Browsing at 35,000ft.

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Jacek
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Browsing at 35,000ft.

Post by Jacek » Tue Sep 09, 2008 4:09 pm

I just read the article in the BizTech that Aircell, company based out of Itasca, IL is testing the wireless internet on some flights from JFK to LAX and MIA (767-200's) with a huge success. They're saying that when Boeing originally tested their Connexion system, it needed about an extra 1000lbs. of equipment on the plane and it'd cost $500,000 to outfit each aircraft versus Aircell, 125lbs./$100,000 per plane. The airlines testing the system are American, Virgin America and Delta. The connection shuts down at and below 10,000ft. to comply with FAA regulations.

They're saying it'll cost anywhere between $9.95-12.95 for use, depending on the duration of the flight. I think the extra 13 bucks for the Wifi in route to London or Tokyo is pretty reasonable, don't you? The speeds are a bit slow at 12mbps with troughput to 23mbps, they're planning on transmission boost to 300mbps by 2011.
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