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January 14, 2013
Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines has selected U.K.-based IFE Services to begin providing in-flight entertainment services in March. IFE said it would be providing audiovisual on-demand (AVOD) and overhead...
December 24, 2012
Singapore Airlines will be investing nearly $78 million to refit 10 Boeing 777-200ERs with new long-haul cabin products to provide customers with additional space and comfort. The cabin upgrade program will provide greater product consistency across the Airline’s...
December 20, 2012
Boeing said Wednesday it has developed an advanced method to test wireless signals in airplane cabins, making it possible for passengers to enjoy more reliable connectivity when using networked personal electronic devices in the air. Boeing engineers created a new process for measuring radio signal quality using proprietary measurement technology and analysis tools. This enables engineers to more...
December 19, 2012
In-flight connectivity company Gogo and SES have partnered to deliver Gogo broadband services aboard commercial airliners flying over the North Atlantic Ocean Region, Europe and the United States, the companies said Dec. 19. Three SES satellites — SES-1 serving continental United States; NSS-703 serving the North...
December 18, 2012
Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearce says he is confident the company can make a strong impact in all areas of the in-flight connectivity business, including cabin and cockpit connectivity, particularly with the launch of its Ka-band Global Xpress satellites next year. Pearce said he sees Ku-band as “an interim technology” for the commercial connectivity market, saying it...
December 4, 2012
Lufthansa German Airlines on Tuesday said it has began testing the BoardConnect in-flight entertainment system from Lufthansa Systems on an Airbus A320 stationed in Munich. The Lufthansa Systems system will enable passengers in business and economy class on flights from Munich to 34 short- and medium-haul destinations to watch movies, read digital newspapers and...
December 4, 2012
Etihad Airways on Monday launched its Etihad Wi-Fly in-flight Internet and mobile connectivity service, powered by the Panasonic Avionics Global Communications Suite. The airline’s first aircraft equipped with Panasonic’s communications technology, an Airbus A330-200, took flight today for Brussels, offering high-speed broadband Internet connectivity as well as data and mobile phone services...
November 13, 2012
Photo courtesy Singapore Airlines Singapore Airlines is determined to bring its passengers the very best in-flight connectivity experience and be at the cutting edge of providing these services. The airline, with its young fleet and large investments is the connectivity systems, is looking to build upon its reputation of cutting edge in-flight entertainment systems with the addition of high-speed...
November 8, 2012
Global Eagle Acquisition Corp. signed an agreement to acquire Row 44 and an 86 percent stake in Advanced Inflight Alliance (AIA) to create "the largest entertainment and connectivity platform for the worldwide airline industry." Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Germany-based AIA is the leading supplier of games, movies, general entertainment and applications to the...
November 5, 2012
A research report released Monday predicts Ka-band connectivity for in-flight applications will hit 6,000 by 2020. According to the latest findings from IMS Research, Ku-band will be the most popular technology at the end of 2015; with Ka-band becoming the market leader by 2020. Of the predicted 15,300 connected aircraft at the end of 2021, it is projected that 39 percent will utilize Ka-band...
October 18, 2012
In-flight entertainment and communications systems provider Panasonic Avionics, of Lake Forest, Calif., signed an agreement with operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) to secure additional Ku-band capacity on the AsiaSat 5 satellite, an agreement that will bring new capacity and improve in-flight connectivity service over the Middle East and India. The agreement builds on an...
October 17, 2012
Row 44, of Westlake Village, Calif., was selected by Russian airline UTair Aviation to provide inflight connectivity services. With the Row 44 platform, UTair will provide its passengers with the ability to enjoy high-speed, reliable Internet access, as well as premium entertainment content, including a selection of live TV channels, delivered directly to their...
October 16, 2012
Asian airlines are ramping up their in-flight connectivity efforts with the likes of Thai Airways, Japan Airlines and Singapore Airlines making significant announcements to equip their fleets with the latest systems. Singapore Airlines recently announced a new deal with Inmarsat, and Thai Airways is also launching new in-flight connectivity services this year. Japan Airlines (JAL) is another such airline...
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...
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