Lufthansa Expands FlyNet Service to More Than 50 Percent of North American Gateways By April 2005

NEW YORK, March 17 /PRNewswire/ — Lufthansa today said the expansion of its in-flight wireless Internet service, FlyNet(TM), which includes Internet access from Connexion by Boeing, will pass another milestone shortly when half of the airline’s North American gateways have the service. Just 11 months since Lufthansa introduced the world’s first wireless Internet service on commercial airplanes, flights into and out of Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. are now joining Charlotte, Denver and Los Angeles in offering the service.

The unprecedented availability of FlyNet(TM) includes a free Lufthansa FlyNet(TM) portal containing real-time news, weather, sports and destination information, as well as complete Internet access by Connexion by Boeing for a small fee. Now, Lufthansa passengers have more choices on-board, whether it’s following the weather forecast at their final destination, surfing the Web or connecting to their company’s intranet or email server to send and receive email with attachments.

As of March 27th, the Lufthansa North American gateways that will offer the FlyNet(TM) service include:

* Boston-Munich (LH 425/LH 424)
* Charlotte-Munich (LH 429/LH 428)
* Chicago-Munich (LH 435/LH 434)
* Denver-Frankfurt (LH 447/LH 446)
* Detroit-Frankfurt (LH 443/LH 442)
* Los Angeles-Munich (LH 453/LH 452)
* New York/JFK-Frankfurt (LH 401/LH 400)
* New York/JFK-Munich (LH 411/LH 410)
* Portland-Frankfurt (LH 469/LH 468)
* San Francisco-Munich (LH 459/LH 458)
* Washington, D.C.-Frankfurt (LH 417/LH 416)

“More and more travelers are taking advantage of the FlyNet service — telling us it adds value to their experience on-board Lufthansa,” said Thomas Winkelmann, Vice President — The Americas, for Lufthansa. “We look forward to expanding the service in the months ahead,” Winkelmann added.

Peter Giliam, Vice President — Total Vehicle and Quality Management at BMW, uses the service during frequent business trips between Charlotte, North Carolina and Munich and wonders “how I ever managed without it.” “With my return flight from Europe being a day flight, this is a great opportunity to catch up on work e-mails and really have my ‘office’ in the plane. I am logged into the business Intranet and network providing me with the perfect ‘flying’ office! I also use the opportunity to surf the Net and send private e-mails. The network speed is astonishingly good and the stability is great as I have never lost the link,” Giliam added.

From its Frankfurt and Munich hubs, Lufthansa provides one of the most extensive global networks of any major airline, serving 355 cities in more than 90 countries worldwide. For reservations and further information about FlyNet(TM), or to check availability, visit

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