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Corporate Angel Network auctions Aircell ATG 5000 to benefit cancer patients

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(From AINonline, October 2013)

2013 AIN Product Support Survey: Aircell voted #1 in cabin electronics

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(From AINonline, August 2013)

 

iOS in-flight use takes off; android still grounded

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(From BizReport, March 2013)

 

Aircell donates ATG 5000 to Corporate Angel Network

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(From AINonline, October 2012)

 

Aircell introduces world’s first airborne smartphone

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(From PRNewswire, March 2011)

 

Aircell raises $35M to fuel its in-flight Internet

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(From VentureBeat, February 2011)

 

Broadband Comes of Age for Business Aircraft

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(From Business & Commercial Airlines, January 2010)

 

Passengers Rave about Aircell's 3G Internet

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(From AIN, January 2010)

 

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Wi-Fi above the world

CNN's Richard Quest puts the new internet feature on the new BA001 all business class flight to the test.

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Added On October 14, 2009

 

BART: High-Tech Momentum

An Interview with Aircell's John Wade

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(From BART, September 2009)

 

Gogo In flight: Wi-Fi at Your Airline Seat

Surfing the Air for Business and Pleasure; In flight wireless at your airline seat

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(From CIO, June 24, 2009)

 

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Virgin America Searches Now Show Wi-Fi Flights

Fliers who want to know whether they can access the Web on their next flight will be pleased that Virgin America has started publishing that information on its flight tables.

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(From the Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2009)

 

Delta Begins Launch of Wi-Fi Service on Its Domestic Fleet

Delta Air Lines is rolling out wireless Internet service on six jets today, beginning a yearlong process to install Wi-Fi throughout its domestic fleet by the end of 2009.

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(From the Salt Lake Tribune, December 15, 2008)

 

Delta’s In-Flight Internet Service Ready for Takeoff

Delta Air Lines said it’s launching WiFi Internet access in six planes beginning Tuesday.

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(From Fox Business.com, December 15, 2008)

 

Another Airline Jumps on the Aircell Bandwagon

Delta Air Lines announced today that it plans to offer in-flight wireless internet aboard its "shuttle" service between Washington and New York.

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(from Economist.com, December 15, 2008)

Delta’s Wi-Fi Network Debuts

Delta Air Lines Inc.’s onboard broadband Wi-Fi access will be go for launch on Tuesday on six planes.

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(From Bizjournals.com, December 15, 2008)

 

Delta's In-Flight Wi-Fi Service Takes Off

Plans by Delta Airlines to roll out Wi-Fi across its entire fleet by 2009 seem to be coming to fruition. On Tuesday, Delta is expected to have four of its eight shuttle planes wired for Wi-Fi service on runs between New York-Boston and New York-Washington...

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(From PC World, December 15, 2008)

Blogging from 30,000 feet

Larry Magid has been a technology columnist and broadcaster for more than two decades...

"I’m on a Virgin America flight about an hour west of Washington DC as I chat with a friend via instant messaging, update my Facebook page, send little notes on Twitter, watch streaming web video and update my blog. I’m even filing this column from the air."

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 (From PCAnswer.com posted on Saturday, December 13th, 2008 at 2:40 pm)

 

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Boing Boing Tv Update: Virgin WiFi, Obfuscated Code, Comment Poetry, Downfall Housing Remix

"* VIRGIN AMERICA LAUNCHES IN-FLIGHT WIRELESS: Our wireless tech reporter pal Glenn Fleishman was on the first Virgin America flight with airborne WiFi service. BBtv caught up with him over video chat from a Virgin America Airbus A320 aircraft (named "My Other Ride Is A Spaceship") 35,000 feet above San Francisco. Also joining us: Jack Blumenstein, the CEO of Aircell, the company providing the "GoGo" air/ground 3G connectivity."

