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October 15, 2012
Lars Thrane, founder of Danish satellite communications company Thrane & Thrane A/S, has announced his decision to leave the newly formed Cobham SATCOM following the acquisition of Thrane & Thrane A/S by...
October 4, 2012
Emirates will begin offering in-flight mobile phone service on its fleet of A380s, as part of of the Dubai carrier's connectivity package with OnAir. The OnAir system uses EDGE and GPRS connections to allow passengers to make and receive phone calls and text messages...
October 3, 2012
Allegiant Air will offer the Row 44 video-on-demand (VOD) service on its fleet of 757s, as part of a new partnership with the in-flight entertainment (IFE) provider. Row 44 said Allegiant will offer its wireless in-flight video streaming only service, which operates without satellite connectivity...
September 21, 2012
TransAsia Airways selected the Rockwell Collins PAVES 2 in-flight entertainment system with the embedded Airshow 3D Moving Map for a fleet of new Airbus aircraft. The Taiwan carrier selected the Rockwell Collins...
September 20, 2012
Panasonic Avionics has a new 10-year contract to provide technical support services for AeroMexico’s fleet of 737-800 BSI aircraft. The Lake Forest, Calif.-based avionics supplier said the contract requires it to provide unlimited...
September 20, 2012
Thales will partner with Honeywell to bring the global broadband aircraft connectivity to the world aviation industry. The companies are working to integrate the Honeywell-developed GX Aviation Ka-band satcom avionics and antenna systems, operating over Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band satellite constellation with Thales cabin network solutions. The combined offering will give commercial airline operators...
September 20, 2012
Kazakhstan-based Air Astana will feature a number of Rockwell Collins avionics upgrades on a fleet of new Airbus A320/321 aircraft later this year.  The...
September 19, 2012
Malaysia and Air India Airlines each recently launched revenue service of passenger aircraft equipped with the Thales in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. Malaysia Airlines has entered into service its first of six Airbus A380 aircraft equipped with the Thales IFE. “The A380 is our new flagship...
September 19, 2012
China Southern Airlines has a new agreement with Thales to install the TopSeries AVANT in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems on its fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs. Thales said China Southern will equip a total of 10 777-300ERs with the AVANT...
September 19, 2012
In-flight connectivity provider Gogo recently raised its in-flight Wi-Fi service pricing options on Virgin America and Delta flights. Gogo is now charging $10 per hour and no longer allows passenger to purchase its full-flight pass while in the air. “We’re currently testing various new pricing options in the market to make sure we’re offering passengers a variety of choices to meet their...
September 18, 2012
Panasonic Avionics announced new agreements formed with Airbus and Guestlogix on Tuesday. The Lake Forest, Calif.-based manufacturer has an agreement with Airbus for line-fit installation of its global communications...
September 12, 2012
Virgin Atlantic Airways has a new agreement with ARINC to begin providing its new in-flight Wi-Fi solution, Cabin Connect, in early 2013. Cabin Connect provides Internet access to airline passengers via their...
September 12, 2012
Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed a $400 million agreement with Panasonic Avionics to install in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems for more than 40 Airbus and Boeing aircraft in its fleet. The agreement will make SIA the launch customer for Panasonic Avionics’ ex3 IFEC system on its fleet of A350s, scheduled for...
September 11, 2012
OnAir has been granted authorization for its airline customers to provide its Internet OnAir in-flight Wi-Fi service in Australian airspace after having satisfied all the pre-conditions stipulated by Australian regulations and...
September 7, 2012
Satellite service provider Intelsat signed an agreement to provide broadband satellite capacity for Gogo to enable Wi-Fi access for transoceanic air routes and other areas around the globe starting in early 2013. Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27. These satellites are designed to provide high-speed...
September 7, 2012
Intelsat has reached an agreement with Gogo to provide broadband satellite capacity that will support its in-flight connectivity and digital entertainment solutions, the FSS operator announced Sept. 7. Gogo signed a multi-year, multi-transponder contract to use Ku-band satellite capacity on Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21, Intelsat 22 and Intelsat 27. Gogo will use the capacity...
September 6, 2012
Singapore Airlines (SIA) on Thursday launched a $50 million in-flight connectivity program to bring Wi-Fi Internet access to more aircraft in its fleet. The Asian carrier said their OnAir in-flight connectivity service is now available on 14 aircraft in its fleet, including all Airbus A340-500s operating between Singapore and Los Angeles. "Through a partnership with...
August 31, 2012
Bluebox Avionics has shipped more than 1,000 units of its iPad-based next-generation in-flight entertainment system—the Bluebox Ai—over the last two months. British Airways, Scoot, Thai Airways...
August 29, 2012
NetJets is adding Aircell’s in-flight connectivity system to 100 additional aircraft in its fleet. Aircell said the 100 additional systems will establish NetJets as having 40 percent of its total fleet of business jets equipped with in-flight connectivity wireless services.  “For both...
August 27, 2012
FAA is forming a government-industry group to re-evaluate the current portable electronic device (PED) policies that regulate when devices can be used safely during commercial flights. The current FAA regulations require aircraft operators to determine that the radio frequencies emitted from PEDs do not interfere with flight safety before the operator authorizes them for use during certain phases of...
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