Broadband Internet access will soon be available across all Scandinavian Airline System long-haul flights.
SAS will offer Boeing's Connexion service on all such flights from next month, and immediately on flights between Copenhagen and Seattle. It has been offering the service on a trial basis since last year. Seattle is home to SAS's two largest corporate account customers in North America: Microsoft and Boeing.
Connexion provides suitably equipped aircraft with a satellite-linked Internet connection of about 5Mbit/s downstream from the Internet to the aircraft, and 1Mbit/s upstream from the aircraft to the Internet. The service is offered throughout the aircraft via wired LAN connections or wireless LAN, depending on the aircraft's configuration. Users pay $30 for access throughout the flight or $10 for 30 minutes and $0.25 for each additional minute.
The connection supports all major Internet functions including e-mail, Web browsing, instant messaging, multimedia streaming and corporate network access via a virtual private network (VPN). Trials of a new service offering live television will begin this year with Singapore Airlines.
Boeing had signed firm deals for the service with six airlines covering 177 aircraft as of the end of 2004, it said in its earnings announcement last week. Connexion entered commercial service in May last year when Lufthansa began offering it on flights between Europe and the US.
Japan's All Nippon Airways began offering the service on flights between Tokyo and Shanghai in November, and Japan Airlines started the service in December on flights between Tokyo and London. Boeing has also signed a deal with Taiwan's China Airlines and preliminary deals with South Korea's Asiana Airlines and Korean Air.