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(From Boing Boing tv November 25, 2008)

 

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In-Flight Wi-Fi Aboard the Virgin Party Plane

 "On a flight from San Francisco to San Francisco that seemed loosely based on the Snoop Dogg film Soul Plane, Virgin America demoed its Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service this past weekend amid a cabin full of Web celebrities. (And, for some reason, me.) "

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(From PC World, November 25, 2008)

 

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In-Flight WiFi Wrap-Up

"Virgin America CEO David Cush speaks before boarding begins on the airline's WiFi demonstration Saturday. "

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(From Jaunted, the Pop Culture Travel Guide, November 24, 2008)

 

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Product Review - Aircell Gogo In-Flight Internet on Virgin America

 "This past Saturday, Gadling participated in a special flight celebrating the launch of in-flight Internet on board Virgin America. "

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(From Gadling by Scott Carmichael November 24, 2008)

 

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Cheap and Easy - Aircell Proves It's No Broadband Virgin

"Virgin America's decision to launch its in-flight broadband service Gogo with a plane-load of journalists and bloggers - while tying the experience into the YouTube Live event - was a bloody public relations coup."

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(From Mary Kirby's Runway Girl  November 24, 2008)

 

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Live From Virgin America's Inaugural Wi-Fi Flight

"This is a first for yours truly—Wi-Fi from a commercial flight: I’m blogging from somewhere above 10,000 feet ..." 

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(From WNN Wi-Fi Net News - Posted by Glenn Fleishman, November 22, 2008 4:30 PM)

 

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On Virgin America's Inaugural GoGo WiFi Flight: This Post Published From 35,000 Feet

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(From Engadget by Ryan Block, posted Nov 22nd 2008 at 7:25PM)

 

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In-flight Net access takes off on Virgin America

"Dubbed Gogo, the service lets passengers browse the Web, use e-mail and instant messaging, download video and connect to secure networks through three ..."

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(From USA Today - USA - November 23, 2008)

 

Hard to Go Back

“The service has been rock-solid since I logged on nearly five hours ago — very responsive and with seamless bridging of cells.”
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(From the Blog "Out of the Box, September, 15th 2008)

 

Aircell takes terrestrial broadband Internet access to 35,000 feet

“Our mission is dirt simple,” says Jack Blumenstein, Aircell’s CEO. “We let people do the things that they like to do in an Internet session — and are nearly addicted to doing on the ground — in the air.”
No fledgling startup, the Itasca, Ill., company creates communication systems for business and commercial aircraft. After 17 years, its lineup of services now includes broadband communication systems for the airline industry.
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(From Biztech Magazone, August, 2008)

 

Some American Flights Offer Web Access

American Airlines expanded the availability of in-flight Internet access Wednesday, launching airborne email, Web and other online services on some of its longer, nonstop flights.
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(From The Wall Street Journal, August 21th, 2008)

 

American Airlines in-flight Wi-Fi premieres

One of the country's last Internet-free zones was plugged in Wednesday as a fleet of American Airlines jets became flying Wi-Fi spots, offering passengers full, in-flight Web access - except for phone calls.
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(From San Francisco Chronicle, August 21th, 2008)

 

American Airlines introduces in-flight Internet access

One of the few remaining Internet-free havens vanished Wednesday as American Airlines launched airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer nonstop flights.
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(From LA Times, August 21th, 2008)

 

American Airlines Rolls Out the WiFi

After months of speculation about when, or even if, in-flight WiFi would come to pass, American Airlines switched on the system this morning on its fleet of fifteen 767-200s that operate coast to coast out of JFK, San Francisco, and LAX airports, as well as on a daily Miami to New York roundtrip.
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(From Conde Nast Traveler, August 20th, 2008)

American Airlines launches in-flight Wi-Fi

The airline said Wednesday that it has finally launched its in-flight Internet access service via Wi-Fi on 15 of its 767-200 airplanes. The service, called Gogo, will be offered on nonstop flights between New York and San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, and New York and Miami.
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(From CNET, August 20th, 2008)

 

On American Airlines, Finally In-flight Mobile Broadband

Someone compared flying these days to a stint in prison. I am sure for many it has been as mind-jarring an experience as it has been for me. And that is why you need broadband in the sky — so you can put on your noise-cancelling headphones and answer emails.
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(From Gigaom.com, August 20th, 2008)

 

American Airlines rolls out cloud computing service

Are you suffering from a sort of empty-nest syndrome now that you’ve moved all your data to the cloud? Now you can book a trip to visit it aboard American Airlines.
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(From Good Morning Silicon Valley, August 20th, 2008)

American Airlines Launches Aircell's Mobile Broadband Service "Gogo"

Marking the beginning of the next wireless revolution, American Airlines made history today with the launch of the mobile broadband service, Gogo(TM) provided by Aircell(R).
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(From Aviation Today, August 20th, 2008)

 

Wi-Fi in the Sky…Finally

American Airlines Wednesday started offering wireless Internet access on select flights, bringing an end to the era when a cross-country trip meant escaping from the rigmaroles of the workweek for a few hours.
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(From The Wall Street Journal, August 20th, 2008)

 

American's Gogo launch-- how fast is it?

