Boeing says goodbye to in the air Internet

By Justin Mann on August 17, 2006, 1:13 PM
In-flight Internet, whether due to lack of interest or excessively high prices, has been slow to move. As a result, Boeing will be axxing Connexion soon, citing market demands and cost. The service was initially launched in 2006 but has been met with numerous troubles, from technical feasibility to security concerns. Put up for review a few months ago, the CEO had this to say about the service:

"Over the last six years we have invested substantial time, resources and technology in Connexion," Boeing's chairman and CEO, James McNerney, said in a statement. "Regrettably, the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected."
A bit of a shame, because long flights are without a doubt one of the most boring things you can possibly partake in. Connexion will dissapear, but perhaps in the future something else will take its place.

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reb00tz said:
Oh, this sucks... I guess I was one of the "few" people then that actually used the service... The service was good, particularly useful when I needed to IM some others while in-flight.Of course, the service would take off a whole lot faster and have more users if the airlines would allow and/or accommodate laptop plugs in economy-class seats... Otherwise, it would be no use to have paid for a full flight's use of the Internet and yet have your laptop die two/three hours after starting!
Verencius said:
I guess with nonsesn such as forbidding laptops on-board makes this idea not feasible anymore. No laptops > no need to have internet onboard.
ya its a shame were starting to lose our right on bringing technology on board and the airliners are smart to not waste their time and money trying to get internet up their when its not even known if we'll be able to bring MP3's with us for security purposes in the future :( hopefully technology will enable them to fully be able to check our technology for explosives and allow us to bring our tech with us again, then it would be worth it to try to get internet in flight :)
Loanarranger said:
Goodbye to Internet, hello to snakes. There's a message there somewhere, but danged if I know what it is!
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