From the middle of 2010, Lufthansa's customers
will again be able to communicate via the internet above the
clouds, as the airline relaunches FlyNet, its on-board broadband
The new service will also permit inflight data transfer over standard GSM/GPRS mobile networks.
This means that thanks to FlyNet, Lufthansa passengers will soon not only have
WLAN Internet access but will also be able to send SMS messages by
mobile phone and transfer data via smartphones such as PDA, iPhone
or BlackBerry devices. Together with its new business partner
Panasonic, Lufthansa aims to equip a major part of its long-range
fleet with FlyNet within the first year of operation.
"In terms of communications,
Lufthansa customers can look forward to a top-tier inflight
service," said Lufthansa CEO and Chairman Wolfgang Mayrhuber. "On
long-haul routes, we offer business travellers, in particular, a
range of communications options on a par with those available at
powerful hotspots or upmarket hotels."
Lufthansa is deliberately focusing on high
bandwidth as the main requirement for the unrestricted use of such
services as web surfing, email/file transfer including attachments
and the Virtual Private Network (VPN). In addition, only wide
bandwidth will enable potential future operational applications
such as telemedicine for the transmission of a patient's vital
parameters to a ground station.
user-friendly. Passengers with a WLAN or GSM/GPRS-compatible
device can log on from any point in the aircraft cabin, just like
at any public hotspot. 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. Various different price models are planned – ranging from a
rate by the hour to a monthly flat rate.
Passengers should also be
able to redeem Miles & More award miles for the use of WLAN
Internet connections. The service will gradually become
available on all Lufthansa's long-haul flights worldwide.
"We are thrilled to be
working with Lufthansa as the launch customer for Panasonic's new
broadband service, exConnect," said Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic
Avionics Corporation. "Lufthansa's previous experience with
passenger connectivity makes them the ideal launch customer for
the eXConnect service. Lufthansa was a true pioneer with their
FlyNet branded service. We are proud to bring FlyNet back to their
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