Lufthansa Relaunches In-Flight Web Service

By Tish Drake | October 12, 2009
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Lufthansa is relaunching FlyNet, its in-flight broadband Web service. Staring in mid-2010, passengers on Lufthansa’s long-haul routes will be to communicate over standard GSM/GPRS mobile networks. The airline is partnering with Panasonic Avionics to equip its fleet with its Global Communications Suite, which includes the eXConnect broadband service, the eXPhone GSM service and the Panasonic Airborne Television Network. According to Lufthansa, passengers with a WLAN or GSM/GPRS-compatible device can log on from any point in the aircraft cabin. Depending on the device they are using (i.e. a laptop, mobile phone or a smart phone), passengers can choose to be billed via a mobile service provider or pay by credit card, according to the airline. FlyNet was discontinued in 2006, with the demise of Connexion by Boeing.

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