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Lufthansa, Sabre Travel

Sabre Travel Network announced the renewal of a full-content distribution agreement with Lufthansa. Sabre will be an LH "preferred GDS" and will make the carrier's inventory available without surcharge to any agency using Sabre. Sep 1, 2006

OnAir

OnAir onboard equipment will connect to the ground network using Inmarsat's forthcoming SwiftBroadband service, of which OnAir is a distribution partner. The ground network will be supplied by OnAir's telecom infrastructure partner Monaco Telecom. Aug 31, 2006

Qantas

Qantas announced earlier this week that it will partner with Telstra, Panasonic Avionics Corp. and AeroMobile to develop technology enabling passengers to use their cellphones or PDAs in flight. Aug 31, 2006

Qantas

Qantas announced yesterday that it will partner with Telstra, Panasonic Avionics Corp. and AeroMobile to develop technology enabling passengers to use their cellphones or PDAs in flight. AeroMobile is a joint venture between ARINC and Telenor. New systems will be tested over three months on a 767 operating domestic routes. Aug 29, 2006

Ryanair

Ryanair has announced a deal that will see the airline's entire fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft fitted with OnAir's onboard mobile communications solution. The deal means that from mid-2007 (subject to relevant regulatory approval) Ryanair's passengers will be able to call, text and email using their mobile phones, BlackBerrys and Treos at rates which will mirror international roaming charges. OnAir intends to fit 50 Ryanair aircraft during the second half of 2007, with the remainder of the fleet receiving installations from early 2008 onwards. The big question is will the customers accept it? Rynair's last gimmick, hand held movie units, were not a success, and with the airline's quality reputation lacking (see YouGov brand index), and 29" seat pitch, it could be that passengers will rebel against the noisy chatter of fellow travelers. A 'quiet zone' on the 737s will be against the O'Leary principal of quick turnarounds. http://www.ryanair.com http://www.onair.aero Sep 2, 2006

Ryanair, OnAir

Ryanair, OnAir to offer inflight connectivity beginning next year. Ryanair concluded a deal with OnAir to outfit its fleet of more than 200 737s with OnAir's onboard mobile communications solution. OnAir intends to fit 50 Ryanair aircraft during the second half of 2007 with the remainder receiving installations from early 2008. Subject to regulatory approval, Ryanair passengers will be able to call and send and receive text and e-mail messages using their mobile phones and PDAs. The carrier will receive a commission from OnAir on revenues generated by passengers. Mobile OnAir will be offered on flights across the LCC's network of more than 360 routes serving 23 countries. Aug 31, 2006

SkyMeals

SkyMeals based in Long Beach delivers in insulated tote bags, meals individually packaged, to those airports or offices, homes, hotels or other locations. There's nothing in the bags that's prohibited by the new TSA restrictions, either. Orders need to be placed by 3:00 p.m. the day before the date of departure. Fare is fancy as are prices: a Salt & Pepper Roast Beef sandwich with Arugula, bacon, roasted tomato and caramelized red onion marmalade on a rustic roll is $26.95 or a Seafood Club with grilled shrimp, grilled salmon, bacon, tomato, lettuce and dilled aioli on rustic roll is $28.50. Among other entree choices is Flash-Seared Ahi Tuna with wasabi aioli, sesame-ginger dressing, jicama, orange and cilantro salad, cucumber, zucchini and avocado ($28.95) or brown sugar-glazed Alaskan salmon with marinated primavera salad and vegetable orzo on red oak leaf lettuce ($27.75). Available to passengers with a desire to dine in style even when flying in coach out of the major southern California airports - LAX, Long Beach, John Wayne and Burbank. Aug 30, 2006
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