The short answer is: Fast.
My seatmate says its faster than the cable modem he has at home and he's been able to zoom around the internet and update some software.
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(From Aviation Blog - Dallas News, August 20th, 2008)

 

Blogging live from 37,000 feet via Aircell’s Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on American Airlines

I find myself on AA flight #3 headed to LAX from NY’s JFK. Today marks the first day of Aircell’s Gogo in-flight service going live for the masses. It will be available on flights from NYC to LA, Miami and San Francisco. The 8AM flight to Miami from JFK is not a 727-200, so those going south won’t be privy to Aircell’s Gogo service.
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(From Crunch Gear, August 20th, 2008)

 

American launches in-flight Internet on 3 routes

American Airlines expanded the availability of in-flight Internet access Wednesday, launching airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer, nonstop flights.
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(From AP, August 20th, 2008)

 

American Airlines launches in-flight broadband service

The rehearsals are over and last-minute tweaks have been made. American Airlines' new in-flight broadband service goes live starting today.
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(From Dallas News, August 20th, 2008)

 

American launches in-flight Internet on 3 routes

New revenue stream, new headaches as American launches in-flight Internet on longer routes
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(From CNN Money, August 20th, 2008)

 

American Air kicks off in-flight Internet service

AMR Corp's American Airlines began offering Internet access on long-haul domestic flights on Wednesday, making American the first U.S. airline to offer full in-flight broadband.
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(From Reuters, August 20th, 2008)

 

American Airlines launches an in-flight Internet service

American Airlines on Wednesday launched an Internet connection service for passengers who want to check their email, access their company's intranet or simply surf the Web through their Wi-Fi enabled devices while flying.
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(From CBS Marketwatch, August 20th, 2008)

 

Aircell’s Gogo going live today on American Airlines

The Boeing 767-200 aircrafts in AA’s fleet flying from NYC to LA, Miami and San Francisco will have the service flipped on and we’ll be on a flight from JFK to LAX today.
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(From Crunch Gear, August 20th, 2008)

 

American launches in-flight Internet on 3 routes

One of the few remaining Internet-free havens vanished Wednesday as American Airlines launched airborne e-mail, Web and other online services on some of its longer, nonstop flights
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(From Yahoo News, August 20th, 2008)

 

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The Latest Hot Spot Is on the Plane

The Latest Hot Spot Is on the Plane

Delta Air Lines Inc. will provide wireless Internet access throughout its entire domestic fleet, enabling travelers to work or surf at 33,000 feet.
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(From The Wall Street Journal, August 5th, 2008)

 

American Airlines Tests Wi-Fi Service

The friendly skies just got friendlier if you're flying American Airlines. The airline announced it will be turning the Wi-Fi sign on this Wednesday on two flights from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Los Angeles.Read full story

(From Yahoo Tech; June 25, 2008)

 

American Airlines to Test In-Flight WiFi Tomorrow

You heard right, folks. American Airlines is planning to open up the world wide web to passengers on board an unspecified round-trip flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles. Read full story

(From Engadget; June 24, 2008)

 

Airlines Look to Reconnect to the Web

Several airlines are now planning to conduct tests of a new generation of wireless Internet equipment this summer despite facing fuel-induced financial woes, saying the fee-based service could provide much needed extra revenues.Read full story

(From LA Times; June 17, 2008)

 

Piaggio Aero Signs with Aircell

Piaggio Aero will offer two broadband communication options from Aircell, Louisville, Colo., aboard its P.180 Avanti II. Read full story

(From Aviation Today; May 20, 2008)

 

Aircell Partners with Aricent

Aircell, an Itasca, Ill.-based telecommunications company with operations in Louisville, has selected Aricent to help develop software and processing components for its in-flight Broadband Systems.
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(From Boulder Business Report; May 12, 2008)

 

Get Ready to Log on at 30,000 Feet

Several airlines are now testing or preparing to test in-flight Internet services, and analysts say those that don’t start offering such services will be wondering where their passengers went.Several airlines are now testing or preparing to test in-flight Internet services, and analysts say those that don’t start offering such services will be wondering where their passengers went. Read full story

