Wednesday, August 20, 2008

American Airlines to Begin Offering WiFi on Flights

American Airlines announced today that they would be adding WiFi to 15 of its planes for coast to coast flights. The first planes to receive WiFi will be American Airlines 767's which fly non-stop between New York and San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami.

The service will cost a flat rate of $12.95 on flights of more than three hours, and passengers can sign up for Internet access much like they would at a Starbucks or hotel. When they turn on their laptops or BlackBerrys at 10,000 feet and open their Web browsers, they will be automatically directed to a portal page where they enter their credit card information.

The service provider, Gogo, is the same that is providing WiFi service to Virgin Airlines by the end of the year.

Other airlines which are getting onboard the WiFi trend are Jetblue, Southwest, Alaska and United. Delta Airlines has committed to WiFi by fall on international flights and will be fleetwide by 2009.

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