Air Transport World

No plug-and-play solution: wiring aircraft for broadband can be a challenge.(Inflight Connectivity)

Lufthansa Technik, which pioneered installation and operation of Connexion by Boeing high-speed broadband Internet access aboard A330s and A340s, overcame an array of technical challenges en route from the prototype installed in a Lufthansa 747-400 for a four-month trial to the ongoing installation on the airline's long-haul fleet. "We've learned a lot since the proof-of-concept aircraft," says Ulf Hallmann, director-LHT engineering services, VIP and government jet maintenance. Involved are complex structural enhancements both inside and outside the aircraft. Seats in the trial plane were hard-wired for passengers to access the CBB system via WLAN, whereas the refined system is entirely wireless. …

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