(From MSN; May 2008)

 

Wi-Fi poised for pilot flights at 4 airlines

Wireless Internet is literally taking off. We're talking cruising at 35,000 feet above the Earth. To read the full article, please click here

(From San Francisco Chronicle April 14th, 2008)

 

The 25 Most Influential Executives of 2007

Jack Blumenstein named as one of the 25 most influenctial executives of 2007 by Business Travel News Magazine
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(From Business Travel News Online February 4th, 2008)

 

Aircell rigs up first American Airlines Boeing 767-200

Last week Aircell successfully installed their Internet Broadband Connectivity Solution at AA’s Kansas City maintenance facility. The Boeing 767-200 will begin beta testing over the next few weeks pending FAA certifications.
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(From www.crunchgear.com January 22, 2008)

 

Fond Falcon Memories: A Look Back at Aircell's First Demo and Latest Achievement

Excitement is building in the world of onboard connectivity after
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(From www.runwaygirl.blogspot.com; January 22, 2008)

 

American Air, Aircell Start Testing In-Flight Internet

The newest WiFi hotspot will be in the cabins of American Airlines' planes. Beginning Tuesday, American, owned by AMR Corp. will test full-service, high-speed broadband connectivity provided by Aircell LLC,
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(From Dow Jones MarketWatch; January 22, 2008)

 

American To Begin Testing in-flight Internet

American Airlines today said it has wired the first of 15 domestic aircraft with Internet capabilities, paving the way to install the offering on most of its transcontinental fleet by this summer.
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(From Business Travel News; January 22, 2008)

 

The buzz with in-flight Internet

Passengers on JetBlue's “BetaBlue??? and on an Air France Airbus A318 jets have been doing it since mid-December.
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(From MSNBC.com; January 9, 2008)

 

MSNBC: "The Wi-Fi Skies”

Article discussing the proliferation of “Wi-Fi and connectivity in the air.

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Changes for better on horizon for fliers in 2008

Luggage may be no lighter and the gate agent may be no less rude in the new year, but 2008 promises improvements on several fronts for air travelers.
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(From USAToday; December 18, 2007)

 

Airline passengers may soon check e-mails in air.

JetBlue is poised to become the first U.S. airline to test in-flight Internet service. They're testing one plane that allows access to Yahoo e-mail and instant messaging, plus some BlackBerry access.
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(From NPR.org; December 10, 2007 )

 

Some Airlines to Offer In-Flight Internet Service

Passengers may soon hear a new in-flight announcement: "You can now log on." Starting next week and over the next few months, several United States airlines will test Internet service on planes.

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(From NYTimes.com; December 7, 2007 )

 

Wi-Fly: Boeing couldn't make a business out of in-flight internet. Aircell bets it can.

In a matter of months, passengers on American Airlines and Virgin America should be able to surf the Internet from the sky, thanks to new technology from an Itasca company.

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(From Fortune Small Business c/o CNNMoney.com; December 2007 )

 

Board the plane, turn off your phone ... and surf the web

That's right, wireless Internet service that will allow passengers to send messages, surf the Web, and, yes, check in with the boss at 30,000 feet.

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(From CSMonitor.com; October 9, 2007 )

 

Aircell Axxess now standard on Gulfstreams

In a boost for Louisville, Colo.-based Aircell, Gulfstream has selected the Aircell Axxess cabin communications system as standard equipment aboard its line of large-cabin business jets spanning the G300 through G550.

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(From AINOnline; September 25, 2007)

 

The Satcom Services Race

In-flight connectivity just keeps getting better and less expensive.

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(From Business & Commercial Aviation; September 2007)

 

Aircell Broadband Services Nearing Launch

At NBAA 2007, Aircell is offering details about its own broadband system, which will operate domestically over the exclusive, dedicated frequencies the FCC awarded to Aircell last year, as well as the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband service offering global in-flight voice and data at up to 432 kbps per channel. Both are to become available in the latter part of next year.

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(From NBAA Convention News; September 26, 2007)

 

Aircell Axxess Selected by Gulfstream

Gulfstream selected the Aircell Axxess cabin communications system as standard factory equipment on all their large-cabin jets.

