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Accessing the Internet at cruising altitude

With FlyNet, Lufthansa passengers can stay on line in-flight

FlyNet is back on board – and this time it is faster, more powerful and smarter. Lufthansa is now providing boundless broadband connectivity on its flights. On many long-haul routes, passengers can surf the Internet and use mobile data communication services if they have a WLAN-enabled device. With FlyNet they can also use the entire spectrum of mobile data communication, which includes high-speed access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. They can also send and receive e-mails, even with file attachments, and connect to their corporate intranets via a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The Airbus A330 was the first aircraft type to be equipped with FlyNet. The other aircraft types in the long-haul fleet, such as the Airbus A340 and the Boeing B747-400, are gradually being retrofitted with the necessary technology.



Lufthansa is the first airline to offer its passengers broadband Internet access on long-haul flights: Initially the service will be available on selected North Atlantic routes. FlyNet is very easy to use. Using a laptop, iPad or smartphone, passengers can connect to the Internet through a hotspot on board, in the same way they would connect through any public hotspot on the ground. FlyNet is available throughout the cabin, irrespective of the travel class.

Lufthansa is planning to further expand its mobile broadband services. Plans are already underway to introduce GSM services and broadcast TV reception is also under consideration. In the foreseeable future, additional inflight entertainment services will be provided on board.

 

 

Christian Körfgen, Vice President Product Management & Innovation, Lufthansa German Airlines

“Surveys have shown that passengers are very interested in news and in using social media on board. For business travellers, in particular, email accessibility is extremely important.”

Press releases

22.02.11
Lufthansa FlyNet receives very positive response
30.11.10
Lufthansa FlyNet service now available on board
12.10.09
FlyNet takes off again

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Facts and Figures
  • FlyNet rates
    one-hour flat rate: 10.95 euros (or 3,500 miles)
    24-hour flat rate: 19.95 euros (or 7,000 miles)
  • Broadband (scalable):
    6 Mbps (into aircraft)
    1 Mbps (ex aircraft)
  • Services:
    WLAN, GSM*, GPRS*
  • Lufthansa long-haul fleet:
    99 aircraft
  • Lufthansa FlyNet partners: Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Deutsche Telekom
  • Transmission mode:
    satellite-based broadband
  • * in preparation