Boeing, unlucky with wireless in-flight systems

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Boeing drops it again — to fulfill its due date. The airplane maker abandoned the idea of installing a wireless in-flight entertainment system in its new Boeing 787 ‘Dreamliner’. The feature was one of the program risks said the Dreamliner project leader, and would delay the first delivery of the new airplane to All Nippon Airways of Japan in May 2008.

Two issues forced Boeing into abandoning its wireless plans: bandwidth limitations and regulatory difficulties in receiving approval with some countries for use of certain wireless frequencies. Ironically, the company will go back to traditional wiring, and said it would even reduce equipment weight by 150 pounds (75kg), plus the configuration will allow carriers to change seat layouts (demoed in picture).

Boeing is unlucky with top-notch service. It shut its broadband service since December last year. Too expensive, or maybe too complicated to deploy.

Jan 25, 2007 | By Nuno

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