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Gogo's Special Satellite Mix Promises 20x Faster In-Flight WiFi in 2014

September 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

There's an old, killer Louis CK interview where he mercilessly mocks people who are dissatisfied with the quality of In-Flight Wifi. The clip is hysterical—we posted it ourselves way back when—but it makes us feel a little bit uncomfortable.

We have, after all, occasionally been known to complain about our experience with Gogo internet service. It's amazing technology from the future, of course, but sometimes it's just not good enough for things that we actually need from the Internet, like having enough bandwidth to prevent our VPN from timing out.

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Thai Airways Will Soon Bring In-Flight WiFi All the Way to Bangkok

Where: Thailand
September 10, 2013 at 8:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

At this point we’ve started to take in-flight WiFi for granted. We use it, we enjoy it, and we're beginning to expect it. The technology may still be hit or miss on some of those international long-haul flight options, but this week there’s another carrier looking to change that.

Thai Airways has been busy working behind the scenes to get their network up and running for what we imagine must have been a decent amount of time. There’s been one thing holding them back, however, and that’s been the government. Thankfully the carrier just got the necessary approvals, as the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission just gave the carrier the go ahead to start utilizing those magical internet waves.

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JetBlue Gets Approval to Move Forward with In-Flight WiFi

September 6, 2013 at 8:37 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’ve done our best to more than fill you in on all the goings-on related to JetBlue and their plans for in-flight WiFi. Now we have a little bit of an update, as the carrier just received some of the approvals for which they’ve been awaiting for quite some time.

Uncle Sam—through his buddies at the FAA—just handed out everyone’s favorite piece of government paperwork. It’s the Supplemental Type Certificate—STC to those in the know—and it was awarded to JetBlue’s A320s. That means that installation across the fleet can move forward full speed ahead. We imagine as you’re reading this there’s a JetBlue plane out there getting some new wires and antennae.

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Would You Pay $8 for WiFi on a 50-Minute Southwest Flight?

August 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM | by | Comment (1)

We love in-flight WiFi. Who doesn't? Finally, on long-haul trips and even short jaunts, we have the option of checking our email, updating our social media and perhaps less fun, finishing up our work.

Yet in-flight WiFi is not cheap. We know this. Typically, we can expect to pay around $15-$20 for a cross-country flight, sometimes more. But if you're like us and you have constant work deadlines, this can be a nominal price to pay.

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One Irrefutable Rule of In-Flight WiFi is...

August 12, 2013 at 11:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's Monday, which means a distraction is definitely in order. Luckily we've got the perfect little one minute comic to share: click to view.

Matthew Inman is the cartoonist behind the brilliant web series "The Oatmeal". He's the sort of dual artist-comedian who expertly illustrates those weird thoughts everyone thinks, but never say.

Over the weekend, while onboard a flight, he had a tiny revelation which led to an on-the-fly comic he drew, uploaded and posted to Twitter all thanks to the magic of in-flight wifi.

[Image: @Oatmeal]

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You've Never Seen Anything Like Singapore Airlines' Next Gen In-Flight Entertainment

Where: Singapore
July 22, 2013 at 3:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Singapore Airlines is an airline of superlatives. Not only do they boast the largest lie-flat bed, the most luxurious airplane suite, and the longest routes in the world, but with today's debut of what they're calling the "SIA Next Gen" seats and entertainment, the words "newest" and "most advanced" now enter the picture. Let's take a closer look.

The Jaunted Series on Singapore Airlines' Next Gen

1. First Class
2. Business Class
3. Economy Class
4. In-flight entertainment

They're calling it the "world's most advanced in-flight entertainment system."

Singapore Airlines is psyching up to launch their Next Generation of cabin products this autumn, including a completely new KrisWorld experience backed by Panasonic's eX3 system. Singapore will be the first airline with eX3, starting off in their new 777-300ERs and A350s, and let us be the first to say that it looks freaking amazing.

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Surprise, Surprise: US Airways Gets Closer to Fleetwide In-Flight WiFi

July 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

We’re usually not quick to talk about the wonderful amenities, features, and other travel tidbits associated with US Airways, but that’s because there really aren’t that many! Well this week things are getting a little bit better, as the carrier just announced that they’ve made some serious progress in the WiFi-a-fication of their fleet.

