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Etihad Offers Internet Access at Every Seat

Etihad Airways has selected Connexion by Boeing as its provider of high-speed in-flight Internet and live global TV service throughout the airline’s entire fleet of 25 aircraft. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.“We are very pleased to be the first airline in our region to offer the
Connexion by Boeing service. Introducing such an innovative and
sophisticated service showcases our commitment to ensure our guests
have the most seamless and rewarding travel experience,” said H.E. Dr.
Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan, chairman of the Civil Aviation Department
in Abu Dhabi and chairman of Etihad Airways.  He continued, “With the
introduction of this award-winning, high-speed mobile Internet and
entertainment connection on board our new aircraft, we are confident that
it will give our guests the most rewarding experience of any airline.”

“Etihad Airways, one of the world’s newest and fastest-growing airlines,
has charted a clear path toward a position of leadership within the Gulf
region and we are pleased that Connexion by Boeing has been selected to
be a part of that strategy,” said Connexion by Boeing President Laurette
Koellner. “The opportunity to provide the added benefits of connectivity in
flight is a unique way of helping Etihad address a frequently requested
passenger amenity, while also helping to further differentiate their brand
in the marketplace.”

Etihad Airways is expected initially to offer the Connexion by Boeing
service on routes between the Gulf region and Europe and North America. 
Once installations are complete, passengers will have additional choices
for how to spend their time in-flight, including access to the Worldwide
Web; e-mail; corporate intranets, including virtual private network
capability; live TV and the ability to stay in touch with friends, family and
the office. In mid 2006, Etihad Airways will become the first airline in the
world to offer live television and Internet access at every seat delivered
through its in-flight entertainment system.

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