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American Airlines, Aircell Intro Mo Gogo — 300 Aircraft, Yo!

March 31st, 2009 · Tags:Airports · Cities · Wi-Fi

Here in Fargo, I am guessing we will be taking our Wi-Fi on the ground, with a hot and delicious beverage.  But others may be taking to the skies.  So, enjoy this bit of news from our friends at American Airlines:

AMERICAN AIRLINES ANNOUNCES DOMESTIC EXPANSION OF AIRCELL’S GOGO INFLIGHT INTERNET SERVICE

Wi-Fi to Fly in the Sky On American’s MD-80s and Boeing 737-800s

FORT WORTH, Texas and ITASCA, Ill. – American Airlines is taking its high-altitude experiment with Wi-Fi out of the trial stage and has decided to install Gogo Inflight Internet on more than 300 domestic aircraft over the next two years.

The expansion will help American Airlines further enhance its customers’ travel experience and meet their evolving travel needs. American, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, was the first U.S. airline to launch the Gogo service last August.

Since then, thousands of customers traveling on 15 of American’s Boeing 767-200 aircraft have enjoyed Inflight Internet service primarily on nonstop flights between New York JFK and San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Miami.

American will install the Aircell system on its domestic MD-80 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft fleets, beginning with 150 MD-80 aircraft this year.

“We are excited to be able to offer the Gogo high-speed service to customers on other aircraft within the American Airlines domestic fleet, starting with the MD-80s,” said Dan Garton, American’s executive vice president-marketing.

“Our trial over the past six months offered customers the choice to remain connected to work, home or elsewhere when flying on American Airlines. And it also gave us the ability to study customers’ willingness to take advantage of high-speed, onboard connectivity and to gauge how the service performed technically in a variety of settings over an extended period of time,” he said.