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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 by ViaSat) which will enables passenger personal device connectivity. American will provide access to its movies and TV show libraries and live TV.  Not all the content access will be free, but some will be.

“We know in-flight entertainment is important to our customers, which is why we’ve committed to offering free, streaming high-quality movies and music, and to investing in fast satellite-based Internet access and power at every seat across our domestic fleet,” the airline said in an employee statement. They went on to say: “More than 90 percent of our passengers already bring… Continue reading

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 on their devices.  The solution deployed by jetBlue offers 15-30mbps. This speed comes on all the airline’s US domestic flights.  GoGo is apparently operating at 10mbps.

Alaska Airlines, now owner of Virgin America, announced passengers on Wi-Fi enabled flights can use iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger at no cost.

jetBlue’s service is called Fly-Fi and is uninterrupted Wi-Fi – meaning no waiting to reach 10,000 feet before getting online. From the boarding to arrival Fly-Fi is connected.

jetBlue is in an interesting situation here. They use ViaSat for their signals and the system is satellite… Continue reading

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.

ViaSat, in its latest earnings news made mention of “New contracts with commercial airline customers announced: Major North American airline, as well as European airlines Finnair and SAS”.  The company then also mentioned: “Subsequent to the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, ViaSat was selected by a North American airline to retrofit more than 500 aircraft from its existing, mainline domestic fleet with ViaSat’s highly advanced in-flight internet system. Installation under this contract is expected to begin in summer 2017.”  A pretty clear signal that they were doing a deal with… Continue reading

The airline industry seems to be pushing for ever more bandwidth on their aircraft. An early pioneer in this is Lufthansa which was among the first airlines to sign up for Boeing Connexion. Even after that program was abandoned, Lufthansa stayed committed to in-flight connectivity.  Recently the airline was again pioneering and pushing for more bandwidth, and is now a user of the Panasonic solution. It appears the airline is experimenting with other options collaborating with Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom.

The move by Lufthansa is not unique. As airlines take delivery of ever more e-Enabled aircraft the pressure is on to exploit the promise of better data transmissions to drive efficiency. To extract the maximum value proposition of e-Enablement, connectivity is key and better bandwidth is the Holy Grail. Take a look at this 2012 document from Star Alliance on e-Enablement.

If the US, GoGo is the king of… Continue reading

American Airlines selected ViaSat for connectivity on its Boeing 737 MAX fleet. ViaSat’s in-flight internet service has been recognized with multiple industry awards for delivering the best performing, highest-quality and fastest in-flight internet experience. The service encourages higher passenger engagement per plane by offering an ‘at home’ internet experience when in-flight – with the ability to stream movies, videos, television and music, as well as surf the web, upload pictures to social media, email large files and more.

The new American MAX fleet will tap into the power of ViaSat’s high capacity Ka-band satellite system, which includes ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and ViaSat-3 satellites, and has more capacity in orbit than any other in-flight Wi-Fi provider. American will leverage ViaSat’s first two generation satellite platforms, which together provide more capacity than all of the commercial satellites over North America combined. When the first ViaSat-3 class satellite platform launches in 2019, it will… Continue reading

Gogo announced it has partnered with aerospace software specialist PACE to connect PACEs’ Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer – a leading flight optimization application. Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer is a decision support tool developed for electronic flight bags (EFB) designed to continuously evaluate numerous flight data metrics. This allows a crew to optimize flight paths for maximum efficiency.

Under the partnership, the Pacelab Flight Profile Optimizer application will be connected in real time using Gogo connectivity, so pilots will be able to adapt to changing conditions while in-flight, reducing fuel burn and improving on-time performance.

“By partnering with PACE, we established a direct relationship to help market and integrate with each others products while accelerating speed to market and providing a clear path for adoption of this valuable fuel savings tool into airline operations,” said Andrew Kemmetmueller, Gogo’s VP of connected aircraft services. “Gogo continues to move beyond the passenger connectivity… Continue reading

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