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