American Airlines Introduces In Flight Broadband Service

Flying transcontinental in the US has just got better with American Airlines launching broadband services in their Boeing 767-200, a fleet of 15 airplanes.

The users would be able to access the broadband services as soon as their plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet; however, passengers would not be allowed to use cell phones or make call using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), such as Skype.

The services will be using Gogo system from Aircell, and it will be available in flights between ‘New York and Miami’, ‘New York and Los Angeles’, and ‘New York and San Francisco’.

The broadband service would cost USD12.95 per flight, and it would be accessible on laptops, PDAs, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The trial of the service has already begun in a couple of flights in June and August, and it employs three antennae fitted over the body of the airplane, which receive signals from different mobile towers on ground.

If the service becomes a success within six months, the company would extend it to the rest of its fleet.