FTE takes a look at the progress being made on real-time aircraft tracking and considers the obstacles to widespread adoption.
ViaSat has won the battle to install in-flight connectivity on American Airlines’ 100 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
A survey conducted by Inmarsat and GfK has found that 54% of passengers would prefer to have onboard connectivity than in-flight meals or IFE.
The low-cost in-flight connectivity plan is called “Social-Lite” and offers 20MB of data at 64kbps surfing speed for US$5.
IAG has announced an investment in Gogo’s 2Ku technology to provide in-flight connectivity on long-haul British Airways, Aer Lingus and Iberia services.
FTE speaks to ViaSat, Inmarsat, GEE, Rockwell Collins, Gogo and Thales about the latest developments in the in-flight connectivity market.
Air Canada will install Gogo’s 2Ku satellite technology on its wide-body fleet, starting with its Boeing 777 aircraft, before moving on to the 787s.
Qantas says the high-speed connectivity service will enable passengers to stream movies and watch live TV onboard domestic flights.
SWISS will trial in-flight phone calls on its new Boeing 777-300ER, but has vowed to keep a close eye on how the service impacts the passenger experience.
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval to Honeywell Aerospace’s JetWave wireless in-flight connectivity system for the Boeing 757.