After a year of testing in-flight WiFi on several of their planes, Alaska Airlines announced today that it has partnered with Internet provider Gogo to hook up their entire fleet. So now you’ll be able to update your Tumblr page while jetting off to your crab-fishing gig in the Bering Sea.
“With more than 730 systems already flying, [Gogo parent company] Aircell has a proven track record of deploying affordable inflight Wi-Fi services to airline customers,” Alaska Airlines VP Steve Jarvis said about their decision to go-go with Gogo, who have already put their gear on planes for Virgin America, AirTran and others. “Their reliable, lower-cost equipment can be installed quickly, allowing Alaska Airlines to introduce Gogo service to our customers as soon as possible.”
But you’ll want to check before booking your flight. Alaska is just now beginning testing of the Gogo equipment on its Boeing 737-800 planes. Once they’ve gotten the FAA to certify all is okay, they’ll resume installing the equipment on the whole fleet.
According to a press release from Aircell, the rate for passengers wishing to use the service will start at $4.95, but will depend upon length of flight and type of WiFi device being used.
ALASKA AIRLINES TO OFFER GOGO INFLIGHT INTERNET SERVICE [Aircell Press Release]