airplanes

  • Air Canada to use Gogo Wi-Fi for international flights

    Canadian travelers will soon be able to emulate their favorite CrunchGear blogger, Peter Ha, as they glom on to Aircell’s Gogo wireless internet service aboard their next international Air Canada flight. You’ll recall that Sweet Pete recently blogged from 37,000 feet using Gogo service aboard American Airlines. What fun we all had! You’ll have to wait until at least spring… Read More

  • Carbon fiber used in wings of new Airbus A400M

    Owners of super-light laptops can appreciate the miracle of carbon fiber, a strong but light material being used more and more in high-end notebooks. Airbus is now using the same carbon fiber material in the wings of its new A400M military aircraft. The reduced weight of the wings “cuts the fuel consumption by at least 20%," said Dave Phipps, head of the Airbus carbon fiber… Read More

  • JetBlue in-flight Wi-Fi service gets Gmail, Exchange

    Hot off the travel-related press, is news that Jet Blue’s in-flight Wi-Fi service has added support for checking more e-mail accounts than just Yahoo! Mail and BlackBerry Mail, which were previously the only ones available. Jaunted.com has more details, including… [S]tarting today, you’ll be able to check your accounts at Gmail, AOL, Hotmail and Windows Live Mail, too. If… Read More

  • Delta gets probably the most expensive flight simulator on the planet


    Does that thing look cool or what? I’d like one for playing games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil — total isolation, total darkness. Plus, no one would hear me scream and weep, unlike at my apartment. The object pictured is the top-of-the-line CAE-7000 commercial flight-sim system put out by CAE, a major provider of such things. Delta’s using the CAE-7000 to train its… Read More

  • Singapore Airlines adds iPod docks to business class

    Aside from gorgeous flight attendants (gah!), Singapore Airlines is now offering iPod and iPhone connectivity to business class passengers on flights between New York and Singapore. Flights between Los Angeles and Singapore will get the same feature some time in August of this year. According to a recent press release, The integrated 9-pin connection on KrisWorld uses a unique in-flight cable… Read More

  • DARPA asks aerospace industry to design enormous, infinite-flight "Vulture" craft

    When I say enormous, I mean enormous. We’re talking 500-ft wingspan here. The idea is it would be a permanent sub-orbital (60,000-90,000ft) base, powered by the sun and capable of carrying 1,000lb of gear. It could cruise around, taking high-res photos for map applications or meteorologists, or maybe a few of them could carry transceivers for bouncing signals around. Or, considering… Read More

  • Delta to get better, weirder seats by 2010

    The constant attempt to ignore the person next to you on the airplane is about to get a little bit easier, thanks to Delta’s plans to install these Thompson Solutions Cozy Suite seats on all of its Boeing 777 and 767 airplanes by 2010. Read More

  • Air France brings cellphone calls to 30,000 feet

    We still find the idea’s merits to be dubious at best, but as of yesterday, cellphone calls in the air are possible. Air France is the first company to bring you the technology with a special Airbus A318 equipped with OnAir’s special picocell hadrware. Passengers were able to make calls at 30,000 feet without causing the wings to fall off, as well as make text messages and use… Read More

  • Boeing makes successful flight of hydrogen fuel cell airplane

    Boeing today test flew a hydrogen-cell battery airplane, the first manned flight of such a vehicle. This is important for a few reasons, notably because it could lead to cleaner air travel across the nation, and because if it takes off it could drive innovation that would trickle down to cars and other forms of transport. Right now hydrogen fuel cells are great for small planes, like the… Read More

  • Aircell gets FAA approval for WiFi in airplanes

    Aircell, those guys who want to put WiFi on airplanes across the country, finally received the FAA certifications it needed to start building its equipment into airplanes proper. It recently finished its nationwide network of transponders that would bounce the signals up to the airplane, and with this last hurdle out of the way, we could conceivably start seeing WiFi-equipped aircraft this year. Read More

