Lufthansa Technik has been granted a supplemental type certificate to install wireless local area networks (WLANs) in commercial aircraft cabins.

Boeing's Connexion, British Airways Engineering and Lufthansa Systems last month received regulatory approval from Germany and the UK to install the system in some Boeing 747-400s, after tests to check interference with navigation and flight-control systems.

"We're going to build on this certification as a basis for putting WLANs aboard other aircraft types," says Bernhard Conrad, senior vice-president engineering and production at Lufthansa Technik's completion centre.

Lufthansa says WLANs will save money for airlines by eliminating systems wiring.

Source: Flight International