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Saturday, 22.12.07
POLL: Which kind of Mobile Phone use should be allowed on Flights? [CLOSED]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:49 CET under 10 - Polls

Ok, Air France is the first airline which allows mobile phone use on some specially equipped aircrafts and while Air France allows the use of mobile phones now for SMS, MMS, E-Mail only, within the next months, the airline will also allow phone calls during flights.
I've seen some interesting comments about this topic from "no way, don't even think about allowing it" to "many U.S. carriers have on-seat phones for years and it's rarely used only anyway". So the question is what do you think?
I can tell you that I've used VoIP with Lufthansa's Connexion by Boeing once and well, my seat neighbor wasn't avid at all.

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Thursday, 20.12.07
FIRST: Air France and OnAir launch 2.5G in-flight Mobile Phone Service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:19 CET under 01 - General News

After Boeing switched off Connexion by Boeing, Air France has become the first airline in the world to offer an in-flight mobile phone service on international flights.  Using the Mobile OnAir system, passengers travelling on board of one of the Airbus A318 aircraft operating European routes can now send and receive SMS and MMS messages as well as send and receive E-Mails via all phones with Internet access. During the second half of the six month trial, passengers will also be able to make and receive phone calls, with the service being regulated to maintain passengers' comfort and well-being.

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Wednesday, 01.08.07
ACCESS: Lufthansa to relaunch Internet access for long haul flights together with T-Mobile?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:16 CET under 01 - General News

According to (Wall Street Journal Online), Deutsche Lufthansa AG is poised to join with a team headed by cellular-telephone giant T-Mobile to offer broadband Internet access and wireless E-Mail to its long-haul passengers, industry officials said.
After Lufthansa (and other leading airlines) had to switch off Internet access above the clouds after Connexion by Boeing pulled the plug end of last year, it was often speculated that a follower-system is in development.

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Wednesday, 20.06.07
APPROVED: OnAir receives green light for 1st Inflight Mobile Phone System
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:32 CET under 01 - General News

OnAir yesterday announced that the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) has certified the airborne GSM equipment, which supports OnAir services on Airbus A318. For the first time, this will enable airline passengers in Europe to use their GSM mobile phones during flights.
EASA is the competent authority in the European Union with responsibility for the airworthiness certification of all aeronautical products. As such, it develops common safety rules at the European level and is also responsible for type-certification.

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Thursday, 17.08.06
DISCONNECTED: Boeing to discontinue Connexion by Boeing high-speed Internet service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:11 CET under 01 - General News

Well, that's definitely bad news for heavy Internet users and business travelers. Boeing today announced that a detailed business and market analysis of Connexion by Boeing is complete and the company has decided to exit the high-speed broadband communications connectivity markets.
Now Boeing will work with its customers to facilitate an orderly phase out of the Connexion by Boeing service.

As initially disclosed in the company's second-quarter 2006 financial results on July 26, Boeing now expects to recognize a pre-tax charge of up to US$ 320 million, or US$ 0.26 per share, in the second half of 2006, of which approximately US$ 290 million will be taken in the third quarter and the balance in the fourth quarter. The company also expects a benefit to earnings of approximately US$ 0.15 per share starting in 2007 without further investment in Connexion. The company will update its financial guidance when it releases third quarter results on October 25.

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Thursday, 12.01.06
ENTERTAINMENT: Connexion by Boeing to bring Live IPTV into airplanes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:45 CET under 01 - General News

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, ushered in the new year by announcing evolutions in its pricing and service enhancements for its real-time high-speed Internet and entertainment services to airline passengers in flight.

The service enhancements include an expanded delivery of four channels of live global television to airlines that offer the Connexion by Boeing service and implementation of Yahoo! as the exclusive search engine on the service's portal used by passengers on flights to access the Internet and E-Mail.

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Monday, 08.08.05
WIRELESS: QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing to test in-flight mobile phone communications
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:28 CET under 01 - General News

QUALCOMM and Connexion by Boeing announced today that they are working together to test and demonstrate in-flight wireless communications aboard Connexion One, a specially equipped Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

The companies have performed a series of test flights that successfully demonstrated the simultaneous use of CDMA and GSM mobile phone technology over an on-board network with infrastructure and integration support from UTStarcom. Using standard cellular communications, a small in-cabin CDMA2000 and GSM "picocell," or small cellular base station, is connected to the worldwide terrestrial network by an air-to-ground satellite link provided by the Connexion by Boeing high-speed airborne network.

