Hughes Network Systems is not new to the inflight internet world. But the company is getting more aggressive in its pitch to airlines. Hughes is now a global distribution partner of OneWeb’s LEO constellation services. The deal was announced this week at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2023.
In flight: Condor’s A330neo business class shines
Condor Flugdienst is likely the best known airline you haven’t heard of, at least if you’re an American. But that might be about to change as with a quality product on board as Condor rolls out the A330neo. Come along for the ride!
Sir Tim Clark expects IFEC, seats to help trim Emirates’ emissions
Emirates rewrote the book on what it means to keep passengers entertained and comfortable while flying long-haul. Company President Sir Tim Clark recently shared a few thoughts on what the next generation of passenger experience innovations will look like.
Seamless finalizes QoE metrics, certifies first partner
Chalk up another win in the quest for more consistent evaluation of inflight Wi-Fi performance with the Seamless Air Alliance’s Seamless-Certified Service Quality program launching this week.
Stellar Blu secures Boeing line-fit agreement
Stellar Blu just secured a significant boost for its Sidewinder electronically steered antenna (ESA) platform. The company executed an Technical Services Agreement with Boeing that will see the terminal kit as an option for line-fit on the 737 MAX, 787, and 777X types, likely before the end of 2024.
Singapore Airlines to make Wi-Fi free on board
Singapore Airlines is the latest carrier to bring complimentary inflight Wi-Fi to all passengers on board. The carrier will expand its current offering – limited to 2 hours for passengers in economy class – to allow for access throughout the flight from July 2023.
ThinKom, Kontron partner for multi-constellation, multi-orbit, multi-modem IFC terminal
ThinKom and Kontron have partnered to develop a multi-modem terminal capable of supporting multiple constellations across multiple orbital planes.
Viasat closes on Inmarsat purchase
The deal is done: Viasat now owns Inmarsat, completing the multi-billion dollar transaction.
ESpace snags $10 million, two new directors to boost inflight Wi-Fi QoE
In-flight connectivity providers talk a lot about quality of service guarantees. For passengers, the quality of experience (QoE) is arguably more significant. And now an upstart in that segment, ESpace Networks, has $10 million more to expand its technology platform, as the company announced its Series A funding round, led by Columbia Capital.
Ethiopian plans Dreamliner upgrades
Ethiopian Group CEO Mesfin Tasew confirmed that the carrier’s oldest 787s are due for a cabin refresh; lie-flat beds and upgraded IFE are in the works.