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At this point it’s pretty clear that airlines love the iPad. We’ve seen a couple different carriers here and there load them up, as it’s a quick and easy way to install plenty of in-flight entertainment without sending an airplane into the hangar for a refreshment and refurbishment. Now Air Nigeria is doing the same, and they seem to be one the first to utilize the iPad 3—we mean the new iPad.
IFE Services is the company behind the tablet distribution, as they’ve been selected to partner with Air Nigeria as the new in-flight entertainment provider. Right now it sounds like the touch screen fun is coming to just the airline’s Airbus A330 fleet, and passengers situated up in business class will be the ones handling the brand new Apple drives.
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When Singapore's newest little budget carrier, Scoot, announced their inaugural fares of $88 AUD each way for flights to and from Australia, naturally, we jumped at the chance to snag a deal. We went through the booking motions and even purchased a FlyBag special where we received about 15kg of checked bag allowance and the ability to choose our seat to Singapore.
As we are traveling soon, it's time to confirm all details. Upon our visit to the Scoot website, we see a new addition has been added to optionsManage Your Booking.
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If you haven’t had the pleasure of flying aboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliner just yet that may be a good thing, as future flights could include jelly beans and ice cream sandwiches. Of course we’re not talking about in-flight meals, but rather the different versions of the Android operating system.
Boeing recently showed off that the little Android critter has infiltrated the in-flight entertainment system of some of their new 787s. Specifically, a Qatar Airways plane demoed an Android-based entertainment system, as it sounds like Android will be the system of choice for a couple of different entertainment providers. Both the Thales TopSeries Avant and the Panasonic eX systems are scheduled to utilize Android up in the air, and it’ll eventually be found in as many as 850 planes.
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Every year we do the hard work for you, so that you’ll know where to find the best in in-flight entertainment. Each time we’re a little surprised at how extensive the offerings from Air Canada are, as we often forget that they’re pretty much the leaders when it comes to up in the air entertainment above the skies of North America—and beyond. It looks like they’re not sitting around as other carriers continue to improve their services, as the airline has again just upped the ante on their own options.
Air Canada claims that they’ve just doubled the options offered at 35,000 feet, adding a whole bunch of movies to their in-flight catalog. Now they’ve got at least 150 different movies from which to choose on international flights, and over North America the screens will be loaded up with around 63 different options. It’s not just blockbuster options either; the airline is promising plenty of classics in addition to some of those artsy pictures as well.
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We knew that Frontier was all about the sudsy stuff up in the air, but now it looks like their expanding their pride to other in-flight items. Frontier is pretty darn excited to be from Colorado, and they’re starting to share their pride with one and all. The best part is that they’re doing it right through the in-flight menu.
Of course nothing is free, but at least when you’re spending your digital dollars up in the air you’re getting something somewhat unique. Earlier this month Frontier added local options like Boulder Canyon Kettle Chips, Evol Burritos, and Mountain Man Almond Chocolate Cherry Crunch trail mix to its menu. That’s in addition to other Colorado options like Colorado Native Beer, Blue Moon, Fat Tire Amber Ale, and of course Coors Light.
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You may know that the book Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 10 million copies and continues to sit at the top of the best sellers list. You may also know that the book is actually Twilight fan fiction, thought the storyline focuses on a virgin who makes an "arrangement" with a wealthy man, an arrangement that involves kinky sex.
Now, what you probably don't know is that there's a way to read the book without having the buy it, without having to walk around carrying the obvious cover and without having to take time out of your day.
Another week, another international WiFi announcement; however, this one is a little more unique as it comes from a US based carrier. Delta already has the world’s largest WiFi-enabled fleet, but now they’re getting ready to cross the pond. They’ve been in talks with Gogo to get the technology in place for some over the water flying, and now it looks like they’re almost ready to go.
Beginning early in 2013, WiFi will arrive on some of the airline’s international flights including up-in-the-air access aboard their Boeing 777s, 767s, 747s, 757s, and Airbus A330s. There will be plenty of satellites beaming down magical WiFi waves to the planes at 35,000-feet, and this will compliment the air-to-ground services that are already available in and around the United States.
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It’s been some time since we heard about Southwest Airlines and their WiFi fun, but now it sounds like things are picking up. The airline that will always LUV us is now doing even more to show us that they care, as they’ll be bringing live streaming content right to our seats at 35,000-feet.
The plan is to offer both live news and sports programming in the skies, and to test all this using five planes. In total there will be seven different channels that passengers will be able to watch right on their own devices. If the channels catch on, they'll pick up on installations, and more and more options will be available as soon as the middle of July. That means your iPad, iPod, Kindle, or that new Google thing needs to be fully charged and ready to go, as there is no plan to install any kind of in-flight touchscreens right in the back of your Southwest seat.
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Icelandair knows that you can only read so much about the Blue Lagoon in your guidebook before you need to hop onto the internets to check out a few more sample itineraries (and more pics of those hot springs). So that’s why the carrier is teaming up with Row 44 to offer up some international WiFi to each and every one of their airplanes.
Wait just one sec, however. It sounds like the installation process will start towards the end of the year, and the goal is to get a couple of planes up and going before 2013 rolls around. Thanks to super specific definitions, Icelandair will even be the first North Atlantic airline to do the fleet-wide WiFi thing.
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For scale, that's a magazine down there in the lower left corner
By now we're going to go ahead and assume that you've lost your in-flight WiFi virginity, but have you done it over an ocean yet?
Long-haul WiFi is a real thing, and some airlines already have it installed and ready to run via satellites, provided you're willing to pay for the service. For example, Lufthansa, via its partnership with Panasonic, offers "FlyNet," which runs 20 Euros for 24 hours (with other pricing plans available). You can fly from the US to Germany and send a braggy Facebook status update from above Iceland. You know you want to.
A connection to the world wide web from 38,000' doesn't just happen by magic, of course; there's technology up the wazoo working to let you tweet "I'm on a plane." That technology is mostly contained within a special bump on the top of the plane's bodylook for it on aircraft and you'll begin to see it everywhere. That bump is the home of a tiny satellite dishthe one pictured above. You have it to thank for long-haul in-flight internet and live satellite TV, where available of course.
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There’s plenty of domestic in-flight WiFi to be found in and around the nifty fifty, and even long-haul options are starting to pop up here and there. However, if there was one place where all this up in the air connectivity has been limited it's Africa, but thankfully that’s not going to be the case for long.
Low cost carrier Mango—they’re kind of like the little brother of South African Airways—is getting ready to connect passengers at 35,000 feet. It sounds like Row 44, Vodacom and Wireless G are teaming up to provide the in-flight internet magic. G-Connect In-Flight WiFi isn’t just some limited gimmick either, as it sounds like email, websites and all the other World Wide Web tidbits are yours for the browsing. There’s even plans to bring some kind of text message system to the comfort of your tray table as well.
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...And we're not talking in-flight food, but off-flight food.
Did you know that in-flight entertainment systems can be more than just an avenue for catching up on episodes of 30 Rock or Gossip Girl? Well, on Garuda Indonesia, there's heaps of information in a very well stocked seatback TV.
When we perused the offerings to watch some television on a recent Garuda flight, we found more than just Bahasa-language sitcoms. Since we don't speak enough of the language to even get one wise-crack, we opted to go deeper into the pages and pages designed to keep passengers happy until final approach.