SEOUL, Jan. 16, 2006 -- Korean Air and Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company [NYSE:BA], have signed an agreement for the airline to become the first "authorized modification center" for the retrofit installation of the Connexion by Boeing high-speed in-flight Internet service aboard aircraft.
As part of the three year contract, Korean Air will retrofit other carriers with the Connexion by Boeing service. As an authorized modification center, Korean Air has met Connexion by Boeing standards for installation quality, schedule, and performance. Korean Air's Maintenance & Engineering division is one of the world's first maintenance repair organizations to receive this distinction.
Last month, a Korean Air 747-400 received the 100th commercial installation of the Connexion by Boeing service. "The growth and popularity of the Connexion by Boeing service has been remarkable," said Lianne Stein, vice president, commercial aviation business, Connexion by Boeing. "This partnership with Korean Air ensures that our airline customers can receive high quality installation of our award-winning service by an experienced, reputable provider."
"This contract recognizes Korean Air's commitment to operational excellence," said K.S. Lee, executive vice president of Operations and Corporate Strategy. "We are confident of our operational and maintenance capabilities, and believe that we can continue to strengthen our position in the industry as a skilled and quality provider."
By mid-2007, all of Korean Air's mid-long range aircraft will be equipped with Connexion by Boeing.
Korean Air's Maintenance and Engineering Division operates out of four maintenance bases -- Incheon, Gimpo, Gimhae, and Bucheon -- and provides quality services to over 30 international airlines operating out of Incheon International Airport.
Korean Air, with a fleet of 116 aircraft, is one of the world's top 20 airlines, and operates almost 400 passenger flights per day to 90 cities in 31 countries. It is a founding member of SkyTeam, the global airlines alliance - partnering AeroMexico, Air France, Alitalia, CSA Czech Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM and Northwest Airlines to provide customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. More on Korean Air's programs, routes, frequency and partners is available at www.koreanair.com.
Connexion by Boeing is, for the third year running, the recipient of the World Travel Award for World's Leading High-Speed In-flight Internet Services Provider. In 2005 IDC wireless services analysts named Connexion by Boeing as one of the wireless companies to watch. Connexion by Boeing also is the recipient of Network Magazine's Innovation Awards 2005 honor for "Product Breakthrough." Through a broadband connection to an equipped airplane, high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity is delivered directly to travelers in flight. The Connexion by Boeing service is available today on more than 170 daily flights offered by Lufthansa, SAS, Japan Airlines, ANA, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and El Al Israel Airlines. In addition, Etihad Airways and Austrian Airlines will begin offering the innovative service in the months ahead. Connexion by Boeing also offers a high-speed connectivity solution for the business aviation market and has announced Teekay Shipping as its launch customer for the maritime market. For more information, please visit http://www.connexionbyboeing.com.
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