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American Airlines allows passengers to use in-flight Wi-Fi for first time

Passengers on a specific American Airlines flight between JFK International Airport in New York and Los Angeles International Airport will be the first American Airlines passengers to actually use the AirCell in-flight broadband Internet service.

American Airlines and AirCell say that the service on the flight will be offered for free in a large-scale test of how the internet access will be used and how well it performs. The Dallas Morning News reports that American Airlines is also considering the expansion of AirCell broadband connectivity beyond its Boeing 767-200 planes.

American Airlines currently has a fleet of 15 767-200 aircraft. American and AirCell are going to share profits from the internet service. The revenue will be a welcome addition to the bottom line for American in a time when fuel costs are at record highs and the airline industry is looking to new methods of offsetting fuel costs.

The AirCell Gogo service will normally cost passengers on American Airlines flights offering the service $12.95 on flights over three hours and $9.95 for shorter flights. The airline also says that while users will be able to download videos and large documents the AirCell system will prioritize data flow so a few users eating lots of bandwidth won’t make it impossible for other passengers to do things like check email. The AirCell service will allow users VPN access to corporate networks and to use chat programs on both laptops and other connected devices like Blackberry’s.

American Airlines first announced it would offer in-flight Wi-Fi service in August of 2007. AirCell and competitor JetBlue won licenses for in-flight Wi-Fi in June of 2006.

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In-Flight Internet
By isorfir on 6/25/2008 11:57:50 AM , Rating: 5
With in-flight wifi, I'm guessing we're going to have a lot more people joining the mile high themselves.

RE: In-Flight Internet
By Demi9OD on 6/25/2008 12:08:03 PM , Rating: 2
Not everyone needs a live streaming feed to get off.

By nvalhalla on 6/25/2008 12:14:51 PM , Rating: 2
How many planes were swatted from the sky due to the awesome destructive power of using wireless devices during flight?

By Runiteshark on 6/25/2008 2:28:23 PM , Rating: 2
Billions of them, nvalhalla, billions.

I myself don't turn off my cellphone when I get on a flight, just set it to silent so people don't cry.

So far all of the planes I've been in have not crashed.

By Chaser on 6/26/2008 6:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
Regardless of what could get OK'd you still will be told to turn off and not use all "portable electronic devices" during takeoff up to 10,000 ft and below 10,000ft until landing.

Sounds like...
By HVAC on 6/25/2008 12:17:39 PM , Rating: 1
"Aircell Gogo In-flight Wi-fi"

To me this sounds like a movie that should star Annette Funicello in a fringe bikini.

(BTW, my spell checker offers up the word "Fungicidal" as a correct spelling of her last name.)

RE: Sounds like...
By Suntan on 6/25/2008 1:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
...offers up the word "Fungicidal" as...

That's funny stuff.


RE: Sounds like...
By JimmyC on 6/28/2008 7:39:57 PM , Rating: 2
Spellchecker says, "I don't know, dinosaur?"

</some comedian who's name I can't remember>

Old technology
By Solandri on 6/25/2008 12:18:32 PM , Rating: 2
The airlines mostly rejected it first time around when Boeing offered it. What's changed to make them think it's worthwhile now?

RE: Old technology
By chick0n on 6/25/2008 1:02:52 PM , Rating: 2
because Boeing tried to rip people off.

Check their prices on the service, u will know why.

By aswedc on 6/25/2008 11:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
"Las Angeles International Airport"?

Woot, more "services"!
By Bremen7000 on 6/27/2008 2:43:12 PM , Rating: 2
First bag checked fee.
Second bag checked fee.
Aisle seat fee.
WiFi fee.
Food fee.
Flight change fee.
Curbside checkin fee.

All hail our new Southwest overlord, destroyer of fees.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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