Boeing, 3 airlines launch in-flight Net deal

Aerospace vendor The Boeing Co. announced Wednesday that it has entered into a joint venture with three major airline carriers to offer two-way Internet broadband in the sky.

The new venture between Boeing, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines will operate under the Connexion by Boeing name. The aircraft maker will be the major shareholder and take management responsibilities for the venture. The services will be offered to other airlines in addition to the three announced Wednesday.

The service, which is due to be available in the United States in mid-2002, will provide connection speeds of at least 56K bps (bits per second) per passenger at prices equivalent to cell phone costs, said Connexion by Boeing President Scott Carson during a press conference.

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