Connexion Getting Ready To Launch (Finally)

from the but-so-few-places dept

Well, after years of talking about it and running tests, it appears that Boeing’s Connexion “internet in the air” service is about to launch. That’s the good news. The bad news is that US air carriers still haven’t jumped on board, and are sticking with their cheaper alternative (Verizon Airfone’s JetConnect powered by Tenzing). Admittedly, the costs of installing Connexion are much more than Tenzing, but sometimes you get what you pay for. Connexion offers full in-flight broadband internet access at a flat fee – while Tenzing offers extremely limited, narrowband access at high toll prices. Honestly, having Connexion on board would be a huge selling point to me (and, I assume, many others). Last June, Connexion said they would soon announce a US air carrier had signed up – but no announcement has been made. I’d still guess that JetBlue is the most likely to make the effort.

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