Connexion by Boeing and NTT DoCoMo to Launch In-flight Roaming Service

October 6, 2004

Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company, and NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Japan's leading mobile communications company, today announced the launch of a roaming service to enable users of NTT DoCoMo's popular Mzone™ wireless LAN service to connect to the Connexion by BoeingSM high-speed Internet service in flight, beginning Oct. 22.
NTT DoCoMo's Mzone users will enjoy a simple, seamless solution for accessing the full richness of the Internet when in flight, simply by accessing the Connexion by Boeing homepage and entering their Mzone username and password. Billing for the service will be added to users' existing Mzone bills.

The service fee will be a flat rate that varies according to the length of the flight: less than three hours - 1,900 yen ($17 USD); three to less than six hours - 2,500 yen ($23 USD); or more than six hours - 3,700 yen ($33 USD).

The roaming service will immediately be available on Lufthansa flights LH715-714 (Narita-Munich), LH452-453 (Munich-Los Angeles), LH458-459 (Munich-San Francisco; from Sep. 27 to Oct. 31, scheduled to resume from Dec.14), LH602-603 (Munich-Tehran; scheduled from Oct. 17), LH428-429 (Munich-Charlotte; scheduled from Oct. 31), LH464-465 (Munich-Miami; scheduled from Dec.14 on Mondays and Wednesdays), and LH446-447 (Frankfurt-Denver; scheduled from Dec. 1), all costing 3,700 yen per flight. Additional availability will occur on ANA flight NH919-920 (Narita-Shanghai; scheduled from Nov. 15) for 2,500 yen per flight, Japan Airlines flight between Narita and London (scheduled from December) for 3,700 yen per flight and Scandinavian Airlines flight between Copenhagen and Seattle (scheduled from December) for 3,700 yen per flight. The specific route availability is subject to change and users are advised to contact the airline companies for details.

Mzone customers will be the world's first airborne passengers to receive integrated billing for high-speed Internet access while flying as the result of a roaming service agreement between a wireless LAN service and Connexion by Boeing. The roaming service launch is based on a memorandum of understanding that was originally signed in April this year.

About Connexion by Boeing
Connexion by Boeing, recipient of the 2003 World Travel Award for World's Leading High-Speed In-flight Internet Services Provider, brings high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity to travelers via a broadband connection to the aircraft. Connexion by Boeing has definitive agreements with Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines System, Japan Airlines, ANA and Kingdom Holding Co. to equip their long-haul aircraft with the service. In addition, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Korean Air and Asiana have announced their intent to install the Connexion by Boeing system on their long-range aircraft. Connexion by Boeing also offers a high-speed connectivity solution for the business aviation and maritime markets.

Explore further: Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

Related Stories

Facebook ready to test giant drone for Internet service

July 30, 2015

Facebook says it will begin test flights later this year for a solar-powered drone with a wingspan as big as a Boeing 737, in the next stage of its campaign to deliver Internet connectivity to remote parts of the world.

Jet engines are getting quieter

July 8, 2015

With no sign of our appetite for air travel diminishing, we need to create quieter aircraft that are easier to live with. In fact, while those living near airports may beg to differ, data included in the Airports Commission ...

5 things to watch at next week's Paris Air Show

June 12, 2015

Just eight miles from the center of Paris, the normally sleepy aerodrome in Le Bourget will undergo its biennial transformation into the center of the world's $700 billion aerospace and defense industry when it hosts the ...

Recommended for you

A cataclysmic event of a certain age

July 27, 2015

At the end of the Pleistocene period, approximately 12,800 years ago—give or take a few centuries—a cosmic impact triggered an abrupt cooling episode that earth scientists refer to as the Younger Dryas.

New blow for 'supersymmetry' physics theory

July 27, 2015

In a new blow for the futuristic "supersymmetry" theory of the universe's basic anatomy, experts reported fresh evidence Monday of subatomic activity consistent with the mainstream Standard Model of particle physics.

Dense star clusters shown to be binary black hole factories

July 29, 2015

The coalescence of two black holes—a very violent and exotic event—is one of the most sought-after observations of modern astronomy. But, as these mergers emit no light of any kind, finding such elusive events has been ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.