Connexion by Boeing, Intel team up on in-flight Wi-Fi

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Co., and Intel announced plans to promote high-speed, in-flight wireless Internet services, and said they have successfully finished compatibility tests with laptops that use Intel's Centrino mobile technology.

Connexion by Boeing Wi-Fi service is available already on 70 airplanes and 100 daily routes worldwide on Lufthansa Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines. Soon, Austrian Airlines, Korean Air, El Al, Asiana and Etihad will begin offering the services on long-range aircraft.

Monday's announcement marks the first time Intel and Connexion by Boeing have worked together on the in-flight Wi-Fi effort, and includes the addition of Intel's Wireless Verification Program to the partnership. Through that verification program, Intel works with wireless service providers to improve quality of service, having verified 103 service providers in 70,000 hot spots worldwide.

Connexion by Boeing spokesman Terrance Scott said Intel's involvement will help ensure that air passengers have high-quality in-flight Wi-Fi service. Connexion already has reached wireless roaming agreements with more than 600 corporations and 17 service providers as part of its efforts to build the in-flight service.

Travelers connect through an established account with Connexion by Boeing or use the roaming platforms of their existing wireless providers, typically paying US$29.95 for unlimited access on an international flight, or US$19.95 for access on flights lasting fewer than six hours.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Computerworld

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?