Boeing Turns off Inflight Internet Service

Boeing says they’ve finished reviewing their Connexion inflight internet service, and they’ve decided to shutter the whole project.

In the short term, this is a bummer for customers of Lufthansa, SAS, ANA, Japan Airlines, and Singapore Airlines because they will now be internet-less. Those were the only airlines that used the service.

In the long run, you’ll never remember this existed as airlines move toward a ground-based system instead. This will probably be easier and cheaper, so Boeing must have realized it wasn’t worth keeping Connexion going with no long term future.

Connexion is (er, was) a satellite-based system that is kind of clunky. It added extra weight to the plane and it was expensive. It obviously was expensive for Boeing to operate, because they’re willing to take over $300m in charges just to shut the thing down.

(Visited 78 times, 1 visits today)

Get Posts via Email When They Go Live or in a Weekly Digest

Leave a Reply

4 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
1 Comment authors
AnonymousThe CF Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted

How does the ground-based system communicate with the planes to provide real-time internet access?


But, I thought using wireless devices on planes was dangerous. What gives? Will AirCell planes be equipped with different electronics than standard planes to shield them from the impacts of wireless devices? Or, is all the mumbo jumbo about interfering with navigation just a bunch of bull-crap?