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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Japan Airlines will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25 and the aircraft (registered JA822J) will be flown from Everett to Tokyo Narita by JAL pilots the following day.

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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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The airline is introducing United Global First, its new international first-class service on three-cabin aircraft; and United BusinessFirst, its international business-class service on two- and three-cabin aircraft. United is also upgrading its premium-class food, in-flight entertainment and amenities.

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British Airways has completed refurbishing the first of 18 Boeing 777-200ERs with the same new First, World Traveller economy and World Traveller Plus cabin interiors and new Thales in-flight entertainment system that are installed on BA’s six new Boeing 777-300ERs.

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Only three years after it introduced a new business class product, Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific Airways is rolling out another new business class service, presently being installed in the airline’s Boeing 777-300ERs and Airbus A330-300s.

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American Airlines will install fully lie-flat First Class and Business Class seats in its new fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs, as well as premium-economy seating and Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally.

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In addition to 250 satellite images which the European Space Agency made available to Air France in 2007, ESA has provided more than 1,200 new images to incorporate into Air France’s in-flight Geovision program, which displays satellite views that link to the route on passengers’ onboard screens.

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Now available on all Virgin Atlantic Airways flights, the new meal service is intended to create a more restaurant-like environment, using a redesigned menu which aims to offer a fresh approach to dining at 30,000 feet.

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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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The additions include Delta Connect, a new in-flight portal that will be available exclusively to all customers using Wi-Fi on Delta aircraft; wireless movies and television on demand on Boeing 757-300s; and a more user-friendly design for Airbus A330 in-flight entertainment systems, which includes more content choices.

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American Airlines is expanding ‘entertainment on demand’, the airline’s inflight streaming video product, to approximately 400 Wi-Fi enabled aircraft by the end of 2012.

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Passengers will access the new, free platform through their own mobile communications devices or laptops and the content for GOL’s IFE platform will be automatically updated on landing at nine major Brazilian airports. GOL says the IFE platform will be the first of its kind.

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United Continental Holdings says it will invest more than $500 million dollars in its on-board service product in addition to the 25 new aircraft – among them some Boeing 787s – that the airline will introduce to its fleet next year.

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American Airlines says it is the first North American carrier to offer in-flight streaming video, which enables customers to stream content such as movies and TV shows wirelessly from an inflight library to select types of Wi-Fi-enabled laptops during flights.

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Gogo says its platform will offer passengers access to online services such as real-time travel information, destination content, news and information, exclusive shopping deals and social-network integration.

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Air China’s A330-200 Business Class cabin revamp includes upgrading each seat to a 180-degree, fully lie-flat bed and improving the in-flight entertainment system at each seat.

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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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The four new aircraft come complete with flydubai’s new ‘Fiber To The Screen’ in-flight entertainment system from Lumexis.

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