10 thoughts on “Coming Sometime Soon: WiFi to American Airlines”

  1. Yep. There is no more captive audience for Wifi than passengers on an airplane. For me, I’d happy pay $20-$50 extra per flight, depending on length of flight. Should be a big moneymaker for airlines and a welcome perk for passengers. I wonder how (and if) this relates to JetBlue’s purchasing of the rights to a certain spectrum which lets them do airborne wifi several months ago. I haven’t heard anything about that since the initial announcement.

  2. it was only a matter of time, and frankly, i can’t believe it has taken this long for it to happen. being on an airplane is one of the few times that people are ‘forced’ to be unconnected (a nice change of pace i usually welcome).

  3. Lufthansa had a similar service last year but it was cancelled just after some months, I wonder why. The cost was around 25 euros, which I thought was a good deal for a 10 hour flight. Of course you could even make skype calls. I used it everytime I had to go to Europe.

  4. “What’s the best way to ruin a vacation, fly American Airlines”.

    This has been a quote of mine for nearly 20 years, so I can only hope that AA won’t charge for WiFi. This is an excellent opportunity for AA to begin a positive change in their services.

  5. ok, the market has spoken. fine. but if this works, can they at least ban skype and other p2p voice?!?! bad enough jethro’s lovehandles are already spilling into my seat. i don’t need his uninteresting conversations intruding on me as well.

    i wonder if my company will let me use microsft exchange up there…?

  6. Just a note = Transcontinental means internal flights (they don’t leave the country)
    My bet is limited routes for this phase, since that will mean installing only a small number of ground towers.
    Check Out Row 44 – satellite based coverage coming sooner that Aircell, and it’s real broadband.

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