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Alaska Airlines bringing wireless Internet in-flight

Wed, 09/19/2007 - 9:18am
Traci Patterson

Alaska Airlines is set to launch an in-flight wireless Internet service in 2008 with Row 44's satellite-based broadband solution.

The airline will test Row 44's system on a Boeing 737 next spring. The solution is expected to give Wi-Fi-enabled devices - such as PDAs, laptops, smartphones and portable gaming systems - high-speed access to the Internet, VPNs and stored, in-flight entertainment content.

Row 44’s satellite-based system is designed to function over land and water, and across international borders. Passengers will be able to connect to the system via wireless hotspots in the aircraft cabin. An antenna, which will reside in a radome mounted on the top of the plane, will receive and transmit signals through the Ku-band satellite system.

"We're moving ahead with testing and ultimately plan to bring wireless broadband to our whole fleet,” said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines' VP of sales, marketing and customer experience.

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