IP over the clouds

Yesterday, when flying Lufthansa from Munich to San Francisco on an Airbus A340-600 for Oracle OpenWorld I had the pleasure of using the internet for the full duration of the flight. This is not really new but it was the first time this was availaible on any of my flights and I was happy like a little boy in a candy store about not having to be “offline” for the 11+ hours. Instead of dosing off to in-flight movies I spent most of the time nagging people on facebook and twitter and answering all those emails that have piled up in my inbox over the past few days.

At EUR 19.95 for up to 24 hours the service is not cheap but can be justified if you actually get some work done. The connection was not very fast for me, websites took quite long to load (als see the traceroute output below showing almost 1 second round-trip-times), but it was stable throughout the flight. Visit this FAQ if you are interested in more information.

My only complaints would be that IPv6 was not supported and that there are no power outlets on Lufthansa Economy so a laptop battery will be empty before the flight is over.

traceroute to portrix-systems.de (46.30.25.51), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets
 1  ns.lufthansa-flynet.com (172.19.248.1)  1.927 ms  1.169 ms  1.115 ms
 2  10.43.151.1 (10.43.151.1)  1.831 ms  2.274 ms  2.378 ms
 3  172.18.0.36 (172.18.0.36)  658.202 ms  570.810 ms  655.699 ms
 4  172.18.0.34 (172.18.0.34)  716.395 ms  712.795 ms  675.197 ms
 5  172.30.1.38 (172.30.1.38)  623.631 ms  630.177 ms  723.325 ms
 6  172.30.0.2 (172.30.0.2)  653.906 ms  579.965 ms  649.622 ms
 7  10.64.17.185 (10.64.17.185)  859.394 ms  739.926 ms  795.541 ms
 8  10.64.17.193 (10.64.17.193)  921.332 ms  715.960 ms  819.538 ms
 9  10.73.69.49 (10.73.69.49)  921.414 ms  819.487 ms  920.677 ms
10  10.74.2.2 (10.74.2.2)  819.598 ms  857.615 ms  922.337 ms
11  172.28.76.24 (172.28.76.24)  715.989 ms  918.686 ms  717.635 ms
12  172.28.76.37 (172.28.76.37)  819.122 ms  918.357 ms  818.656 ms
13  172.28.75.24 (172.28.75.24)  819.756 ms  687.088 ms  945.950 ms
14  172.31.31.129 (172.31.31.129)  921.284 ms  918.662 ms  922.049 ms
15  10.74.2.9 (10.74.2.9)  717.178 ms  926.532 ms  975.847 ms
16  f-ea6-i.f.de.net.dtag.de (62.154.18.1)  921.791 ms  866.744 ms  873.449 ms
17  194.25.6.86 (194.25.6.86)  921.750 ms  921.109 ms  819.202 ms
18  ffm-b12-link.telia.net (213.248.103.169)  921.243 ms
    ffm-b12-link.telia.net (213.248.97.101)  780.318 ms
    ffm-b12-link.telia.net (213.248.103.169)  819.347 ms
19  ffm-bb1-link.telia.net (213.155.135.8)  817.498 ms  963.446 ms
    ffm-bb1-link.telia.net (213.155.135.10)  819.238 ms
20  mcn-b2-link.telia.net (213.155.134.13)  865.284 ms
    mcn-b2-link.telia.net (80.91.248.29)  820.967 ms  833.302 ms
21  portrix-ic-142034-mcn-b2.c.telia.net (80.239.193.90)  804.867 ms  818.930 ms  921.693 ms
22  port-51.25.muc.portrix-systems.de (46.30.25.51)  819.169 ms  793.671 ms  931.693 ms

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