Southwest Airlines hosted a celebration event for media and employees on March 21 at its maintenance hangar at Dallas Love Field to mark the arrival of the carrier’s first Boeing 737-800.

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Qatar Airways has unveiled new Business Class seats and Economy Class seats for its Boeing 787s at the International Travel Bourse in Berlin, as well as a revamped in-flight entertainment system which will feature in the airline’s new aircraft type.

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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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Panasonic’s broadband Ku connectivity solution eXConnect will be installed on JAL’s fleet of Boeing 777s and introduced on routes between Japan and its gateways in Europe and North America.

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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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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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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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