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Article from BTNews 28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Lufthansa spreads the net

Lufthansa is following its recent fleet-wide cabin enhancement programme (BTN 21 September) by offering broadband internet service on short- and medium-haul flights from next year.

The carrier will become the first network airline in Europe to offer the service, enabling passengers on continental and domestic flights within Germany to communicate and to use the internet with a wide bandwidth above the clouds. The first aircraft will be fitted with the new technology early next summer.

The move ties in with Lufthansa’s reputation as a pioneer of on-board internet services. The company has already equipped the intercontinental fleet with its FlyNet system, and says it is now ‘continuing our success story’. “We are the first airline in Europe to offer passengers an internet surfing experience boasting the same quality and speed as they are used to at home," a spokesman said.

The new service is based on broadband satellite technology from the airline’s technology partner Inmarsat and its Global Xpress network. Inmarsat recently launched the third satellite in this global constellation and Lufthansa becomes its first aviation customer.  www.lufthansa.com

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