Boingo is best known for providing WiFi on the ground, but it's now working with Germany's Deutsche Telekom to spread its paid internet access to international flights, not just flights in the US. Lufthansa trips both inside Germany as well as to Canada and the US will soon let you pay with your Boingo account to stay online while you're in the air, using DT's broadband internet access as the conduit. More airlines will be coming soon, although those of us who get itchy staying offline for more than a few hours will have to pay an unspecified premium for that connection when it's ready. Check the PR after the break for the official word.
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Boingo Customers Gain International In-Flight Wi-Fi Access
Deutsche Telekom Partnership Includes Intercontinental Flights for Lufthansa, More Airlines to Come
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Boingo Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIFI), the Wi-Fi industry's leading provider of software and services worldwide, today announced an agreement with Deutsche Telekom (DT) to give Boingo customers access to in-flight Wi-Fi services on international flights – including intercontinental routes – through DT's on-board communication service.
The Wi-Fi service will be initially available to Boingo customers traveling on select Lufthansa flights between the airline's hubs in Germany and destinations in the U.S. and Canada. Additional airlines will be made available in the future as DT expands service offerings.
"International travelers should have the opportunity to be as productive in the air as on the ground, especially during long-haul flights," said Bjorn Thorngren, director of EMEA for Boingo Wireless. "DT's service provides one more valuable way Boingo customers can use their account to stay connected on the go."
Boingo customers will have access to on-board broadband Internet via their laptops or mobile devices using DT's Wi-Fi service. They can log in via the roaming links on the web-based interface now, and the easy-to-use Boingo Wi-Finder app will be enabled for access in the near future. In-flight access is a premium service and is not included in monthly Boingo plans. Boingo customers will incur separate charges for Wi-Fi access that will be billed direct to their existing account.