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Boingo bounces to new heights

Wed, 05/11/2005 - 8:00pm
Jeff Baumgartner

First it was hotels, restaurants and airports. Now Boingo Wireless has taken to the air with its roaming Wi-Fi service.

Through a relationship with Connexion by Boeing, Boingo has launched an in-flight broadband service to complement its 17,000-plus hotspots located on Mother Earth.

To spur adoption in the early going, Boingo subs can obtain a free in-flight Wi-Fi connection when they sign up for a monthly account, with a three-month commitment. Boingo's traditional service runs $21.95 per month; its airborne service will sell for $29.99

"This agreement with Connexion by Boeing highlights the convenience and cost-effectiveness of roaming in a way that will help business travelers to minimize their travel downtime," said Boingo VP of Network Strategy Colby Goff.

Access to the service remains rather limited, however. Boingo's in-flight service presently is offered on Connexion by Boeing-capable flights from Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Japan Airlines, ANA, and Singapore Airlines. China Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana and El Al Israeli Airlines also have plans to add the service sometime this year.

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