After a 3 year absence Lufthansa are re-introducing in-flight internet via 'Flynet' during the course of next year.
This has all been brought about by Lufthansa working closely with Panasonic and it will mean that passengers will be able to use text messaging and high speed wi-fi during flights. Also available will be text messaging via GSM / GPRS. We understand that Lufthansa are hoping to have the 'major part' of it's long haul fleet equipped by the end of next year.
How much will it cost
Lufthansa have yet to publish any prices for the service but it is thought that there is to be a number of pricing structures. these could range from a 'pay as you go' method through to monthly fee for regular flyers. It is also likely that loyalty points will be redeemable against access.
CT Business Travel Analysis
Lufthansa are not the first to be talking about a service of this nature but given their size it is likely to come about and it will be a very attractive lure to business travellers. In the past American Airlines, Delta Airlines and Virgin America have announced deal with technology providers. Interestingly BA already offer the service on its London city to New York route which commenced last month.