Broadband Available to Passengers Between Frankfurt and
A new era in inflight communications began
recently, as commercial airline passengers experienced
inflight broadband Internet access for the first time. Passengers
aboard a Lufthansa German Airlines Boeing 747-400 were able to use
their personal laptops and ones provided by the airline to gain
high-speed connections to the Internet, including full access to
their personal or business email accounts and files. They were able
to attach files to their outgoing emails or open attachments from
incoming emails, get the latest news, look up information about
their destination or shop online. The service, which Lufthansa has
branded as FlyNet, is powered by the Connexion by Boeing
During the three-month demonstration, Lufthansa
will make the service available free-of-charge to passengers
throughout the airplane, which flies daily between Frankfurt and
Washington-Dulles International Airport as flights LH 418
(westbound) and LH 419 (eastbound).
"With broadband connectivity, the Connexion by Boeing service
gives travelers new and unprecedented choices for managing their
time in flight and on the ground," said Connexion by Boeing
President Scott Carson. "Lufthansa is widely recognized and
respected as a leader in innovation, in communication and in
customer service, and is demonstrating to its passengers today what
the world of tomorrow will be like. Our collaboration with
Lufthansa has resulted in the shared vision that has made this
historical service available today."
"The very idea of FlyNet was exciting, but what really inspired
me was the enthusiasm, the professionalism and the stamina of our
team during its implementation. Innovation with the customer in
mind has resulted in today's world premiere," says Wolfgang
Mayrhuber, Deputy Chairman of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
Lufthansa, the inaugural commercial airline customer for
Connexion by Boeing, intends to equip approximately 80 long-range
Boeing 747-400 and Airbus A330/A340 jetliners with the Connexion by
Boeing service capability beginning in mid-2004.
Connexion by Boeing Connexion by Boeing is a mobile information
services provider that is bringing high-speed Internet, data and
entertainment connectivity to aircraft in flight. The service
currently is available to the executive services market in the
U.S., which includes operators of private and government aircraft.
The three-month service demonstration with Lufthansa begins in
January 2003, followed one month later by a three-month service
demonstration with British Airways, scheduled to begin in
mid-February. Japan Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS)
also have announced plans to equip longer-range jetliners in their
fleets beginning in 2004.