Alaska Airlines recently announced that nearly all aircraft in its fleet are being equipped with Wi-Fi Gogo Inflight Internet service.
The airline’s fleet will be 92 percent Wi-Fi equipped after the service is completely installed later this month.
The 737-800 and 737-900 aircrafts flying predominantly longer routes are among those to be Wi-Fi equipped.
The airline, however, in a statement said that only seven of its 117 Boeing 737s will not offer Wi-Fi, including its freighter and combi (part-passenger/part-freight) aircraft and three 737-400s.
Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ Vice President – Marketing, said, “We’re pleased to be able to offer inflight Wi-Fi service to our customers flying throughout our US mainland and Alaska route network. For our business travelers, especially, the ability to access email and the Internet is a great benefit.”
According to the airline, complimentary access to Facebook will be offered to passengers traveling on Wi-Fi equipped planes throughout this month, June.
Gogo Inflight Internet service, which is available for US$4.95 and up depending on length of flight and device used, can be used to browse the Web, access online music, games, podcasts and webcasts; send and receive email; and connect to virtual private networks while flying.
With this easy-to-use Gogo Inflight Internet service passengers will be able to get full internet access on any Wi-Fi equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground.