Southwest Finalizes In-Flight Wi-Fi Plans For Q2 2010

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News Posted: Tue, Feb 2 2010 12:57 PM
In-flight Wi-Fi has been around for a few years now, but only in limited circumstances. Just a few airlines have bought in, and even then, in-flight Wi-Fi is only available on select routes. It's definitely a fledgling technology, and we can certainly see it expanding rapidly in the coming years and more and more passengers make clear that Internet is more important than food.

We kid, we kid. Southwest Airlines has finally announced that their in-flight Internet plans are back on track, after dealing with a number of delays that likely involve red tape that you're frankly not interested in. Row 44 has now been signed on to provide the equipment necessary to give passengers the ability to surf the web while in the air, with installation slated to begin in the second quarter of this year.

The airline is hoping to install the service into about 15 planes per month at first, and they're hoping to get that up to 25 planes per month in the future. At this rate, every single plane in its fleet (all 540 of them) will be Wi-Fi equipped in early 2012. Not bad!



Pricing for the service hasn't been announced, but a blog posting on the company's website assures us that it will be reasonably priced. Slowly but surely, the Web is taking over the skies. And we love it.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Feb 2 2010 1:04 PM

Not only is it taking over the skies the web is available almost everywhere now. This really is one of the reasons I see the table or singular multi-functional mobile computer as such a valid market. Of course any of you who know me also know I've been talking about this for a while now as well.

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The Internet is everywhere AAAHHHH. Its good that Southwest is moving this progress at a decent rate. It will help the stress business men and journalist keep ahead of their work and make their life a little less stressful.

I wonder if you ride down the interstate and have a plane overhead, can you steal some internet? LOL that would be funny.

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"reasonably priced" I hope they don't mean competitive with other in-flight internet like Gogo. $10 for upto a 3 hour flight is not reasonable in my opinion.

Southwest Airlines is missing an important trick here. They already have the other airlines beat in airline baggage fees, and if they offered free internet, they would become a first choice airline for many more people.

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TechData replied on Thu, Feb 4 2010 10:21 PM

ya ya$.

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Kasel23 replied on Wed, Feb 24 2010 6:57 AM

Just another reason to fly Southwest..  and yes, as this will only become more and more common with airline companies, Southwest should be smart and actually be "reasonably" priced.

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