In-flight Internet

WestJet to Launch New In-Flight Internet and Entertainment System

WestJet to Launch New In-Flight Internet and Entertainment System

WestJet announced that it began installing its new in-flight entertainment system on its fleet.  The system, called WestJet Connect, will feature wireless Internet connectivity and over 450 movies and television programs on demand.
The carrier said that it will have WestJet Connect installed on its entire Boeing 767-300ER fleet, as well as more than 30% of its Boeing Next Generation 737s by the end of this year.  The rest of its …

JetBlue to Offer Live Major League Baseball Games on Flights

JetBlue to Offer Live Major League Baseball Games on Flights

JetBlue Airways announced the beginning of a new partnership with Major League Baseball. The agreement will allow JetBlue passengers to watch live Major League Baseball regular season games at no charge while in flight using either a dedicated app or JetBlue’s Fly-Fi Hub portal.
Travelers can watch the games by first accesing the Fly-Fi Hub and then selecting mlb.tv if using a laptop or, on smartphones and tablets, by launching the …

Virgin America to Offer Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi Come Fall

Virgin America to Offer Faster In-Flight Wi-Fi Come Fall

Virgin America announced plans on Tuesday to offer a significantly faster in-flight Wi-Fi experience than it currently offers.
The new service will utilize technology from ViaSat, the same company that provides JetBlue’s Fly-Fi service, and will be installed in ten new Airbus A320 planes that will be delivered starting in September.
ViaSat will provide a hybrid Ku/Ka service that will give Virgin America’s flights to Hawaii Internet service while over the Pacific …

Gogo Introduces New Loyalty Program

Gogo Introduces New Loyalty Program

Gogo announced it will launch a new customer loyalty program this July.
The program allows customers to receive free SwiftBroadband equipment packages, which provide voice and data services over most of the world, both on the ground and in the air.
To qualify, customers must activate a new five-year SwiftBroadband service contract with Gogo at an authorized Gogo dealer by March 31, 2016.
The loyalty program is available to current Gogo customers with …

Gogo Speeds Up Business Aviation Wi-Fi Service

Gogo Speeds Up Business Aviation Wi-Fi Service

Gogo announced plans to bring its faster ATG-4 service to the business aviation market.
ATG-4 will increase peak Internet speeds on the aircraft from up to 3.1 Mbps to up to 9.8 Mbps. The new technology achieves these speeds through the use of an additional directional antenna, a dual modem, and EV-DO Rev. B technology.
The new offering will be marketed as ATG 8000, and first deliveries are expected to take place …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

London Heathrow from the air

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America Hits Milestone in Gogo Wi-Fi Upgrade

Virgin America announced that it has completed the upgrade of all of its aircraft to Gogo’s ATG-4 in-flight Internet service.
Gogo’s new ATG-4 service is significantly faster than the original ATG system.  ATG-4 supports three times the peak bandwidth to the aircraft, or 9.8 Mbps versus 3.1.
Virgin currently has 53 Airbus A320 family aircraft in its fleet.  The airline performed its final ATG-4 installation this week on an Airbus A319 plane …