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Monday, 09.05.05
SERVICE: Happy Birthday FlyNet - celebrate and surf for free
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:42 CET under 01 - General News

Since spring 2004 Lufthansa is the first airline to offer a broadband Internet service with its own free portal. It means you can now use your time on board to do all the things you didn't get done on the ground or didn't have the opportunity to do in the air.

To celebrate the first birthday of FlyNet from May 17 to May 23 you can surf for free on all Lufthansa long-haul flights!

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Thursday, 25.03.04
FREEDOM: Wireless above the clouds with Boeing's Connexion service
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:23 CET under 01 - General News

Today, Boeing announced in Seattle the pricing for its Connexion High-Speed In-Flight Internet Service.

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, today announced pricing details for its high-speed in-flight Internet service scheduled to become commercially available this spring.
Connexion by Boeing has created a model that enables airline passengers to affordably extend their on-the-ground connectivity experience. The result is more choices for how to use their time in the air using either of two initial pricing plans, which will vary depending on flight length:

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Monday, 20.01.03
TRULY WIRELESS: Lufthansa launched broadband Internet on board
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:01 CET under 01 - General News

15.01.03 - Flight LH 418 bound for Washington DC on 15 January is far more than just one of the 1,300 scheduled flights operated by Lufthansa this Wednesday. When the Boeing 747-400 "Sachsen-Anhalt" lifts off from Frankfurt at 13:10 hours, it will be a world premiere, ushering in a new era in communications in global air travel. During the three-month trial phase of FlyNet, Lufthansa will be the first airline worldwide to provide powerful, high-speed broadband access during a scheduled flight. The technically ambitious project is the result of the collaboration between Lufthansa and Connexion by Boeing launched in mid-June 2001. From March, as the next obvious step in the FlyNet project, Lufthansa is equipping al its 55 airport lounges worldwide with WLAN Internet access in conjunction with its partner Vodafone D2. Even during transit, passengers will thus be able to take advantage of advanced, high-speed communications: Internet connectivity on board and on the ground – all from one source.

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Thursday, 22.08.02
THOUGHT: The use of Pocket PC Phone Edition on Airplanes
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:04 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Several sites like Pocket PC Thoughts and discussed the FAA announcement from USAToday that you are allowed to use PDAs on aircrafts, however I think the FAA missed the point here:

Thought 1: I don't see that that the wireless part of a Pocket PC Phone Edition is/should be allowed to use. The reason is pretty simple; we are talking about a radio module which - and it doesn’t matter if it is used for voice or data - (could) interfere the on-board electronic.

Thought 2: GSM will not work above the clouds. GSM and its antennas is designed to cover the ground. I’ve never seen a BTS which covers the air. You can see this even on skyscrapers in Manhattan. While you have a perfect coverage on ground you are out of coverage on the top levels, if no repeaters are installed. I saw this phenomena even in Hong Kong which is (I think so far) the best covered city in the world. Maybe near windows you will catch the one or the other signal but if you walk into the building you are out of any coverage which doesn’t happens on the ground floors.
So how we could believe that the area in 10.000 meters height is covered?

Thought 3: GSM has speed limits, not only for transferring data but also for transferring the waves. If I remember right, the speed limit for a GSM 900 MHz network is something around 400 km/h while it is something around 250 km/h for GSM 1800 MHz networks and even less for GSM 1900 MHz networks.
As far as I remember from my many flights a Boeing or Airbus fly faster than 400 km/h but for sure faster than 250 km/h only. So even if there would be coverage the handover between the BTS’ wouldn’t

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Friday, 10.05.02
WIRELESS: Surf the web above the clouds
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:04 CET under 01 - General News

Brad from Pocket PC Thoughts posted this news 2 days ago about wireless Internet in aircrafts:

High Speed In The High Skies - Boeing has just announced that they have received Federal Aviation Administration certification of their new in-flight high-speed connectivity network, called "Connexion by Boeing." The network is aimed at providing airline passengers the ability to access the Internet and e-mail systems at near-DSL speeds while in the air.

Now I found this news about the first Lufthansa aircraft which will use Cisco Systems infrastructure for accessing the Internet:

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