American issues RFI to connectivity providers as Gogo test continues

American Airlines appears to be keeping its in-flight broadband connectivity options open. RWG can exclusively reveal that the carrier recently issued a request for information (RFI) to a range of connectivity providers. Sources say the RFI was issued after American began its trial of Aircell’s ATG-based Gogo service, which began on 25 June.

Christmas tree.jpgA RFI quite simply enables companies to compare and constrast the capabilties of various suppliers. Pretty standard practice.

Asked about the solicitation, an American spokesman says: “We would not have any comment about your question.”

He adds: “We always say (because it’s true) that we talk to lots of people about lots of different things all the time, but we don’t disclose the nature of the conversations, or whether any such conversation actually occurred.”

So what does American thinks of Gogo and when will the carrier decide whether to tap Colorado-based Aircell for a full-on, fleetwide deal?

The trial is “still ongoing at this time, so we’ve not made any pronouncements or decisions at this stage,” says the spokesman. “As you may remember, the test period was not firm – we initially described it as three to six months.”

Okay. We’ll get back to ya on 25 December. Hey, that’s Christmas! Ho ho ho and a go go go.

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One Response to American issues RFI to connectivity providers as Gogo test continues

  1. pundit November 14, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    So, a non-denial denial, as Woodstein would have observed.
    Kinda reminds me of a call to Cessna back in the mid-80s after they reportedly had flown a Citation equipped with a (pair of?) pusher turboprop(s) to see just what it was that Beech had discovered about such a design before launching the canard Starship I. Communications director Dean Humphries (later retired to Colorado) said: “I can neither confirm nor deny real or imagined sigtings of the airplne…” As you say, Runway Girl, pretty standard practice.
    (This was the same Dean Humphries who told me as I sat in his Wichita office in 1986 watching the Allison-engined turboprop Cessna “250″ test bed taxi by: “You’re not seeing that airplane, it doesn’t exist…”)