Redwood Shores, Calif.-based, which makes software that connects travelers to their offices from remote locations, said corporate customers will be able to connect to the Web on planes within six months using wireless links from .
The companies are betting that business travelers, who already connect their laptop computers wirelessly in hotels, cafes and airports around the world, want to stay connected on the plane.
The market for thehas been slow to develop. Northern Sky Research predicts that the market could grow to between $200 million and $300 million by 2008 from roughly $5 million to $10 million this year.
So far Boeing only provides Internet links on a few, but it said seven airlines have plans to outfit their planes.
The aerospace company recently signed up Germany'sas its first large corporate client.
Boeing sets up so-called wireless hot spots in the sky by using satellites to deliver the Internet to planes and extending these links to passengers' laptops via, short-range wireless links that work on most laptops.
Customers of iPass will not need to sign for a separate service to use the Boeing links. iPass hasn't finalized how much it plans to charge for the on-board service.