Connexion by Boeing, a division of the aerospace company that offers in-flight Internet and entertainment services on several foreign airlines, says it will start charging people slightly less for online access — or slightly more, depending on how long they stay connected.
Beginning Jan. 31, Connexion will charge $26.95 for up to 24 hours of unlimited Internet access. It currently charges $29.95 for six hours or more.
One hour of Internet access will cost $9.95, compared to $14.95 Connexion now charges for three hours or less. Two hours will cost $14.95 under the new price structure. And three hours will cost $17.95.
Connexion said the new pricing scheme followed extensive consumer research.
Travelers "have told us they want simplified pricing based on the time they are connected and more options for how to pay for it," David Friedman, Connexion's vice president of sales and marketing, said in a statement.
Connexion also announced that customers on all airlines equipped with its service will be able to watch several channels of live global television through their laptops beginning Jan. 23.
That service, which will broadcast BBC World, EuroNews, Eurosportnews, CNBC and MSNBC, will be available to any passengers who buy blocks of Internet access. They will not have to pay extra for it.
Connexion offers high-speed Internet and other services on nine foreign airlines: including Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, All Nippon Airways, China Airlines, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and El Al Israel Airlines.
To get the service, customers have to have wireless-capable laptops.