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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According to a new Harris Poll, most Americans who fly at least once a year would be willing to pay for extra legroom on a flight of three hours or more and over half would be willing to pay more to avoid sitting in a middle seat on a flight of the same length ‒ as long as the additional fee is $50 or less.

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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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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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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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Singapore Airlines says its multi-million-dollar collaboration with inflight connectivity provider OnAir includes a full suite of onboard communication offerings, providing the airline’s customers with access to Wi-Fi Internet and mobile telephony services.

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EgyptAir’s first A330-300 is also its first aircraft to feature on-board communications technology, enabling passengers to benefit from in-flight mobile phone services and Wi-Fi internet access.

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