Boeing's onboard Wi-Fi service Connexion bites the dust

Boeing has killed off its in-flight Wi-Fi system, Connexion.

The company was apparently hemorrhaging money on the scheme, so decided to “exit the high-speed broadband communications connectivity markets”.

Although Lufthansa, SAS, and Japan Airlines, amongst others, had been using the service, big US airlines and BA did not sign up for it.

Shutting down the operation will cost Boeing in the region of $320m (£169m).

Lufthansa wants to continue the service, but it’s not clear who will provide the technology to run it.

Chief Executive, Jim McNerney said, “Regrettably, the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected”.

Perhaps this is because it cost an individual user $30 to connect to the onboard Wi-Fi, which was offered on 72 long-haul flights.