidiary Wavestream has been awarded a contract by Honeywell to supply Ka-band transceivers for integration into airborne antenna systems to provide in-flight connectivity to the Inmarsat Global Xpress (GX) network. Scaled production for the transceivers is expected to begin in 2014. Honeywell and Inmarsat signed an agreement in April 2012 to provide global...
January 25, 2013
International Communications Group (ICG), of Newport News, Va., has completion of testing and receipt of Iridium Certified Equipment (ICE) designation for its NxtLink ICS-220A Iridium Communications System. The approval acknowledges that the ICS-220A has successfully fulfilled the requirements and functionality specified by Iridium for interfacing with its on-orbit satellite constellation. Testing was...
January 22, 2013
Row 44, of Westlake Village, Calif., said its in-flight entertainment and connectivity service, which includes high-speed Internet, shopping, destination services, and real-time flight map with updates, has been installed on 400 Southwest Airlines aircraft, the companies said Tuesday. "The 400th installation of broadband capabilities on our fleet is a particularly significant milestone for...
January 16, 2013
United Airlines launched in-flight connectivity powered by Panasonic Avionics’ Ku-band satellite service on its first commercial flight Tuesday. United is the first U.S.-based carrier to offer passengers Wi-Fi internet connectivity on long-haul trans-oceanic flights. The first plane to be outfitted...
January 15, 2013
Passenger connects onboard Emirates' A380 via OnAir airborne connectivity system. OnAir, a key service provider in the in-flight connectivity arena, is hoping for a banner year in 2013. Ian Dawkins, CEO, OnAir told In-Flight Connectivity Insider 2013 will be the year when in-flight connectivity becomes part of the mainstream for airline and business aviation passengers alike. “Airlines are starting...
January 14, 2013
Delta Air Lines released its new Fly Delta iPad app, which allows customers on commercial flights to see exactly where the airplane is and how fast it is traveling. The “glass bottom jet” feature offers a view of the plane flying over an interactive map, with social network integration that...
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