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Spirit commits to inflight wifi

The tease of inflight wifi connectivity from Spirit Airlines finally is fulfilled. The carrier announced today it will fit its entire fleet with Ka-band satellite-based connectivity in partnership with Thales FlytLIVE. The first aircraft installs…

JetBlue’s new A320 takes flight

New seats, new screens and more live television took flight this week on one JetBlue A320. The new interior is officially in service. Some three and a half months after the first aircraft ferried to…

Inmarsat GX officially live on Qatar Airways

After months of flying in a testing state Qatar Airways and Inmarsat formally placed the Global Xpress ("GX") inflight wifi connectivity solution into service. The system, branded "Super Wi-Fi" by the airline, is rolling out on…

Eutelsat goes big on Ka-band, dumps ViaSat-3

Eutelsat is investing big in Ka-band capacity over Europe. The satellite operator announced KONNECT VHTS today, a 500 gigabit/second satellite to be built by Thales Alenia Space and which is expected to enter service in…

United Airlines, Viasat “MAX out” partnership

United Airlines' 737 MAX fleet has an inflight wifi connectivity provider. Viasat secured a deal to fit more than 70 aircraft with the company's Ka-band solution, including at least 58 of the 737 MAX aircraft.…

Aeromexico brings diversity to 737 connectivity

The rumors appear to be true. A look at the first Aeromexico 737 MAX rolling off the line in Renton suggests that the carrier is choosing to diversify its inflight connectivity play. The new frame…

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The JetBlue implementation of LiveTV4 includes larger, brighter screens, but still not the Android-based underlying OS that makes AVANT so flexible and responsive.

JetBlue’s A320 retrofit finally underway

The long awaited JetBlue A320 retrofit or "cabin restyling" program is now underway. The project – a gut rebuild of the aircraft interior for more than 100 airplanes – began this week with the first…

Thales, HNA Group deal, but will it really…

A couple dozen more Chinese wide-body aircraft are set to receive the Thales AVANT IFE system and high-speed inflight internet systems. HNA Group and Thales recently announced that a mix of 42 A330s and 17…