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User currently offline123 From Bolivia, joined Nov 2003, 745 posts, RR: 3
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1979 times:

Searching through options for international internet access I came ofer iPass and then again to http://www.connexionbyboeing.com/ind...b.serviceavailable&l=en.US&ec=&e=: The interesting part of this link is that LH offer by far more flights with connexionbyboeing than any other airline.

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.

Opinions?

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User currently offlineTheSonntag From Germany, joined Jun 2005, 3473 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1971 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.

User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

damn it, not enough carriers have this service...I would love to see either AA or BA offer this service...


"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineOOer From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 1460 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

MAybe DL will add onboard internet with their new BizElite product?

User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1875 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….


User currently offlineLp0815 From Singapore, joined Oct 2005, 219 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

I think TheSonntag hit the nail on its head:

I love every second of a LH flight in C class but I dread the moment that I step on their plane with a boarding pass for Y-class in hands (esp. on intercont flights).

Then again:
Internet access is also available in Y class but since there are no power plugs for your laptop you need a very good battery....

Merry Christmas to y'all!



Time waits for nobody
User currently offlineColumba From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 7054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1844 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
User currently offlineSk945 From Sweden, joined May 2002, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1829 times:

SAS have connexionbyboeing installed on all there A343/333 so they could offer Internet onboard on all there longhault flights.

User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1824 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…


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