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Boeing gives users a freebie after its service fails

Think that having high-speed internet while at an altitude of 30,000 feet is a cool idea? We certainly do, but apparently most of the general public doesn't. We reported back in June that Boeing was looking to sell or discontinue its Connexion in-flight internet service due to lack of interest. During mid-August, Boeing made it official by announcing that it is calling it quits.

"Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time, resources and technology in Connexion by Boeing," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. "Regrettably, the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected. We believe this decision best balances the long-term interests of all parties with a stake in Connexion by Boeing."

Boeing plans to phase out its Connexion service in 2007, but until then, it plans to offer in-flight service for free. See MobileRead for more, plus a listing of all flights still offering Connexion.

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Wrong market
By Tupolev22m on 10/15/2006 8:04:48 PM , Rating: 1
I'd gladly be part of that market if they didn't offer it only on foreign airlines and excessively long flights....

Americans need internet too Boeing!

RE: Wrong market
By sxr7171 on 10/15/2006 8:34:40 PM , Rating: 1
Don't be stupid. US airlines are far too cheap to equip their planes with such extras. You can't even get decent service on one half the time - even long international flights.

RE: Wrong market
By XtremeM3 on 10/16/2006 1:32:52 AM , Rating: 2
I completely agree. Airlines in the US are so far back it's rediculous. They really need to take a look at other airlines and catch up. I fly British Airways or Emirates everywhere I go (until i get to the states of course). I get great service in business class ;)


RE: Wrong market
By FNG on 10/16/2006 5:11:53 AM , Rating: 2
I try to use the European carriers as well. It is a damn shame. I will be flying from from Europe to the States on Lufthansa since it was actually cheaper (out of the norm), it is a more comfortable newer plane (normal) and turns out to be considerably shorter (toss-up). I never saw the Connexion service in the States, but Lufthansa has it on the 777 I will be flying on.

Price points seem like a major situation for me. If it is anything like the price of an in-flight call then they can kiss my hairy bean bag. But to be honest, I think I would just rather have a drink and go to sleep, even on a 10 hour flight. I find it really difficult to actually get anything useful done on a plane because it is still just not easy to work. Reading is about all I can swing.

RE: Wrong market
By Zoomer on 10/17/2006 1:58:01 PM , Rating: 2
It is about $10 for 60 minutes, or $27 for the whole 24 hours.

It's probably cheaper to use this + voip than their inflight phones.

Plus, you can watch live streaming tv on it. I know people who would plonk down $20 to watch live football.

RE: Wrong market
By ElJefe69 on 10/16/2006 5:13:35 AM , Rating: 2
I just want a full dinner and like a vodka and seltzer. I figure I spend 700 dollars I can get that....

RE: Wrong market
By Loc13 on 10/16/2006 10:04:42 AM , Rating: 2
my family flies from San Francisco to Hong Kong every year on Singapore Airline or Cathay Pacific, and it's actually cheaper than flying on United Airlines... And the service is so much better... Last time I flew I spent all my time watching the newest movies during the whole trip (16hours) and playing games.

RE: Wrong market
By deeznuts on 10/16/2006 12:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
I flew cathay pacific from LAX to Hong Kong last Thanksgiving. Best airline I've been on (Air France was pretty close). The selection of over a dozen unreleased movies and even more radio stations was awesome.

RE: Wrong market
By Zoomer on 10/17/2006 2:00:41 PM , Rating: 2
I thought cathay sucks until I sat on United. Urgh. Shared headsets? I'm not touching that.

Plus, no food nor drink-drink, as in something more potent than orange juice.

How much?
By maxusa on 10/16/2006 3:50:38 AM , Rating: 2
Any idea how much the in-flight Connexion cost, and the performance specs?

RE: How much?
By George Powell on 10/16/2006 6:38:17 AM , Rating: 2
The costs to the passenger were about $15 per flight.

It was similar to buying time on a wifi connection.

One of the main problems with connexion was that it was enormously expensive to install on the aircraft, added quite a lot of weight to the aircraft and has never given a reasonable return on investment for anyone.

As for performance think normal ADSL - although it wasn't suitable for online gaming due to the connection latency.

RE: How much?
By PhantomKnight on 10/16/2006 9:26:25 AM , Rating: 2
I flew to/from Europe on Lufthansa from Australia, and they charged an excessive amount of money (think a months worth of ADSL Unlimited internet) just to be "privledged enough" to use their service. There are two ways they charge, by the download or by the hour. I forget the specifics, but unless you are really desperate and probably not paying for it then its really not worth it. If I can find the brochure with prices I'll let you guys know how much it is.

RE: How much?
By Zoomer on 10/17/2006 2:03:43 PM , Rating: 2
Internet Block Time Rate
1 hour US$9.95
2 hours US$14.95
3 hours US$17.95
24 hours US$26.95

Just a Hint
By crystal clear on 10/16/2006 6:19:07 AM , Rating: 2
"Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time, resources and technology in Connexion by Boeing," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney. "Regrettably, the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected. We believe this decision best balances the long-term interests of all parties with a stake in Connexion by Boeing."

Mr Chairman call up Schmidt at GOOGLE -He will buy it & TURN IT AROUND with those Google adverts.

bad timing above all
By rudy on 10/16/2006 5:43:51 PM , Rating: 2
I do not think that this would be a failure if they stuck it out, it is just bad timing. They started this basically just before 9/11 if they had waited and let some of the US airliners collapse and ease the competition things would get better. There is too much competition and problems in the US air liner industry. High prices for gas and everything else such as unions not accepting the market was changing, was putting them in the news almost daily for years. So many near bankruptcy. Everyone was trying to cut any weight they could off the planes. The market is just really different from that of other countries. In the US flying is more of a daily commodity, most other countries only have 1 main company where the US has well more then I can even think of. There just really needs to be some major consolidation in the US market to ease up the tension. Companies like Delta just need to die so others can have their pathetic market share.

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