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Alaska Airlines Nears Wi-Fi Completion

By Tish Drake | June 2, 2011
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Alaska Airlines on Thursday said the Gogo In-flight Internet service from Aircell is now available on nearly all aircraft in its fleet. With the installation of the service scheduled for completion later this month, Alaska's fleet will be 92 percent Wi-Fi equipped, which includes its 737-800s and –900s. Only seven of the airline's 117 Boeing 737s will not offer Wi-Fi, including its freighter and combi (part-passenger/part-freight) aircraft and three 737-400s.

"We're pleased to be able to offer inflight Wi-Fi service to our customers flying throughout our U.S. mainland and Alaska route network," said Joe Sprague, the airline's vice president of marketing. "For our business travelers, especially, the ability to access e-mail and the Internet is a great benefit."

Gogo allows passengers to access the Internet in flight using their Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Gogo is available above 10,000 feet, following an announcement approving the use of portable electronic devices.

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