Southwest Airlines Adding In-Flight WiFi Internet Access This Summer
One of the United States' best-known, no-frills airlines may be getting a bit, well, frilly, as Southwest has just announced it will be testing a new broadband, satellite-delivered Internet access service to its passengers starting this summer.
Dallas, Texas-based Southwest is working with Row 44 (self-described world leader in airborne broadband communication) to equip four aircraft for trials this summer so customers can have access to e-mail, music, shopping, and virtual private networks (VPN) via a high-speed connection.
Row 44 is the same company working with Alaska Airlines to implement its in-air wireless access tests this Spring.
Virgin America is also promising in-air internet access, although the timetable for that service has not yet been set. American Airlines and JetBlue have also announced plans for in-flight Internet access, although JetBlue's plans may be limited to a few types of devices and services. American is working with AirCell, a competitor to Row 44. No exact timetable is available for their full service roll-outs, either.
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