Alaska Airlines introduces Aircell’s Gogo WiFi service today

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) launched Aircell’s Gogo® Inflight Internet service today (May 18) on six Boeing 737-800 aircraft and plans to expand the service to its entire fleet by the end of 2010. The airline is partnering with Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Card® to offer passengers Inflight WiFi free of charge on flights through July 31, 2010.

With Gogo, Alaska Airlines passengers with wireless devices will be able to browse the Web; access online music, games, podcasts and webcasts; send and receive e-mail; and connect to virtual private networks while flying. The easy-to-use service will provide passengers with full Internet access on any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop or personal electronic device at speeds similar to wireless mobile broadband services on the ground.

By the end of summer, Gogo will be installed on the airline’s fleet of 737-800s and -900s, which represents the majority of Alaska’s fleet. The remaining 737-400s and -700s will be equipped with the service later in the year.

Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-890 N512AS (msn 39043), painted in the Boeing Dreamliner color scheme, taxies to the gate at Los Angeles.