Wednesday, March 31, 2004 - The Middle Seat - The Middle Seat "You can read and send your e-mail, access Web-based news and sports, watch programming loaded onto Connexion's onboard server, and even view live video programming (on your PC) via a satellite-based link. Basically, it turns the plane into an Internet cafe with very crowded seating -- a Starbucks with weaker coffee.
Connexion will cost $9.95 for 30 minutes or $29.95 for an entire flight, which is by no means cheap. But the big hurdle is the cost to airlines. Carriers have to spend several hundred thousand dollars per plane, and maybe as much as $500,000. Boeing won't say how much, but whatever it is, if you have 770 planes like American Airlines, it adds up to a huge expenditure."

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