Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

All for the Business Traveler

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

All for the Business Traveler

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NEW YORK (NYT) -- For more than a year, airlines have been fiddling around with technology and fretting about when and how they're going to introduce in-flight e-mail and Internet capability on their airplanes. But now it's off to the races for these services, which industry surveys show that business travelers put first on lists of technological amenities they want on board.

On Sunday, from over the Pacific, on a flight from Los Angeles, Singapore Airlines dispatched an e-mail announcement to dozens of reporters, gleefully claiming bragging rights as the first airline to provide passengers with the capability to plug their laptops into in-seat telephone ports to send and receive e-mail and browse about 30 Web sites. "There's always an enormous amount of pressure because the timeline for products to cycle and competitors to reach parity is getting shorter and shorter," said James Boyd, a spokesman for the airline. "There's a desire on the Singapore side to be first, because we've always led the market with in in-flight entertainment offerings. So being first with in-flight e-mail on a global scale is certainly important to us."

After testing the new system for six weeks on a Boeing 747 on the Singapore-Los Angeles route, the airline decided to officially take it live months before competitors such as Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific, who are outfitting their aircraft with the same technology this year. Over the next 12 to 14 months, Singapore will spend more than $100 million to equip 55 other 747s with the new service, which is supplied by Tenzing Communications, a two-year-old Seattle-based company that is also providing similar satellite-based air-ground systems to other airlines rushing to meet the demand.

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