Monday, March 30, 2009

American Airlines to Offer Aircell's Inflight Internet on 300 Aircraft

American Airlines announced plans to install Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet on more than 300 domestic aircraft over the next two years. Specifically, American will install the Aircell system on its domestic MD-80 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft fleets, beginning with 150 MD-80 aircraft this year.

American was the first U.S. airline to launch the Gogo service last August on 15 of its Boeing 767-200 aircraft primarily on nonstop flights between New York JFK and San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Aircell's price for the Gogo service ranges from $7.95 to $12.95 based on length of flight and whether the device is a handheld PDA or a laptop computer. Each paid Gogo session includes full Internet, e-mail and VPN access. Cell phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service use will not be available.