Lufthansa talks Internet for A380 and IFE in the cloud

Lufthansa’s Airbus A380 (like all A380s, frankly) is a stunning sight to behold. But while the carrier is offering its usual high-end Panasonic in-flight entertainment (IFE) in all three classes (naturally), it has not yet retrofitted the birds with its FlyNet in-flight high-speed Internet system.

The FlyNet system, driven by Panasonic’s eXConnect, is not linefit offerable on the A380. While Lufthansa is hopeful – nay expectant – that this will change, the carrier is soldiering on with retrofit plans.

Yesterday in New York, the carrier’s VP Americas Jens Bischof graciously answered a few  questions about connectivity and the A380, and the joys of connecting in-flight entertainment to the cloud (hmmmmm, I wonder if Cloudstream is just the beginning of the type of IFE content to be held in the cloud!!)

Check out my brief chat with Jens and then scroll down for a funky little video about Lufthansa’s inaugural A380 flight between Frankfurt and JFK. Damn, I love those urinals – what a great idea!

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