|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….