Internet technology firm Tenzing Communications has forged a strategic partnership with aircraft manufacturer Airbus to offer passengers email and web access.

Under the deal, Airbus will also buy 30% of Tenzing, which uses existing satellite links to provide internet access to laptops on planes via an on-board server.

Due to launch later this year, the service will cost passengers around $4.95 plus extra charges, with access restricted to a few sites.

Operators who have signed up for Tenzing’s service include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways.

News source: Advertising Age - Interactive Daily