Cathay Pacific Airways and Tenzing Communications, Inc. today gave a public demonstration of the world`s first high-speed onboard data network to be installed on a passenger aircraft. The network, which was showcased in a Boeing 747 First Class mockup cabin in Hong Kong, will soon enable passengers on Cathay Pacific to access email and Web content at speeds up to 11 Mbps as they cruise along at 35,000 feet.
Cathay Pacific will begin a fleet-wide roll-out of the Tenzing service in the third quarter of 2001, and the system is set to be implemented on all aircraft by 2003. Passengers will be able to send and receive email inflight, and surf extensive Best of the Web content from leading news, sports and entertainment Websites.
With the roll-out of the Tenzing service, Cathay Pacific will be the first airline ever to offer its passengers access to a high-speed data network inflight. The technology was first trialed by Cathay Pacific and Tenzing engineers on a flight from Seoul to Hong Kong back in November 2000.
Cathay Pacific Manager Product Sarah Blomfield said: “Today Cathay Pacific and Tenzing really pushed back the borders of cyberspace with this major demonstration. Next quarter our passengers will be the first in the world to have access to this high-speed network inflight. We are convinced that email and Intranet will soon be an essential inflight service, and we are proud that Cathay Pacific is leading the way.”
Tenzing Communications Vice President Airline Programs Grant Jeffery said: “Offering passengers high speed email and intranet access from the comfort of their seats is truly a world first. As a frequent flyer I have lost count of the number of times in the past I have desperately needed to send an email during a long flight. However Cathay Pacific passengers will soon be able to get connected anytime, anywhere - and the best news is that up until next year the service will be entirely free of charge.”
Tenzing Communications, Inc. is the premier provider of connectivity solutions for the frequent business traveler. Its services comprise inflight email, terrestrial global roaming, and extensive inflight Best of the Web content offering inflight updates of breaking news, business and sports, travel information and a variety of magazines.
Cathay Pacific Airways is a Hong Kong-based airline offering scheduled passenger and cargo services to 51 destinations in 29 countries and territories. The award winning carrier flies to Asia, North America, Australia, Europe, and Africa, with a fleet of more than 70 modern wide-body aircraft. The passenger fleet consists of Boeing 747-400s, B777-300s, B777-200s, Airbus Industrie A340-300s and A330-300s.