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Alaska Airlines to put Wi-Fi on all flights

updated 05:30 pm EST, Wed February 24, 2010

Alaska Air to use Gogo Internet everywhere

Alaska Airlines today said it would bring Wi-Fi to all its flights. The service will on Gogo's 3G-to-Wi-Fi system and, like with other carriers, will vary in price depending on the device and duration of the flight. Notebooks will have access from $5 for red-eye flights and will scale up to $10 or $13 for regular flights under or over three hours long. Using a smartphone or other handheld device will cost $8 regardless of the length of the flight.

The initial deployment will involve just one Boeing 737-800 that will use the service once it receives FAA approval. Access will expand to similar planes flying long-haul flights and will eventually be an option on all planes.

Wi-Fi is frequently becoming an option on many carriers but has only occasionally been offered on every plane from a given carrier. AirTran and Virgin America are currently the two largest proponents and use the same Gogo networking.

by MacNN Staff



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