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Lobby Bar – February 13: Editors in Underwear, Battery-Operated Wallets, and a Hotel for Amphibians

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Lobby Bar – A You-Can’t-Handle-the-Truth Summary of FBT News and Views 
Digital presents. Jonathan Spira flies in US Airways’ First Class cabin on his way to Atlanta. After alighting, he realized that he left his DSLR on his seat, but thanks to a responsive crew and friendly captain, it ended up back in Spira’s hands before long. When Spira uploaded the photos from the camera later, he found selfies from the …

Gogo Speeds Up Business Aviation Wi-Fi Service

Gogo Speeds Up Business Aviation Wi-Fi Service

Gogo announced plans to bring its faster ATG-4 service to the business aviation market.
ATG-4 will increase peak Internet speeds on the aircraft from up to 3.1 Mbps to up to 9.8 Mbps. The new technology achieves these speeds through the use of an additional directional antenna, a dual modem, and EV-DO Rev. B technology.
The new offering will be marketed as ATG 8000, and first deliveries are expected to take place …

United Launches In-Flight Wi-Fi on Regional Fleet

United Launches In-Flight Wi-Fi on Regional Fleet

United Airlines announced that it added in-flight Wi-Fi service to the first of its United Express regional planes, an Embraer E175.  The carrier plans to outfit over 200 E175s, E170s, and CRJ700s with Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight service.
ATG-4 is significantly faster than the original ATG system.  The service supports three times the peak bandwidth to the aircraft, or 9.8 Mbps versus 3.1.
In addition, the airline said that it plans to expand …

Lobby Bar – December 19: Macadamia Melancholy, Pac-Man tries Ravioli, XXXL Santa, and Oui Drive

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The Lobby Bar – A Morally Ambiguous Summary of FBT News and Views
I could eat a…  With Winter Storm Jeremy just around the corner, Jesse Sokolow has some fine tips for dealing with holiday travel.  While you could try to travel ahead of time or take a train rather than a plane, why don’t you consider walking?  Nobody cancels roads, and while it might take a few weeks to reach …

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America announced that it has completed the upgrade of all of its aircraft to Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight Internet service.
Gogo’s new ATG-4 service is significantly faster than the original ATG system.  ATG-4 supports three times the peak bandwidth to the aircraft, or 9.8 Mbps versus 3.1.
Virgin currently has 53 Airbus A320 family aircraft in its fleet.  The airline performed its final ATG-4 installation this week on an Airbus A319 plane …

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express announced plans to offer some of its card members free access to Gogo in-flight Internet starting next year.
The Gogo Preferred Program, which will only be available from American Express, will give holders of the company’s Business Platinum Card ten Gogo in-flight passes per calendar year.
The service will be available Gogo-enabled aircraft on eight airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US …

American Airlines to Unveil New Seats and Cabins, Add More International Wi-Fi

American Airlines to Unveil New Seats and Cabins, Add More International Wi-Fi

[Editor’s note: complete details of the announcement are available here:  American Airlines Marks One-Year Merger Anniversary with $2 Billion Investment in Planes, Lounges, and Passenger Experience]
American Airlines, which merged one year ago with US Airways to form the world’s largest airline, will announce a number of significant updates to its existing fleet and facilities on Monday.
The plans include new seats on older aircraft, updated lounges, and the addition in-flight Wi-Fi …