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August 14, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-14-2014] August marks the first year of operations for Wheels Up — a first year that saw the New York-based private aviation company sign up 575 new members, raise $75 million in equity and reach more than 40 flights in a single day. Now, the company is on track to reach 1,200 members and more than 40 business jets by the end of 2014, with a planned expansion to Europe coming in...
August 11, 2014
[Avionics Today 08-11-2014] Gogo CEO Michael Small sees the company's business moving well beyond a focus on passenger connectivity in the commercial and business aviation sectors in the near future. During a second quarter conference call, Smalls said the company’s new non Internet-connectivity based products are an example of the growing connected aircraft business model.      Japan...
August 8, 2014
Gogo In-Flight Entertainment Photo: Gogo [Avionics Today 08-08-2014] Gogo, the global aero communications provider best known for providing In-flight Connectivity (IFC), can now bring In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) right to a passenger’s own laptop or other Wi-Fi-enabled device. The company recently announced that it has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA to install its Gogo...
August 5, 2014
[Avionics Today 8-5-2014] On Oct. 28, Virgin Atlantic will become the first European carrier to operate the Boeing 787-9, an aircraft that CEO Craig Kreeger says will make up 40 percent of its commercial fleet by 2018. Beyond the aircraft's highly publicized fuel efficiency, Virgin will also look to use the e-Enabling infrastructure in order to deploy an effective maintenance strategy for one of the most...
July 29, 2014
[Avionics Today July 29, 2014] Honeywell subsidiary BendixKing introduced what it believes is an "affordable" new data plan for its AeroWave 100 In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system for General Aviation (GA) aircraft. Under the new data plan, operators have the option to purchase IFC in blocks of 3,000...
July 28, 2014
[Avionics Today July 28, 2014] China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has begun flying its first connected aircraft flights over China, using Panasonic Avionics' eXconnect and China Telecom aeronautical service. According to Panasonic, the airline has...
July 23, 2014
[Avionics Today July 23, 2014] Japan Airlines (JAL) completed its first commercial flight featuring Gogo's in-flight connectivity service. The Japanese carrier currently features Gogo's Wi-Fi service on three of its Boeing 777-200 aircraft.    The...
July 23, 2014
 [Avionics Today July 23, 2014] Japan's third largest carrier, Skymark Airlines, will begin offering in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity to its passengers free of charge. Panasonic announced an agreement with Skymark to install its exConnect global connectivity service on Skymark's fleet of new Airbus A330s...
July 23, 2014
[Avionics Today July 23, 2014] According to a new survey from Honeywell Aerospace, 66 percent of airline passengers' flight selections are influenced by in-flight Wi-Fi availability.    The survey is Honeywell's second annual look at passenger's buying and wireless usage behavior, featuring responses from 1,000 Americans that have used in-flight connectivity over the last 12 months. Among the...
July 15, 2014
[Avionics Today July 15, 2014] Gogo has received regulatory approval to deploy its Ku-band satellite In-flight Connectivity (IFC) service for aircraft flying over Russian airspace...
July 10, 2014
[Avionics Today July 10, 2014] Boeing signed its second major connected aircraft deal in less than a month, announcing a new partnership with General Dynamics to release the Tri-Band radar dome (radome) in the fourth quarter of 2015. According to a spokesperson for Boeing's cabin connectivity team, the company sees a need for flexibility in the passenger cabin connectivity market.  The Tri-band...
July 10, 2014
[Avionics Today July 10, 2014] DAC International announced its new collaboration with Cathay Pacific Airways, as the aftermarket supplier will collaborate with the airline on its e-Enabled aircraft program.  The Chinese carrier's eEnabled aircraft solution is an advanced solution...
July 2, 2014
[Avionics Today July 2, 2014] The FAA's new rule allowing airline passengers to connect to in-flight Wi-Fi networks from takeoff to landing has not increased the percentage of passengers using their Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) on commercial flights in the United States, according to a new study.  Photo, courtesy of Gogo. Depaul University's Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development...
July 1, 2014
[Avionics Today July 1, 2014] Spanish carrier Iberia has added OnAir's in-flight connectivity solution to its transatlantic routes. Passengers flying on Iberia aircraft between Europe and the Americas will have access to OnAir's in-flight Wi-Fi and GSM solutions.  According to OnAir, Iberia provides...
June 24, 2014
[Avionics Today June 24, 2014] Saudi Arabia (Saudia) Airlines is the first Middle East carrier to offer free In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) for its passengers. The Jeddah-based airline is now offering free Wi-Fi to its first class and business class passengers on flights between the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia and the United...
June 20, 2014
[Avionics Today June 20, 2014] EL AL Israel Airlines has begun flying with its new wireless In-flight Entertainment (IFE) system, BoardConnect. The system is produced by Lufthansa Systems, and gives passengers access to IFE content on their laptops and smart phones or in-seat screens via an aircraft Wi-Fi...
June 19, 2014
[Avionics Today June 19, 2014] Panasonic Avionics, an in-flight entertainment and communications systems provider, is looking to bring satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) to aircraft flying on high traffic routes between the West Coast of North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The company announced a new agreement with communications satellite operator Eutelsat to offer connectivity to...
June 18, 2014
[Avionics Today June 18, 2014] Nok Air, a leading Thai low-cost airline, hopes to have its first plane ready to fly with Wi-Fi connectivity in the next two months. Patee Sarasin, CEO, Nok Air told a press conference at CommunicAsia that the airline aims to be a leader by offering free connectivity to passengers and that, once this is done, Nok Air will be able to build revenue-generating services on...
June 17, 2014
[Avionics Today June 17, 2014] Boeing and Global Eagle Entertainment signed a Technical Services Agreement (TSA) to evaluate the possibility of offering a satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) system as a line-fit option on...
June 17, 2014
[Avionics Today June 17, 2014] OnAir CEO Ian Dawkins wants regulators in the United States to issue a final decision about allowing in-flight cell phone use for airlines. The Swiss executive issued statements urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and FAA to deliver a final decision following the ending of the FCC's consultation period on the matter.   A passenger using Mobile...
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