A lack of global Ka-band coverage won’t stop American Airlines from expanding its Viasat inflight connectivity relationship. The pair are reported to be deploying a Ku/Ka offering on upcoming 787 deliveries.
As the newest supplier in the inflight connectivity market Saudi Arabia's UON by Taqnia Space faces plenty of challenges. It also is arguably the most nimble and adaptable player in the game, with plenty of opportunity to tailor its offerings and business model to airline demands as it looks to grow. During a conversation at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg earlier this month CEO Abdullah Alosaimi offered up some insight on how the company intends to do exactly that.
Is there such a thing as a comfortable airline seat pitched at 28 inches? Scant few passengers would answer that question in the affirmative, but seating manufacturers are getting creative in their efforts to make it at least not miserable.
Can narrow-band wifi options for inflight passenger connectivity work? Lufthansa Systems pulled the plug on one such program recently, seeking to avoid “pissing everyone off.”
Where and when will inflight internet finally take flight in India. A pair of players – Inmarsat and Global Eagle – are leading the charge to deliver connected aircraft in the region. At the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg last week both vendors provided updates on their efforts, with neither appearing likely to fly in 2019.
Ready to pair your wireless headphones in flight? This week at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg one vendor showed off its working prototype, expected to fly cabin-wide with airlines in Q3 2020.
The only official announcement around electronically steered antennae (ESA) for commercial aircraft this week at Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg came from Gogo. And it probably was the least significant ESA story from the show. Instead, a surprise from a different supplier stole the spotlight.
Streaming IFE deals continue to pile up, including a new, unique use case for the AirFi kit and a massive, fleet-wide installation in Asia.
Arguably the most premium routes for United Airlines are finally receiving the inflight wifi upgrade they need and deserve.
Inflight streaming IFE vendor Immfly signed another longhaul LCC into its portfolio. Eastern Airlines will carry the kit. Yes, really, that Eastern Airlines.