Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Virgin America Selects AirCell for In-Flight Broadband

Virgin America, which launched service in August, is partnering with AirCell to offer air-to-ground broadband Internet service beginning next year. Passengers will be able to access the Internet in-flight either through their WiFi-enabled personal devices or through the airline's "Red" In-flight Entertainment system at every seat.

Passengers will be able to check and send web-email from their seatbacks through Red's TALK -- the airline's onboard chat system -- using popular instant messaging services such as MSN, Google talk, Yahoo!, Skype, and AIM.

"We believe that broadband connectivity on our planes will help enhance the in-flight experience for our guests," said Charles Ogilvie, Virgin America's Director of Inflight Entertainment & Partnerships.

  • In August 2007, American Airlines announced plans to conduct passenger testing of AirCell's Wi-Fi broadband Internet service on coast-to-coast flights over the U.S. beginning in 2008. Passenger testing will be conducted on American Airlines fleet of Boeing 767-200 aircraft that primarily fly transcontinental routes.

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