Connexion, the Boeing in-flight internet system, may not be entirely abandoned, even after being dropped by its owners.
Inflight Online reports that Panasonic North America wants to take the operation over and develop it itself. Panasonic is putting funds into the project but airlines are expecting to receive cancellation fees from Boeing which will help towards the project.
Inflight Online reports that Panasonic wants carriers to firm up within 60 days and is targeting 500 planes to be equipped, of which its says 150 aircraft are already equipped. Lufthansa has over 60 aircraft with Connexion and SAS has about 20.
Etihad was an early customer and has equipped its new Boeing 777s, telling guests that it will be switched off in December. However for its equally new A340-500s, the system has not been completed. Any new Connexion offspring is likely to be wireless only, a major saving on the early wired system.