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Subject: [IP] Inflight Web in Holding Pattern Inflight Web in Holding Pattern

  • From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
  • To: ip@v2.listbox.com
  • Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 19:15:56 -0500



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From: Bob Frankston <Bob19-0501@bobf.frankston.com>
Date: December 23, 2006 12:15:42 PM EST
To: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
Subject: Inflight Web in Holding Pattern Inflight Web in Holding Pattern

WSJ: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB116674995719857365.html? mod=djemTECH



The headline is a frustrating reminder of how far we are from people understanding the basic concepts – it’s not the web, it’s Internet Connectivity. No wonder people don’t understand the value of being connected with the world while flying! If this same cluelessness were extended the airlines would eliminate other “money-losing” perks like in-flight music and those expensive reclining seats.



The biggest money-loser is ignorance. Like being told by one attendant that IR is even more dangerous than those radios even as the FAA is saying that the fears of radios are unfounded.

 Inflight Web in Holding Pattern As Obstacles Spur Uncertainty
By ANDY PASZTOR
December 22, 2006; Page B5

A group that includes airlines, equipment suppliers and satellite companies hope to breathe new life into an effort to offer Internet access to plane passengers, even though Boeing Co. pulled the plug after investing about $1 billion in the project.

But so far, arguments over who will subsidize the money-losing venture, and how it can be modified to make it more appealing to passengers, have impeded progress, people familiar with the matter said. Any replacement service also is likely to be more limited in number of planes and geographic coverage.

A Lufthansa AG spokeswoman said the carrier is seeking a way to restart Boeing's Connexion in-flight Internet system toward the end of 2007. It leads a group that includes the Panasonic Avionics unit of Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.; Luxembourg satellite- operator SES Global SA; and Connexion subcontractor ViaSat Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif., the people familiar with the matter said.

 . . .

A spokesman for Boeing said it isn't in the talks but keeps working with carriers and suppliers to phase out the service by Dec. 31. Korean Air, Singapore Airlines Ltd. and other large carriers have been involved in the latest talks, the people familiar with the matter said.

Write to Andy Pasztor at andy.pasztor@wsj.com1





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