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Hi-flying Wi-Fi debuts on transatlantic flight

Passengers flying on a Lufthansa flight from Munich to Los Angeles on Monday became the first to experience in-flight Wi-Fi – a broadband wireless internet connection. The satellite-based system enables passengers to surf the web and send emails from their own Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or handheld computers instead of using the more limited services some airlines offer through their seatback displays. The system, called FlyNet, has already been installed on five of Lufthansa’s fleet, with plans to extend this to all 80 of the German airline’s long-haul planes by the end of 2006. Passengers will share a download capability of five megabits per second, while uploading traffic, such as sending emails, will run at one Mbps. This speed of connection is comparable with that used in a small office. Full Story

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