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September 01, 2010

Aircell Installs Gogo Inflight Internet on its 1,000 Aircraft

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Aircell has already enabled Internet access on more flights than any other air service in the world, and it has announced the installation of Gogo Inflight Internet on its 1,000th aircraft.

The Delta Air Lines DC-9 will be making its connected flight today from Detroit. In celebrating this occasion, passengers will be greeted by Gogo brand ambassadors, and they will be treated to complimentary Gogo Internet access on board.

With the launch of today's 1,000th equipped aircraft, it caps a busy month for Aircell, during which it wired numerous Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines planes.

Gogo Inflight Internet will now be available on more than 3,800 flights daily, in comparison to 2,100 flights at this time last year. Approximately one-third of all mainline domestic aircraft are now offering Gogo's Inflight Internet service.

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In a release, Michael Small, president and chief executive officer of Aircell said, “This is a big milestone for our company and for consumers who want to stay connected at 30,000 feet. A few years ago Internet on a commercial flight was unheard of, and today it is commonplace. I want to thank our team and our airline partners for their dedication, but more importantly our customers who make our daily growth possible."

Gogo plans to continue rolling out on additional aircraft and airline partners throughout 2010 and beyond, providing consumers with Internet access to their wireless devices whenever they are flying. Using Gogo, passengers will be able to browse the Web; access online music, games and podcasts; send and receive e-mail; and at the same time connect to virtual private networks while flying. This easy-to-use service offers passengers with complete Internet access on any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds which are similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground.

Aircell is the world's number one provider of inflight connectivity. It has facilities in Broomfield, Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. 

Gogo is powered by Aircell and it turns a commercial airplane into a Wi-Fi hotspot by providing true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi enabled devices, like laptops, smartphones and PDAs, are able to surf the Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. 


Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Ed Silverstein