SEATTLE -- Tenzing Communications and Cathay Pacific Airways agreed to roll out Tenzing's in-flight e-mail service on Cathay's entire fleet by the first quarter of 2001.

Cathay Pacific became the first airline to install Tenzing's high-speed data network, enabling business travelers to send and receive e-mails at 30,000 feet.

Air Canada is market-testing Tenzing's e-mail product on a few of its planes, but at a lower speed, as the connection is through the existing telephone on board.

When Tenzing's program fully rolls out, business travelers who are interested in using the e-mail service will pay about $15 per flight plus charges for e-mail attachments, said Allan Pellegrini, chief operating officer for Tenzing.

Also, frequent travelers can opt to pay a flat rate per month, about $22 or $23 said Pellegrini, and receive unlimited use.

The Tenzing system is compatible with PCs, Macs and personal digital assistants.

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