Connexion by Boeing Marks One-Year In-Service Anniversary With Evolution That Will Keep Passengers Connected to Global News and Information

NBC Universal, EuroNews, Eurosport and BBC World Team With Leading In-Flight Internet Service Provider to Bring Satellite Television to Passenger Laptops

SEATTLE, May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) today celebrated its one-year in-service anniversary by moving beyond the Internet in announcing the next level in its evolution. Beginning this summer four channels of television will be delivered directly to Connexion by Boeing customers aboard select flights offered by Singapore Airlines. Accessible by passengers’ laptops, the global availability of satellite television content marks yet another “first” for Connexion by Boeing.

In making today’s announcement, Connexion by Boeing President Laurette Koellner applauded the introduction of in-flight television and the benefits to air travelers.

“Our agreements with these leading media organizations provide quality television programming for airline passengers, allowing them to receive the latest business and sports news directly on their laptop computer,” said Koellner. “Being a well-informed traveler is essential for successfully conducting business today. Our Connexion by Boeing service, which now features television content, addresses that need, while providing additional options for passengers who want new entertainment choices in flight.”

The television lineup, which will be distributed across the Connexion by Boeing global network, will consist of the following:

* BBC World — BBC World is the BBC’s commercially funded international
news and information television channel, broadcasting globally in
English 24-hours-a-day to 258 million homes. Along with hourly news
programs offering unmatched, impartial, in-depth analysis of breaking
news and events of global importance, BBC World also broadcasts the
best of the BBC’s documentary, factual and lifestyle series. Full
details can be found online at

* EuroNews — EuroNews broadcasts 24-hours-a-day providing live breaking
news as it happens, with constantly updated bulletins containing
in-depth coverage of the day’s top news, sport, business and European
affairs, together with a comprehensive weather forecast and
face-to-face interviews with top world leaders. For more information
on the top news stories of the day in all seven language versions of
the channel — English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
and Spanish, please visit:

* Eurosportnews — Eurosportnews, the sports news channel of the
Eurosport Group, the leading pan-European sports channel, provides
24-hour service and keeps viewers informed on sports news from around
the globe. The channel delivers video highlights, breaking headlines,
real-time scores and news bulletins every 15 minutes, allowing sports
fans to find up-to-date news from all the major sporting events.
Additional information can be found at

* CNBC and MSNBC — NBC Universal Cable is making available globally
either CNBC, CNBC Europe or CNBC Asia, depending on flight origination
and MSNBC programming, which will be available within the United
States. NBC Universal Cable, is a division of NBC Universal, one of
the world’s preeminent media and entertainment companies. CNBC is the
recognized global leader in business news, providing real-time
financial market coverage and business information to more than
175 million homes worldwide throughout the business day. MSNBC, a
partnership between NBC Universal and Microsoft, delivers breaking
news and in-depth coverage. Additional information can be found at

Connexion by Boeing television initially will be available on Singapore Airlines flights and service availability will be expanded later this year to include other airlines that are offering the award-winning high-speed mobile Internet service. Connexion by Boeing also is working with its airline customers and in-flight entertainment service providers to deliver television content to the seatback.

Singapore Airlines Senior Vice-President, Products and Services Yap Kim Wah offered a unique airline perspective regarding the innovative new service and what it means to airline passengers.

“Following our introduction of wireless Internet connectivity, we are proud to be the first airline in the world to beam live TV content to our passengers on a global basis. With live TV, our customers can look forward to up-to-the-minute business and sports highlights while flying 35,000 feet in the air. Now they can decide between watching the latest blockbuster from our selection of 60 in-flight movies or the fifth set of a nail-biting Wimbledon final, just like they would at home.”

Singapore Airlines is one of the first airlines in the world to offer Connexion by Boeing’s high-speed in-flight Internet connectivity. The airline now offers the service on select long-haul flights including Singapore-London and is introducing it to other routes progressively.

About Connexion by Boeing

Connexion by Boeing is, for the second year running, the recipient of the World Travel Award for World’s Leading High-Speed In-flight Internet Services Provider and was recently named one of the wireless companies to watch in 2005 by IDC wireless services analysts. Through a broadband connection to an equipped aircraft, high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity is delivered directly to travelers in flight. The Connexion by Boeing service is available today on flights offered by Lufthansa, SAS, Japan Airlines, ANA and Singapore Airlines. In addition, China Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana and El Al Israeli Airlines have announced their intent to install the Connexion by Boeing system on their long-range aircraft. Connexion by Boeing also offers a high-speed connectivity solution for the business aviation and maritime markets. For more information, please visit

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