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Japan Airlines Brings JAL Sky Wi-Fi to Passengers
Mark Holmes | Satellite Today

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 that is looking to have an impact in this market. The company announced a deal with Panasonic Avionics in September 2011 to start bringing these services to passengers, using the manufacturer’s broadband Ku connectivity solution, eXConnect. The company launched the service JAL SKY Wi-Fi in July. JAL SKY Wi-Fi first became available on flights between Tokyo (Narita) and New York (John F. Kennedy) on alternate days in... Read more »


Emirates to Offer In-Flight Mobile Phone Service
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

Allegiant Air to Offer Row 44 IFE
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

Panasonic, AeroMexico in IFE Support Contract
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

Thales, Honeywell Partner for In-Flight Broadband
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

China Southern to Launch Thales AVANT for B777 Fleet
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

Gogo Raises IFEC Prices, Expands to More Delta Aircraft
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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 particular connectivity needs while also assuring that pricing is reflective of demand and the value those products offer on each individual flight. Keep in mind... Read more »

Malaysia, Air India Select Thales IFE
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

Virgin Atlantic to Introduce ARINC In-Flight Wi-Fi
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

Panasonic Avionics to Supply IFE for Singapore Airlines
Emily Feliz | Avionics Today
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... Read more »

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