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American Airlines to use AirCell's high-speed broadband service
American Airlines to go WiFi in 2008

American Airlines (AA) is looking to keep business travelers connected with the announcement that it will utilize AirCell's high-speed broadband network in 2008 on Boeing 767-200 aircraft. The service will provide Internet, VPN and email access to WiFi capable devices in all seating classes -- for a fee.

"We understand that broadband connectivity is important to our business customers and others who want to use their PDAs and laptops for real-time, inflight broadband communications," AA Executive VP of Marketing Dan Garton. "This is part of our continuing effort to enhance the travel experience for our customers and meet their evolving needs."

"We are excited to provide solutions that will give American Airlines passengers the opportunity to make high-speed Internet connections from unprecedented heights," Garton continued. "We consider it a 30,000-foot answer to many of our business travelers’ needs."

The cost of admission for AA is $100,000 per plane according to AirCell. Passengers can expect to pay no more than $10 per day for unlimited service.

The service will be mainly provided on AA transcontinental flights and the company will install cellular towers around the continental U.S. to accommodate AirCell's broadband service. Each 767-200 plane will feature one antenna on the top of the aircraft and two on the bottom to receive the signals. Passengers will then be able to connect to Internet using 802.11a/b/g.

Boeing had originally planned to make its 787 Dreamliner WiFi capable to give airlines the option of providing wireless high-speed broadband access to all passengers. Boeing later dropped the WiFi idea and decided to use wired networking to save weight.



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heh
By omnicronx on 8/2/2007 10:57:37 AM , Rating: 2
great.. now all we need is a section of a plane for crying babies..

on a more serious note.. soon the only place in the world you will be able to go without thousands of wireless signals traveling through your brain is Antarctica




RE: heh
By Spivonious on 8/2/2007 11:06:45 AM , Rating: 2
Wouldn't it suck if humans could hear frequencies like 900MHz? People would go insane.


RE: heh
By rtrski on 8/2/2007 2:51:39 PM , Rating: 5
I wasn't aware humans could 'hear' in any frequency range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Well, aside from some millimeter waves reportedly being heard as 'clicking' sounds by direct induction to the inner ear bones.

Light .NE. sound


RE: heh
By omnicronx on 8/2/2007 4:07:18 PM , Rating: 1
Well now you are aware!

.. it was a joke, get over yourself ;)


RE: heh
By UNHchabo on 8/2/2007 11:13:24 AM , Rating: 2
But then you'll get like 40x the amount of UV light, cause of the ozone hole...


RE: heh
By omnicronx on 8/2/2007 12:27:33 PM , Rating: 3
So you are the guy i always see suntanning in -40C weather in shorts and a tee shirt.

I dont think UV matters too much when your whole body is covered heh.. id be more worried about the killer penguins =D


RE: heh
By TheMouse on 8/2/2007 11:16:11 AM , Rating: 2
True... Anyone who minds it can always go live in Antarctica. good deal for them


RE: heh
By mdogs444 on 8/2/2007 11:20:47 AM , Rating: 1
Can we also ship Rosie O'Donnell there too? Maybe her fat ass and big mouth can plug the hole in the O-zone there.


RE: heh
By The Sword 88 on 8/2/2007 12:54:34 PM , Rating: 2
That is a great idea!


RE: heh
By omnicronx on 8/2/2007 2:11:44 PM , Rating: 2
and the award for making things go so off topic its not even funny goes to:..

I really do try =D


RE: heh
By rtrski on 8/2/2007 2:55:31 PM , Rating: 3
Too funny! But there's enough environmental damage there already.


RE: heh
By spluurfg on 8/2/2007 11:53:06 AM , Rating: 2
*groan*

So now the guy sitting next to me in the aisle seat is going to have his laptop out for the whole flight and give me dirty looks when I need to use the bathroom.


RE: heh
By kirbalo on 8/2/2007 1:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
*groan x2*

Then get an aisle seat...then you won't have to groan about it here...


RE: heh
By spluurfg on 8/2/2007 3:29:16 PM , Rating: 2
I'll just get a first class seat where the window seat IS the aisle seat =P Maybe with the thousands I'm paying they'll throw in internet for free.


RE: heh
By FastLaneTX on 8/2/2007 3:38:25 PM , Rating: 3
I already have my laptop out the entire flight and give you dirty looks as it is. Now I'll just be more productive while I'm doing it.

Allowing cell-phone use in planes is another matter; that'd be a nightmare.


RE: heh
By nanoera on 8/2/2007 4:13:03 PM , Rating: 3
I bet you were one of the crying babies.
That'll be great if there can be a seat section for people travel with small kids.
Some people, especially young people with no kids, seem to be impatient with little ones, and forget they themselves were kids too.


In other news...
By shamgar03 on 8/2/2007 2:50:21 PM , Rating: 4
Southwest will be getting the same service for the same price from the same people, at slightly lower bandwidths by flying very close to AA planes. This of course denies them both the exhobitant fee AA is extracting and the large startup cost.




RE: In other news...
By spluurfg on 8/2/2007 3:28:14 PM , Rating: 2
Is that a joke? I suddenly got the very silly thought of the southwestern pilots pulling up next to the AA plane and asking if they can hook up some CAT5. Or tailing them and stealing wireless internet.


RE: In other news...
By DLeRium on 8/2/2007 3:59:14 PM , Rating: 2
Soon we will see pilots being arrested for "war flying."


RE: In other news...
By Doormat on 8/2/2007 5:25:24 PM , Rating: 2
Both - Southwest and Jetblue are going to have in-flight WiFi in late 07/08 as well as AA.


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