JetBlue Airways has decided to install 162 seats rather than the originally planned 165 seats in retrofitting each of its Airbus A320 jets with new cabin interiors. Each JetBlue A320 currently has 150 seats, so JetBlue’s A320 cabin refurbishment will see it add 12 more seats in each aircraft.

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Lufthansa is introducing a three-tier Economy Class fare structure this autumn for all its flights within Europe. The airline is calling its three intra-Europe Economy fare tiers Light, Classic and Flex.

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The one-off livery joins JetBlue’s fleet on the Airbus 320 registered N709JB, which JetBlue Airways has renamed ‘CONNECTED TO 01000010 01001100 01010101 01000101’.

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This means Transaero’s Airbus A380 superjumbos will easily have the highest seating density of any A380s delivered by 2015 and will also have more seats than any other commercial aircraft.

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Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson has told the airline’s employees that Delta will not allow voice calls to or from cellular or Internet-based phones onboard its mainline or regional aircraft during flight.

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United Airlines has introduced on to its transcontinental ‘p.s.’ premium service the service’s first aircraft featuring a revamped and enlarged premium cabin, which is fitted with flat-bed-seats.

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Delta Air Lines is adding new, on-demand entertainment options to its fleet of more than 950 two-class Delta and Delta Connection aircraft. The Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal will allow customers to stream television and movie options directly to their laptops or tablets while in flight.

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Under the agreement, Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic Avionics will supply IFEC systems for 20 Airbus A350-900 widebodies due for delivery from 2014, as well as for 15 more Airbus A330-300s and eight more Boeing 777-300ERs, deliveries of which are due to begin next year.

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Singapore Airlines has formally launched its international in-flight connectivity service as part of a US$50 million program to bring Internet and mobile data services to its customers throughout their flights.

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The expanded Wi-Fi service will use satellites to provide coverage internationally and will complement the existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for Delta aircraft flying within the domestic U.S.

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Icelandair is having Row 44 Inc., which provides inflight Wi-Fi and device-based entertainment content for airlines, equip its fleet with high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi, starting this year.

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On May 9, in-flight broadband service provider Row 44, Inc. and its African partner, Wireless G, in association with Mango Airlines and Vodacom, launched the G-Connect In-Flight Wi-Fi service on Mango. The carrier operates five Boeing 737-800 jets.

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Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has selected Panasonic Avionics to provide in-flight entertainment systems and in-flight connectivity, including broadband Internet and live TV, for the airline’s existing widebody fleet and for all the widebody jets which Etihad has on order.

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Starting in November, Bahrain-based Gulf Air will offer Sky Hub in-flight technology, making broadband connectivity and live TV service possible for passengers during their flights – even on intercontinental sectors.

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According to a recent study conducted by U.S. in-flight connectivity company Gogo, one in five users of the service say they have switched from their preferred airline to be on a flight equipped with in-flight internet.

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American Airlines says it is the first North American airline to begin testing a new in-flight streaming-video product from Aircell, which will allow customers to stream content such as movies and TV shows wirelessly from an in-flight library to their personal Wi-Fi-enabled devices during flight.

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Continental Airlines plans to offer the service on more than 200 U.S. domestic Boeing 737s and 757s equipped with DirecTV, providing onboard connectivity and more than 95 channels of live television programming to customers flying within the continental United States.

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Southwest Airlines is going to charge an introductory flat rate of $5 per customer per flight for its WiFi HOTSPOT in-flight WiFi service, for any device or length of flight.

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Scandinavian Airlines says it will become one of the first airlines in the world to offer in-flight connectivity, including Internet and mobile services, when it begins offering the service in April 2011.

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