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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.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.