Boeing to offer in-air broadband

Boeing is claiming that its satellite-based in-air broadband service, Connexion by Boeing, will be available in 50 aircraft by the end of 2004, and 150 by the end of 2005. Deals are already in place with Lufthansa, All-Nippon, SAS and JAL, and are being negotiatied with others With rates from $9.95 for three hours' access to $29.95 a flight, it's a market estimated to reach $2b a year by 2014. The irony? The first flight is being conducted today - on a Lufthansa Airbus A340.

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