According to Aircell 2009 is the year of inflight Internet. The company plans to have its Gogo Inflight internet service installed on 2,000 airplanes in 2009. The service is already in limited deployment with American and Virgin America with Delta expected to roll out the service in 2008 as well.
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Aircell says that most major airline companies in the US are in advanced discussions to install Gogo on their aircraft. International airlines is also looking at Aircell to equip aircraft with Internet connectivity on flights between countries. Air Canada will launch Gogo and Aircell says it has partners in Mexico as well.
"Innovative airlines that offer Inflight Internet are already seeing a migration of passengers from those airlines that do not offer this highly valued service," Mr. Blumenstein continued. "Business travelers and leisure travelers alike are hooked on Gogo. Our strong and growing customer response is demonstrating that $9.95 to $12.95 is a small price to pay for the ability to stay connected and take control over how you spend your time in-flight."