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The new Premium Select cabin on Delta's A350

Putting Delta Premium Select to the test: The…

The biggest change to come with Delta's introduction of the A350 is not the new Delta One "suites" with the door that closes. That's cute, but introducing Delta Premium Select - a real premium economy…

Clear immigration while still on the plane?? Cameras integrated into the IFE system could soon make that a reality.

When the IFE system can watch you back

Is it the ultimate surveillance scenario or a step forward in the passenger experience? Or maybe a little bit of both?? Vendors are cooperating today to deliver integrated biometrics in the inflight entertainment system, tying…

Power Up! Astronics to acquire Telefonix

Consolidation is coming in the cabin components industry with Astronics announcing this morning that it will acquire Telefonix for $104mm in cash. The two companies' product lines are largely complementary, covering in-seat power, passenger service…

Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom complete first EAN flight tests

Infilght testing of the European Aviation Network ("EAN") is upon us. Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom announced this week that the first flight test was completed covering multiple countries and proving the seamless integration of the…

LATAM Brazil picks Gogo 2Ku for connectivity

Brazil is quickly becoming a hot market for inflight connectivity. LATAM is the latest to make a move, announcing today that it will fit 100 of its Brazil-based A320 aircraft with Gogo's 2Ku solution. Installations…

This small, battery-powered Iridium NEXT modem could help change the inflight ancillary sales market

Delivering big PaxEx improvements over a low bandwidth…

How can a low-bandwidth inflight connectivity solution deliver a better passenger experience? Lufthansa Systems used the recent APEX EXPO to present lower-speed offering based on the Iridium NEXT platform. The battery-powered modem and window antenna…

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Air New Zealand gets its GX on

Air New Zealand is finally sporting an inflight connectivity radome on one of its aircraft. Ship ZK-OKS, a 777-300ER, returned to service last week after a month in Singapore where the Inmarsat Global Xpress ("GX")…

XTS is dead. Long live XTS. Panasonic sees…

Panasonic Avionics spends a lot of money on satellite capacity. With approximately 1,750 aircraft flying today and a commitment of ~4,000 the company faces a continuous need to grow. Historically that meant commissioning satellites and…