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Internet access when flying
Tuesday 14 January 2003 18:52:00 by Andrew Ferguson

Lufthansa are running a three month in-flight Internet access trial on some of its trans-atlantic flights. BBC News Online has the full details. The service will use a satellite uplink and downlink, and apart from during take off and landing people will be able to use their PDAs or laptops to surf the net.

The service is free during the trial, there are no indications of the pricing for after the trial. Interestingly the service will work either via wireless or traditional wired connections.

vnunet has some more information. Namely that British Airways will also be taking part in the trial, also a rough price of £20/flight for first class, world club and world traveller passengers is mentioned. Apparently the technology used should give each user around 512kbps maximum download speed.

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