All in all, US Airways has put in the necessary bits and pieces to power Gogo in-flight internet service on around 90% of their domestic flights. There’s about 270 planes now good to go in their mainline fleet, and they’ve even got a good chunk of planes in their US Airways Express fleet with the WiFi magic as well.

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What's Up with JetBlue's In-Flight WiFi?

July 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

Consider the night sky. On a clear evening you can count on twinkling stars, the moon, a couple planets and, every so often, the faint blink of a passing aircraft. Now think about all the satellites flitting around up there; Quora puts the number at 3,500-ish, or 3,501-ish if you consider that even JetBlue now has their own (named ViaSat-1) to support what they hope will be "the industry's best inflight broadband for commercial aviation."

That's right—we're talking about in-flight WiFi on JetBlue, or "Fly-Fi" as they've dubbed it. Fly-Fi is already active on one A320 aircraft—that's tail N804JB "Got Blue?" for all you with an eye to the sky—and the test flights finished up last week. It shouldn't be much longer now until FAA certification and then the fun can really begin.

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Infographic Alert: RouteHappy's Guide to International In-Flight WiFi

June 25, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's funny. in-flight wifi has existed for several years now (anyone remember JetBlue's "BetaBlue" plane back in 2007), and yet we're still sending tweets from the sky like "hello down there--in-flight wifi is the future!"

As more and more airlines understand exactly that, more and more airplanes are coming online so that more and more passengers may update their Facebook status over Nebraska. In fact, the progress of in-flight WiFi installation has picked up with such a speed that it's difficult to keep track of who's got what going where. That's where RouteHappy.com steps in, as they've crunched the numbers and soothed the headaches needed to produce a complete guide to the current state of in-flight WiFI, both domestic and international.

You can download the full report from the RouteHappy website (click the box on the right that says "download report"), but we just have to share some of the more exciting facts:

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In-Flight WiFi Will Be Just One More Fee on Ryanair

May 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the world’s best airlines (when comes to ancillary revenue) is getting ready to add another option for you to tack onto your flight total. Fair warning that this is still very much speculation, but Ryanair just might be flipping the switch on in-flight WiFi sooner rather than later.

There’s no decision yet, and they’re still working behind the scenes to determine what company would even provide the in-flight magic. It does sound like LiveTV is just one of the groups in the running for the contract. Apparently, Ryanair isn't exactly sold on the idea as they don’t know if the installation costs will be totally worth it in the long run.

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Etihad Elevates New York Service With Bigger Planes And In-Flight Wi-Fly

May 10, 2013 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (0)

Here's some good news for Middle East-bound New Yorkers this summer: Etihad just upgraded one of its most popular routes, the 14-hour flight between New York and Abu Dhabi. The airline announced on Monday that it will increase capacity for the daily service by upgrading to a WiFi-enabled Boeing 777-300ER, the largest aircraft in its fleet.

The changes will go into effect on June 1, so, East Coasters, you've still got a little time to plan your Arabian Nights adventure. And hey, even if you haven't finished planning your trip on the day of your flight, you can continue planning it while you're in the air, surfing the web, making hotel reservations, and whatever else you need to get done.

The new aircraft will offer 328 seats (a 36.6% increase from the planes currently being used for the route), and represents a growing focus on one of Etihad's most successful daily service routes. The New York route has been around since 2006, and since then, they have shuttled over 800,000 passengers between the Middle Eastern and North American hubs. Etihad's CEO made clear that the US routes are ones in which they "see a need for more capacity."

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All Sorts of New Stuff for JetBlue Includes Premium Seats

March 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just when you think you know an airline, they go and change up all kinds of stuff. JetBlue isn’t revamping their whole system anytime soon, but at a recent analyst day they did reveal some secret plans they’ve been working on behind the scenes. Thankfully a lot of the stuff—if not all of it—sounds like a plus, so the free blue chips and free sodas are going anywhere anytime soon.

We knew the airline was hard at work refining their in-flight WiFi technology, and now it sounds like they’re getting closer to flipping the switch for the very first time. The name of the new service will be "Fly-Fi," and there’s even a snazzy little logo letting you know that things are powered by exede internet—nice.

JetBlue is claiming that their new service will be smarter, newer, faster and better than anything else up in the skies, and it should be arriving by the end of the year. There’s been rumors that the WiFi will be complimentary for all aboard the plane; however, we haven’t seen any confirmation regarding that just yet.

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