“Airlines are herd animals. Once one starts moving, the others move as well,” observes Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat Aviation vice president for strategy and business development. When it comes to inflight connectivity, the herd is gathering momentum, creating a surge of retrofit work.  But that momentum depends on geography. U.S. carriers quickly adopted Wi-Fi because they were the first to have reliable air-to-ground networks. Air-to-ground uses lower-drag antennas, making ...

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