Report: Boeing May Scrap Connexion

 - November 16, 2006, 10:47 AM

Boeing might sell or shut down its Connexion in-flight Internet service after six years of failing to turn a profit on the business, The Wall Street Journal reported today. Boeing is thought to have spent as much as $1 billion on Connexion, but has had a tough time attracting airline customers, many of whom have complained about the service’s high equipment costs. How this news affects buyers of new Bombardier business jets equipped with the Rockwell Collins eXchange broadband Internet system–which uses the Connexion satellite link and goes live this summer–is unclear. A Rockwell Collins spokeswoman told AIN the company’s marketing strategy for eXchange remains unchanged and that Collins is keeping close contact with Connexion by Boeing officials about the service’s future. Boeing did not immediately respond to a request for comment.