  • Emirates becomes first airline to allow cellphone calls while in flight

    [photopress:emiratescell.jpg,full,center] Arsenal FC sponsor Emirates became the first airline to allow cellphone calls while in the air. The Dubai-based airline uses an AeroMobile technology that prevents cellphones from interfering with an airplane’s electronics. Right now, the service is limited to regular cellphone calls and text messages, with BlackBerry and other data services… Read More

  • Next-gen Gulfstream 650 private jet nearly breaks sound barrier

    [photopress:gs650.jpg,full,center] The new Gulfstream 650 private jet will have a maximum velocity of 704 mph, ever so close to the speed of sound, 770 mph. The jet, which won’t be available until 2012, will carry a price tag of nearly $65 million. Able to hold 18 people, its range—7,000 nautical miles—means that it can go from New York to just about anywhere, save Australia… Read More

  • GoGo inflight porn-surfing is GO!

    American and Virgin airlines will roll out an inflight WiFi product called GoGo in about six months, ensuring that every douche with a MacBook — all of CG included — will now be able to Twitter from 30,000 feet. Gogo uses a ground-to-air system that allows small antennas on the planes to pick up signals being pumped out terrestrially. Aircell has 92 giant antennas spread across… Read More

  • Biofuel-powered Virgin Atlantic 747 flies from London to Amsterdam

    [photopress:vacoconut.jpg,full,center] A Virgin Atlantic airplane fueled by a coconut and babassu nut biofuel mixture flew from London to Amsterdam at the weekend. It was the first commercial airline to fly on a biofuel mixture, something that Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson said would forever change the way the airline industry operates. Before you run around, telling your friends that… Read More

  • Airbus A320 to have hydrogen fuel cells, will lower jet fuel consumption

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    Actual size European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will use hydrogen fuel cells to augment its internal electrical system on its A320. Since it’s a fuel cell, the only waste product will be water, which in turn will be used for the plane’s own ends. The generated water means aircraft won’t have to take additional water with them… Read More

  • Virgin 747 to go from London to Amsterdam on biofuel

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic airline will conduct a test flight at the end of the month wherein a Boeing 747 will fly from London to Amsterdam using an 80/20 blend of conventional fuel and biofuel, respectively. The plane will carry no passengers but will be “the first time a commercial aircraft has flown on biofuel,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Read More

  • Continental announces in-flight Wi-Fi

    Today Continental announced that they will be offering Wi-Fi, but it will be the same crippled mess that you’ll find on JetBlue. It’s not all bad, though. The agreement with LiveTV will also bring 36 channels of live TV directly to your seat via DirecTV. First-class passengers will receive the service (TV) for free while passengers in economy-class will have to muster up $6. The… Read More

  • FAA sez no chatting on the plane anytime soon

    For many people, myself included, airplane time is quiet time. Time for a nap, time to listen to some music, time to tell whoever’s on the other end of your phone that you have to let them go because you’re getting on the plane. So it comes as a great relief that the FAA has decided against lifting its ban on in-flight cell phone use "for the ‘foreseeable… Read More

  • Virgin America: Best…Airline…EVER

    Boing Boing’s Xeni Jardin flew on Virgin’s inaugural flight and has posted a great writeup. Oh please, please, please let this be the final blow to Northwest Airlines. I’ve been waiting for those backwards, greedy bastards to go under for years now. Virgin America has low prices (SF to NY for $278), WiFi access, super comfortable seats, touchscreen infotainment systems built… Read More

  • Airlines Taking A Liking To WiFi

    The WSJ has a great piece on how American-based airlines are going to soon offer WiFi on flights. With the growing demand and absolute need for the Internet everywhere we go, it was only a matter of time before US-based airlines jumped on ship. According to the article, within the next 12 months, airlines will offer in-flight net connections, IM, and e-mail. The announcements are expected to… Read More