For those against LH, maybe here I give a chance to rethink because we all use internet for work or fun, and if I could opt for an airline offering on board internet, at least with the a.m. link, LH would be the right choice.
TheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3347 posts, RR: 30 Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1294 times:
Not very surprising since LH was the first airline worldwide to introduce it. The problem with LH is not the business class or the first class, it is the economy class. Let's hope it will get better when the A380 comes.
777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1198 times:
Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 1): Not very surprising since LH was the first airline worldwide to introduce it.
Yes, they started with Connexion By Boeing service in mid May 2004 and at the moment they have near to 50 aircrafts so equipped (both Airbus and Boeing long haul fleet).
Moreover they have developed a web portal onboard (Flynet) that provide the passenger with a free access to many info & services like, news, weather forecast, flight info, etc. and the possibility to buy on line items from the Lufthansa boutique.
For sure they are now the "state of art" for this kind of on board services.
Other companies with Connexion By Boeing are: JAL, ANA, Singapore Airlines, SAS, El Al, China Airlines, Asiana and Korean Airlines.
Austrian Airlines and Etihad will follow soon.
About the American market, this is the difficult part for Connexion: an interesting article from the Herald Tribune (Oct 4th) titled “Boeing sells in-flight Net access but not in US” says that while the rest of the world is moving in that direction, their domestic market is still sleeping mainly due to concerns about the extra weight that will be added installing the Connexion devices (600 to 800 pounds per plane).
From the other side a survey by Innovation Analysis Group in San Diego recently found that more than half of all frequent fliers say they are willing to pay for an in-flight Internet connection….
Columba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 6799 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 1167 times:
Not surprisingly because LH was the first airline to offer this service. Besides LH sees itself a business airline and the access to the worldwide web on board of a flying plane can be a great selling point for an airline. Lufthansa is also working on systems that allow the use of cell phones during flights - I can see their point but as a passenger I don´t want to listen to every crapy phone call taken by my seat neighbor or listen to "funny" ringtones of bored 13 years olds.........
It will forever be a McDonnell Douglas MD 80 , Boeing MD 80 sounds so wrong
777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 496 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 5 days ago) and read 1147 times:
Quoting Columba (Reply 6): I don´t want to listen to every crapy phone call taken by my seat neighbor or listen to "funny" ringtones of bored 13 years olds.........
I fully agree! For this reason it's a bit dangerous to be a pioneer in GSM on board technology: the most part of surveys on that topic shows that the passengers doesn’t like at all this scenario…the last free cell phone oasis must be kept uncontaminated…