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The Boeing Company said travelers on flights lasting six hours or more can get all the high-speed bandwidth they can eat for $29.95.

That's just one service plan to be offered this spring from Connexion by Boeing, the plane-maker's in-flight broadband service.

The service will also provide unlimited access for $19.95 for medium-haul flights (between three and six hours), and $14.95 for flights less than three hours. Connexion by Boeing will also sell a metered service, with a 30-minute "starter package" going for $9.95, and 25 cents per minute thereafter.

Using a network of orbiting satellites and satellite gateways on the ground, the service will provide 20 Mbps connections to each aircraft. Passengers who log in will then share the bandwidth available, typically getting access to Internet links in the neighborhood of 1 Mbps, explained a Connexion by Boeing spokesman.

"Sharing the network will affect the individual speed to the user," he added.

Lufthansa will be the first airline to offer the service this spring, providing it on commercial flights originating from Germany. Connexion by Boeing also has agreements with Scandinavian Airlines System, Japan Airlines and ANA. Singapore Airlines and China Airlines have also expressed interest.

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