Archive For The “Connectivity” Category

Avegant Glyph – A Movie Theatre Experience in the Air

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In this interview with Barron Jeter, who heads Strategic Partnerships for Avegant, he describes their new “virtual reality” headset, the Glyph.  This device projects a widescreen image directly to the eyes, providing a wide-screen experience for those on an aircraft.  The Glyph retails for about $500.     Related posts: Lufthansa re-launches FlyNet Lufthansa’s FlyNet…

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American Airlines ditches seat back IFE on MAX

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[Update: Each MAX seat will have both AC power (with an international outlet) as well as USB. No news on neo fleet yet] American Airlines will not install seat-back IFE screens on its 737 MAX fleet. The first four MAXs are due later in 2017.  The airline plans to offer free entertainment via Wi-Fi (powered…

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jetBlue and free Wi-Fi: Competing on Service

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It had to come.  Who even pays for Wi-Fi anymore?  Your correspondent does not on Delta, because of a very useful deal between T-Mobile and GoGo.  T-Mobile customers get free access allowing for Twitter and Facebook.  These two apps are great boredom solutions. The jetBlue deal is sponsored by Amazon.  Passengers can stream Amazon Video…

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ViaSat acquires Arconics

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ViaSat acquires Arconics






The world of aircraft connectivity and avionics are starting to consolidate.  This morning, ViaSat acquired Arconics, a provider of software solutions to the aviation industry. Through this acquisition ViaSat gains a connected aircraft software platform that includes wireless In-flight Entertainment (IFE), Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), Airline Document Management and Cabin Management solutions, as well as…

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American Airlines switches WiFi vendors

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American Airlines switches WiFi vendors






In June the airline split its business between Gogo and ViaSat.  We covered that story here. Back then, ViaSat was given the opportunity to work on 100 new 737 MAXs while Gogo was to install its 2Ku service on more than 130 A319s and A320s.  Panasonic provides satellite Wi-Fi for the airline’s international widebody fleet….

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Premium #238 – How Will Aviation Keep Up with Technological Change?

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Premium #238 – How Will Aviation Keep Up with Technological Change?






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