AirCell, Virgin America Partner for In-Flight Web

By Tish Drake | September 14, 2007
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AirCell said it is partnering with Virgin America to offer broadband Internet services in 2008 for passengers traveling in the continental United States. AirCell, Louisville, Colo., said the new service will allow Virgin America guests to check e-mail and surf the Web, using either Virgin America’s Red in-flight entertainment system or their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, Smartphones, PDAs, BlackBerrys and portable gaming systems. As part of the partnership, AirCell and Virgin America will integrate AirCell’s broadband service into Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment system, Red. This service uses AirCell’s air-to-ground cellular network, which transmits and receives data between the ground and the aircraft at broadband speeds. Upon launch, Virgin America passenger will have U.S. broadband coverage, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Canadian to the Mexican borders; connectivity on 802.11 Wi-Fi enabled devices and real-time access to the Internet.

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