Readers of this blog were not a bit surprised by this morning’s announcement that Lufthansa has inked a deal with Panasonic to reignite Ku-band satellite-based in-flight broadband connectivity on its overseas flights via the IFEC giant’s eXConnect solution; and that the carrier will offer AeroMobile’s GSM/GPRS service through Panasonic’s branded eXPhone system.
IAG’s Addison Schonland this morning snagged stellar interviews with Panasonic vice-president global communications service David Bruner and Jennifer Janzen, Lufthansa’s communications manager.
Here is the link to Bruner:
Here is the link to Janzen:
Bruner says we’ll see “a lot of airlines taking advantage of this”. But, Schonland cleverly asks, what about Lufthansa’s Austrian and Swiss units?
Key quote from Janzen:
“…right now we’re looking at just having this service onboard Lufthansa, whereas Austrian and/or Swiss may look into it at a later date. At this stage there is no plans to expand it to other airlines in the Lufthansa Group.”
Check out what people are saying about today’s announcement: