Lufthansa First to Offer Broadband on Long-Haul

Service available on almost entire intercontinental network by end of 2011.

Lufthansa passengers on long-haul flights are continuing to use online communications while onboard. But soon they will be the first to benefit from broadband Internet access on intercontinental routes. The service, which will initially be provided on selected North Atlantic routes, will be available on “nearly the entire” Lufthansa intercontinental network by the end of 2011.

The fast inflight Internet service gives passengers with a WLAN-enabled laptop or smartphone unlimited online access. This means that, thanks to the high bandwidth, emails with or without large file attachments can be sent and received without any time delay, either onboard or while waiting for connecting flights. Business travellers can also access their companies’ virtual private networks.

The German airline is providing the service together with its long-standing partners Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Deutsche Telekom. In spring 2011, inflight data communication should also be possible using the mobile phone standards GSM and GPRS. In addition to the wireless Internet service, passengers will then be able to use their mobile phones to send and receive text messages and transfer data with smart phones such as the iPhone or PDAs such as BlackBerry.

Lufthansa operated the world’s first scheduled flight with broadband Internet access in January 2003. From May 2004 until the end of 2006, when Lufthansa’s then-partner Connexion by Boeing discontinued the service, wireless broadband Internet enjoyed increasing popularity. By the end of 2006, 69 of Lufthansa’s long-range aircraft were equipped with FlyNet, making the fleet the biggest Internet-enabled long-haul fleet in the world, with about 30,000 users per month.

Logistics Week


Check Also

Star Alliance, airlines, digital, technology, share, data, members, mobile, app, website, seat, book, interoperability

Star Alliance improves digital inter-usability

The alliance creates a digital services platform for customers using more than one member airline.

Infare, Harald Eisenaecher, appointment, management, Lufthansa, Sabre, airfare, pricing, intelligence, technology

Top executive joins Danish airfare intelligence firm

Danish provider of intelligence worldwide appoints Sabre and Lufthansa veteran.

Sunexpress, Lufthansa, Lithuania, Vilnius, Airbus, lease, Avion, Turkish Airlines, Antalya

Lufthansa venture to lease Lithuanian planes

Joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines to lease five A320s from Vilnius.

Billund Airport looks ahead to busy 2018

Western Danish airport smashes new records for 2017

Lufthansa beats Ryanair as Europe’s top airline

Lufthansa Group as a whole carried 130 million passengers in 2017

Bergen two new routes, Billund one

Air France and Wizz Air announce fresh expansions