Lufthansa relaunches inflight Internet
Dubai, October 29, 2009
Lufthansa has relaunched FlyNet, its on-board broadband Internet service, which will also permit inflight data transfer over standard GSM/GPRS mobile networks.
By the middle of 2010, Lufthansa passengers will have WLAN Internet access and will also be able to send SMS messages by mobile phone and transfer data via smartphones such as PDA, iPhone or BlackBerry devices, a statement said.
Lufthansa also aims to equip a major part of its long-range fleet with FlyNet within the first year of operation, together with its new business partner Panasonic.
“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,” he added.
“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 passengers,” Margis added.
Lufthansa is deliberately focusing on high bandwidth as the main requirement for the un-restricted use of such services as web surfing, email/file transfer including attachments and the virtual private network (VPN), the statement said.
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.
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 (laptop, mobile phone or smart phone), passengers can choose to be billed via a mobile service provider or pay by credit card. – TradeArabia News Service