TEMPE, Ariz., Mar 29, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Today, US Airways (NYSE: LCC) launched a new wireless Internet product,
Gogo(R) Inflight Internet, on five of its Airbus A321 aircraft. Gogo,
which is provided by Aircell, allows passengers to use their laptops or
Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices to surf the Web, email friends and family,
log into corporate Virtual Private Networks (VPN) and access online
By June 1, all 51 A321s in US Airways' fleet will be Gogo-equipped. As
Wi-Fi is installed on each aircraft between now and June, a Wi-Fi symbol
on the outside of the plane at the boarding door will alert passengers
that Gogo is available on their flight. The symbol will also appear
throughout the cabin next to the seat and row number, and seatback cards
will provide instructions on how to access the service. Beginning in
late June, US Airways' passengers will be able to determine if Wi-Fi is
available on their flight when they book travel on usairways.com.
Here's how it works: At 10,000 feet, US Airways' flight attendants will
make an announcement that passengers can enable their Wi-Fi devices.
Passengers can connect to the service by turning on their laptop or
mobile device, looking for and connecting to the 'gogoginflight'
Wi-Fi signal, launching their Web browser, creating a profile and paying
for their session with a major credit card.
"Gogo fits in perfectly with our business model by offering more choices
in flight," said Andrew Nocella, senior vice president, marketing and
planning for US Airways. "Our customers are able to be more productive
with their time and have new ways to stay entertained in the air."
"We are pleased to announce US Airways' deployment of Gogo, and we look
forward to providing US Airways with inflight Internet access to enhance
their customers' travel experience," said Michael Small, Aircell's
president and chief executive officer. "The ability to remain connected
to the ground at 30,000 feet provides a significant improvement to the
airline travel experience. As travelers throughout the country come to
expect inflight Internet service, we are thrilled to be able to deliver
this experience to US Airways and their passengers."
To introduce Gogo, US Airways is allowing customers the chance to try it
for free. From March 29 through June 1, first-time Gogo users will get
one free session when they create their profile. US Airways will
celebrate the completion of its fleet installation by offering free Gogo
access to everyone who flies on a Wi-Fi equipped US Airways flight from
June 1 through June 8. For more information, visit www.usairways.com/gogo.
Pricing for Gogo Inflight Internet varies by flight length and the type
of device used. See the price chart below for details.
||Destinations inside the
contiguous 48 U.S. states
Destinations outside the
contiguous 48 U.S. states*
not available 100 miles
outside of U.S. mainland
Up to 1½
1½ to 3
*Gogo Inflight Internet is not available internationally. If
you're flying to/from an international city, the service will only
be available while over the contiguous 48 U.S. states and within
100 miles of its borders. For more information, visit www.usairways.com/gogo.
About US Airways
US Airways, along with US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express,
operates more than 3,000 flights per day and serves more than 190
communities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, the
Caribbean, Central and South America. The airline employs more than
31,000 aviation professionals worldwide and is a member of the Star
Alliance network, which offers its customers more than 19,700 daily
flights to 1,077 airports in 175 countries. Together with its US Airways
Express partners, the airline serves approximately 80 million passengers
each year and operates hubs in Charlotte, N.C., Philadelphia and
Phoenix, and a focus city at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
And for the eleventh consecutive year, the airline received a Diamond
Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation
Administration for its Charlotte hub line maintenance facility. For more
company information, visit usairways.com. (LCCG)
Aircell(R) is the world's leading provider of airborne
communications. As winner of an exclusive FCC frequency license in 2006,
Aircell has built a revolutionary mobile broadband network for
commercial and business aviation. In 2008, the Aircell Network and its
inflight portal, Gogo(R), revolutionized the commercial airline
passenger flight experience by delivering a robust Internet experience
at 35,000 feet. In addition, the Aircell Network provides airlines with
connectivity to operations and a path to enhanced cabin services such as
video, audio, television and more. A similar feature set is available to
Business aircraft operators. Aircell has facilities in Broomfield,
Colorado, and Itasca, Illinois. Aircell's vision is to give everyone the
ability to stay in touch, in flight(R). For more information
about Aircell, please visit www.aircell.com.
Gogo(R), powered by Aircell, turns a commercial airplane into a
Wi-Fi hotspot with true inflight Internet access. Passengers with Wi-Fi
enabled devices, such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs, can surf the
Web, check e-mail, instant message, access a corporate VPN and more. For
more information about Gogo, please visit www.gogoinflight.com.
You can also follow 'gogoInflight' on Twitter (www.twitter.com/gogoinflight)
and Facebook (www.facebook.com/gogoinflight).
© 2010 Aircell LLC. Aircell, Gogo and in touch, in flight are trademarks
of Aircell or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
SOURCE: US Airways
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