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(June 15, 2001) -- Airbus, the airplane manufacturer, and Tenzing Communications said today that they have entered a strategic relationship in which e-mail and Internet access will be available to people who fly on Airbus planes.

Airbus is buying 30% of Tenzing as part of the transaction.

The Tenzing software runs on a server located within each plane and uses existing air-to-ground satellite links to deliver online access to laptops on board the plane. The cost is expected to be $4.95, with some additional fees, and access is limited to only a few sites.

The feature has been tested on Air Canada, and Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways have also signed up for the service, which is expected to launch later this year. -- Catharine P. Taylor

Copyright June 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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