Q&A with Aircell on United, monthly passes and Canada

Aircell was kind enough to answer some pressing questions for me today. Here is a quick Q&A for your pleasure and my leisure. And then check out the awesome story now running on Flight Global’s new IFE&C channel – Virgin America reveals Gogo usage stats. It also details its plan for integrating Gogo with its Panasonic IFE system. Did I say awesome?

Q: I have a quick question about the United Airlines trial – when will it begin? And is the trial still limited to a dozen aircraft or has United expanded on that?

A: United will begin its trial in the Fall of 2009 and will begin with its P.S. fleet.

Q: Can you give me an idea if carriers (other than Delta and VA) intend to offer the Gogo monthly pass? American, United?

A: We and our airline partners are considering the right balance between customers’ desire for a 30-day pass and ensuring that there is a critical mass of airplanes installed so that customers who buy the pass are not disappointed if they get on an unequipped plane.

Q: What’s the status on those talks with the new Canadian ATG license owner?

A: Unfortunately, we can’t disclose any specifics about those conversations as they are confidential at this point.

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5 Responses to Q&A with Aircell on United, monthly passes and Canada

  1. Ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" June 25, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    I am going to have to B***S*** on this. Who did you really interview, RWG? Gate agent at UA? Perhaps your favorite bartender?

    Seriously now. I am digging around the net looking for when the country’s 4th biggest airline (and dropping) announced they would start offering wifi on their BS PS fleet. Anyways, the “official” release says “Second half of 2009″ so it sounds like you need to lay off, I would say United is still on par to make good on being one of the last airlines to hit the US market.

    I can’t help but bear a big grudge against you now. You forced me to take a side with United. Damn you, RWG. Damn you and the heels you stolled in on!!!!

    “Stinky”

  2. Mary Kirby June 25, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    Stinky, it appears – gulp – that you are correct. I have removed the offending line but point you to another little line that needs amended – Aircell’s own Gogo Inflight web site, which says United will launch this summer, ahem. http://www.gogoinflight.com/jahia/Jahia/site/gogo/participatingairlines#

    Of course, now we’re getting into the weeds. I’m glad United is at least making an effort, which is more than we can say for US Airways right now.

  3. Ludwig von Hapsburg XII "Stinky" June 25, 2009 at 9:27 am #

    fair enough. OK, pax!

    Then again, maybe they mean “Summer” in Australia? You know those poor folks in the Southern Hemisphere never get due recognition.

    Of course, that could be the Scotch Whiskey talkin’.

    And don’t give UA too much credit…you put 10,000 monkeys in a room with 10,000 typewriters and eventually one will type a word.

    “Stinky”

  4. sir peter levenforenstinson June 25, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    USAirways could make an effort to get GOGO if Dougweiser… err Doug Parker wasn’t sitting with his favorite bartender.

    I agree with Skinky have to side with UA on this one. CO will have it on the PS fleet by the fall.

    Oops did I imply that CO is running the show.

    All Hail Skinky!

    SPL

  5. Mary Kirby June 25, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    Co you say? Fan-effing-tastic! I knew they were up to something since they stopped referring to LiveTV as the supplier.

    It makes a load of sense. As mentioned in a prior post, if CO opts for full broadband, having already decided 80-channel LTV3, it will climb to the top of the leaderboard in IFE&C in the USA.

    http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/runway-girl/2009/05/photos-continentals-new-livetv.html

    Time for me to do some digging. And I’ll leave the baggage handlers out of it :)

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