• Staff report


All Nippon Airways Co. said Tuesday it will offer in-flight broadband Internet access in November, the first Asian airline to offer a service of this kind and the second carrier to do so overall.

The new service will be introduced Nov. 15 aboard ANA Boeing 777-300ER serving the Tokyo-Shanghai route, followed by other planes serving European and American routes in fiscal 2005, the carrier said.

Passengers in all seat classes will be able to use the service by hooking up their laptops to the planes’ LAN system. The service fee, charged by credit card, is $19.95 for unlimited use. Passengers can also elect to pay $7.95 for the first 30 minutes and $0.25 for every additional minute.

The Tokyo-Shanghai flight time is about three hours.

ANA is the second carrier to launch Internet service. Lufthansa AG debuted its broadband Internet service in May.

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