Connexion by Boeing and Intel have signed a deal to promote high-speed, in-flight wireless Internet services using Intel's Centrino mobile technology.
Connexion by Boeing's 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 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. It currently has 103 service providers in 70,000 hot spots worldwide.
Boeing spokesman Terrance Scott said Intel's involvement will help ensure that air passengers have high-quality in-flight wireless 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.
Travellers connect through an established account with Connexion by Boeing or use the roaming platforms of their existing wireless providers, typically paying $29.95 for unlimited access on an international flight, or $19.95 for access on flights lasting fewer than six hours.