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Re: [OT] Connexion {Was: Re: [routing-wg]BGP Update Report}

  • From: Richard A Steenbergen
  • Date: Sun Sep 10 13:09:27 2006

On Sun, Sep 10, 2006 at 12:24:52PM -0400, Steven M. Bellovin wrote:
> On Sun, 10 Sep 2006 09:08:56 -0500, Netfortius <[email protected]>
> wrote:
> > Just wondering this, myself. I travel fairly frequently between US and Europe, 
> > and Lufthansa was recently my choice, exclusively because of this service. 
> > Perhaps with the interdiction of computing devices on board (have not 
> > travelled since the UK incident, so I am not sure if the new rules of flying 
> > naked affect all flights?!?) there won't - obviously - be much of a need for 
> > an Internet connection ... 
> > 
> The main issue, from what I read, is that too few airlines followed suit.
> In particular, most American airlines were far too strapped financially to
> invest in the necessary equipment.

Duh. Did you ever read the numbers for Connexion? They managed to design a 
system which cost the airlines up to $1mil per plane to install, and only 
generated $80k/yr/plane total revenue (thats Boeing revenue not airline 
revenue). They had an opex of something like $150mil/yr on total revenue 
of $11mil/yr.

Obviously there is no such thing as an FAA certified $50 Linksys WRT54G, 
but it never fails to amaze me how people are utterly shocked when reality 
catches up with their wild, unchecked, and stupid spending. :)

Richard A Steenbergen <[email protected]>
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