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Airbus, Tenzing take off on Net access

Airbus and Tenzing Communications announced this week the completion of full-scale tests for in-flight Internet access. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is a major investor in Tenzing, which develops in-flight messaging services and was founded in 1998. The companies are working to provide airlines with the capability of offering passengers Internet connections. Since the system uses Satcom antennas, which are installed in more than 1,800 aircraft worldwide, retrofitting planes for the service shouldn't take long. The system is available now for installation.

Boeing's wireless technology subsidiary, Connexion by Boeing, is also in the midst of introducing an in-flight Internet service.