Inmarsat GX Aviation brings virtual networking online with 777X
The newest twin-aisle aircraft will also be the first to take advantage of an improved satellite connectivity architecture from Inmarsat's GX Aviation. Dubbed "smart pipe," the system allows for multiple virtual connections to be provisioned across a single satellite link.
Gogo brushes off new ZTE concerns
Gogo faces new challenges to some of its government contracts as the Feds look to push out any companies using technology from a handful of Chinese suppliers.
Ka-band inflight connectivity goes live in China
New product launches are rare and a successful one in China even more so. But Qingdao Airlines now has Ka-band inflight connectivity online, powered by China Satcom, FTS and Gilat.
Skip the speed test: Viasat removes caps for BizAv connectivity
You might think that 16 megabits per second is pretty fast for an inflight wifi connection. But Viasat wants its business aviation connectivity customers to have more than that. The company officially removed speed caps from its Ka-band contracts this week, allowing aircraft owners to access whatever is available in the network, whatever the hardware and the link budget can support.
Gogo expands wifi coverage down to 3,000 feet
Many travelers in the US will soon have a bit of increased inflight wifi coverage. Gogo is adjusting its air-to-ground network to deliver service starting at 3,000 feet altitude rather than 10,000 feet.
OneWeb secures funding from Bharti, UK Gov’t
The UK government and Indian telecom giant Bharti Global Limited won the assets of aspiring satellite operator OneWeb in a bankruptcy auction. Each party will invest $500 million in the company as part of the recapitalization plan. Subject to further government and regulatory approvals and funding, OneWeb will resume manufacture, launch and operation of its satellite constellation.
SmartSky counters Gogo’s patent dispute
When Gogo filed for a review of a key SmartSky patent in April the upstart inflight connectivity company vowed to defend its intellectual property portfolio. At its core, SmartSky's position is that Gogo chose to redefine the term "Software Defined Radio." SkartSky also posits that much of the petition is redundant to evidence previously considered in the initial application review.
Nokia, EE team up for new air-to-ground connectivity network
Nokia found a new opportunity to deploy its air-to-ground inflight connectivity hardware. The company behind the ground station antennae for Inmarsat's European Aviation Network secured a deal with EE, part of the British Telecom group, to deploy a nationwide, dedicated, airborne communications network for Great Britain's emergency services.
American Airlines details fraudulent AAdvantage behaviors
If you're going to pick a fight with the airlines over "stolen" points make sure you've covered your tracks. This appears to be the lesson for one American Airlines AAdvantage member after an effort to recover points from a cancelled trip turned in to an exposé of fraud.
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Accessible Lavs and more wifi flying: The Weekly Wrap
Have you seen the Weekly Wrap yet? A joint effort of APEX and PaxEx.Aero, we've got all the news you need every week.
In this episode we're talking about improved wifi offerings from multiple vendors and an option for more accessible lav access. Plus lots more!
Breeze blows inland, slow-rolls launch plans
The newest US airline, Breeze Airways, is taking a delay in its launch plans. The company is also adjusting its fleet plan and service markets in response to changing market dynamics.
PlaneBusiness Banter Interview with American Airlines’ Revenue Chief Vasu Raja: “We Will Not Be AMR’ed”
Want to understand just how American Airlines is approaching the current crisis? A conversation with the always colorful Vasu Raja is a great place to start. And he certainly has some strong ideas about where the company's potential and its missteps in the past.
Air Canada fights back on refund demands, disputes DOT authority
Facing dozens of customer complaints to the US Department of Transportation, Air Canada is fighting back.The carrier's initial responses suggest that passengers may well come up short in their efforts to get their money back. Not only does the airline intend to not provide refunds to passengers on flights it canceled, but it now also suggests that the DOT should not and can not regulate such policies.
COMAC delivers for three new ARJ21 operators
China's COMAC added a trio of new airline operators for its ARJ21-700 aircraft over the weekend. China Eastern, China Southern, and Air China each took delivery of their first aircraft during a joint ceremony. And, still, COMAC's grand ambitions to challenge Western manufacturers remains years away.