IONA's Orbix Powers Mobile Internet Service for Connexion by Boeing

4/23/2003 - IONA®, the leading provider of Rapid Integration software (NASDAQ: IONA), and Connexion by Boeing, a business unit of The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA), announced that IONA's Orbix® and Orbix/ETM are serving as the integration broker technologies helping to power the delivery of high-speed Internet connectivity services to mobile travelers.

Through the Connexion by BoeingSM service, mobile travelers have real-time broadband access to the Internet, e-mail, firewall-protected corporate intranets and audio and video entertainment content on select trans-Atlantic flights. In addition to service demonstrations with leading European airlines Lufthansa and British Airways, Connexion by Boeing is also working with Japan Airlines and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS), which have announced their intent to equip their long-haul aircraft with the innovative connectivity service. Full-scale rollout of the service is expected to begin in 2004.

"IONA's technology is an integral part of our onboard system in that it basically serves as a broker for key system components in the air and on the ground, allowing them to communicate and work together," said Darrin Luther, senior manager of satellite communication systems for Connexion by Boeing. "Having such seamless interaction is a critical part of our efforts to ensure the Connexion by Boeing service is service-ready when we begin full-scale rollout in 2004."

IONA's Orbix and Orbix/E software is used by Connexion by Boeing to control and monitor the satellite communication link that supports the delivery of mobile information services to airline passengers. On aircraft equipped with the broadband connectivity service, IONA's Orbix/E is embedded in the airborne electronics to facilitate inter-process communication.

"Connexion by Boeing is a highly-visible, innovative end-user solution that promises a new level of in-flight connectivity and productivity to travelers around the world. Connexion by Boeing's choice of our Orbix and Orbix/E software is yet further evidence that standards-based, service-oriented integration solutions such as CORBA remain the first choice of organizations whose projects are mission-critical, and must successfully stand the test of time and growth," said Barry Morris, CEO at IONA.

About Connexion by Boeing
Connexion by Boeing is a mobile information services provider that is bringing high-speed Internet, data and entertainment connectivity to aircraft in flight. The service currently is available to the executive services market in the U.S., which includes operators of private and government aircraft. Full-scale commercial rollout of the Connexion by Boeing service is expected to begin in 2004. For additional information, visit the Connexion by Boeing web site at:

About IONA
IONA is the leading provider of Rapid Integration software with more than 4,500 customers worldwide. IONA's award-winning Rapid Integration software products are built on: service-oriented architectures that increase reuse of software assets to deliver lasting results, standards-based software that enables vendor independence, and incremental deployment capabilities that lower the customer's risk.

Founded in 1991, IONA® (NASDAQ: IONA) is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, with U.S. headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts and offices worldwide. For additional information about IONA, visit our Web site at

IONA, IONA Technologies, the IONA logo, Orbix, Orbix/E, Rapid Integration, Artix, Mobile Orchestrator and Making Software Work Together are trademarks or registered trademarks of IONA Technologies PLC and/or its subsidiaries. J2EE is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. CORBA is a trademark or registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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