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A traveler’s guide to in-flight WiFi

Ever wonder how in-flight Wi-Fi works? Zach Honig explains it all.

Assuming a plane doesn’t leave its coverage area, satellite services, such as Panasonic’s eXConnect, Row 44′s Ku-band solution or ViaSat’s speedier Ka-band Exede, maintain a line-of-sight connection with the aircraft from the moment it leaves the gate to when it lands at its destination. The rotating antenna is mounted on the top of the plane, and the signal travels from the jet to a satellite orbiting some 22,000 miles above the Earth and back again in a bit over half a second.

Virgin America wins Dallas Love Field slots

Virgin American will start service to four new destinations from Dallas Love Field this October.

On October 13, Virgin America will launch service from Dallas Love to San Francisco International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Reagan National. These will be followed by service to New York’s LaGuardia on October 28.

Federal judge clears American-US Air merger

A federal judge gave final approval last Friday to the American-US Airways merger.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who had given preliminary approval last year, approved the November 12 settlement that effectively ended the Department of Justice antitrust lawsuit and allowed American and US Airways to merge.

“The Court concludes that the proposed final judgment is in the public interest,” Kollar-Kotelly wrote in a 26-page opinion, adding that the United States “has provided a reasonable basis for concluding that the settlement will mitigate the anticompetitive effects of combining two of the remaining legacy airlines.”

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