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(From AINTv, September 2007)

 

Virgin America Adding Web Access Across Entire Fleet

Virgin America will introduce wireless Internet access across its entire fleet starting next year. The carrier said it has reached a deal with Aircell to provide the service starting "sometime next year."

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(From September 14, 2007 USAToday.com)

 

Local Company Bringing WiFi to Flight

You soon may be able to use your laptop on commercial flights, thanks to an Itasca company. Michelle Gielan explains.

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(From August 19, 2007 MyFoxChicago.com)

 

Will Wi-Fi in the sky fly?

Coffee, tea or Wi-Fi?

Itasca-based Aircell, the air-to-ground communications services company, by the end of the year will take wing with its broadband Internet service via Wi-Fi devices on board American Airlines. The service will use cellular phone towers on the ground to carry the Internet signals.

Fran Phillips, Aircell senior vice president of airline solutions, said American will test a prototype initially on one transcontinental flight from New York to the West Coast in January. An American spokeswoman said the technology will be be deployed for testing to 14 other aircraft flying between JFK in New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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(From August 9, 2007 Chicago Sun Times)

 

Fliers’ Net-surfing days inch closer

For most of this decade, airlines have held out the prospect of making in-flight Internet connections routinely available.

But the 9/11 terrorism stilled the industry's first big push. And last year, slow sales to airlines caused aerospace giant Boeing (BA) to end its involvement with a broadband service that had been offered on a handful of foreign carriers.

Now, in another significant push toward onboard Internet service, a half-dozen technology companies are jockeying to offer in-flight broadband to scores of airlines that have asked for bids.

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(From August 8, 2007 USAToday.com)

 

AA prepares for on-board Internet

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- AMR Corp's American Airlines is preparing to be one of the first U.S. carriers to offer Internet access on domestic flights.

American Airlines will offer on-board Internet access in 2008.

Aircell, a provider of aviation communications systems, said Wednesday that it will team up with American to test its new system for providing on-board Internet access -- Aircell's first partner on the project.

"We understand that broadband connectivity is important to our business customers," Dan Garton, American Airlines' executive vice president of marketing, said in the statement.

Beginning in 2008, American will test the service on its 767-200 aircraft, which chiefly fly transcontinental routes, Aircell said.

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(From August 3, 2007 CNN.com Technology)

 

Coming Sometime Soon: WiFi to American Airlines

American Airlines has just signed a deal with Aircell, to offer in-air broadband access. The tests will begin in 2008, initially on transcontinental flights, but if all goes well, then WiFi could be offered in domestic flights.

I wonder if other airlines are paying attention. WiFi availability is a crucial decision in what cafe I patronize, and similarly I am careful in picking hotels while traveling. In the future, WiFi might become a deciding factor when it comes to picking airlines. American Airlines is not my favorite airline but their WiFi offer would make me consider them before United Airlines, despite all the frequent flyer miles I have with UA.

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(From August 2, 2007 GiagOM.com)

 

Staying plugged-in at 30,000 feet

Business travelers are some of the best-connected people on the planet. Thanks to BlackBerrys and international cell phones, they can transcend time zones, continents and language barriers.

But airplanes, the most heavily utilized mode of travel for the business set, force them to, well, disconnect.

Use of cell phones has long been forbidden during flights for fear of interference with ground control, and in-flight Internet access is a work in progress. Boeing took a shot at in-flight broadband with Connexion service, but its satellite communication involved a heavy antenna and a $1 million price tag. The aerospace company scrapped the service in 2006.

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(From July 13, 2007 MSNBC.com Business Travel)

 

Hallelujah: U.S. Airlines to Offer Wi-Fi

As reported by Scott McCartney in today’s Wall Street Journal, U.S. airlines will begin offering wireless Internet access within a year. VOIP calls will be prohibited for now; but airborne phone use may well become a reality one day. Here are the salient details:

Aircell will install equipment on airliners that will act as a WiFi hotspot in the cabin and connect to laptop computers and devices like BlackBerrys that have WiFi chips. In all, it will cost about $100,000 to outfit a plane with less than 100 pounds of equipment, and the work can be done overnight by airline maintenance workers, Aircell says.

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(From April 04, 2007 Freakonomics.com)

 

Wi-Fi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare for Cabin Hostpots

"After years of discussion and delay, U.S. airlines will start offering in-flight Internet connections, instant messaging and wireless e-mail within 12 months, turning the cabin into a Wi-Fi "hotspot." ...

