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Contour Premium Aircraft Seating unveils a new perk for business class. The "Solar" seat can be a 6-foot 3-inch long bed with up to 31-inches of space at the shoulders. It also has a fully integrated in-flight entertainment system, in-seat power for portable entertainment devices and a massage feature. Air Canada will receive the first Solar seats this month.
For entertainment, Digecor's DigeplayerXT features an 8-inch TFT screen, a 60-gigabyte or larger hard drive, and a built-in credit card swipe. The player has two headphone jacks and optional 802.11 wireless for content uploads.
OnAir announced that it plans to release a GSM network for aircraft that will allow passengers to use their own mobile phones to send and receive calls and text messages. TAP and Air France has signed up for the service which is scheduled to begin operations in 2007. OnAir is a joint venture of Sita Inc. and Airbus.