Alaska Airlines to offer in-flight Internet

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2010

SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines passengers will soon be able to browse the Web, send e-mail and connect to virtual networks while flying with a new service announced last week.

The company will offer Aircell's Gogo In-flight Internet service on all aircraft, providing full Internet access on any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground.

"With more than 730 systems already flying, Aircell has a proven track record of deploying affordable in-flight Wi-Fi services to airline customers," said Steve Jarvis, vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience for the airline. "Their reliable, lower-cost equipment can be installed quickly, allowing Alaska Airlines to introduce Gogo service to our customers as soon as possible."

Alaska and Aircell are working to install the Gogo service on a Boeing 907-737-800, and plan to begin testing to secure certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The airline will then begin to outfit its fleet.

The company did not say when the service will become available.

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