Alaska Airlines says it is now offering Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet service on more than half its aircraft, including all 55 of its Boeing...

Alaska Airlines says it is now offering Aircell’s Gogo Inflight Internet service on more than half its aircraft, including all 55 of its Boeing 737-800s and 10 of its 737-900s.

The service will be available on the airline’s remaining two 737-900s by the end of July, according to the carrier. These aircraft fly throughout Alaska Airlines’ network, including all transcontinental routes.


“Our installations are on schedule and every week more customers are having the opportunity to sample our new Gogo service at no cost, thanks to the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card,” says Joe Sprague, Alaska’s vice president of marketing.

Alaska Airlines boasts a number of specially theme-painted aircraft in its all-Boeing 737 fleet. This one, painted to mark Alaska's commercial cooperation with Disneyland, is called 'The Spirit of Disneyland II'. The airline decided to fit Aircell's Gogo Inflight Internet Wi-Fi equipment on all of its aircraft, despite conducting trials successfully with rival in-flight Wi-Fi service Row 44

The airline is partnering with the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature card to offer passengers Inflight Wi-Fi free of charge on flights through July 31. After July 31, the Gogo service, currently available in the U.S. lower 48 states, will be offered to customers at a cost of $4.95 per flight and up, based on length of flight and the wireless device the passsenger uses.

With Gogo, Alaska Airlines passengers with wireless devices can browse the Web; access online music, games, podcasts and webcasts; send and receive e-mail; and connect to virtual private networks while flying. The service is easy to use and provides passengers with full Internet access on any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground, according to Alaska Airlines.

Customers can visit alaskaair.com/wifi for more information about Alaska’s Inflight Wi-Fi.

The airline says it will equip its remaining 737-400s and 737-700s with the Gogo service by the end of 2010.

To ensure the service is available to the airline’s namesake state, Aircell will expand its network by early 2011 to provide Gogo Inflight Internet service on key routes to, from and within the state of Alaska. A detailed coverage map is available for download from Alaska Airlines’ image gallery at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

Aircraft equipped with inflight Wi-Fi have a Wi-Fi symbol located outside the aircraft’s boarding door and information about the service located in seatback pockets. Gogo is available above 10,000 feet, following an announcement approving the use of portable electronic devices.

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