"Aircell will install equipment that will act as a Wi-Fi hotspot in the cabin and connect to laptop computers and other devices like Blackberries that have Wi-Fi chips. In all, it will cost less than $100,000 to outfit a plane with less than 100 pounds of equipment, and the work can be done overnight by airline maintenance workers, Aircell says.

"What makes the service particularly attractive to airlines is that they will share revenue with Aircell. The service will cost about the same as existing Wi-Fi offerings. ... It will also offer discounted options for customers and tie into existing service programs like T-Mobile, iPass and Boingo. Speeds will be equivalent to Wi-Fi service on the ground."

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(From the April 3, 2007 issue of Wall Street Journal. Excerpt from the news story, "Wi-Fi in the Sky: Airlines Prepare for Cabin Hostpots.")

 

Aircell Axxess is Certified for Wireless

"Aircell Axxess™ was certified in April and hardware already exists in systems in service that will allow a software field upgrade that will activate the wireless function mode. ...

"With the wireless function enabled, Aircell Axxess provides an 802.11bg wireless hotspot aboard the airplane. When a broadband connection (such as Inmarsat or Aircell broadband) is installed, passengers can use the Aircell Axxess in-cabin wireless connection to seamlessly operate laptops and other 802.11bg Wi-Fi devices to surf the Internet, use e-mail and log on to their corporate virtual private network.

"Aircell's new Wi-Fi handsets, already certified, are to be available next spring and are designed to interface with Aircell Axxess wireless capabilities with no additional adaptation."

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(From the October 18, 2006 issue of NBAA Convention News. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell Axxess is Certified for Wireless.")

 

Aircell Axxess for Dassault Fleet

"Dassault Falcon Jet has selected Aircell Axxess satellite communications from Aircell as a standard option for its complete range of aircraft. ...

"Aircell Axxess features include full PBX capability and 802.11b/g WiFi wireless networking. In the future the latter will allow passenger wireless laptops, Blackberries and other devices to access email, the Internet and corporate VPNs via air-to-ground broadband links.

"Aircell Axxess' integrated expansion ports currently allow operators to add two more Iridium channels, and the system is being developed to accommodate Inmarsat's Swift 64 64kbit/sec and 432kbit/sec SwiftBroadband offerings, and Aircell's own forthcoming North American broadband service."

(From the October 18, 2006 issue of NBAA Convention News. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell Axxess is Certified for Wireless.")

 

ST 3100 Picked for Hawker 4000

"Raytheon has selected Aircell's ST 3100 Satcom system as standard equipment on the Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet.

"Already standard or optional on nearly two dozen aircraft worldwide, the ST 3100 operates in the Iridium satellite system, providing pilots and passengers with all-altitude and all-latitude coverage worldwide. ...

"New handsets will be included ... Among the handset key features are full-color display with intuitive graphics menus, noise reduction, integrated headset/earbud jack, internal phonebook for number storage and speed dialing and a number of user-customized settings."

(From the October 18, 2006 issue of NBAA Convention News. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell Axxess is Certified for Wireless.")

 

Gulfstream Selects Aircell Axxess EZ

Gulfstream had selected its Aircell Axxess EZ™ Satcoms system as the preferred replacement for Verizon Airfone's terrestrially based air-to-ground communications service for GA and business aviation, which is to be withdrawn in the next 12 months.

"Gulfstream has ordered an initial batch of Aircell Axxess EZ, which reuses the existing MagnaStar wiring and component locations in the aircraft to reduce installation downtime. It also gives operators the option of retaining useful legacy features such as call alerting and integrated fax capability. The system will also be compatible with Aircell's new broadband data service, due for introduction in North America in 2008. ...

"The standard Axxess EZ supports two Iridium satellite channels for voice and narrowband data. Other features include full PBX functionality, new handsets with largeformat colour displays, advanced noise-reduction technology and standard earbud/headset jacks. Options include full IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi communications for laptops, PDAs and other wireless devices in the cabin. Aircell has just received FAA certification for the capability."

(From the October 18, 2006 issue of Inflight-Online. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell Satcoms for Dassault Fleet.")

 

ST 3100 Picked for Hawker 4000

"Raytheon has selected Aircell's ST 3100 Satcom system as standard equipment on the Hawker 4000 super-midsize business jet.

