United Airlines has announced that it will be offering Aircell's Gogo inflight WiFi Internet service on its "p.s." flights in the second half of 2009. The company's 13 Boeing 757 p.s. planes cover the JFK to LAX, and JFK to SFO routes. The service will cost $12.95 for the entire flight. Aircell is already partnered with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, and Virgin America. In a recent press release, Aircell CEO Jack Blumenstein said:
"Passengers love Gogo Inflight Internet service and the freedom it gives them to be productive, connected and entertained. Forward-thinking airlines like United are putting the power of Gogo in their passengers' hands and reaping the revenue and customer loyalty benefits that it brings."
United is my airline of choice and I take p.s. flights when I visit my parents, so I'm absolutely thrilled by this news. It's also disappointing that Internet service is limited to p.s. flights. While I've mostly happy with United -- because of its generous Mileage Plus benefits -- it's still something of a joke compared to many Asian and European airlines.
Are you guys down with inflight Internet? Or do you dread the thought of the passenger next to you streaming Mark Gormley's greatest hits? What would you do with inflight WiFi (aside from reading TheFeed)?