American Airlines kicks off in-flight broadband data trials – Aircell Gogo is a go

Aircell GogoWe’d love to on one of the two flights that American Airlines is using to test their Aircell-equipped airliners’ in-flight broadband data service. Following on American Airlines’ announcement that they’ll be retrofitting 15 of their Boeing 757 jets with Aircell hardware capable of providing 2Mbps data service, the US air carrier is set to test the service on two domestic flights today. The service, dubbed “Aircell Gogo,” brings the convenience of internet access to in-flight passengers while preventing annoying in-flight voice calls.

The Aircell gogo service will be tested on two American Airlines flights flying between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Lucky laptop- or smartphone-toting passengers will get to test the Gogo service for free today. Once the service is rolled out, Gogo will cost $12.95 for flights lasting three hours or more, and $9.95 for shorter flights.

The in-flight broadband data revolution has begun!

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