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Technology allows carriers to bulk up movie offerings. New onboard entertainment systems are allowing airlines to offer fliers hundreds of movies each year. As a result, carriers are buying a broader range of films, including documentaries, classic films and more adult-oriented features. Jul 21, 2006

Small firms need ways to keep data secure, experts say. Keeping customer and employee information secure is a low priority for many small businesses, experts say. Small companies should consider investing in technology that allows them to back up data at a low cost and in biometric devices that require workers to show a fingerprint before logging in. Jul 20, 2006

Air Madrid

Air Madrid signed a full-content distribution agreement with Sabre Travel Network. Duration of the deal was not disclosed. Jul 18, 2006


OnAir selected mobile network provider Monaco Telecom as its ground infrastructure partner. Starting in 2007, OnAir will be launching GSM and GPRS mobile services on selected European flights, allowing passengers to make and receive phone calls and exchange text messages and e-mails using their own mobile phones and PEDs. Air France, bmi and TAP Portugal have signed up for commercial trials of the OnAir service. Jul 17, 2006

Royal Jordanian

Royal Jordanian selected eBrand to redesign and upgrade the airline's website. Jul 21, 2006

Sabre Travel

Sabre Travel Network and Travelocity yesterday signed new five-year, full-content agreements with Alaska Airlines. Jul 20, 2006

Swiss International Air Lines

Swiss International Air Lines signed a multiyear, full-content distribution agreement with Worldspan. Jul 19, 2006


Stay in touch for less when you travel overseas with a Telestial prepaid world cell phone. At most destinations you will get free incoming calls, and you can call the United States from most countries for only 45 to 65 cents/minute. A tool no frequent traveler should be without, it's like having a calling card and a payphone in your back pocket. Jul 17, 2006

Thales TopFlight

Thales TopFlight SDU will use the SwiftBroadband service provided by Inmarsat's 14 geostationary satellites to route calls and data to the ground. It will offer a high-speed data capacity of up to 432 kbps per channel and support two channels simultaneously, giving a bundled data capacity of as much as 900 kbps. Thales said the ARINC 781 unit is compact (housed in a single 6 MCU box), lightweight (10 kg.) and cost-effective (basic off-the-shelf unit cost in the region of $100,000 per aircraft as opposed to closer to $200,000 for conventional systems). In addition, it is adapted for the new-generation antenna systems compliant with ARINC 781 characteristics that are approximately three-quarters the width, half the length and half the height of existing antennas. Certification of the system is expected by year end and Air France, TAP Air Portugal and bmi are launch customers, with operational trials expected to start in early 2007. Jul 19, 2006

US Airways

US Airways signed a five-year, full-content distribution agreement with Worldspan. Jul 18, 2006
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Title Annotation:Sabre Travel Network agreement with Alaska Airlines; Swiss International Air Lines agreement with Worldspan; US Airways agreement with Worldspan
Publication:Airguide Online
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Date:Jul 24, 2006
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