Top three U.S. airlines cancel Net service plans

Boeing Co. said recently that the top three U.S. airlines had cancelled plans to invest in Connexion, its planned airborne Internet service, because of a dramatic slowdown in air travel.

The high-speed data service, first announced in April of last year, was to have provided passengers with two-way Internet connections, as well as access to live TV, travel information and news.

American Airlines Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Airlines Inc. viewed the venture as a distraction at a time when U.S. air travel is in a slump. Boeing originally planned to equip as many as 1,500 planes to provide the digital services.