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Boeing offers update on Connexion in-flight Wi-Fi service
Posted: 08-Dec-2004 [Source: Boeing]

[Boeing's Connexion in-flight Wi-Fi service expands to 10 new routes and plans to rollout new offerings next year including TV.]

Seattle -- Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, continues to solidify its leadership in providing secure, high-speed, in-flight Internet and e-mail connectivity for travelers worldwide. As 2004 draws to a close, Connexion is demonstrating its commitment to put airlines and their passengers first with expanded availability on 10 new routes, including six U.S. destinations; more than 160 corporate agreements; and eight roaming agreements with major Internet service providers and mobile telephone companies around the world.

"While 2004 marked the successful launch of our commercial global service, we look forward to continuing the evolution of our service offerings in 2005 and beyond," said Connexion by Boeing Vice President of Commercial Airline Business Stan Deal. "For example, passengers can expect to see the rollout of new offerings, such as TV, and enhanced support for a broad array of services in an effort to enhance their in-flight experience."

Since the commercial service launch in May providing real-time, WiFi-based, high-speed Internet connectivity on a commercial flight route for Lufthansa German Airlines passengers, Connexion by Boeing has rapidly extended the availability of its real-time data communications services on more flights to additional cities. Lufthansa, which is outfitting its entire long-haul fleet with the Connexion by Boeing service, recently introduced in-flight connectivity on eight new routes between Germany, the U.S., Asia and Europe.

Connexion by Boeing also has signed definitive service agreements with China Airlines and Singapore Airlines, joining other airlines such as Lufthansa, ANA (All Nippon Airways), Japan Airlines, and SAS (Scandinavian Airlines). In addition, Connexion has preliminary agreements with Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and two unannounced airline customers.

Airplane changes may affect service availability; travelers should contact their airline for the latest information prior to flight.

Connexion by Boeing currently has agreements in place with more than 160 global corporate customers to provide their traveling employees with high-speed Internet connectivity on flights that are equipped with the service. Siemens signed on with Connexion by Boeing to become its first global customer for real-time, high-speed, in-flight Internet services giving 200,000 traveling Siemens employees the choice to remain connected in the air. Through Connexion's vast array of roaming agreements, both corporations and business travelers can now have a seamless user experience by logging into the Connexion by Boeing service via providers such as iPass Inc, InfoNet, NTT DoCoMo Inc., T-Systems, StarHub, NTT Communications, and Singtel -- and simply using a familiar user-name, password and Web interface.


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