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Aircell counts all major airlines as customers for its Gogo Internet service

For years, traveling by air meant that you were out of touch with those on the ground. A few aircraft offered phone service from air to ground, but very few passengers took advantage of the service due to high-costs. More dreaded by business people was not being able to connect to corporate networks to work during a flight.

That has all begun to change, at least for connecting to networks while in the air. Domestic airlines are lining up to offer Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet service to their passengers at $9.95 per user for flights less than three hours and $12.95 for flight lasting over three hours.

Aircell already counts among its customers American Airlines, Air Canada, Virgin America, and Delta. In August, Delta boasted that it would be the first domestic airline to offer Gogo internet access to all passengers on its complete domestic fleet of aircraft. Aircell notes that Delta Airlines is set to launch its Gogo service before the end of 2008.

Aircell has called 2009 the year of inflight internet and says that it will have Gogo Internet service in place on 2,000 commercial aircraft by the end of 2009. American Airlines debuted the Gogo service on its fleet of 767-200 aircraft in August and Virgin America announced Gogo service in November. Aircell says that it will expand its Gogo entertainment offerings to provide rich multimedia applications like games, TV, and movies in addition to the VPN access, email, IM and other things it offers already.

Jack Blumenstein, CEO of Aircell said in a statement, "2008 was a year of groundbreaking milestones for Aircell culminating in the successful launches of Gogo Inflight Internet service on American Airlines and Virgin America. 2009 promises to be Aircell's most extraordinary year yet. We are ending 2008 on a high note with the recent launch of Virgin America and upcoming launch of Delta Air Lines and are poised to carry the momentum into the new year and beyond."

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Year of The.....
By choadenstein on 12/11/2008 5:12:02 PM , Rating: 4
I think they might have a tough time with historians. They'll have to convince the writers in the future that the year of in flight internet has a better ring to it than the year of the first black US president, year of the recession, year of the nuclear Iran.

But keep your spirits up guys... There's a shot that in flight internet is the most historical thing that will happen this coming year.

old news?
By Dreifort on 12/11/2008 4:25:00 PM , Rating: 2
Is this old news or did a company with this idea go under and another company has picked up the ball?

What happened to all the warnings of messing with inflight instruments when using a wireless signal? (I'm being sarcastic - don't reply with a 2 page scientific breakdown on the effects of radio waves.)

I see a lot of ppl using this. A majority of ppl glady and willingly pay $9-$14 a night at hotels for internet access. Why not $10 for a 3 hr flight?

so, let's get this out of the way right now... if you watch porn on the internet in an airplane... what is that? the electronic mile high club?

By Chipper Smoltz DT on 12/12/2008 4:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
This should have been implemented a long time ago. Make it happen for international flights as well... travel time of more than 12 hours simply sucks with movies or airline music that seems to be repeated over and over. Those hours of just sleeping in the plane might just turn to hours of pure enjoyment. Hopefully it doesn't cost too much. With regards to interference with the plane circuitry and other electronic stuff... answer should be just be the "right" frequency.

2004 called
By Solandri on 12/12/2008 12:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
By BusterBluth on 12/13/2008 11:28:23 PM , Rating: 2
Are there going to be outlets?... Because my laptop battery doesn't last that long on the internet.

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