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User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7136 posts, RR: 53
Posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

SAS is working on a system which makes the 3w available to passengers on their planes.
Plans are to install a web server with satellite downlink on the plane. Link to the server will be wireless. You rent a wireless communications adapter card on the plane, plug it into your own laptop, and off you go like in any Internet cafe.

(One journalist was joking that it should only be made available on 9+ hours flights. Since most laptops run Windows it may take 8 hours to install the plug&play adapter card).

Best regards, Preben Norholm

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
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User currently offlinePH-BLV From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

Good news, Prebennorholm !
This would give an entirely new dimension to the airliners.net forums. On-line discussions about experiences as they occur onboard.
Think of the possibilities when you also bring your webcam...

User currently offline777x From United States of America, joined Dec 2014, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

I find a strange paradox in the fact that SAS is among the first on wireless networking in the cabin, as they seem to be one of the strictest airlines I know of in terms of what electronics they allow in the passenger plane.

When I last flew them CPH-EWR they said no laptops with CDROMS, no portable CD players...

Anyway, It'll be great if it works as advertised!

User currently offlineCargyvr From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Does SAS have laptop power outlets in the seats? Those would be useful to insure 9 hours + net surfing!!

User currently offlineFlyBoeing From United States of America, joined May 2000, 866 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Is this device Connexion by Boeing? It sure sounds like it! God, I need to find an excuse to fly SAS sometime...

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7136 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

No more details. It was just a short notice on the radio news which I immediately posted here.
All options are open. Maybe they never make it work. Maybe the project is killed by costs. In any case it may take some time.
One semi-qualified guess might be that it is something which will be introduced on new long range A340s which are going to be introduced beginning next year. But I simply don't know.
Best regards, Preben Norholm

Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs
User currently offlineEllinopedo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

about two months ago i read an article in lufthansa.com. In this article, it said that lufthansa will be adding internet in 1st class and bussiness classes in a year or two... there still in the testing phase! The internet will also work with satellites according to lufthansa.com!

User currently offlineSAS-A340 From Sweden, joined Aug 2000, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1999 times:

From SAS homepage:


SAS, Telia and Tenzing test wireless e-mail and Internet onboard aircraft

SAS has signed an agreement with Telia and Seattle-based Tenzing Communications Inc. to test
Tenzing's communications system for wireless Internet access onboard aircraft. SAS passengers
will gain access to e-mail and Internet via portable PC or Mac.

SAS is the first airline in the world to test wireless e-mail and Internet for passengers onboard
an aircraft. The test will begin during 2001. SAS is also working to find a solution so that
passengers can gain access to their own company's e-mail system behind a firewall.

During the test, passengers will be able to send and receive e-mail and have access to the
Internet via an Internet server onboard the aircraft. A LAN (Local Area Network) based on IEEE
802.11b technology, the first standard developed for wireless networks, will be installed in the

Passengers will gain access to the SAS website and other travel-related Internet portals. The
onboard server is linked to a ground station when the aircraft is airborne and the content is
transmitted and updated at regular intervals.

"The new wireless technology creates possibilities for our passengers to gain access to e-mail
and Internet onboard and on the ground. Our customers already have access to wireless
communications in our SAS lounges through Telia HomeRun," says Jan Olson, head of SAS
Products and Service Development. "During 2001, all SAS lounges will be equipped with this
wireless network. In future, we will also offer innovative services to make the customer's travel
easier. Telia and Tenzing play key roles in this effort."

Telia Mobile has installed networks for wireless services at airports and other public areas to
provide travelers the possibility of being online throughout their trip. A roaming agreement
provides Tenzing Global subscribers and Telia Mobile HomeRun access to each other's wireless

In future, Tenzing also foresees being able to implement broadband connections onboard
aircraft using advanced satellite technology.

Jan Olson, Manager, SAS Product and Service Development, +46 (0)8 797 28 32, mobile +46
(0)709 97 28 32. Ulf Thorné, Press Officer SAS, +46 (0)8 797 28 33, +46 (0)709 97 28 33
More information about SAS is available at www.scandinavian.net

Telia Mobile:
More information about Telia Mobile Homerun is available at www.homerun.telia.com

Tenzing Communications Inc.:
Laura Alikpala, Director of Marketing, +1 206 607 2700 laura.alikpala@tenzing.com Agency
contact: Megan McQueen Imagio/JWT Public Relations +1 206 625 0252 meganm@imagio.com
More information is available at www.tenzing.com


User currently offlineOxygen From Hong Kong, joined Sep 1999, 675 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1995 times:

I thought CX is the first airline to do so, they said it on their webpage that they started testing the system a few months ago.

User currently offlineIndianGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

I think its a great idea! Staying in touch with the world while crusing 35000 feet above the earth! Well man has definitely come along way!

Why does the Net connection have to be wireless? Why unnecessarily complicate matters? Cant there be internal wiring?

User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2939 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (15 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1972 times:
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I'm amazed that they're going to 802.11 wireless considering the growing controversy over radio interference onboard...

Very cool, though!

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