Etihad Airways selects Connexion by Boeing for In-Flight Internet Service

Travel News Asia 14 June 2005

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has selected Connexion by Boeing as its provider of high-speed in-flight Internet and live global TV service. The agreement calls for both in-line and retrofit installation of the Connexion by Boeing service on the airline's fleet of 25 aircraft, including Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, and Airbus A330, A340 and A380 aircraft.

"We are very pleased to be the first airline in our region to offer the Connexion by Boeing service. Introducing such an innovative and sophisticated service showcases our commitment to ensure our guests have the most seamless and rewarding travel experience," said H.E. Dr.  Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of the Civil Aviation Department in Abu Dhabi and chairman of Etihad Airways.

"Etihad Airways, one of the world's newest and fastest-growing airlines, has charted a clear path toward a position of leadership within the Gulf region and we are pleased that Connexion by Boeing has been selected to be a part of that strategy," said Connexion by Boeing President Laurette Koellner. "The opportunity to provide the added benefits of connectivity in flight is a unique way of helping Etihad address a frequently requested passenger amenity, while also helping to further differentiate their brand in the marketplace." 

Etihad Airways is expected initially to offer the Connexion by Boeing service on routes between the Gulf region and Europe and North America.  Once installations are complete, passengers will have additional choices for how to spend their time in-flight, including access to the Worldwide Web; e-mail; corporate intranets, including virtual private network capability; live TV and the ability to stay in touch with friends, family and the office. In mid 2006, Etihad Airways will become the first airline in the world to offer live television and Internet access at every seat delivered through its in-flight entertainment system.

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