"Already standard or optional on nearly two dozen aircraft worldwide, the ST 3100 operates in the Iridium satellite system, providing pilots and passengers with all-altitude and all-latitude coverage worldwide. ...

"New handsets will be included ... Among the handset key features are full-color display with intuitive graphics menus, noise reduction, integrated headset/earbud jack, internal phonebook for number storage and speed dialing and a number of user-customized settings."

(From the October 18, 2006 issue of NBAA Convention News. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell ST 3100 Satcom Picked for Hawker 4000.")

Dreams of a Broadband Revolution

"In the months since Aircell won an FCC frequency-spectrum auction to provide wireless broadband connectivity to airplanes flying high above the continental U.S., the Louisville, Colo. company has been off and running. ...

"Aircell promises data rates as high as 3.5 megabits per second, roughly equivalent to a cable modem connection on the ground. The charge for access is expected to be roughly what users in hotels pay ...

"U.S. airlines are likely at least to take a close look at what the company is offering. Business jet buyers and operators, meanwhile, are sure to jump at the chance to install Aircell Axxess gear to satiate data-addicted customers.

"Think flying hotspot. Think full access to e-mail, the Internet and corporate VPNs. ... It's Wi-Fi based and, in fact, the airplane will be a flying hostpot."

(From the October 17, 2006 issue of NBAA Convention News. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell Dreams of a Broadband Revolution.")

 

Gulfstream Selects Aircell Axxess EZ

"Gulfstream had selected its Aircell Axxess EZ™ Satcoms system as the preferred replacement for Verizon Airfone's terrestrially based air-to-ground communications service for GA and business aviation, which is to be withdrawn in the next 12 months.

"Gulfstream has ordered an initial batch of Aircell Axxess EZ, which reuses the existing MagnaStar wiring and component locations in the aircraft to reduce installation downtime. It also gives operators the option of retaining useful legacy features such as call alerting and integrated fax capability. The system will also be compatible with Aircell's new broadband data service, due for introduction in North America in 2008. ...

"The standard Axxess EZ supports two Iridium satellite channels for voice and narrowband data. Other features include full PBX functionality, new handsets with largeformat colour displays, advanced noise-reduction technology and standard earbud/headset jacks. Options include full IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi communications for laptops, PDAs and other wireless devices in the cabin. Aircell has just received FAA certification for the capability."

(From the October 17, 2006 issue of Inflight-Online. Excerpt from the news story, "Aircell Air-to-Ground for Gulfstream.")

Aircell's Broadband Service Dawns

"A long-time supplier of airborne telecommunication systems to the business and general aviation communities, Aircell has for years been one of the most active firms promoting affordable air-to-ground-linked wireless broadband services on commercial airlines and business aviation aircraft. Aircell president and CEO Jack Blumenstein believes Aircell 'can take credit and feel justifiably proud about being real visionaries' for helping to shape the thinking of the industry. ...

"The Aircell network will initially cover the continental US but is expandable to the rest of North America, including Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, where the company has already opened dialog. ...

"Aircell's system will also support the use of cellular telephones onboard aircraft. However, further regulatory approvals are required before this can be offered. The FCC in 2004 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that will effectively allow the use of cell phones and wireless communications devices on aircraft equipped with new types of technology, including 'pico cell' networks and Wi-Fi networks."

(From the June 22, 2006 issue of Air Transport Intelligence News. Excerpt from the news story, "New Day Dawns for Aircell's Broadband Service.")

 

Aircell Wins Spectrum Auction

"The Federal Communications Commission declared the winners on Friday, more than three weeks after it opened the auction. AC BidCo, which teamed up with Aircell Inc., agreed to pay $31.3 million for three megahertz of spectrum. That is enough capacity to offer in-flight Internet services. ...

"Aircell makes equipment that provides voice and data service for aircraft passengers and crews through satellites. The equipment has been installed by the three largest fleets of time-share corporate jets, according to Aircell's Web site. ...

"In-flight Internet service is available on commercial flights in Europe, but isn't offered in domestic markets. Companies participating in the auction have estimated that in-flight Internet service could be available in the U.S. starting in 2007, allowing airline passengers to use laptop computers, BlackBerry devices, and possibly to make phone calls if regulators approve."

(From the June 2, 2006 issue of Wall Street Journal. Excerpt from the news story, "JetBlue, Aircell Win FCC Spectrum Auction.")

 

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