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Inmarsat poised to begin testing first Ka-band satellite; expects connectivity demand to skyrocket

January 14, 2014

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Inmarsat will shortly begin testing the first of three Ka-band satellites to support its upcoming Global Xpress (GX) inflight connectivity service, which the satellite operator believes will put it in a prime position to cater for an expected 400% increase in connected aircraft over the next 10 years. The first Inmarsat-5 satellite, which covers the […]

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Gogo chief commercial officer talks new Magnolia partnership, Ku antenna radome testing

October 22, 2013

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Earlier this month Gogo announced it has partnered with Magnolia Pictures to offer their movies to airline passengers through its Gogo Vision streaming video solution. The content will include pre-theatrical and theatrical release titles, which is a first for Gogo, and potentially a first for the industry. To date, major Hollywood studios have disallowed the streaming […]

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Operational benefits from high-speed connectivity pipes edge closer to reality

October 7, 2013

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Using satellite-powered connectivity pipes to reap the benefits of monitoring an aircraft’s health in real time and processing immediate inflight credit card transactions represents “the next evolution” in onboard connectivity, according to a Honeywell Aerospace executive. High-speed connectivity pipes unlock the potential for masses of data that would otherwise have been discarded to be used […]

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Row 44 and Hughes Network Systems expands Ku-band satellite coverage globally

September 24, 2013

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Global Eagle Entertainment subsidiary Row 44 and Hughes Network Systems have announced that Ku-band satellite coverage to connect airline passengers on Row 44 Wi-Fi-equipped flights has expanded further across Europe, within Russia and for the first-time, connects North America and Europe with North Atlantic coverage. The two firms say they have entered into three large, […]

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Correction: Passengers can expect Wi-Fi on Icelandair this summer

September 16, 2013

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(Clarifies and corrects previous post to stress that some details of Icelandair’s arrangement with Row 44 are confidential.) Icelandair will begin offering Wi-Fi on its Boeing 757 flights between North America and Europe next summer, now that a deal is in place with Ku-band connectivity provider Row 44. “It’s time,” Birkir Holm Gudnason, the airline […]

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Virgin America: being fully connected while seated upright trumps lie-flat

September 12, 2013

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Virgin America believes its decision to launch Gogo’s new hybrid Ground to Orbit (GTO) connectivity offering is a key tool in its arsenal in the growing cut-throat competition in the US transcontinental market. Soon the carrier’s competitors will leapfrog Virgin America on strategic routes from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco by offering […]

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Global Eagle subsidiary Row 44 adds North Atlantic coverage to its product offerings

September 12, 2013

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Global Eagle’s Row 44 subsidiary continues to expand its horizons, taking an opportunity during the APEX/IFSA EXPO 2013 show to announce the addition of North Atlantic coverage to its product offerings. “On the connectivity side, we’re now serving customers on four different continents,” says company CEO John LaValle. Asked about the timeline for utilizing the […]

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Virgin America to bring big bandwidth to passengers with new hybrid connectivity system

September 11, 2013

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Gogo has rewritten the rules for connectivity options with the debut of Gogo Ground to Orbit (GTO) and secured Virgin America as the launch customer for the hybrid ATG/Ku-band satellite solution. Inflight connectivity solutions usually involve compromise. Higher bandwidth satellite options typically come with higher latency while lower-latency air-to-ground (ATG) can mean limited bandwidth. Rather […]

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LiveTV kicks off the APEX EXPO on a high note with long-awaited STC approval for Ka-band connectivity

September 11, 2013

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LiveTV is heading into this year’s APEX EXPO armed with FAA STC approval for Ka-band satellite connectivity. It’s a hard-won milestone that moves the company and its owner JetBlue one step closer to putting their claims of Ka supremacy to the test in a real-world, in-flight environment. During last year’s Expo LiveTV generated buzz at […]

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WestJet proactively replaced older antenna radomes when it learned of potential for cracking

August 13, 2013

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Canadian operator WestJet proactively replaced older antenna radomes on its aircraft when it learned of their potential for cracking, the APEX Editor’s Blog can reveal. The airline carries LiveTV’s older generation Ku-band satellite-supported live television system on a large portion of its Boeing 737 fleet. Earlier this month, the US FAA proposed adoption of a […]

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