VIDEO: Lufthansa less certain on ’09 broadband launch; still high class

Some pretty significant news here, folks. Lufthansa is no longer certain it will reignite broadband Internet on its overseas flights this year.


The carrier is still very much interested, but some issues need to be sorted. Also, there are no guarantees broadband will be offered on Luftie’s first A380 (due early next year), but we already know the in-flight service is going to rock no matter what (Wi-Fi is some nice icing to the cake, however).

A big word of thanks to Jens for being so candid atop a gorgous penthouse in New York City.

And a big shout out to my friend Max and my sister Anne, whose company, Not Bad Design, is helping me with these videos. I think we’re getting better, don’t you?

Finally, I want to thank Bombardier, which took me on an amazing tour this week (they snapped the above pic of me in downtown Toronto.) What a lovely city, and what great stories I’ve got to tell.

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5 Responses to VIDEO: Lufthansa less certain on ’09 broadband launch; still high class

  1. TD May 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    was the ‘first class’ food any good?

  2. Mary Kirby May 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm #

    Oh yes. It was excellent. Glad you asked.

    Question – would video of me shovelling it down my throat have been apropos?

  3. TD May 11, 2009 at 5:47 am #

    haha, that would make a great outtake.

    By the way, how big really is the demand to have broadband connection on long-distance flights? I mean it would certainly be awesome from the perspective of a student like myself, but if i had a full-time job then its possible that I would be tempted or even pressurized to treat the flight like being at work. I like to treat my long-range flights as an extended resting period, you see! but I guess its only a matter of time before in-flight connectivity is a norm for most carriers.

  4. Ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" May 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm #

    Nice interview. Too bad someone at LH didn’t get the memo on hot button issues. I was grabbing a schnitzel with an old acquaintance from Lufty and he said IFC is #87 on their list of things to do. To put it simply…there appear to be bigger fish to fry (such as squeezing revenue out for 2009).

    Like the Cubs fans always say…”we’ll get ‘em next year.”

    PS…TD-I like your comment about being a student and referring to “long-range flights as an extended rest period…” How much rest are you able to get sitting in the back of an LH widebody? Short of you being a midget (padron the pun), I don’t see your statement making much sense.


  5. Mary Kirby May 12, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    TD, the demand is definitely there. Lufthansa and several other carriers offered Boeing’s Connexion high-speed Internet service until the unit folded at the end of 2006. But each and every one of them said they were upset to the service go. Lufthansa is among the carriers eager to reinstate a Connexion-like service. A teaming of ViaSat, T-Mobile and others are trying to help them do just that.

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