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Archive for February, 2016

Southwest Airlines Introduces Pay With Amazon, Enhancing Customer Experience Onboard WiFi-Equipped Aircraft

Source: prnewswire.com »

Southwest Airlines Co. is excited to welcome Pay with Amazon onboard WiFi-equipped aircraft, offering Customers a new and convenient way to purchase products through the carrier’s onboard entertainment portal, powered by Global Eagle Entertainment. The new payment platform offers Customers the security of using their Amazon account to purchase products.

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Sport 24 Coverage Schedule: February 25th – March 2nd

Are you an NBA fan flying on an airline offering Sport 24? Good news, you can enjoy LIVE coverage from 35,000 ft in the sky!Sport 24 - Feb 25 - March 2

The big moments ahead:

NBA

Washington Wizards vs Chicago Bulls

Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans

Golden State Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Washington Wizards

Charlotte Hornets vs Atlanta Hawks

Euroleague Basketball

CKSA Moscow vs Khimki Moscow Region (more…)

Swiss and Panasonic Raise the Bar in Passenger Experience

Source: panasonic.aero »

Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS), the national airline of Switzerland, is renewing its focus on passenger experience in partnership with Panasonic Avionics by introducing inflight connectivity and a new user interface design.
The first of nine SWISS Boeing 777-300s has entered into service providing global inflight Wi-Fi and 3G phone services from Panasonic’s Global Communications Services. All are being line-fit at the OEM with the state-of-the-art system.

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Qantas to launch free inflight Internet for Australian flights

Source: ausbt.com.au »

Qantas will launch free inflight Internet access later this year ahead of a planned rollout across its domestic Boeing 737 and Airbus A330 fleet.
The satellite-based service will deliver true ‘broadband above the clouds’, the airline claims, and be capable of streaming “movies, TV shows, news bulletins and live sports” to passengers’ smartphones, tablets and laptops.

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Air France Is Finally Bringing In-Flight Wi-Fi to International Flights

Source: skift.com »

The French, renowned champions of the work-life balance, are about to lose one of their last sanctuaries from the connected world: the aircraft cabin.

Air France-KLM Group will finally introduce wireless Internet on international flights later this year, after about half of clients previously suggested they’d prefer to remain unplugged, Chief Executive Officer Alexandre de Juniac said Thursday. Only now will it make the leap amid demand from younger people.

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Sport 24 Coverage Schedule: February 18th – 24th

Looking for in-flight entertainment during your flight? Sport 24 offers LIVE coverage of your favorite sports from around the world! Sport 24 - Feb 18 - 24

The big moments ahead:

NBA

Chicago Bulls vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Indiana Pacers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Golden State Warriors vs Atlanta Hawks

Bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburger SV

FC Bayern Munich vs Darmstadt 98 (more…)

Qantas close to deal for in-flight internet access tapping NBN

Source: theaustralian.com.au »

The launch of in-flight internet on Australian flights is within sight as Qantas and US satellite company ViaSat edge towards a deal to provide passengers with WiFi access.

The Australian understands that Qantas will make an ­announcement next week at its half-year financial results. The deal will involve the use of the National Broadband Network’s satellite broadband system to ­deliver high-speed internet services to the airline’s passengers.

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Icelandair launches gate-to-gate onboard wifi

Source: businesstraveller.com »

Icelandair has extended the availability of wifi internet access on its aircraft to allow passengers to connect from the moment they board the aircraft.

Previously the carrier switched on the technology when the aircraft reached 10,000 feet, and switched it off again before landing.

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Connectivity Spreads Fast Through Asia Pacific

Source: ainonline.com »

Has inflight connectivity become an expectation? Earlier this year airline comparison site Routehappy released its annual “Global State of In-flight Wi-Fi” report, which indicated that 2015 was a game-changer for the service. More airlines than ever now offer airborne Internet, and are upping the ante with faster speeds and more coverage. Today, 60 carriers offer Wi-Fi in most regions. Naturally, with its relatively cheap and reliable air-to-ground services, the U.S. leads the pack offering connectivity on 78 percent of all available seat miles (ASM).

The good news for Asian fliers is that many more non-U.S. airlines, including Garuda and Japan Airlines, now provide superior connectivity. Several carriers are already upgrading aircraft to their third generation of in-flight Wi-Fi. New York to Dubai offers the strongest overall service, while, perhaps surprisingly, London to Hong Kong is the least well connected.

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Fly daily to Tokyo Haneda from LAX with American Air’s new nonstop service

Source: examiner.com »

American Airlines now offers a new daily, year-round, nonstop service from Los Angeles to Tokyo, Haneda from its trans-Pacific gateway at Los Angeles International Airport beginning Feb. 11, 2016. Announced at a reception held at the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall at the Japanese American National Museum, the evening’s program included a special curation of Japanese performances and ceremonies, alongside remarks from key dignitaries and officials.

The LAX-HND flight will be operated with American’s state-of-art Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Arranged in a two-class cabin configuration, the aircraft is equipped with satellite Wi-Fi, HD Panasonic touchscreen monitors, universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.

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