In-flight Internet

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 …

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express to Offer Free Gogo Wi-Fi to Select Card Members

American Express announced plans to offer some of its card members free access to Gogo in-flight Internet starting next year.
The Gogo Preferred Program, which will only be available from American Express, will give holders of the company’s Business Platinum Card ten Gogo in-flight passes per calendar year.
The service will be available Gogo-enabled aircraft on eight airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Japan Airlines, United Airlines, US …

American Airlines Marks One-Year Merger Anniversary with $2 Billion Investment in Planes, Lounges, and Passenger Experience

American Airlines Marks One-Year Merger Anniversary with $2 Billion Investment in Planes, Lounges, and Passenger Experience

On the eve of the one-year anniversary of its merger with US Airways, American Airlines announced a $2 billion investment in aircraft cabins, Admirals Club lounges, and international in-flight Internet, promising, in the words of its CEO Doug Parker, “a product that’s better than our competitors.”
The Fort Worth-based carrier is upgrading the cabins of many of its Boeing 757s and 767-300s with fully lie-flat seats that have direct aisle access, …

American Airlines to Unveil New Seats and Cabins, Add More International Wi-Fi

American Airlines to Unveil New Seats and Cabins, Add More International Wi-Fi

[Editor’s note: complete details of the announcement are available here:  American Airlines Marks One-Year Merger Anniversary with $2 Billion Investment in Planes, Lounges, and Passenger Experience]
American Airlines, which merged one year ago with US Airways to form the world’s largest airline, will announce a number of significant updates to its existing fleet and facilities on Monday.
The plans include new seats on older aircraft, updated lounges, and the addition in-flight Wi-Fi …

JetBlue Debuts Fly-Fi Hub Content Portal

JetBlue Debuts Fly-Fi Hub Content Portal

JetBlue Airways announced the introduction of its Fly-Fi Hub, an online portal with free content from a number of magazines and newspapers.
Content partners include Time, Fox, HarperCollins, and National Geographic.  The airline is also including courses in a variety of subjects from Courser, a company that provides online classes from over 80 colleges and universities, and Rouxbe, an online cooking school.
The New York-based carrier said it will add children’s content …

Japan Airlines to Debut New 767-300 Sky Next Interiors

Japan Airlines to Debut New 767-300 Sky Next Interiors

Japan Airlines announced it is rolling out completely new aircraft interiors and as well as in-flight Internet on its domestic fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.  The new interiors are also destined for domestic Boeing 777s and 737-800s.
The newly-configured Boeing 767-300ERs will begin to fly the Tokyo-Osaka route starting December 8, 2014.
JAL currently offers four daily flights between the two cities.
Osaka International Airport, also known as Osaka-Itami, serves the Kansai region …